What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

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What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby FunkoMartiniGirl » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:38 am

My friend is currently in the market of buying some Sailor Moon pops. He sent me some links to a few on eBay showing which ones he wanted. Upon closer inspection, I noticed they all had the production/serial number of TTC201020 on the bottom of the boxes. I'm unaware that Funko had made more stock of the scouts from just a few months prior. And I'm a HUGE Sailor Moon fan. Can someone tell me if these are fakes? Or did Funko quietly mass produce all the Sailor Moon pops again? The sellers on eBay that have these pops are from California, are selling at double the PPG value, and seem to be stores. Any help would be appreciated!

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Postby rexflexall » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:26 pm

Oh wow super interesting! I wanna know too!

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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby FunkoMartiniGirl » Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:10 am

rexflexall wrote:Oh wow super interesting! I wanna know too!


Same! It's really a strange thing. You'd think people would be posting about these recent acquisitions if Funko mass produced them again. But it seems.... shadier (?) than that.

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Postby rexflexall » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:06 am

It wouldn't surprise me that much anymore!

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Postby Kitzka » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:30 pm

Oh feel like one never knows with funko
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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby Geescube » Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:38 am

FunkoMartiniGirl wrote:My friend is currently in the market of buying some Sailor Moon pops. He sent me some links to a few on eBay showing which ones he wanted. Upon closer inspection, I noticed they all had the production/serial number of TTC201020 on the bottom of the boxes. I'm unaware that Funko had made more stock of the scouts from just a few months prior. And I'm a HUGE Sailor Moon fan. Can someone tell me if these are fakes? Or did Funko quietly mass produce all the Sailor Moon pops again? The sellers on eBay that have these pops are from California, are selling at double the PPG value, and seem to be stores. Any help would be appreciated!


Can you provide photos? That would help alot.
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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby FunkoMartiniGirl » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:41 am

Geescube wrote:
FunkoMartiniGirl wrote:My friend is currently in the market of buying some Sailor Moon pops. He sent me some links to a few on eBay showing which ones he wanted. Upon closer inspection, I noticed they all had the production/serial number of TTC201020 on the bottom of the boxes. I'm unaware that Funko had made more stock of the scouts from just a few months prior. And I'm a HUGE Sailor Moon fan. Can someone tell me if these are fakes? Or did Funko quietly mass produce all the Sailor Moon pops again? The sellers on eBay that have these pops are from California, are selling at double the PPG value, and seem to be stores. Any help would be appreciated!


Can you provide photos? That would help alot.


Sure thing!

Here's a Sailor Moon one from eBay. As you can see the Special Edition is quite small and the production date on the bottom reads "TTC 201020"
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And here's a Glitter Chibi Moon from eBay. The Special Edition is the correct size but the production date on the bottom reads "DRM 201105"
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Besides these two, the only other ones currently out with these newer production dates are Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, and the common Sailor Moon & Luna.

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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby fbingha » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:52 am

1. They look like fakes to me. The font used for "ANIMATION" is different than the previous releases.
2. There are listings of these from CHINA which almost always means fake are in the marketplace.

The biggest giveaway is to go search Ali Express. If old pops are showing up there at normal retail prices, they are fake.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001566346161.html

Pop collecting has gotten to the point where you have to research every older pop that you want to buy really well.

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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby FunkoMartiniGirl » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:04 am

fbingha wrote:1. They look like fakes to me. The font used for "ANIMATION" is different than the previous releases.
2. There are listings of these from CHINA which almost always means fake are in the marketplace.

The biggest giveaway is to go search Ali Express. If old pops are showing up there at normal retail prices, they are fake.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001566346161.html

Pop collecting has gotten to the point where you have to research every older pop that you want to buy really well.


Thank you for your insight! I knew there is something off-putting about these. And eBay seems to be saturated with these fakes! And like 95% of them are coming out of California. ChaliceCollectibles.com has them up on their website as well. I thought Chalice was reputable?

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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby theraven00 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:18 am

Supposedly Funko is re-releasing older exclusive Star Wars (Commander Cody, General Grievous, etc.), so maybe they're re-releasing these as well? A few months ago they re-released some older Hot Topic exclusives as well (Bert Macklin, stealth Spider-Man, etc.). I've also seen some Walmart/Target releases pop back up.
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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby netman97 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:30 am

they were up on animetasia (bundle sets) and some are still on chalice https://chalicecollectibles.com/search?q=sailor+moon and were on a few other sites as well
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Postby daOCHO » Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:34 pm

Seeing how older items of store exclusives popping up as restock, not surprised to see certain vaulted items popping back up in the market.
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Postby mactds » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:54 pm

Missed the whole Sailor Moon wave previously, and now they have meaning to me, so I'm excited that Funko is doing this!
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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby FunkoMartiniGirl » Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:11 am

theraven00 wrote:Supposedly Funko is re-releasing older exclusive Star Wars (Commander Cody, General Grievous, etc.), so maybe they're re-releasing these as well? A few months ago they re-released some older Hot Topic exclusives as well (Bert Macklin, stealth Spider-Man, etc.). I've also seen some Walmart/Target releases pop back up.


