Month: January 2023

Official vs Bootleg: BINDing Fetish Boy Mao

This figure was an instant PO for me – there isn’t many lewd males out there, so this was a rare opportunity in the male figure department. Even if he is dressed up somewhat feminine. So yeah, this blog is very much NSFW. Lewdness and toys will be on full show.

This bootleg was a bit of a trial to get – had a cancelled order or two, and the one seller I did finally get it from, it took around a month for the seller to dispatch it. Was beginning to believe it didn’t really exist, but I eventually had it in my hands… box and all.


MSRP (without tax): ¥25,000
Price I paid for the official (inc shipping): ¥32,500 (£235.99)
Price I paid for the bootleg (inc shipping): £35.19

The official I bought from Nippon Yasan. Rest in pieces.


First thing that’s notable is the lack of shiny silver print on the bootleg box. And we also have “Legend Creation” emblazoned on the bootleg.
The majority of the box’s design has been recreated on the bootleg, but the artist credits and BINDing logo have been removed. The print quality isn’t as good, so the colours have suffered as a result.
The card of the box is the same ridged type though looking to the box edges we can see the two boxes open differently.

Again, a lack of shiny silver and not-fantastic colour reproduction. “Legend Creation” really want you to know that they made this bootleg, and have added their logo to both sides. We’ll see if they should be proud of this creation later.

Top/end flap:
Yeah, Legend Creation wants you to really know that they bootlegged this… They’ve even added some fake product code here. “Product code” is written in Japanese, but that’s not fooling me. This bootleg hasn’t seen Japan.

Here we can see the bootleg box is a more “standard” box configuration, with the the interlocking flaps. No print here on the bootleg.

Markedly different here! The official box is pretty standard for an official figure. The bootleg is a lot plainer, and yes, another Legend Creation prominently displayed.
The text on the bootleg box is Japanese, and likely stolen from some source or another.
Interestingly, we have a valid GS1 Chinese barcode. I searched Google and a Chinese barcode database for it but there was no hits, so it was probably randomly generated in the valid range. Or it could belong to some random Chinese product that hasn’t been indexed.

Official box opened:
This is how the official box opens up – one of those ones where two of the sides are one giant flap. The bootleg box is boring, and just opens from the top.

So these boxes are easy to tell apart – official mentions BINDing and the other mentions Legend Creation, the sign of unquality. The Chinese barcode on an allegedly Japanese product is also a tell that all isn’t as it seems. The way the box opens is also an obvious tell – opening the official is a ‘grand’ experience with the big flap, whilst the bootleg is an open-and-pull affair.


My official is repacked incorrectly here – he’s supposed to have a penis attached, with the bag around it. See moonstarfc’s photo here. So it should be more or less like the bootleg configuration, only with a bag on his penis.

First thing that is notable is a couple of the accessories are making a break for it on the bootleg – the blister isn’t as tight to keep stuff where it should be. The cushion also lacks a baggie to keep it clean.
The blisters are also notably different colours – the official has a much bluer tint to it.

And it’s not just the accessories making a break for it:
The arms were also rattling around the box. Looking good already.

The bootleg’s upper blister part is a lot shorter – it is only as deep as the figure whilst the official’s halves both extend to the bottom of the box. This makes the official blister a fair bit sturdier.

And on the topic of sturdiness:
The bootleg blister had a large air bubble in the back, to stop it from being crushed in transit. Not sure if this was a manufacturer or store-added addition, but it did protect the blister from collapsing in transit.


Got a few of these to get through…
The official top is shiny and has a good peg for fastening the straps shut. The bootleg… looks like a piece of liquorice, with a tiny nub of a “peg”. The moulding on the bootleg bow is also very poor – came out smaller than the original and messy. Looks more like food than fetishwear in my opinion.

The “shocker”:
Not sure what the proper name of this toy is, so calling it the shocker, seeing as that’s what it gives you 😛
The moulds seem to have come out the same for the official and bootleg of this toy, but the bootleg is a much cloudier plastic.

Tail butt plug:
Not too much difference here – the bootleg is slightly less detailed and has the cloudier blue plastic. Bow is a slightly different shade of pink. The strap for the bow on the bootleg is painted a bit thicker.

