It's been a while since I've talked about Nendoroids, I've taken a small break from buying them to focus on my BJD and Amiibo collections.
If you've been looking at the "My Collector's Closet" tab you'll know that I got a Pokemon Center Red Nendoroid a while back- that I paid a hefty price for. I did get him for a good deal really, a mere $120. If you see some of the asking prices now you might think, that's nothing! Or maybe, you'll think something along the lines of, "Wow! What an idiot! I just found one on eBay for $15!"
Please be aware that the number of bootleg Nendoroids showing up recently has increased significantly! If a Nendoroid price seems to good to be true, that's because it almost always is. Now, there are some rare exceptions in which you can find legit Nendoroids for an awesome price, but that's far and few between. No seller in their right mind would ever sell an ultra rare figure for 1/10 of the price they could get, probably not even 1/2 unless they're just looking for a super quick sale.
Nendoroids are made with good quality materials, carefully hand painted, and always have bright and vibrant colors. The quality of all accessories should always match the quality of the Nendoroid.
I'm sure you may have wondered at some point how do you tell a fake/bootleg Nendoroid from a real Nendoroid? Some questions to ask yourself when considering whether a Nendoroid is real or a bootleg-
1. Does it come from anywhere other than the U.S. or Japan? --- If so be very weary when deciding to make a purchase.
2. Does it come with the original box? ---- If it is coming from out of country and does not have a box with it, try to remember that a lot of fake Nendoroids are not produced with boxes.
3. Does the seller use catalogue pictures or real pictures of the actual item? --- If there are no pictures of the actual item you're looking at and it's coming from somewhere like Hong Kong or China, you're better off skipping it.
4. Does the paint look questionable in any way? --- Dull paint, rubbed off paint on "new" items, body parts facing incorrect ways can be a sign of a bootleg.
5. Is the price under $20 buy it now? --- If the answer is yes, it is almost 100% of the time without a doubt a bootleg. I've seen fairly low priced Nendoroids before, but nothing that is authentic (or at least authentic and worth buying, not parts or broken pieces) ever priced at under $20.
So, when all is said and done- if you're still questioning whether that Red Nendoroid is fake or not... the answer is yes. China is reproducing Red. If you want to keep your collection authentic and get a nice, high quality item I'd recommend spending the full price (even if it is an arm and a leg) and buying the authentic Nendoroid. If you don't care if your collection is authentic, go for it! I know Red is expensive and a lot of people don't have money to pay $200 for a small toy, but let me tell you- this Nendoroid is worth it. Not only as a Nendoroid collector but as a Pokemon fan as well.