LEGO Movie Bootleg – Emmet

Fans of LEGO would reel in horror as they learn that their hobby has attracted the attention of Chinese bootleggers. I came across a set of fake LEGO Movie minifigures from TaoBao and I was curious how they actually looked like. So, let’s get started shall we?

Each minifig comes in an oversized box relative to the contents within. Click on each image for a better look.

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Real Emmet taking a look inside to reveal..

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…a plastic baggy with trading cards! Not sure what these cards are for but it’s a form of value add I guess?


The print isn’t all that good, but they’ve got the general idea. Pseudo-Emmet’s helmet and hair is fused together and the colour is off. His face is not the same as the original.

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Pseudo-Emmet pre constructed.

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And here he is put together!

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Side by side is where we see the differences between each.

Pseudo-Emmet’s belt is off and his colours aren’t as defined as real Emmet.

The legs have an odd hole by the side and the feet have an odd angle to them.

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Similar to certain bootleg minifigs, the legs are a dead giveaway. You could say for a moment that they are pretty lame.

No idea why can’t they just seal it off. Perhaps it would take more plastic to manufacture.


To a child, they won’t really see the difference between an original and a bootleg. I guess cheap stuff is always good to purchase and throw around but safety wise it’s tricky. While these wasn’t a strong paint smell on the bootleg, you never know if the paint used has lead or other harmful chemicals.

These figs would not see a space on my shelf but it is interesting to see what comes out from China. Buyer beware!

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