If you don’t want any penis, you have the option of only balls. Again, the bootleg looks more licoricey than the official. And we have some foreshadowing here of an issue that’ll come up later.
Not the best photo, but we can see the paint is messier on the bootleg.
Closeup of the bootleg one:
Yeah, some paint was thrown in the vague direction of this piece.

We’ve had some potatoes, now for some meat!
Penis with condom:
Oof, the quality is definitely lacking on the bootleg here. The mould shape has been lost, massive seam, dirt and no shiny finish. The black isn’t transfer from other parts – these photos were taken as I was unboxing the bootleg figure.
A couple of extra angles comparing the condomed penis:
We can see some mould details made it to the bootleg, but not many of them. If the peg wasn’t painted, the bootleg would look like a suspiciously-shaped frozen treat. Without the penis head shape showing properly, the bootleg looks more like a dildo rather than a penis to me.

Bare penis:
And now for two more dubious ice lollies! The bootleg one is much more tan than the official, and also shows the mediocre moulding that the other bootleg parts have.

Looks like the bootleg is actually using tanning lotion. Not too much difference here aside from the colouring.

The tips on both of them look odd to me to be honest. However, the bootleg’s paintjob is sloppier than what was apparently intended.

Phew. That was a lotta accessories.

This figure comes with a cushion to act as a base.
The cushions look very similar – the bootleg is a bit more folded up from transport, and a creamier colour.
Bit more junk in the bootleg’s trunk. The supporting card in the official gives the cushion a more rigid shape.
Looks like they were stitched together similarly. Not much differences to report here – support in the bootleg is a bit off-centre.

Overall, these cushions are very similar and it’d be hard to tell the differences between them unless they’re side-by-side.

Figure spin-around
No back shot, unless you want to see the reverse of the cushion again.
At a glance, you may be fooled, but looking close we see the bootleg looks a little sweaty and I think may have a downstairs infection there. The straps are also noticeably less glossy and don’t fit as well.
Looking from the sides, we can see how the arms don’t fit too well on the bootleg.


First of all, we’ll look at the arms separately – these are removable to allow adding/removing of the strappy vest, so not really accessories.
Top of the right arm:
Not looking too bad from this angle – the bootleg’s thumb paint is a bit blobby, but not overly noticeable. The arm cuff on the bootleg is noticeably more translucent, which loses any pretence of it being fabric.

The nail polish on the bootleg is not very good on this hand, leaving parts of the nail unpainted. And a bunch of black marks.

Side of the arm:
Lots of scuffs on the bootleg, plus a noticeable seam.

Left hand:
Hmm. The fingertips look stubbier than the official’s due to the less pointy nails. The shading is nicer on the official – there’s much more red shading near the bottoms of the fingers. The nail polish isn’t as bad here as it is on the right hand.

Underside of the arm:
And oof, the number of marks on this arm. Came like this in the box.

And the reason why the arms on the bootleg keep falling off:
The official has a hole which a metal connector goes onto. The hole is entirely missing on the bootleg.

Arm connector:
Blergh. The joint on the bootleg is malformed, and lacks the metal pin to add more stability to the join.
We’ve also got a very noticeable seam on the bootleg’s side.

Let’s look at their faces:
The bootleg’s hair is noticeably more “chonky” mould-wise. The bootleg’s face is more tan than the original, and the line around the edge of the mouth is thicker and messier, making the mouth look odd.

Side of the head:
Here we can see the bootleg bow points in a slightly different direction, and the black parts are shinier. With the bootleg’s hair, it has been cast in mostly one piece – this suggest the hair may have been re-cast from an original part, which would potentially explain why all the parts are fatter than they should be. We do have a seamline towards the bottom, instead of the separated strands that the original has.
And that horrible arm joint again…

Bootleg hair closeup:
Mmm, nice. We have this paint mistake. Also we can see the very blobby hair tips here.

Official feature only:
On the official, you can take the head off to assist with assembly/removal. The bootleg’s is glued on.

The heart detail has lost a fair amount of definition on the bootleg. It looks more like a misshapen coin or moon than a heart in my opinion. The bar detail that the pendant is attached to has survived though.

