I don’t know about you but for me, I love good deals. Sometime ago, I was hunting for a Kurosaki Ichigo’s figure. To be more specific, I was hunting for this. A MegaHouse 1/8 scale figure. I saw it at a few local toy stores and boy, it’s expensive. It costs about 150rm-200rm. That’s a lot – about my monthly lunch expenses. So I hesitated.
Then, I was browsing a Malaysian-based online auction website and lo and behold, I saw the very same model selling at half the price. You see, I was basically a noob at the time. I never suspected anything fishy going on. It’s normal to see something selling at a cheaper price online. Besides, I was just starting to collect figures and wasn’t familiar with “the scene”. Soooo….I didn’t know it was a bootleg. The seller conveniently neglected to tell me.
The figure arrived in tip-top condition. The first thing I noticed was it has a bad paint job. Since the figure closely resemble the character, I didn’t complain much. In fact, I displayed my first scale figure on my desk, absolutely satisfied. However, months later, the figure started to show signs of problems.
What happened was…
- The figure no longer stands firm even on its base. After trying multiple methods to make sure it stands still, I decided it’s best to go without the base. It stood fine without it. Beside, the orange base has cracks on it and it’s faded.
- Any parts with sockets started to fall apart. For example, the sword. The blade started to fall of its handle. The scabbard kept falling off too. It’s irritating cuz a slight movement on the desk will literally cause the figure to fall apart.
- Later on, the figure couldn’t even stand still on its own two feet. With or without the base. It does well on cloudy or rainy days, I observed. But on super hot days, it just loves to take a nap….(falls flat on its face). I always jokingly said the figure’s starting to melt. I begin to believe that it’s true.
I struggled with it for a few months, then decided that I’ll just store it away. It’s a pain to keep it on my desk or my display shelf.
If you happened to purchase a bootleg, any weird problems you’ve encountered with it?