By LB Bryant 2 years, 4 months ago
I’ve yet to really catch the figure collecting bug. Naturally this means I’m an even longer ways away from graduating into figure modifications. I do think that it takes a certain amount of creativity to do it and can respect the talent in others, though. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case with Japanese police, who have arrested two shop workers for trying to sell a one of a kind modified figure.
While I couldn’t tell you what it was before these two set to work on it, as you can see, the end result is an amazing looking villain from Kamen Rider W. Seriously, I have no idea who this character is but I know I’m now curious to know if he looks that bad ass in the actual series (probably not).
The figure was completed by the pair and put up for auction, eventually being won by a man in Tokyo for 270,000 yen (just under $3,300). That’s when the party was busted and police arrested the pair for copyright infringment. The unnamed Niigata men admit to their 'crime’ and say that they believed that since they weren’t mass producing the figures and were selling a one of a kind version that their “crime” would be overlooked.
Every so often I hear stories like this coming out of Japan and I must sacrifice a few moments to facepalm. Are they really so bored over there that this is enough for an arrest?
bored cops, copyright, japan, kamen rider w, news, niigata