Dear Hasbro – WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE?
It’s ok, you’re a big company. You sell billions of dollars worth of toys to millions of boys and girls all over the world. You can’t really be expected to worry about some small factory in Asia knocking off every single one of your toys and turning a small profit.
As someone who has invested a small fortune into this hobby, I am fed up. If there was something I could do, I would do it!
I think it’s going to take the knock-offs crossing into the Botcon exclusives realm to actually get a legal response. When pre-production copies of the Transformers Collector Club figures find their way to Ebay, Fun Pub has the auctions removed. I bring up Botcon figures because that is what is next on the horizon: the Botcon sets are next to be ko’d.
What else is on the horizon? Well here’s a nasty list of rumored knock-off figures coming out way from the land of the Great Wall:
- G1 Black Zarak
- All 4 G1 Autobot Dino Cassettes
- G1 Abominus
- Botcon 2007 set
- Botcon 2008 Shattered Glass Rodimus Prime
I understand supply and demand just fine, but these KO’s are messing with the supply and will in turn destroy the price. Sure, everyone wants a chance to own the dino cassettes, but they are CRAPPY figures. The only reason they are notable is their rarity and once you take that away, the legend is erased forever.
These knock-off Henkei Seekers above are problems for TakaraTomy, and not necessarily Hasbro. It does just show how widespread this problem is getting. Even iGear seems to be getting away with Cybertronian murder, and all this stuff is plain as day PUBLICLY AVAILABLE! Hey Hasbro, if you’ve had troubled finding the source, I’d love to help you. I actually own about two dozen factory-made prototypes of YOUR products. Wouldn’t you like to know how I get this stuff? I’d be happy to tell you if it means you can put some sort of stop to the knock-off game.
Hey, if you are too busy to plug the holes in your ship then fine. I’m just gonna jump right off and cash in my collection now instead of later. I expect to see plenty of other long-time collectors following suit.