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PostSubject: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:40 pm

Dear Collector's

It has finally happened - a Chinese manufacturer has started to copy many models produced by CollectA. Not only is this this a shame for CollectA it means inferior quality products may be distributed and sold to consumer's whilst being labelled as official products. If anyone comes across any such items then please post photos online and let us know.

If you happen to come across a retailer or online seller selling odd looking models or CollectA models at a really unusually low price then do double check with your local distributor in your country (details can be found on the Collecta.biz webpage).

We want to stop others copying CollectA products and putting our hard work, energy and creativity at risk.

Please keep an eye out and report anything strange or unusual.

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:42 pm

That is terrible Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad I dont think that i find any here but if yes i will write you exclamation exclamation exclamation exclamation

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:04 pm

Now that does suck. I'll keep my eyes open.

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:17 pm

Nasty , stupid idiots Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

I hope CollectA catches them !!!

Why can`t they just make their own models ? Suspect

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:26 pm

Numaan, this is a sign that CollectA is growing! I've heard about a new CollectA distributor in Portugal recently, curiously I tried to check this info with the Portuguese CollectA distributors I know and they told me that they didn't know anything and that they will keep distributing the brand. ...so I need to investigate.
Although it is obviously a reprovable thing, as a collector I am curious to see how these copies look like!

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:10 pm


In the last two years, CollectA is the best brand ,IMHO.

And we will be alert exclamation

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:35 pm

Thanks for your support folks. In a way it is a sign that the brand is growing and coming to the attention of 'sharks' out there. We already know Schleich have been copied on many occasions.

The worrying concern is any dodgy new supplier or retailer selling CollectA knock-offs knowingly or unknowingly. The last thing we need is anything jeopardising our winning streak with CollectA who listen to the fans.

Anyway thanks everyone Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:38 pm

landrover wrote:

In the last two years, CollectA is the best brand ,IMHO.

And we will be alert exclamation

Hear, hear ! Sad(o)): Sad(o)):

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:22 pm

landrover wrote:

In the last two years, CollectA is the best brand ,IMHO.

And we will be alert exclamation

cheers Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:22 am

landrover wrote:

In the last two years, CollectA is the best brand ,IMHO.

And we will be alert exclamation

I agree! Sad(o)):
Yes, I will keep my eyes open.


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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:04 am

landrover wrote:

In the last two years, CollectA is the best brand ,IMHO.

And we will be alert exclamation

Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)):

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:57 am

Say no to copy product!

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:27 am

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And we will be alert exclamation

That's right.

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:27 pm

I'll keep my eyes open too. If I see some of them, then I'll tell you! exclamation

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:32 pm

I´ll keep my eyes open!

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:01 pm

how to recognize fake? photos please
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:48 pm

Are these what we need to look out for?

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:38 pm

Hi Takama

I have not seen any photos myself but I suspect your photos are indeed some of the ones to keep an eye out for.  You can already see the poor quality of the models!  Thanks for posting.
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:25 pm

Takama wrote:
Are these what we need to look out for?

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:30 pm

here one ? scratch:
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:37 pm

my lexovisaurus that I bought is this:
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:26 am

THe Lexsovisaurus was released with white plates, but it was later repainted with Black plates

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:09 pm

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Are these what we need to look out for?

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There's supposed to be 36 in the set of dinosaurs but I've seen closer to 40. They're easy to distinguish as they are huge in comparison to the original figures. They're hollow with a central joint and made out of a good quality acrylic type plastic. Whether you like them or not is a matter of taste. A lot look gawky because the original figures are gawky and the effect is magnified 8 fold but some are quite nice. The Tylosaurus is really good, an improvement in fact! I have about 9 of these but it was really tough getting them out of China as they really don't want to sell them outside of the country. Most have the manufacturers details hot knifed off but retain the CE mark. I have one with the manufacturers details which reveal them to have been made for an Italian company. I'm told that they're discontinued (some are certainly thin on the ground as I can't get all of the figures I wanted) and it kinda looks as though the manufacturer got burned in this case. There's also a set of wild animals but I haven't paid enough attention to comment on those. Wink
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PostSubject: Collecta Knock Off's In My Collection   Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:04 pm

Here are some of the Collecta copies in my collection. I do have a lot of Collecta figures but am unable to picture them for comparison as they are currently packed away whilst I redecorate. Suffice to say, these are huge figures compared to the originals, almost sand box versions if you like.

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:38 pm

Thaks for these great pictures! Very Happy May I say that I love the way tylo is painted? Interesting facial mask and tail strips. Very Happy
Do they made the sarcosuchus? alienVery Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:58 pm

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Thaks for these great pictures! :DMay I say that I love the way tylo is painted? Interesting facial mask and tail strips. Very Happy
Do they made the sarcosuchus? alienVery Happy

Thanks Roger. These were actually made for an Italian company called Hobby & Work Publishing (I have one figure that hasn't had the makers name removed). They were issued with a magazine periodical, or at least, that seems to have been the intent. Whether or not they were actually issued is anyone's guess! There does seem to be a Sarcosuchus but I've not been able to chase any down yet (it seems to be one of the rarer ones, as is the Olorotitan).
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:56 pm

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Thaks for these great pictures! :DMay I say that I love the way tylo is painted? Interesting facial mask and tail strips. Very Happy
Do they made the sarcosuchus? alienVery Happy

Thanks Roger. These were actually made for an Italian company called Hobby & Work Publishing (I have one figure that hasn't had the makers name removed). They were issued with a magazine periodical, or at least, that seems to have been the intent. Whether or not they were actually issued is anyone's guess! There does seem to be a Sarcosuchus but I've not been able to chase any down yet (it seems to be one of the rarer ones, as is the Olorotitan).

