Bootleg Guide – Plushies

PLUSH

Look at the quality of the stitching and see if it of a high standard. Look for the manufacturer’s label and check copyright details. Look at the face to see if it is symmetrical

Ghibli toys are usually made from the highest quality materials which usually mean they are really expensive, they always have the Ghibli mark on the tag and the look and feel of the plush is always of really high quality. Sun Arrow are the only licensed manufacturer of Ghibli Plush toys visiting their website can give you an idea of the range of toys they produce and to compare to what you see on sale.

GE Entertainment who produces licensed Japanese goods for he US market do a really good quality range of plush toys and even though they are reasonably priced are produced with a high quality.

What is a UFO catcher plush?
UFO catchers are very common in arcades in Japan. They are machines filled with prizes that players ‘catch’ with a claw, similar to western claw machines. However, merchandise from Japanese machines is very high-quality and limited in production.

GE Entertainment who produces licensed Japanese goods for he US market do a really good quality range of plush toys and even though they are reasonably priced are produced with a high quality. Some will say Beware of Great Eastern Animation, they tend to fall apart, especially InuYasha series. They create plushies for the domestic market. They will also have the logos of the company that holds the licensing rights of the products. For example, a black mokona from xxxHolic will have the FUNimation logo on the tag as well.

** Many eBay accounts and shops from China, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan sell fake goods. It’s not to say that all do but you really need to take extra care if you are dealing with anime sellers from these places. Use caution when purchasing from ANY online shop/retailer, including Amazon.

Known Offical Plushie Companies
Banpresto
Sega
Nintendo
Movic
Sun Arrow for Studio Ghibil and they are not UFO’s : ‘Sun Arrow, Designed by Studio Ghibli.’ The paper tag has a little orange sticker of authenticity on it with a small Totoro.
Yujin

– will see on the pokemon/pocket monster tags a blue oval that is actually a sticker of authenticity.

– Sony pictures for ruroni kenshin will also have a sticker on the inside of the tush tag for authentication.

Licensing Stickers
A very good way of spotting official Japanese merchandise is to look for Licensing Stickers, these small stickers are often silver, holographic or another reflective colour. They normally have the company, brand or title logo, with some copyright information. Each company tends to use a different design and change them every so often as an anti piracy method. They are normally located on the bottom right corner of posters and calendars. Packaged/boxed goods such as action figures generally have them somewhere on the front of the packaging. Plush toys often have licensing stickers on their removable card tags. Official licensed goods sold in America and other countries rarely seem to have their own form of licensing stickers, so in that case, you will have to go by the quality of the product as well as look for other details to be certain if you are purchasing a licensed product.

Examples of stickers on tush tags:

 

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