I just bought a complete set of NECA Ninja Turtles online. After I already paid for the figures I saw they were coming from China. When I opened the packages (the tube shaped packages) I noticed they looked like all the photos I've seen of the genuine NECA figures but they didn't come with the extra set of hands or the street scene diorama pieces. I don't know how to tell if they are bootlegs or not. I am worried about if they were painted with lead paint. And if they are painted with lead would a matte coat of spray paint keep me from getting any sort of lead poisoning. Another note on if they are bootlegs or not after taking the 4 figures out of there packages I noticed that there was some faint black paint smeared on my thumb that I am pretty sure came off the figures while I was handling them, is this common with the NECA Turtles??? Any advice you can give me would be very appreciated. Thanks for reading this and replying with any information that could help.
The ones that came in the tube didn't have the street piece or the extra hands, those pieces only came with the turtles in the clam shell packaging. I can't answer to the paint coming off on yor thumb though.
Well that answers one question, thanks. What about rumors I have read about bootleg NECA Turtles from overseas??? I would like to think that the figures I purchased will increase in value...... and not poison me with lead
Well, I did some research on this, and it is quite possible you have bootleg figures. A quick test to see if yours are bootleg, is the bandana soft rubber, really easy to bend or stiff rubber? The real Neca figures have soft rubber bandanas.
The figures I have a fairly soft rubber, it bends easily will just a slight pressure. So I guess I lucked out then. I tried looking up any information online on the bootlegs and couldn't find anything relevant. Thanks alot.
It's hard for me to be certain without having a definite NECA brand turtle in my hand to compare it to but I think I might have the bootleg figures. For one the back of there shells has a slight blue shade to them. I have noticed paint rub on my hands after handling them. There was an awful odor of plastic when I first opened the tube packages (the smell seems to be going away with time). But these are still great figures and I appreciate all the help trying to figure this out. Has anyone seen the official NECA brand Ninja Turtles for a decent price, the figures that come with the extra hands and diorama street display?
There's an upside to this, of course. If it's a real NECA, then there's nothing to worry about. If it's a bootleg, and you get a real NECA later on, you can always use the bootleg for customizing. That's just my opinion, and I could be wrong.
I am taking this as a learning experience. I always thought bootleg toys had drippy paint, broken limbs and came in plastic bags that said "Teenage Mutant Hero Tortugas". I'm really shocked to see how good a knock off these figures really are............ not that I'm certain but I would bet that they are knock offs.