I have a warning for you, oh Wizard World 2014 attendees. If you’re going to the Chicago Comic Con happening this weekend, shop wisely. I browsed the dealer room today and came upon some rather unfortunate things.
First of all, most of the items at Credits Remaining’s booth 120 in Hall A are bootleg products. The owners of the booth are Credits Remaining and I picked up on it when I noticed every “Good Smile Company” product had wrong packaging and was clearly inferior to their regular figures. The Nendoroids are a dead giveaway, due to the boxes being half the normal size. There were also a number of Attack on Titan Petanko style figures, which Good Smile Company hasn’t even made yet. Even many of the Pokemon plushes were suspect, as they weren’t as high quality as the official ones sold in Japan or even here in the US. I even asked the staff at this booth if they were bootleg products, and they acknowledged it, but they certainly didn’t go out of their way to mention that to other shoppers.
I would also exert a lot of caution if you visit Cross Country Collectibles at booth 211 in Hall A while shopping at Wizard World. Why? Well, I happened to check the Pokemon plushes and there were many that said they was made by “Disney” on their tags. That’s right – another bootleg. My second day back, I took pictures. Here’s one of “Disney”‘s Emolga “Pokemon”.
Shop smart when you shop at Comic Cons! If you have a smart phone and something seems even slightly questionable, then Google it! People spend a lot of money in the vendor rooms at these events, and it breaks my heart to think people aren’t getting what they think they are.