Ever since Knock-Offs (KO's) of the Dinocassettes came out a little while back collectors have been having a difficult time telling the real thing from the fakes. I don't want to get into a debate about real vs. KO, I only want people to know what they are buying. You can already find a guide on C-123 Diaru and C-124 Zauru on HighEndTFs.com but there is no guide for these two figures yet. Since a friend of mine acquired these two last weekend at Savcon (fortunately he already knew they were KO's) I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some comparison pictures so anyone who was interested in trying to tell the difference wouldn't get swindled. Once you get the two versions side by side, all of a sudden the differences become very obvious.
I wanted to cover Noizu first because his differences aren't as obvious as Gurafi. Check out the picture below to get an overview of the differences.
1. The Japanese writing on the KO is less bold, and the small characters above the Kanji are much clearer.
2. The alignment on this yellow box is off. See how there is no height difference on the original.
3. The exclamation points are different and further apart.
4. Noizu's artwork is larger and further away from the right side of the box.
5. Noizu's tail doesn't really match and is much lower than it should be. The yellow box obscures most of it.
There are a ton of other differences on the front, but these are what I thought were the most obvious.
Gurafi has many of the exact same issues on the front, sides and back, so I'll only cover the differences that aren't on Noizu's box.
2. Part of Decibel's arm shows on the front of the KO whereas it is no where to be seen on the original.
3. This is the big one. Gurafi's KO artwork is cut off and doesn't make it all the way to the corner of the box.
4. This small white writing on the bottom is too close to the center on the KO.
The sides and back of the box suffer from the exact same problems as Noizu, so no need to rehash that here.
So there you go, hopefully this helps anyone who is looking to purchase these two figures in the future. Knowing is half the battle, right?
Japanese Exclusive Dinocassettes Part 1
Japanese Exclusive Dinocassettes Part 2