So this morning, I come into work at my cubicle and check my emails. And oddly enough, just for the heck of it, instead of auto-deleting, I checked my home spams to find an “Anime Figure” email from another collector: “H-Gurl”. Definitely not your typical spam! And guess what? Her email was simply a friendly message complimenting my collection and noting some “red flags” concerning possible bootlegs or fakes in my collection. With my Tessa Testarossa (Full Metal Panic!), I agreed with her assessment, not to mention the scratches, deformities and poor finish. But for such a scarce version at the time, paying $1 or $2 (plus shipping) on ebay was better than nothing…
With my Gothloli Asuka (Neon Genesis Evangelion), also scarce at the time, I was also disappointed at the too-shiny finish. But again, better than nothing. In fact, H-Gurl gave a more-detailed comparison, including features on the figure box itself. For example, she noted: “If you look at your Gothloli Rei, the Gainax holographic sticker on front reflects heavily when photographed or exposed to light. The Gothloli Asuka sticker should do the same.”
Regarding the “fake” Asuka: “(1) Her lower eyelashes are longer than the original. (2) The color of her hair is a different shade of orange entirely, and the sculpt is slightly thicker on the tips of her hair. (3) Her skin has a gloss to it that is not present in the authentic, and has a very cheap plastic look about it. (4) Her skin color is also almost a tan color, unlike the original who is pretty pale. (5) The tip of the white ruffle on her shirt is not low enough into her bust. (6) Also, with fakes, the paint is of a cheaper quality, and can easily chip or fade off… (7) When you get the authentic you will probably notice that the fake is somewhat smaller. It seems most fake versions are thinned out from poor recasting.” And I only asked her about the sticker, hahaha.
But I told her that even knowing what I know now, she didn’t have to go to all of this trouble. Risk comes with the territory, right? If I screw up, I screw up, lol. I’m just concerned with saving for the next figure! And my “fake” Asuka will now gain a “new status” as a great conversation piece as I wait for my newly pre-ordered “genuine” Asuka to ship this August-September 2007, hehe. In any case, I appreciate her willingness to inform other collectors. Thanx, H-Gurl!
Now for anyone else, this post isn’t meant to scare anyone into inaction. The Genshiken mantra is: Just buy what you like, right? But if you’re interested in more information about bootleg or fake figures, check out the websites that H-Gurl frequent: (1) ZEROtype Forums and (2) Nuts for Anime Figures (NAF). Now for H-Gurl, here are the GAINAX sticker photos you requested. The first 4 shots come from the “fake” Gothloli Asuka box, and the last 4 shots come from the “genuine” Gothloli Rei box. Despite everything, are both stickers genuine?