Update on source of fakes
It has been confirmed that the source of the fakes is known as:
webdoc/notscam on vinylnation.net, as well as on our site,
Ebay name - numerounobaby
Zhong Fang Hu
Location: Pomona, CA
PayPal name: Yun Jie Ji
One of our active members came forward with a story last week that is not the kind I enjoy reporting. I was asked not to share the information right away as the member was still in the process of recovering high dollar Vinylmations that had been traded for FAKES.
These are different from scrappers, they are worse than that. Fakes - made specifically to deceive unsuspecting collectors.
They even came with fake cards. The figures involved in this trade were Park 1 Balloon Chaser and Park 1 Kermit.
Had this member not had a real Kermit to compare to, the differences would have been difficult if not impossible to detect.
What is even more unfortunate is that this is not an isolated incident by any means. It seems this has already affected several members of the vinyl community. There are claims being made involving a fake Urban 1 Gold chaser and a fake Park 1 Figment.**In the few days since putting this story together, we've received information on where the fakes are coming from. You'll find it at the bottom of this post.**
Here are some photos and descriptive information to help you distinguish authentic, from fake. Scroll to bottom for name of counterfeiting source.Collar points on the fake touch the Mickey buttons in a different spot than on the real one and there is a vinyl color difference.The area around the eyes on the fake appears airbrushed.Font placement, style, and boldness appear the same on the authentic Kermits.Real Kermit BodyFake Kermit BodyInside of authentic Kermit headInside of fake Kermit headFake Kermit card is lighter and the background pattern doesn't matchBack of fake Kermit card is lighter and the card-stock is different from the authentic one.