Chest straps:
The official straps frame his nipples nicely, the bootleg straps… not so much. The bootleg straps are slightly lumpier-looking as well as being more matte.

Body with straps:
The skin shading is a bit less distinct on the bootleg, but still looks nice.
What doesn’t look so nice is the paint transfer and the poorly-fitting straps. The bootleg chest straps are loose and not long enough over the shoulders, stopping it from fitting properly.
The right “posing pouch” strap isn’t long enough on the bootleg to reach the hole, and warming the strap won’t let it reach – it would have to be extruded further to reach.

Back with the straps:
The vest doesn’t close on the bootleg properly – no surprises there. Also looseness on the lower strap due it not fastening at all. The upper bootleg bow is noticeably misshapen, however the lower bow is OK. The straps themselves on the bootleg are noticeably thicker.

And if we take the straps off of the bootleg:
That’s a lotta paint transfer. Blergh.

Close-up of the strangely-placed arsehole:
Despite its location, I assume from the shape this is some kind of sphincter. Maybe he has two? I dunno. Last I checked, sphincters are usually found in the arse crack, not just below the balls.
The bootleg’s sphincter is less deep, making it look more like a dimple at this distance. Also it has been painted with a fair amount of orangey paint, making it look sore/infected. Ouchie. The official goes with a much cleaner look.

Front with no straps/accessories:
The bootleg is looking more tan than its official counterpart but still a realistic-looking skin colour, which is more than can be said of some bootlegs. We don’t have the slight suggestion of ribs on the bootleg, which might be a pro for some.
If it wasn’t for the paint transfer, the body of the bootleg actually looks decent.

Crotch attachment hole:
Looking similar on both. Bit of transfer on the bootleg from the posing pouch peg.

Let’s try a penis attachment:
The straps actually fit on the bootleg for this one, but the part at the bottom isn’t long enough to make it look like he’s pulling back the strap. Not posed it properly on the official, but it can be stretched so he’s holding it. It’s a bit of a fussy part to pose.
With the penis itself, the official matches the skin tone of the body, but the bootleg is looking possibly a bit too dark. However, the parts do fit together, which is something.

The straps don’t sit quite right for the bootleg, owing to the bottom strap being a bit short. At least this strap actually fits on though! The bootleg straps are looking less refined than the official, however.
Looking at his bum, we can see some inconsistent finish on the bootleg, where his skin is a bit shiny.

Top of right leg:
From this angle, the legs don’t look too dissimilar – the netting is a decent match and we have his inner knee shaded. Official does have some shading on his ankle.
The frill and shoe is duller on the bootleg, but not particularly noticeable without them being side-by-side.
If we look just above his stocking, the parts don’t quite fit together well on the bootleg.

Closer look at the stocking seam:
It’s a bit messy on the bootleg, but does the job. The netting is a bit less dainty, but not particularly noticeable a difference.

Close-up of the fril:
The bootleg’s is noticeably more opaque, and we can see how the black band isn’t as well cast and produces a noticeable seam due to it.

Top of the foot:
Urgh, that heart bit… fragile on both the bootleg and the official. Official has a bit more of a spike to help it stick in, but I seem to recall I had to repair both the bootleg and official here XD. The silver charm is duller on the bootleg, as well as being blobbier.

Side of the shoe:
Here we can see how the finish on the shoes differ – bootleg is much less shiny. The bootleg’s sole is a more contrasting shade of black, but looks fine in my opinion. What’s less fine is the anklet…

Back view:
Yeah, it doesn’t even join up on the bootleg. Not a good look, and not quite sure what happened there. Official attaches nicely to the back of the shoe.


Overall, this is far from the worst bootleg I’ve looked at – the main body of the figure is mostly fine though the chance of paint transfers is high – with the poorly-fitting arms and inferior paints being used on the black parts causing them to transfer easily. Despite the main body of the figure being passable, the strappy accessories leave much to be desired – none of them fit properly, and prone to transferring black paint to the figure.
The worst part of this bootleg is the arms – they constantly fall off, and you can’t glue them on, unless you’re happy to never change up his straps.
As far as telling this figure apart from the official, the box is a big clue. Without the box, poorly-fitting accessories may give it away, or the unrefined hair. Close-ups of the charms will also give away the poor casting.
If you’re negotiating with a seller who’ll take a photo for you, the arm joints will give it away – if there’s no metal peg, no sale.

