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March 29, 2012


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Buyer Beware!

Thu Mar 29, 2012, 8:21 AM
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Where Worlds Collide and Galaxies Sing...

EDIT 6: Legitimate Japanese release cover images and links to Amazon dot com listings for them are added at the bottom of the journal.

EDIT 5: More Ebay listings found, past listings updated, :bulletblue: = Edit 5 listings added.

EDIT 4: More Ebay listings found, :bulletgreen: = Edit 4 listings added.

EDIT 3: If you want to know how to identify bootleg ripoff fake DVDs from legitimate licensed DVDs, I posted a journal here that provides links to resources that will help you in identifying the bootlegs.…

EDIT 2: More Ebay listings found, :bulletyellow: = Edit 2 listings added, :bulletred: = original post listings.

EDIT 1: Thank you to :icongatekat: for this info:  Another red flag that ensures 100% positive that a DVD is a bootleg ripoff - Region 0.  Only personal DVDR's make those, not companies, ergo, it's stolen property.…

DVD and Blu-ray Region Encoding
Global region codes identify specific DVDs and Blu-ray discs that are compatible with the players typically sold in that region. The majority of all current titles play in only one specific region unless otherwise noted.

Standard DVDs
    Region 1: U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda
    Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt
    Region 3: Southeast Asia, East Asia, including Hong Kong
    Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean
    Region 5: Former Soviet Union, Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
    Region 6: China

Blu-ray Discs
    Region A/1: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
    Region B/2: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
    Region C/3: India, Nepal, Mainland China, Russia, Central and South Asia.

For more information about how to spot bootleg DVDs, please see my subsequent journal here --> leathurkatt-tftiggy.deviantart…
For a list of legitimate TFPrime DVD's, see my journal post here --> leathurkatt-tftiggy.deviantart…

TF Prime Bootleg DVD by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy

I am posting this as a warning to all Transformers fans on my watch list.  I have received confirmation directly from Hasbro through a reliable contact that the DVD pictured above is a 3rd party bootleg ripoff, ergo stolen and not a legitimate product.  The photos were taken from an Ebay seller here -->…
and the company distributing it is here -->…

It is being made in and sold from Malaysia and is not a licensed product.  My ONLY reason for posting the photos in my scraps is to warn others not to purchase this DVD.  Here are all the bootleg copies being sold on Ebay so far, please help report these stolen products to Ebay as bootleg merchandise.  If you find one that is not listed, please let me know so I can add it to the list and help by reporting all listings selling these bootleg ripoffs.:

:bulletred:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Ended):…
:bulletred:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Terminated):…
:bulletred:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Ended):…
:bulletred:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Ended):…
:bulletred:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Ended):…
:bulletred:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 and Robots in Disguise (Auction Ended):…
:bulletyellow:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Active):…
:bulletyellow:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Active):…
:bulletyellow:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Deleted):…
:bulletyellow:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Active):…
:bulletgreen:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Terminated):…
:bulletgreen:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Terminated):…
:bulletblue:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Active):…
:bulletblue:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Active):…
:bulletblue:Bootleg TF Prime Season 1 (Auction Ended):…

DO NOT BUY FROM THEM!  THEY ARE SELLING BOOTLEG PRODUCTS, STOLEN MERCHANDISE!  By buying these bootleg DVD's you are receiving stolen property which is punishable by law.  I found out about it only because someone posted the exact same photo of the front cover in the group :iconprimerollout:, of which I am a member.  I researched the photo trying to find out if it was actually a legitimate product and found that you can only get it on Ebay or through the distributor linked above.  After sending the information to a friend with connections to Hasbro, I received confirmation that these are in fact 3rd party bootleg ripoffs.  Legitimate copies will look like the US release and have the 5 part Darkness Rising and have all the relevant logos on them: Hasbro, The Hub, and/or Takara Tomy.  As far as I understand it, the only companies I know of who have legitimate distribution rights for Hasbro/Takara (besides Hasbro Studios) shows are "Kid Rhino/WEA", "Shout! Factory", and "Vivendi Entertainment" through Shout! Factory (outside of Paramount and the live movies of course).  In Australia, "Madman Entertainment" holds the distribution license.  If you want to know what the legitimate US release looks like, I have photos of it in the thumbnail below.
TF Prime Videos by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy

For those who think the DVD is from Japan:  It's a bootleg from Malaysia!  All of the listings say the menu is in Chinese, the subtitles are in English and Chinese, and that it is produced/authorized in Malaysia.  The "Asian Characters" are even Chinese!  How does anyone get Japan from that?  Sorry, but Malaysia is NOT in Japan!  Malaysia is South of India with Singapore just South of Malaysia.  Japan is east of Korea.  Malaysia and Japan are about as far from each other as Canada is from Mexico.  Google map search it, duh!

Yes, I took and reposted the photos of the bootleg DVD, but I admitted they are not mine, I linked to where I got them, and I did so in order to show people what the bootleg ripoff looks like.  Nothing more.  I NEVER took credit for them, nor did I claim them as mine.  As for my "connection to Hasbro", yes I do in fact know people directly connected to Hasbro.  I will not reveal them because I do not want people harassing them, though I know people are going to call me a liar if I don't reveal my sources.  If my sources and connections wish to reveal themselves, it is their choice.  I know how to keep a confidence.  Duh.  I was not born yesterday, and I do my research.

