How to Spot a Fake/Bootleg Play Arts Kingdom Hearts 2 Sora Action Figure

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This is the first installment of a new series of blog posts we’ll be doing every now and then called The Fake, Forgeries, and Phonies. Under this series we’ll be posting up fake versions of toys we receive to educate you guys on what to look out for when buying that particular toy. It’s best to at least know that your buying a bootleg instead of being under the impression that it’s real.

First up is Play Arts Kingdom Hearts II Sora action figure. Square Enix Play Arts figures are no strangers to having their products copied by Chinese some manufactures. To the untrained eye, this toy would actually deceive someone for being an actual real Sora Play Arts action figure. For experienced collectors, this might be a walk in the park. Either way, let’s dive into why this figure is as fake as they come.
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Batman Reborn Series Batman: Jason Todd & Batgirl: Stephanie Brown

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These two are straight from DC Direct’s Batman Reborn series that was released sometime in 2009-10. The wave included 4 figures in total. Those 4 were Batman: Jason Todd(pictured), Batman Two Face, Azrael and Batgirl(also pictured).

These two figures aren’t really heavily articulated, but where they lack in articulation they make up for it in detail. Each figure’s costume is designed in a way to show off the different textures worn by the Cape Crusaders. Batman: Jason Todd really shines in this area. From the lines and grooves all throughout the costume to the textured inner portion of his cape, you can tell he’s not wearing just the typical tights, cape and cowl.

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Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel by Original Sculptor Tomohide Enoki

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Cowboy Bebop has been high on my list as one of the best anime series ever released for a while now. It’s odd that for such a hit series they haven’t released that many action figures for it.  Out of the limited selection, we were able to get our hands on a Spike Spiegel action figure by Kaiyodo Toys. As you can see from the title, the figure was sculpted by Tomohide Enoki. Before picking up the figure, I just assumed it was a non-articulated statue of Spike. To my surprise, this figure actually comes with a couple points of articulation: His head, arms and elbows all rotate.

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