Bud Reviews: Spotting a Transformers Knock Off G1 Optimus Prime


Found this great deal  for a "Transformers G1 Optimus Prime Re-issue Collection Set MISB Brand New". I was delighted thinking it was the actual reissue for $60.Until the good folks at Seibertron.com pointed out the details. They warned me that the listing I was looking at was fake. Since I've been looking for an Optimus that is the closest to G1 as possible and not spend a fortune, I ordered that knock off Prime.

Well, it's finally here and boy is it fake. I took some pictures to highlight what I think are the fake indications.





 Neanderthal Optimus, large forehead and some..plastic growth? 



Plastic swirls all over the trailer. The plastic feels thin and you can see the framing through it






 Severely scratched plastic and different from die cast color. Die-cast feet have silver bits.

 Not perfectly tight, deformations in body plastic.

 
Bad stickers. Smoke stacks (though full and not cut off) don't have the grooves very clear. Looks like they just painted it on.


Different plastic colors with the cheap red plastic.


 Glass was scratched and hinges were loose.


Trailer stickers were not glossy


More swirls in trailer


 I had no idea these knock off companies would have the guts to fake the Takara print too.

 Pictures on box are not clear and grainy. It felt rough like a detergent box. 


The "UPC PROOF OF PURCHASE" looks bolded and unaligned


Finally, the lettering is horrible. Look at the "t" in sentient, the "g" in right or "the Autobot scout car". Was the printer drunk?

Overall, the joints were tight but got damaged quickly. The toy was noisy, especially when rolling. It looks like the original and will fool many (including me).

To be honest, it's not worth buying at all. The box smells bad, and if you have kids, don't let them near this thing. Who knows what low quality stuff they make this out of. If it's a bad health risk for kids, it makes sense it's bad for adults too. 

VERDICT:
Knock Off G1 Optimus Prime Toy gets a D on the B.U.D scale:
Save your $$$ and put it towards a Year of the Horse figure. Also in hindsight I wouldn't want to encourage knock-offs. I would support Hasbro directly and let them know that their stuff is quality compared to this.

The B.U.D scale:
B= Buy
U= Useless (Not recommended)
D= Do not buy

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