Official vs Bootleg: Stronger Rin Tohsaka (Type-Moon Racing)

This figure was voted for DTINDCAREA, so I hope you enjoy this blog. I’ve enjoyed your comments :).
This figure is part of a popular trio of racing figures, with a special base that unite all three.
Let’s see if this bootleg is part of a trio of abominations.


MSRP (without tax): ¥12,071
Price I paid for the official (inc shipping): ¥14,887 (£106.51)
Price I paid for the bootleg (inc shipping): $21.19 (£16.24)

The official I bought from MyKombini (who obtained it from Amazon!)


The bootleg box is a copy of the official on the front, only lacking the Type-Moon authenticity sticker. Mmm, shiny. Oh, and also lacking in print quality – the figure photo is a bit grainy and the colours washed out.
Looking at the print next to the diagonal line cuts, some are a bit off on the bootleg, but thanks to the pattern it isn’t particularly noticeable without them next to each other.

The print quality isn’t good on the sides of the bootleg box either, but all the design elements have made it. The window cuts are a close match.

Yep, more poor-quality copy.

Ditto. This really isn’t the most exciting bootleg box!

Aha, some differences! The information box has been completely reworked and just replaced with warning information and a random model number (C146 – theories of this choice in the comments!).
They’ve tried to fill up the extraneous space with similar elements to the rest of the box, but the spacing is all over the place with the red chevrons. If you look to the bottom-right you can see where they didn’t complete the grey diagonal line where the old information box ended.
A half-arsed effort, but enough to fool someone not looking for a bootleg.
My official also has a second shiny down here, and an Amazon stock control label. So I guess mine was actually preordered via Amazon XD.

Box liner:
The bootleg’s is a deeper red, and doesn’t have a premium finish. Mine’s also creased up from being folded in transport.

For this box, I’d recommend a photo of the information box – this will tell you if it is the bootleg box. The rest is very similar to the real thing, albeit lacking in authenticity stickers. So definitely be wary if there is no shiny.


The official is a much more yellowy gold than the bootleg, and has more shine to it. The paintwork on the bootleg is noticeably shoddier – the lines don’t line up properly at the top and at the bottom they’ve got bits of blobbed paint. Looking to the horse and Saber, the black doesn’t fill out the raised area.

Closeup of the horse’s legs:
Yeah, the paintwork and mould have flaws here. The black has some lumps in it, and we’ve got a ridge around one of the horse’s legs.

Closeup of the tail:
Bubbles and lines everywhere – very untidy.

The bootleg peg is more short and squat than the official’s. Lacks the nice rounding too.

Bottom of the base:
Not too much to see here. There is a copyright just visible at the top of the official’s base which isn’t present on the bootleg. The official base is more of a blue-white in colour. The peg attachment is slightly different.

Telling the bootleg and official bases apart is reasonably easy – a different colour, and poor paintwork give this one away.


In terms of accessories, this figure comes with two flags and an alternate arm.
Let’s take a look at the standing flag first:
Wow, that’s some difference in colouring – the official flag is a yellow gold whilst the bootleg is more of a white gold. Looking at the paint across the middle, the bootleg pattern feels like a rough approximation of the official one – in colour as well as shapes. We seem to have a cream paint here, instead of white.

Flip it around:
For shading, the official is more subtle than the bootleg. The pattern on the flag looks very messy on the bootleg – inconsistent edging and the cream part is sloppily painted.

Folded side of the flag:
The black paint on the body of the flag is barely visible on the bootleg – not sure where it wandered off to. Looking at the edges of the flag, the bootleg flag is rough and has a bunch of excess plastic. The cream paint is also highlighting the issues at the bottom.

An attempt was made to place the black dot on the bootleg… Instead of a dot, we have a black squiggle randomly placed on the hilt.
Looking at the edges of the hilt, we can see the bootleg isn’t cast as well, the paint isn’t as smooth and lacks shading. The gold and silver paint are at least in the right places, but the black paint on the handle is lacking at both the top and bottom.

