Ok to KO? Knock Offs sweeping the Chinese shelves
Once upon a time the Knock Off industry was severely frowned upon and it was a dirty little secret of some of us transformer fans.
However; these days you can’t even go in to your local Dollar store without seeing strange coloration’s of familiar faces.
There are three main KO groups raising the bar in China and their products seem to be taking the transformer world by storm.
Jinbao started off by giving us a cheaper version of TFC Hercules, they followed that up with an over sized version of TFC Uranus and finally gave us a pretty impressive over sized version of MMC Feral Rex in the form of In to The Sky.
Wei Jiang, like Jinbao started to get noticed by the TF community by over sizing the Toyworld Throttlebots. They have since released pretty much all of the Age Of Extinction line but over sized it or added die-cast.
The made a huge impact when they took Masterpiece MP10 and AOE Evasion mode Optimus Prime and over sized them but made alterations and improvements to both molds in the form of MPP10 and M01, both phenomenal figures.
And last but no means least is Kubianbao. Much like Wei Jiang, Kubianbao made their place at the knock off table by bootlegging the AOE figures making alterations and adding die-cast. They are also known for knocking off the DX9 add-on kits and including them with their products. One of Kubianbao’s most recent releases was their take on AOE Hound, named Detective. The name comes from the literal translation and toy wise they did an outstanding job. Now Wei Jiang had already given us an over sized Hound but its not even a fraction of the size of Detective.
With added detailing on the face, new transforming shoulder pads and a tactical vest with grenades this figure really does look the part. Oddly enough he is designed to perfectly scale with the Wei Jiang M01 Evasion Optimus.
I often find my questioning why Hasbro isn’t putting a stop to these productions. The companies never use the names or Logos , could they have possibly purchased the molds or designs from Hasbro? Maybe one last way of Hasbro making some money off those darn Bumblebee molds? Who knows, not me that’s for sure. But I can tell you these releases have really sparked my interest for the Bay-verse figures again turning what was practically a fizzled out interest into a must buy them all passion. I now find myself hunting down the Human Alliance figures to scale with these amazing bots.
Some may say this process is wrong and that its very easy to use someone else’s design and improve on it but I truly believe these companies have capitalized on a huge area of the market Hasbro has missed.
They are Giving us screen accurate robots with accurate scale, turning deluxe figures in to Voyagers and even Leaders so they scale with their brethren and making them affordable to everyone.
I honestly cant wait to see what these companies have in-store for us next, Kubianbao are making their own seekers, Wei Jiang are making over sized Masterpiece Bumblebees, Jinbao have a Neo Predaking coming. I love it. My wallet? Not so much !
Please feel free to check out the full review and gallery of Detective below.