Yes, Funko has been re-releasing older exclusives, but they've gone to their exclusive stores. Like some Attack on Titan pops that were restocked last week, were all up on Hot Topic's website. So since the Sailor Moon with Moonstick was a Hot Topic Exclusive several years ago, how come it's being restocked overseas and not on Hot Topic's website?


netman97 wrote:they were up on animetasia (bundle sets) and some are still on chalice https://chalicecollectibles.com/search?q=sailor+moon and were on a few other sites as well


Which are both California companies. The eBay stores that are selling these are all from California as well.


daOCHO wrote:Seeing how older items of store exclusives popping up as restock, not surprised to see certain vaulted items popping back up in the market.


But those restocks of store exclusives are coming out of their respected stores. The Attack on Titan Cleaning Levi Pop that was restocked last week is coming from Hot Topic's website, which is where he was exclusive too. Plus only certain Pops are being restocked.... Sailor Moon seems to be getting the entire LINE reprinted overseas. It doesn't make any sense. If they were doing certain vaulted Pops, why not just a few of the Sailor Moon ones? Why is the whole line being reprinted?


mactds wrote:Missed the whole Sailor Moon wave previously, and now they have meaning to me, so I'm excited that Funko is doing this!


I'm not so sure Funko is actually behind this reprint. Seeing as if that were the case, the stores/websites here in America would be restocking with these. These reprints are only coming in from Overseas. So if you're ok with having possible fakes in your collection, I say enjoy them!

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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby rexflexall » Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:45 am

Wonder what's really going on here??

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Postby renardchua » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm

Hmmm. Never knew about this until now. Will have to see how this develops.

That small silver SE sticker on Sailor Moon #90 looks weird though, first time seeing a silver SE sticker that small.
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Postby Imagery » Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:17 pm

Things are so tricky now with buying older releases with so many fakes around. Hope you and your friend figure things out without being scammed.
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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby FunkoMartiniGirl » Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:01 am

rexflexall wrote:Wonder what's really going on here??


Right?! The more you start thinking about the whole thing, the less sense it makes. I'm just trying to figure out why it seems they're reprinting the entire line and not just a certain few from the line. For instance: the few Attack on Titan Pops that was just restocked on HT's website, I doubt Funko is going to reprint the entire Attack on Titan line. So why is Sailor Moon getting this treatment?

renardchua wrote:Hmmm. Never knew about this until now. Will have to see how this develops.

That small silver SE sticker on Sailor Moon #90 looks weird though, first time seeing a silver SE sticker that small.


The Glitter Chibi Moon that's being reprinted has the normal sized SE sticker too. Why'd they put a tiny SE sticker on that Sailor Moon one? It's very strange and looks suspicious.

Imagery wrote:Things are so tricky now with buying older releases with so many fakes around. Hope you and your friend figure things out without being scammed.


Thank you! And I agree. Seems like fakes are being circulated so quickly these days. It's scary and I don't want people to buy the fakes for outrageous prices and think they're real.

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Postby rexflexall » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:33 am

Half those stickers look off to me!

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Postby dork_knight » Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:28 pm

I wouldn't risk it. I haven't seen any restock of this line for a long time at any retailers, so I'm sure these are knock-offs.
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Postby kihou » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:24 pm

Someone in the WI Pop group posted a picture of a Sailor Moon Pop they ordered, and Luna (the cat) was in a smaller plastic bag inside the box. That screams fake to me.
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Re: What's up with these new Sailor Moon reprints?

Postby beckysaurus » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:41 pm

A few things to note here:
-Funko could have renewed the license for the new movie (Eternal) coming out this month in Japan.
-it's perfectly common for a pop to restock overseas but not here. It's also common for something that was limited to a specific retailer (i.e. Hot Topic) be a "special edition" overseas with a different sticker. It just has to do with contract and licensing. We've seen this before with a license as big as Marvel (see: Thor from Infinity War)
-though AliExpress is a place where fakes are commonly available, it doesn't mean that everything there is fake. There are a lot of legitimate shops that sell there.

The underside of those boxes look fine to me. I would buy that Chibi Moon, and I have this whole collection.


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