Prototypes? How?
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Prototypes? How?

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Hey all, I've been wondering, how do (supposed) prototypes and factory rejects come into existence? Im talking about things like this-

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MARVEL-LEGENDS- ... RTM1562569

It just seems to be an unpainted version of the figure. How do people get hold of prototypes and factory rejects. Don't they get destroyed by the factory or something? Unless the ones on ebay are fakes? Please help, I'm really confused.

Posted by TJO Customs
on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
User Comments
Mighty Tom -
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
If you know the right people and you got the money you can pretty much get your hands on anything.

As for the bootlegs like Darth said there not always bootlegs, they do some times "fall off" the production line or it could be something like there just old stock that hasn't sold due to damaged packaging or something, there are a ton of reasons but like I said with enough money anything is possible.
Darththomas -
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
They're not always bootlegs, some of them "fall off" the production line into employees bags and some are seconds that don't make it through QC. Same story falling into the bags of workers. Some are bootlegs, such as red hulk, Neca TMNT, Sota Revolutions etc. but yeah most were destined for the bin at the factory and some kind souls rescued them.
TJO Customs -
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Aaah ok...but how do the sellers get their hands in one of them, let alone multiples?



In regard to the bootlegs, the ebay auctions I'm talking about are like these-

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UH7-MARVEL-UNIV ... 35d9790f4d


I'm pretty sure that that's a genuine figure. I've bought auctions like this before,and the figure has been literally the same quality as other real ones. Maybe they just got a while bunch of these figures for cheap? It's often older figures that this happens to.


Btw thanks for all your answers
pock63 -
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sometimes these unpainted hard plastic prototypes are used for product testing in locations around the factory and then the people that signed up to do product testing can often keep the prototypes.
Mighty Tom -
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Yeah some of the bootlegs can actually be pretty good, I know the NECA TMNT are supposedly just as goods as the genuine ones, the same with the NECA Terminator ones as well although the faces can be a bit hit and miss.

the only ones that I've come across that were pretty bad were a WWE elite that was made from really cheap plastic, had loose joints and had the articulation missing in the feet. The others were the SOTA Street Fighter Revolution, they come in all the proper packaging and they look genuine but as soon you open the box it's a whole different story, the paint on them is bad, the joints are loose, they break very very easily and you can actually take the entire figure apart without even having to heat it up that's how bad they are.
TJO Customs -
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Really? Cause they're really good bootlegs then lol. Some even came in the original bubble shell ( but not full packaging) I compared some to the real ones and they're identical.
Mighty Tom -
Saturday, July 12, 2014
No I guess not as I suppose you would technically be buying stolen goods and as for the cheap figures from some chinese sellers on ebay they are actually bootlegs that have been made using the original molds.
TJO Customs -
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ahh...so buying them isn't particularly "legal". Is it the same sort of story for the cheap figures from some chinese sellers on ebay?


Btw most prototype figs I've seen are not primer coloured, but in the original plastic colours.
Mighty Tom -
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There stolen by factory worker who are just trying to make extra money although sometimes they are just the normal figures that some people have spray painted with primer and pass off as prototypes.
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