Wei Jiang drama thread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by ToyAnatomy, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. octobotimus

    octobotimus Plastic Criminal

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    They found a loophole where they still copy sets 1:1 as well as make originals, but they announce that they are KO’s and even give set numbers and information for the official product. It’s pretty bizarre and all LEGO could enforce was no numbered bags.
     
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  2. xueyue2

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    Apparently Black Apple (and us too) should blame the stupid boss of WJ. If WJ don't KO Iron Man, pretty sure nothing will happen.
     
  3. deathsheadII

    deathsheadII Not a Bounty Hunter yes?

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    aaaah shit there goes the redeco's they had planned for mpp10 was looking forward to the purple shattered glass looking one to go with the 3 mpp10's i own

    might have to custom paint an mpp10 into shattered glass prime still plenty on ebay
     
  4. ghostfossil

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    Personally I don't care movie bots, so hopefully it won't affect those g1 based 3rd party companies.
     

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    Everything is interconnected in some ways. WJ also did copy those G1 mp bots (making OS versions)...for sure there'll be a knock-on effect.
     
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  6. fury413

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  7. jackisking

    jackisking Yeah, the MP line is soooo dead

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    Strange that article made them sound like any other criminal.
     
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  8. protohuman

    protohuman Joe weapons manufacturer

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    OS got too big.
     
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  9. nhyone

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    Lepin didn't die because only one of their factories were raided and the top men in Lepin weren't the real top men behind the operations.

    Huh? The courts ruled that the finished sets can be copyrighted, that's why Lepin was in trouble for copying sets wholesale. Bricks are not a problem. Minifigs are, though.

    Lepin is still unrepentant. It will be a target again once it gets big enough.
     
  10. deruberhanyok

    deruberhanyok Likes the G2 neon lights

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    No one should be surprised by this. They straight up knocked off official products. It isn’t even in that “grey area” occupied by 3P companies that do original designs.

    That their knock-offs were popular only made it less likely they’d get away with it.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these KO companies get taken down. It has turned the 3P forum into a KO forum and has led to a lot of people saying that they will wait for the KO instead of buying the real thing. Justify it however you want but it doesn’t change the fact that in doing so you’re supporting a company that is ripping off products from a franchise you like enough to be posting here in the first place.
     
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  11. metalwar2010

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    Wasn't there an article years back that if it was up or down sized and a few other variations of the original product, it was okay in China? Based on the posts above, it sounds like loop holes but I didn't expect WJ to go down. I expected others would, even TW when sellers were using "Optimus Prime" to sell their product or even Zeta with that how debacle went down with the Unicron's.

    Either way, unfortunate to hear because I though WJ would put out some more original stuff or do something similar with what the did with MPP10's.
     
  12. Applejacktimus

    Applejacktimus Likes Alpha Bravo

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    Ouch.
     
  13. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Dang.
    So they might have nabbed Black Apple too.

    So there goes Fire Scorpion, maybe that awesome Ironhide of BA’s.... and dang it! They have that OSKO of Off-road Bumblebee I been wanting!

    As much as that sucks, it doesn’t compare to the people who are arrested. That’s the worst of it.
     
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    Remember those conventions where they show off their products...
     
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  15. AtomicLad

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    Yeah, they got real cocky there for a minute. Showing things off like they where an official manufacturer.

    Really not surprised Hasbro went after them. Fly to close to the sun and you get burnt. It is to bad, WJ and Black Apple where making some great stuff.
     
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    With what happens here, i have concern that 3rd party will be targeted too. Yes, there's an argument "they makes their own mold, not copying hastak". The thing is, WJ negamaster, their OS megatron, which actually a new mold, not an improved KO of MP36, is included on their list of evidence of counterfeit. Which means, as long as the toy looks similiar, the police will label it as KO, regardless if it is actually a KO or their own original mold. If this standard is what they use, 3rd party can be brought down too.
     
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  17. nhyone

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    The police compared the KO against the original. The design is essentially identical. In other words, a copy.
     
  18. Pcm979

    Pcm979 Well-Known Mimber

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    Megamaster has no 'original'. It's not based on any official Megatron toys.
     
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  19. tfgato

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    Let's hope they find some legal loophole, meanwhile I'll get whatever I can while I can.
     
  20. weevil

    weevil Let's dance!

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