Bootleg By Definition

One of the most common questions I get in my “How to Spot Bootlegs” panel is “What is the difference between a ‘bootleg’ and ‘unlicensed’ merchandise?” The difference is massive, so I’m here to explain. Throughout my time as a collector, I’ve noticed that “bootleg” is often used as an umbrella term for merchandise thatContinue reading “Bootleg By Definition”

How To: Remove Plastic Yellowing

The sad reality of collecting vintage toys is that even if you take the BEST care of them they can turn yellow. For some items it can be a chemical reaction in the plastic due to heat or simply age, for others it can be sun fading from being left outside or in a windowContinue reading “How To: Remove Plastic Yellowing”

Quick Guide: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Bootlegs

Before I start I would like to say that this is not an anti-bootleg post. For some people they’re all you can afford, and sometimes you simply did not know any better. Some collectors buy exclusively weird and funny bootlegs. The creator of Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi, collected bootlegs of her franchise in the 90’sContinue reading “Quick Guide: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Bootlegs”

How To: Plushie Care and Restoration

It was requested a while ago that I do a piece talking about plushy cleaning, so I figured I’d cover plushy care in general. Cleaning and caring for your NEW plushies can be pretty easy, but if you buy something used and receive it in less than desirable condition you’re going to have some workContinue reading “How To: Plushie Care and Restoration”

Identifying S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon Series Bootlegs

THIS GUIDE APPLIES TO ALL BOOTLEG S.H.FIGUARTS SAILOR MOON LINE FIGURES,but specifically uses Sailor Moon as a baseline. Price Tags & Listings If an S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon figure is a bootleg chances are you’ll see her priced very low ($17.99 seems to be the magic price as of December 12, 2013). The seller may alsoContinue reading “Identifying S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon Series Bootlegs”

Storing & Moving your Collection

Chances are when you have a growing collection you’ll find yourself storing boxes, items of lesser importance, or items you just can’t display right now. It’s difficult to know exactly how you should do that when you’ve never had to before, so hopefully I can provide some tips you didn’t consider. As storing and movingContinue reading “Storing & Moving your Collection”