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Welcome to the Allspark's thread for all things Knockoff, 4P, KO, Bootleg and other non-official and non "third party" TFs.
Please feel free to post sightings, share news or chew the cud about this underground and (sometimes misunderstood) part of TF culture. To start the ball rolling, here are some resource links below to KO TFs and the wider world of knockoffs in general.
General KO Info
Definition of "counterfeit consumer goods" - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfeit_consumer_goods
"...The colloquial term knockoff is often used interchangeably with counterfeit, although their legal meanings are not identical. Knockoff products are those that copy or imitate the physical appearance of other products but which do not copy the brand name or logo of a trademark. They may still be illegal under trademark laws if they confuse consumers. Counterfeiters can include producers, distributors or retail sellers. Pirated goods are reproductions of copyrighted products used without permission, such as music, movies or ssoftware Exact definitions depend on the laws of various countries...
The difference between a knockoff and a counterfeit product - https://ezinearticles.com/?What-Is-the-Difference-Between-a-Counterfeit-and-a-Knockoff?&id=7095554
Why KOs are basically legal -
When KOs are better than the originals -
Grey/Parallel Market Imported Products:
-(Deals with issues, such as potentially lost sales of American products, by purchasing products imported from outside America instead, similar to buying imported Takara/Hasbro Asia TFs instead of Hasbro TFs in America. This is an oft-quoted argument against buying KO TFs too.)
How Companies Circumvent the Law to a Avoid Tarifs -
Knockoff TF Video Resources (Reviews, etc)
Emgo's Knockoff TF Reviews - https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLszc8VRCv6OfZ1tpud0OO56xMlSGlOXPz
Bootleg Toys Vietnam - https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCUEUCmYFV3CKZv_RZWzNyww/videos
Sirtoys KO Toy Reviews - https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkeqtLLblRgPRBestiiGs1dCOlx9vWLEW
Knockoff MOTU Toy History -
KO Transformers Online Shops