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.
Real Emmet taking a look inside to reveal..
…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.
Pseudo-Emmet pre constructed.
And here he is put together!
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.
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!
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!