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Faked in China - Counterfeits "R" Us

Faked in China

Counterfeits "R" Us.

Aug 15, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 45  By JONATHAN V. LAST

In 2006 Hasbro released the Marvel Super Hero Squad line of action figures. The figures are little - only about two inches tall, on average - and made of plastic. They are rendered in what is known as the "super deformed" style: small, stumpy arms and legs, oversized heads, and hands with four, instead of five, fingers. This aesthetic appeals primarily to very small children, and the Super Hero Squad - classic Marvel comic book characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor - was designed, as you may have guessed, as a gateway drug for 2- and 3-year-old boys.

But if you hunt around the Super Hero Squad listings on eBay (there are a few thousand of them at any given time), you'll notice something strange: There are often two versions of a figure selling at radically different prices. For instance, a Spider-Woman that costs $10 next to a Spider-Woman that costs $0.99. The cut-price Spider-Woman is a fake. Of the several thousand Super Hero Squad sellers, about half are located in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. And all of these merchants sell their figures at bargain prices.

This raises the interesting question of what "counterfeit" really means these days...

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