Thanks for info! Let us know if you find the sarcosuchsu! Very Happy bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:42 pm

Found these in a discount store for £1 each[Poundland for those in the UK!:) ].They are obvious copies and I have included a picture of what they are sold as.They are reasonable copies but could do with better paintwork.They also had a tiger-the paintwork was awful and a horse which I didn't think much of!!
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:47 pm

Oh, they are more scandalously copied than I thought! A better painting with that price? It would ruin CollectA! affraid
Have you noticed if they copied the fox? I would love to have it or any other copy to see how it look in real. Could you please pick one for me next time, Taylor? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:56 pm

Hi Roger-will certainly get the fox for you if he appears!So far the only copies are the ones in the photos and a tiger and a running horse.The best copy-shame to say it-is the wildebeeste.
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:40 pm

Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad 

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:12 pm

Not sure if this is significant, but early last week, I popped into my local branch of Poundland, and happened to notice a series of plastic animal figures being sold individually in transparent plastic boxes which appeared to be inferior copies of some CollectA figures. I was particularly surprised to find amongst the wildlife series a cheap plastic version of CollectA's Black Wildebeest, with really shoddy paint work, which is what initially made me stop and browse, as I paid a pretty £££ for my CollectA Black Wildebeest when the figure was released last year, so I was quite surprised to see the same figure (although vastly inferior) selling for a pound. I was in Poundland a few days ago, and the figures were still there. Most of the wildlife had gone, but a selection of farm animals and some dinosaurs remained. As it goes, I don't own any CollectA farm animals/dinosaurs so couldn't say if the figures bore any resemblance to CollectA ? However, I can say for certain that the wildlife were definitely inferior looking versions of CollectA figures, because I have the genuine CollectA ones - Black Wildebeest, Male Lion, Zebra, Giraffe.
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:36 am

It really sucks! Mad  Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:28 pm

My previous thred to this shows the copies of the models available in Poundland.
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:27 am

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing 
very nice price... and will be great for repaint.. ( real collectA too valuable to be repaint ) Laughing 

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:12 am

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very nice price... and will be great for repaint.. ( real collectA too valuable to be repaint ) Laughing 

Good point cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:19 pm

Found a copy!:
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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:41 pm

Holy S..... Shocked 
What an unfortunate model Laughing 

They even use CollectA`s logo ! tongue 

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:56 pm

Aliexpress is quite known online shop which sells copies of almost everything Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:31 pm

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Ahhh ! Good to know Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:02 am

I have yet to see any CollectA animals in any of the stores anywhere near where I live. We mostly find Schleich, Mojo Fun, and Papo, and there aren't a whole lot of discount variety stores near where I live. Nevertheless, this copyright infringement is just awful! Just imagine collectors or little kids purchasing or receiving inferior quality CollectA rip-offs! Hopefully they will find the company and sue them for copyright infringement. Evil or Very Mad And that "stegosaur" looks like the cheap Imperial brand dinos I used to play with in the 1980s in my backyard! Hardly scientific or accurate!
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PostSubject: Copycat warning from CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:10 pm

I received this in an email:

"Dear Friends and Fans of CollectA,

 

Copycat Warning!!

At CollectA, all products are developed from our original designs and so copyright protected.

Recently we have found copycats of our products in Greece and Italy. While we are vigorously taking legal actions to bring them to courts, we would like to draw your attention that although our animals may appear relatively simple to design and manufacture, they are actually not.  It takes us enormous time and efforts to develop an animal from concept to market. There are a lot of people – designers, consultants, workers, salesmen, just to name a few - with real mouths to feed behind the CollectA name and logo.  We therefore need for your understanding and support.

If you like our products and agree to our company’s vision, mission and approach, please support us by buying only our products, not cheap imitations or knockoffs of our products.  Before purchase, please check our company name and logo on the packaging and products.  Thank you!

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:30 pm

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With any good brand comes the imitators.  Rolling Eyes 

Exactly  cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:13 pm

Yeah ! I hope they get cought and get a HUGE fine  Suspect Suspect 

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:51 pm

I saw the CollectA sets sold under the brand eduland for spanish department stores El Corte Ingles, but those are probably legal sets!

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:41 pm

I sold in the past jeans, it was my job. And so i know the problem with copies. And CollectA is my favourite "major" brand at the moment. And i think it is also much more difficult to find CollectA copies as CollrctA origins here in Germany.

I think copies are not okay if there is a copyright, but someties for vintage brands, but this is my opinion, it is not bad if sometimes exist copies. So copyed Yujin also PV.

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:38 pm

I hope that they catch whoever did it.

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:27 pm

Yeah, El Corte Ingles sells some Collecta under the name Eduland. But they are legal. I think it´s like a special collaboration, Eduland sells some sets you can´t find on Collecta (the sme animals but different combinations)

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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:41 am

Carola wrote:
Schleich_Figures_4U wrote:
With any good brand comes the imitators.  Rolling Eyes 

Exactly  cheers 

Right, exactly.


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PostSubject: Re: Attention Collectors - Unnoficial copied Models sold officialy as CollectA   Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:41 am

SUSANNE wrote:
Yeah ! I hope they get cought and get a HUGE fine  Suspect Suspect 

Agree!


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