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Bootleg LEGO Jabba the Hutt Minifigure

August 13, 2016
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Bootleg Figure

I can’t say that I’ve been following this very closely, but up until fairly recently my impression of bootleg LEGO figures was that they looked and felt markedly worse than the genuine article. Many were so bad that you could easily tell the difference even in a photo. It seems that is starting to change, however.

The figure above is a bootleg figure that I got direct from China. When I bought this one, it was a brand new thing on eBay, but now they are all over sites like eBay and AliExpress. It is extremely close to a genuine figure (pictured below). The color of the plastic is slightly different (not as different as it appears in these photos) and there is no copyright info on the bottom of the bootleg, but the main differences are with the paint.

 

Real Figure

Real Figure

The real one has more subtle wrinkles on the body, a lighter beige color on the face, and more detailed eyes. Also (and this is an easy one to spot), the bootleg has the tattoo on both arms, when it should only be on his right (our left).

Before these bootlegs appeared, this was a relatively sought-after figure on the secondary market. After all, you could only get one by buying the new(ish) Jabba’s Palace or Sail Barge sets, both of which were rather expensive. That meant that you might have to pay $20 or $30 or more to get one. But now you can get these for around $3 or $4 including shipping from China. That’s a pretty big difference, and that could be bad news for people wanting to sell their genuine figures on the secondary market.

I can’t recommend buying bootlegs as replacements for genuine figures, but on the other hand it’s also hard to make the case that people should spend 10 times as much for something that is essentially the same — especially since LEGO doesn’t get any money directly from sales on the secondary market.

Here’s a YouTube video I made showing the differences in more detail.

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