It makes me sick that these thieves are selling not just Transformers Prime, but 8 other Transformers titles and who knows what other Hasbro or Takara property they have stolen.  This is why I am putting the word out to others not to buy these bootleg DVD's.  Support the companies that brought to life the characters we love, not some thief hiding in another country.

These are some of the legitimate Japanese Releases:
Transformers Prime Japan DVD Release by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy

:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 1 [Optimus Prime cover] (Released August 31, 2012) AVBA-49818 - Contains the first two episodes of "Darkness Rising" parts 1 and 2.
:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 2 [Bumblebee cover] (Released August 31, 2012) AVBA-49819 - Contains the episodes "Darkness Rising" parts 3 and 4.
:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 3 [Megatron cover] (Released August 31, 2012) AVBA-49820 - Contains the episodes "Darkness Rising: Part 5" and "Masters & Students".
:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 4 [Bulkhead cover] (Released September 28, 2012) AVBA-49844 - Contains the episodes "Scrapheap" and "Con Job".
:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 5 [Starscream cover] (Released September 28, 2012) AVBA-49845 - Contains the episodes "Convoy" and "Duex ex Machina".
:bulletgreen:"Transformers: Prime Volume 6 [Arcee cover] (Released October 26, 2012) AVBA-49907 - Contains the episodes "Speed Metal" and "Predatory".
:bulletgreen:"Transformers: Prime Volume 7 [Soundwave cover] (Released October 26, 2012) AVBA-49908 - Contains the episodes "Sick Mind" and "Out of His Head".
:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 8 [Breakdown cover] (Released November 30, 2012) AVBA-49959 - Contains the episodes "Shadowzone" and "Operation: Breakdown".
:bulletgreen:Transformers: Prime Volume 9 [Ratchet cover] (Released November 30, 2012) AVBA-49960 - Contains the episodes "Crisscross" and "Metal Attraction".

Transformers: Prime Japan Volume 6 and 7 are out but not on Amazon as yet, I will update the image and list as soon as it and future releases are available.  You can also get them here -->…

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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...I haven't upgraded to Bluray yet, but I plan to. And......from your journal I just learned...America and Japan share the same region this time?

DO YOU KNOW HOW HAPPY THAT MAKES ME? xD I'm sooooo tired of having to use two different DVD players. x3

Also, AWESOME guide to not-buying bootlegs. Bootlegs SUCK, let us fight them together! :w00t:
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Snowland316 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
People do anything for money. *shakes head*

Thanks for the heads up and the official pictures of the DVD covers.

You can still buy them from Amazon, but ONLY from THEMSELVES. Their product is always listed first or in bigger, bolder font and the 3rd party sellers are listed under them. I am a regular at and only buy from 3rd party sellers that I KNOW are legit.
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, same here. You're welcome.
Snowland316 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
^_^ And Happy Thanksgiving!
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and to you as well.
fanfictionaxis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really hate bootleggers and those people who buy from them as they're stealing money from the legit company who produces the DVD/movies/cartoon.

This is one thing you can tell it is not a legit item on a DVD. If it states Region 0 or Region free, there is no such thing as a Region 0 and Region free, that designation is for a home computer created region, which means it was not done in a factory, it was done at home of the bootlegger or at a place where he can do it multiple times and be able to produce several DVDs on a computer of his and package them and sell them claiming that they're from either Japan or some other country and they're not even from those countries.

Everyone knew that Japan was going to air TF: Prime Season 1 in a few weeks after these FAKE DVDs were produced with Chinese lettering on it. How can people claim that DVD is from Japan if they have Chinese lettering on it, claiming that it came from Region 0? I'm sorry but Japan's Region is not 0, but Region 2. Seriously, they are Region 2, not Region 0. Japan is south east of China, not in China and the Japanese would be speaking Chinese, not Japanese if they lived in China. Plus everyone knew that the Japanese would produce the DVDs later on in the year, not when they just put the show on the air on Japanese TV. They would be stupid to sell the DVDs at the same time as in airing the series on TV.

If anyone wants to see what the real, legit cover looks like, go here and take a browse: Transformers: Prime Vol 1 Japan DVD., Transformers: Prime Vol 2 Japan DVD, Transformers: Prime Vol 3 Japan DVD, Transformers: Prime Vol 4 Japan DVD, Transformers: Prime Vol 5 Japan DVD.

Volume 6 has not been released as of yet. Those links takes you to and there you can see the legit and very much official covers of Transformers: Prime Japan DVDs. If anyone has a different image on their Japan DVDs, they bought a bootleg.
Metalchick36 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job on reporting this stuff! Same thing with the toys, there's also bootlegs of those as well. though I'd rather buy the DVD's from big box retailers like Best Buy, or even Hasbro itself. It may cost more, but it's worth it.
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True that. Amazon has them too and I am very careful buying from there, trust me.
daywalker03 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
It's been a long time since I bought anything from eBay; I got tired of the insistence on using PayPal to buy stuff (I won't go into why I don't like PayPal, though) and simply use my eBay account to keep an eye on products I might be interested in. One thing I will not buy anywhere other than a retail store (or reputable online store like is copyrighted movies and television shows; too much of a chance of the product not being the genuine article. Thanks for keeping us updated on the stream of bootleg Transformers stuff on that site.

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