Sota Street Fighter China Bootlegs worth it?
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Sota Street Fighter China Bootlegs worth it?

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I was looking to use The SOTA Street Fighters from china with the box packaging for a custom im working on soon and I was wondering if they would be good to use. I know since theyre bootlegs they must have their issues .if so are they manageable or are they a lost cause? I was looking into using the sota Zangief and the Sota E. Honda for the customs im making.

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Posted by Super Darth Castro
on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Super Darth Castro -
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Anyone Got extra Zangief OPEN hands?
Super Darth Castro -
Friday, September 20, 2013
use clear fingernail polish instead of glue. itll peal off if you need it to. it worked for my neca ryu ninja gaiden figure
lam47 -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Good advice there! I might try the rubber bands. My worry with glue is that I will get it on a visible part of the figure and not in the hole at all. He's leaning against the glass at the moment. Looks like he's window shopping for speed boats and tigers.
Darththomas -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Yeah it's super common for Balrog to have floppy legs. The best most permanent way of fixing it does require the crotch being cracked and a packer (plastic packaging works well) being put between the two legs pegs inside the crotch. Other than that the super glue trick should work, you'd just have to make sure you were moving each part of the joint whilst the glue is drying. Other than that, the clear elastic bands that come with some figures can tighten up a loose joint they're just a pain to get on, or you could try wrapping some thin string around the joint too. If not of that works.......... lean him against something else
lam47 -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The peg coming of the disk in the ball for the hip. So the hole's are too big in the crotch part of the figure (man this sounds weird) The hip joint I suppose it would be. Even if you spread his legs (oh dear) as far as you can it's impossible to get anything into the hole (just...)
I think it's pretty common for him to have floppy legs. Unfortunately on mine (which was unopened!) they are so loose he falls down and I have to lean him on something.
Super Darth Castro -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
where exactly is it loose?
lam47 -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
That's the thing. I can't see the joint because his thighs are so big. Hmm.
Super Darth Castro -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I would just use some clear fingernail polish nearthe joint. I it'll stiffen it up without having to crack it open
lam47 -
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I'm looking at stiffening up Balrog's legs a bit. They are floppy as hell. I can't seem to find any way to get glue in the hole though. Is the only way to remove the disc ball joint by cracking his crotch open? I would rather not have to do that if possible.
Super Darth Castro -
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Gotcha. cool, then hes perfect for what im going to use him in the future.
still waiting on these sota figures man. wish china wasn't on the other side of the world lol
Darththomas -
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Remy won't fall apart, his construction is just as sturdy as all the other pre revolutions street fighters. He's just a rubbish character and the sculpt on him is a bit odd looking, really tall upper torso and the ab articulation looks strange .
Super Darth Castro -
Monday, September 16, 2013
Nah, Guile's just super common and Remmy is absolute rubbish so no one wants him

Lol oh wow. I was thinking on using remmy for a custom as well but I don't want him falling apart lol. well im now waiting on my Honda and Zangief to get here. im ready to crack them open and start working on them.
lam47 -
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Read a good tutorial using screws!
lam47 -
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Bah! On opening up Balrog (M Bison) I see that the Royal Mail didn't only crack and squash the box but have also snapped his boot off! What is the best way to fix such an injury? Just glue it back on? I can't see how I would get the snapped off peg out of the boot to pin it back to his leg. Any advice would be great.
lam47 -
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Hey all.
Just got my Sagat and Balrog (M Bison) this morning. The Sota figures are truly superb! I have a few official NECA Tutles and the sculpting and paintwork on the Sota stuff is of a higher standard. I should be getting hold of a few NECA SF figures soon so will look forward to doing some comparisons.

Sorry for sniping the Sagat! I had to have him though. Unfortunately Royal Mail have cracked and squished his box so he may well be opened for display.

Now I'm looking for a good Cammy. It seems making female figures is a lot harder to get right than big muscular man monsters. The Square Enix one looks to be the best only her shoulders look weird. Any advice? I would love to have a good Cammy as I play her and Bison (Vega) in SFIV and SFXT.

Finally I need to get round to posing pictures of my custom bootleg NECA Turtles. I was going to wait until I had done all 4 but time and work means I'm stuck at two. Still, they look pretty cool in the cabinet.

Loving the website and forums!
Darththomas -
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Nah, Guile's just super common and Remmy is absolute rubbish so no one wants him
Super Darth Castro -
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Also I think there is a bootleg remmy and guile. either that or theyre really cheap (price wise)
Super Darth Castro -
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Yeah man. that was me. I went ahead and caved in and bought them. Thanks for looking out bud. hopefully I get them soon so I can start working on them.
lam47 -
Friday, September 6, 2013
Just won a Sagat for £30 ukp which I think is pretty good! He is sealed and like new. I'm guessing the clams-shell packing has to be cut to get these figures out? But it would be a shame not to be able to display him properly.

Haha, I was bidding on that too well played mate, good price.
Darththomas -
Friday, September 6, 2013
Sadly not, the real one does fetch some crazy prices......... I'm told he's well worth it though. The only ones I know of that got bootlegged were R.Mika, Dhalsim, Honda and Zangief.
lam47 -
Friday, September 6, 2013
Is there a bootleg Sagat? I can't afford a real one.
Shinigami -
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Castro, did you ask the same thing on facebook in a group a week or two ago? I told a guy I'll contact him after I get my Chinese Honda and now I can't find that person Anyway, the figure came in a box but it's obviously a bootleg. The box art is super low res for crying out loud. The toy itself is only okay, with sloppy paint and loose joints. It'll work well as custom fodder though.
Darththomas -
Thursday, September 5, 2013
No problem, yup they came in boxes and looked authentic enough, they still do and if I hadn't watched a few videos on youtube I'd probably still believe they were real
Super Darth Castro -
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Thanks Thomas. The Figures you purchased ,did they come from china in a box packaging? I've made my decision to buy them. it seems that the actual authentic figures seem to be a bit scarce so id rather purchase a bootleg that I can work on. My Reasoning is : some out there is collecting these and here I am tearing it apart to make a custom so id rather use an unauthentic bootleg for my custom
Darththomas -
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I have both of these figures and I'm pretty sure they're bootlegs (not 100% sure but I'm guessing they are from the price I paid) . As far as bootlegs go they're really pretty good and by all accounts the actual SOTA figures released in the revolutions line weren't very good either and shared a lot of the problems with their bootleg counterparts. I guess I'll just list the problems I have with mine and you can make your own decisions but seeing as you're planning on customizing them a lot of the problems could probably be fixed during the process. If I put sota in brackets it's a problem I've read about existing with the official release too.

Zangief - sloppy paint apps (sota) , loose joints (sota), gap between torso and crotch (sota), really loose connection between hip ball joint and upper legs - the legs stay put but can be removed easily without being heated, sloppy sculpt on hands (sota), fragile joint pins.

E-Honda - Sloppy paint apps (sota), loose joints (sota), sloppy sculpt on hands and feet (sota), mismatched joints - the disc on the inside of the joint is often bigger than the ball around the outside of it (sota), fragile joint pins - especially on the mid torso joint.

So yeah a lot of the problems exist on both bootleg and official releases, I'm quite happy having mine sit alongside my official sota so I'd probably say go for it, especially if you're gonna customize them.
pock63 -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Bootlegs are very hit and miss, some are as good as the real figures and some have fused joints, sticky paint, and warped plastic. My policy is to never buy bootlegs on principal though because I don't like the fact that there steeling copyrighted materiel and making money off others hard work.
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