Pretty Pink Guardian Lala (princesshakuryu) wrote in pkmncollectors,
Pretty Pink Guardian Lala

Authenticity help wanted for these old TOMY figures!

Hello! So I have had these older pokemon toys in their japanese bubble packing forever now and I just noticed on 3 items that the packaging is different from my others to make me question the authenticity of these old pokemon toys. I would love to collect all of the original 151 in this kind of MOC packaging plus togepi and a few johto starters to re-live my childhood but I wanted to come here for detailed tips on how to spot fakes first! I know there are all kinds of releases for these toys, and I was wondering if these are the real deal with just a different packaging variant. I understand Hasbro distributed these toys to the US and Audley distributed them around Japan back in the 90's.

EDIT: These TOMY's are authentic! If anyone else has these in their original Japanese packaging with Shopro stickers I would LOVE to see pictures of them!

So the items in question are my #43 Psyduck and Golduck, #44 Seel and Dewgong, and #45 Sandshrew and Sandslash. I previously used to own these same toys as a kid (but distributed by Hasbro from Walamrt so I know they were legitimate) and nothing seems out of the ordinary as far as paint or color errors to indicate that they are bootlegs. The only things I see out of place are the lack of Audley logo at the top left corner, different Japanese characters in larger font than all my other MOC pokemon TOMY's, and a Shopro sticker instead of a MediaLink sticker. I have bought recent official Pokemon merchandise,such as UFO banpresto plush from japan, with the Shopro stickers on them so I am curious about these 6 little toys. I bought them off ebay years and years ago, I didn't spend very much on them, maybe $6 for each.

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Missing Audley Logo on the left packaging of Seel and Dewgong, present on the packaging on the left with Seadra. Also notice the Shopro stocker and the MediaLink Sticker. All my gen 1 Japanese TOMY figures have the MediaLink sticker, but my #43, #44, #45 have this weird Shopro sticker instead.

Backsides of the packaging/backcards:

Stamps on toys:

Here are all my other Gen 1 TOMY's I own, hopefully everything else here besides these three in question look official! I hope to collect the rest of Gen 1 someday.

And my new Team Mystic shirt juuust because why the heck not... xP

*Even if these toys are not authentic I still plan to keep them in their packaging and hang them on my wall amongst my official ones. They have been with me for a long time and I still enjoy them! Need help identifying fakes so I can be a smarter shopper and get legitamte gen 1 TOMY Pokemon toys from now on! Thanks in advance for all the help!
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