Bottom of the flag:
Bootleg one is looking all chipped and nasty. And I haven’t even displayed the figure yet!

Front of the silver flag:
The official flag has shading along the top and the bottom that the bootleg lacks. The colours are notably different – a lot less contrast between the silvers and the black parts are darker under the hexagons for the bootleg.
Looking at the hilt, the black paint is sloppy on the bootleg, plus the dot hasn’t been filled in.

The lack of shading and messy black paint continues around here, plus we have splotches of black and red paint. And a tiny yellow dot at the bottom-middle, if you can spot it.
The upper hilt paint looks dull and lifeless on the bootleg – no glossy paint here.

Flag-holding arm:
The first thing that’s apparent is the lack of shiny gloss on the bootleg. The bootleg’s sleeve has most of the shading of the official, but less distinct. The black paint is sloppier, but not as bad as other areas. What definitely is sloppier is the nail polish – another bootleg that’s dipped her fingers in the polish bottle. It is also not as nicer shade as the official’s polish in my opinion.
Looking at the skin, the official has more shading, but it looks kind of odd next to the bootleg. A bit too orange tan. Bootleg has plasticky shininess though.

Resting arm:
This arm has the same issues as the previous, but we’ve also got some sloppy glue near the pegs. Looking at the pegs themselves, the casting isn’t as good on the bootleg.


Let’s see what she looked like in the blister before I got her out.
The blister for the bootleg was taped up in transit to keep it as small as possible for shipping. So now it’s a distorted mess. The blister plastic is noticeably lower quality for the bootleg.
The blister layout is the same, but there isn’t any protective plastic sheets/bags for the accessories.


This figure has multiple display options, so let’s just start with a spin of Rin on her own:
In terms of sculpt, they’re pretty similar. The bootleg has a couple of notable differences in this regard – the head is leaning forward more and her feet are pointed downwards more.
There are some notable differences in the paint though – a lack of gloss on the bootleg and she has very purple hot pants. The bootleg looks more tan – her skin is darker on average, despite the official’s orange tan.

With the flags:
The bootleg doesn’t sit with the silver flag as well, with it poking off the base if you attempt to pose it the same as the official figure.
Yeah… the bootleg just doesn’t hold this flag properly at all. Her arm is at the wrong angle so it can’t grasp the top of the flag’s hilt. Also the arm that should be resting on the base very obviously doesn’t.

With both flags:
Yeah… best I can say for the bootleg is she looks like she’s drunk and falling over. All her limbs seem to have bending/attachment issues, causing her pose to be massively off.


“Action feature” the bootleg doesn’t have:
The head detaches on the official, allowing easier replacement of the arm if desired. The bootleg’s head is glued on. You can also use this to admire the lovely paint job on the official’s jacket:

Taking a close-up you can definitely notice the different angles of the head. The bootleg’s hair isn’t as nicely shaded, leaving dark shading where there should be lighter areas.
Looking at the hair, the bootleg’s hair ties are a light purple instead of dark, there seems to be a bit of stray glue and the long strands have a noticeable seam running down them.

Closer look at the face:
The bootleg’s eyes aren’t as nice of a design – the pupil lacks the proper shading, and the white shine looks like she’s put Tippex in her eye.
The bootleg’s lips are a bright pink colour, which looks a bit odd. Her ear is also shiny, showing off the cheaply done paint job. Not even entirely sure if the bootleg’s ear is actually painted…

Back of the hair:
The bootleg is definitely looking inferior back here – shiny finish, seaming and a less well blended additional strand. The finish looks particularly uneven across her scalp – can seem some mottling. The paint colours don’t gel together, cheapening the look too.

Closer look at the blending:
Mmm, yeah…

Hair tie:
The bootleg’s hair looks like it’s been jammed in here rather than arranged. We can also see the “bootleg purple” colouring on the tie itself, plus the lack of finish. The official’s is shiny and has also seemingly attracted some dust – sorry about that.

Hair tie on her left:
The bootleg isn’t as bad on this side, but it’s still not great.

