There are two sides to every coin, they say. Mischievous acts are done purely to satisfy your inner desires, but for the Phantom Thief, it’s not the case.
Kaitou Kid has a wide range of gadgets he can choose from to hold successful heists. On the contrary, his actions weren’t always for evil, but for solely returning stolen treasures back to their places. Kinda makes him like a twisted modern Robin Hood, huh? Well, every story adapts to an older one, and surely this thief will also go straight to captivity if he’s caught.
If you’re wondering why Kaitou Kid looks so much like Conan Edogawa, it’s because they’re both created by the same artist. From a manga perspective, their worlds kinda intertwine. Later on, the Phantom Thief becomes a recurring character in Detective Conan still holding every bit of mystery behind his mask.
Gosho Aoyama, being a renowned manga artist, holds an excellent reputation with the Detective Conan series. Kaitou Kid being included in the series means his mysterious appearance is worth being collected as a toy figure. Unfortunately, popular designs get copied by bootleggers for an easy dime.
ORIGIN OF FAKE
Bought on: AliExpress
Vendor: XIES TOY Store
Distribution Area: Worldwide
There are no figures too small or too big for figure pirates. If it’s worth selling, then they wouldn’t mind copying it even if it looks like a disaster. So, if you’re even thinking of shopping for anime figures on AliExpress, it’s just best to stay away.
XIES TOY Store doesn’t care if they know they’re selling bootlegs. It’s obvious enough that what they care about is money in its corrupt form. They don’t really care about the product’s quality nor don’t mind about customer satisfaction.
So what do you do? It’s up to you to be mindful about what you buy. Take a look at this fake Kaitou Kid figure and find out why bootlegs aren’t worth your cash.
DESCRIPTION OF FAKE
We present to you the bootleg duo — Lucky Kuji Kaitou Kid and its Pearl Coating Version. Obviously, the two have different poses and it’s clear to say that we’ll be talking about the original version first. In this packaging, however, you can already smell the fishiness of both items.
The thin plastic wrapping really feels fragile. It might as well tear apart with little force trying to rip it. In addition, it just makes you wonder why both figures are stacked up together, without any branded box from SEGA — the manufacturer of the Lucky Kuji prize figure line. On top of that, prize figures are meant to be won from different games in Japan, mainly arcade games. You get them by chance or buy them from a legitimate store that was able to get it through the same method.
Needless to say, prize figures, regardless of their affordable quality, are still sealed in cardboard packaging. If you’ll refer to the images above, you’ll see what a real Lucky Kuji Kaitou Kid box looks like.
The fake figure that we have luckily has a base. On the contrary, the figure’s form looks a bit loose because of its attachment bits on its sole. It definitely needs balancing to be set straight on the base. Well, that’s just how bootlegs work to be honest.
From a fair distance, you can already see stains on this shimmering white figure. It’s not that hard to spot because of the figure’s design. We’ll look more into that by zooming in on the figure’s head first.
The angle on the front of the face reveals the crude quality of the figure. You can see the edges are rough — on the hat and shoulders. The ears and monocle look rough as well. While there are a few overlapping paints on the ears, you’ll see that the paint quality is quite faded as well.
Aside from the paint quality, the hair feels like it’s quite unrefined. Although we’re not taking the real figure into consideration at the moment, you can tell that the hair could be better with a little bit more details on it. Apart from that, the hat is shot with an unknown spot that kinda tells you it’s a coffee stain — but it could possibly not be that kind of stain as well.
Up close, you can tell that the fake figure wears a dirty white coating. The reason ‘dirty’ was used is because the whole figure is covered in bruised stains. Where these stains came from — we actually don’t know. Both of the figures were sealed inside a cheap plastic anyway, but something tells us that the stains were acquired during the manufacturing process.
Apart from stains, the body area has evidence of a sloppy paint job and rough edges on it.
Looking at the fake figure’s lower body area, you can tell that the stains might be some sort of little burnt areas. The legs are just full of these stains and the shoes weren’t able to escape this ugly flaw as well.
Going over the feet, you’ll find that the feet and base pairing quite weird. We adjusted the feet, as we’ve mentioned earlier, so it’s easy to say that both aren’t really compatible at all. This is a major defect for most figures if they really can’t hold still on their bases, and that makes this figure an absolute wreck of a bootleg.
Once you see the real Lucky Kuji Kaitou Kid figure, you’ll realize that there are a lot of differences between the fake and the real. The real figure just stands out with its smooth edges and glowing surface of white. It’s definitely spotless white, and that’s what makes this design a perfect depiction of the Phantom Thief Kaitou Kid.
So, how much does an authentic Lucky Kuji Kaitou Kid figure cost? Will you ever be able to find one online? Let’s see about that!
Okay, it’s easy to tell that prize figures can be rare sometimes. After all, you’re only getting them by a stroke of luck. You also have to consider the supply of the figures as well as their age. As for the real Lucky Kuji: Kaitou Kid figure, the item can go as high as $50 USD depending on the seller.
The fake figure isn’t even worth a dollar if you’ll ask any anime figure enthusiast. If you’re into the craft though, you’ll have to put a lot of effort into fixing the figure. You’ll only realize that it’s an unmendable mess. $7.60 USD is too high for this bootleg.
WHERE TO GET A SEGA LUCKY KUJI: KAITOU KID FIGURE
Believe it or not, the SEGA Lucky Kuji: Kaitou Kid figure was released back in 2013. You should expect that the design has been long gone from online shops, not to mention the demand for it has erased its existence from trusted online stores. So, where do you get the exact design?
You might want to check our article on using Japanese Buying Services as it might help you get a figure that may only be exclusive in Japan. In the end, the specific Kaitou Kid figure is a prize figure and you can only get it from playing prize games in Japan.
Well, if you’re really into this sleek character, there are other toy lines out there that’s offering a further enhanced design. Maybe going over the BigBadToyStore might solve your problem.
The Nendoroid No. 1412 Kaitou Kid — The Phantom Thief figure is an adorable and interactive design. Nendoroids from Good Smile Company are really top-notched despite their chibi physique. After all, it’s the purpose of the toy line to cater collectors of chibi figures. You can get it from BBTS for $64.99 USD.
Needless to say, the fake Kaitou Kid figure awfully ranks the lowest among the bootleg figures that we’ve reviewed so far. Sparkling white figures should stay sparkling white. The reason this Kaitou Kid figure fails is because of its spotty surface and dirty edges. You can tell that it’s definitely a challenge for bootleggers to completely copy a figure like this.
Anyway, the score stays low for the Kaitou Kid figure. It definite deserves a 90% terrible rating.