Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone had an awesome holiday and got some equally awesome new stuff to add to their collections. :D
Oooookay. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- I'm a huge TOMY figure collector.. Aside from any Raichu, Purugly, Shinx, Luxio or Luxray stuff, that's basically all I collect. Currently, I am undergoing the fun/frustrating/expensive process of trying to collect the first and second generation of Pokemon, with the exception of the above mentioned Pokemon (okay, so that's a lie. There are other exceptions like Electivire :P~~~~~~~). Having said that, I'm BARELY making it through the first 151 original Pokemon. XD
Anyways, I had a question about a certain TOMY figure that I own. About 2 years ago, I purchased Nidoran F, Nidorina and Nidoqueen figures off of eBay. I'm about 95% sure NidoranF and Nidorina are official. Both figures have correct coloration, niether are mishapen.. actually, neither is Nidoqueen, but she's the one I'm a little concerned about. In all actuality the figure doesn't have a crappy paint job, It's just that its ALL BLUE. She has hints of purple here and there, but as we all know Nidoqueen has those tan/beige breast-plate thingies along with the under belly. What confuses me the most about this figure is the fact that it has the usual crap that all TOMY figures are typically stamped with:
MADE IN CHINA
The exact same thing goes for both the Nidoran and Nidorina figures.
(I would take some pictures of the actual TOMY stamp, but with all the cleaning and clearing out I've been doing, I moved my figures to my grandfather's house to keep from losing any of them. :/)
I've been super careful, maybe even obsessive about the figures that I add to my collection.. but even when I was younger I watched out for bootlegs. I learned fast that all official Pokemon figures, or at least the type that I was collecting, were marked TOMY. Accidentally aqquiring a bootleg or two wasn't such a big deal back then, though. That was back in the days when department stores like Wal*Mart and Kmart both sold the American release of TOMY figures in packs. Currently, I only have 63 figures, but every single one of them is official -- at least to my knowledge. The only one NOT marked TOMY would be my Lickitung, but then again I got it in a Hasbro package at Wal*Mart (it also came with an Eevee figure that is marked official, as well as a grabber ball on a string and a rainbow badge pin. While I'm sure stranger things have happened, I don't see how likely it is that an exact replicated bootleg figure of Lickitung would end up in official packaging with other licensed merchandise). Blah, blah blaaaaaaaaaah. Basically, what I'm trying to ask is.. is it possible to find a bootleg figure with all of the markings/stamps characteristic of an official TOMY? Does this one look and/or sound like a bootleg figure to any of you? Is it too hard to tell without more pictures? I've really been watching eBay, I've always been careful anytime I buy Pokemon stuff from there. If this one does turn out to be a fake, I will be a bit bummed needless to say. Nidoqueen is a little difficult to find, I think. D: Aaaaaahhh.. Oh well.. if that's the case, I guess all I can do is watch the community for a massive figure sales post (which I always seem to miss out on, ironically).
I'm sorry. I've said a mouthful, as per normal. Thanks everyone!
...........................Oh, by the way.. Are there TOMY figures of Glameow, Purugly OR Spinda?