The bootleg’s top appears to be shinier than the jacket, whilst the official maintains the same shininess throughout.
Looking at the jacket, the lacking paintwork makes the bootleg’s jacket look somewhat deformed around the collar as there’s a lack of distinction between the parts. Towards the bottom there’s also a bunch of black paint splatter. Guess the bootleg’s been working in the pit! The silver emblem isn’t as shiny as its official counterpart, but manages to look OK.
Moving to the top, the bootleg’s paint is messy – the purple paint doesn’t follow the lines and the silver dot details under her boobs aren’t placed correctly.

Right arm join:
The official can be somewhat of a pain to assemble, but the bootleg is worse – as you can see, couldn’t quite get the arm in, which isn’t helped by the fact I can’t take her head off to apply pressure to her shoulder.
Also got some black paint splatter on this side of the bootleg.

Left arm:
Here the darkness and dullness of the bootleg’s clothes is on full show. And a lack of subtleness in the edging of the jacket arm. We’re missing one strand out the back on the bootleg (unless it has wandered off elsewhere…)

Left hand:
The bracelet is duller on the bootleg, and a slightly different shape. Here, it isn’t sitting right, showing off the join between the hand and the arm.
The bootleg’s fingers look anaemic, and the polish is not improved in close-up.

Different angle:
Here the cheapness of the bootleg bracelet really shows up. We can also see a seam on the side of the bootleg’s hand, and how it doesn’t rest correctly against the base.
There’s also some free dirt on the bootleg’s arm.

Is the bootleg trying to sensually stroke the flag or hold it…?
Again, we have more dirt on the bootleg’s arm and poorly painted nails.

Just to show it’s the figure that’s the issue:
The official figure can hold the bootleg flag just fine.

A valiant attempt was made with the bootleg’s belt, but it missed the mark. We have the pink shading replicated, but the fine silver details didn’t get painted particularly accurately. The belt loops the bootleggers decided to not match with the shorts and painted them black instead. Not sure why they didn’t stick with the purple tbh.
The bootleg’s belly button is less indented that the official, but looks OK.

Upper view:
Here we can see the belt loops didn’t even get painted all the way up to the top on the bootleg. There’s also a strange notch out of the belt here.

Side of the shorts:
Bootleg shorts are definitely less shiny than their official counterpart. We’ve got a visible seam that runs down the side of the bootleg shorts.

Yeah, definitely liking the official more here – the shading makes the shorts look odd on the bootleg. The back also has shading details on the official. The bootleg shorts also have an uneven texture plus a paintbrush hair embedded in the paint. Ooh, and some free dirt on the belt.
Looking at the bottom of the top, we can see the bootleg’s join is a bit iffy, and there’s some gapping as a result.
The bottom edge of the jacket manages to look better on the bootleg with the rounding off of the mould. So bootleg manages to have half a point?

Legs from the front:
The bootleg paint actually manages to be reasonable here – the silver zip paint manages to stay in lane. The red paint doesn’t quite get to the toe cap on one side, but isn’t too far off.
The shiny finish is missing, which is a major negative though.
The bootleg has also closed her legs a bit more, so her right foot isn’t sticking out as much.

Close-up on the toe paint:
Silver didn’t quite get to the end of one of the zips on the bootleg. Red paint is a bit sloppier on both sides.

Side of the boots:
The bootleg has managed to replicate the shading fairly close to the official. But yeah… no shine, and the boots are noticeably darker.

Tops of the boots:
The bootleggers have actually painted the zip in here – that’s a surprise. The shading is a bit off, but it’s so indistinct it isn’t causing as much issues as the hair.


As far as telling the official from the bootleg, the box makes it difficult to easily pick out the bootleg, though the official boxes should all have the Type Moon shiny. The side of the box with the safety information can act as a dead giveaway, so that’d be the side to check first.
Once out of the box though… it’s instant disappointment. Poor colour choices, lack of shiny outfit and painting mistakes. The dull colours on the base and accessories also give away the bootleg.
As far as the quality of this bootleg vs other bootlegs, it’s not bad. It’s displayable without it looking hideous, though if the buyer wanted the shiny outfit, they’d be disappointed. Some creativeness and possibly heat would be needed to get her to sit properly and look OK on the base. Straight out of the box, she doesn’t sit right and doesn’t hold her accessories properly.