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Please call me Space or V. I want to thank all my watchers, commenters, and viewers for your support!

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I make my own patterns. I don't share or sell them.
Let's talk about bootlegs. What are your opinions on them? Do you support them? Hate them? Why?

I feel as if we've got a double edged sword here. It's hard to deny the popularity of the bootlegs. Most are more show accurate than anything official on the market right now. People who cant afford custom plushes can afford the bootlegs. I can see the appeal in purchasing one. Most articles and discussions I've seen have offered nothing but praise for them.

I'm not writing this to tell anyone that they should not buy a bootleg. Each individual has the right to choose for him/herself whether to buy one or not. But I do want to encourage people to think about what they may be supporting when they buy from the bootleg market.

It's no big secret that some bootlegs are complete ripoffs of individual plush artist's designs.

::~Baby Discord Plush~:: by Soft-SensationsBaby Discord Bootleg

Milky Way Plushie by ButtercupBabyPPG Milky Way Bootleg

What bothers me the most is the blatant and intentional ripoff of an artist's design. These are just a couple examples. Other artists have had their designs mimicked as well. In the case of these two, both are original concept characters. It's one thing for bootleg companies to produce their own unique pattern and strive for show accuracy just as us plush artists do, and an entirely different scenario when they're intentionally copying an individual's design. They don't have permission and most certainly do not have the rights. The plush artists receive no royalties from sales and were not contracted to make the pattern for mass production.

The above plushes were successful sellers and the bootleg market wanted to cash in. I think it might be easily assumed that since the knockoff manufacturers are making show accurate plushes, that they're on 'our side' - that they're catering to the adult pony fandom because the official plush market is not. That isn't true at all. These manufacturers hold no love for the show, no love for the characters. They're only doing it because of money. It's easy to cash in on the pony plush market because of its popularity and lack of quality show accurate products. That is the only reason why there are so many bootleg plushes in production.

These plushes are not rare. They are mass produced. It may seem like there's a limited quantity since there's only one or two auctions on ebay, but I'm willing to bet that the manufacturers have boxes upon boxes of the plushes in their warehouses, ready to be sold for distribution. If there's a limited number of auctions on ebay for the character, they're likely testing the waters. If the plush sells well and for a high price, then more will be coming soon. The manufacturers can make these in high quantity whenever they want. A high price should never be paid for a mass produced bootleg.

Again, I'm not trying to tell people not to buy a bootleg. I'm doing my best to take a neutral stance, but I do encourage you to think about what you may be supporting, instead of immediately gushing over and glorifying bootleg plushes. It could be terrible working conditions, child labor, crime, or drugs. It could possibly affect the official plush market as well. If the money is going toward the purchase of bootlegs, then there's no money, support, or demand for official plushes. I highly encourage people to buy from official plush companies such as Aurora and 4DE.

Anyway, I would love to hear your opinions. Please refrain from name calling and hostility in the comment section. This is meant to be a discussion, not a place to attack others. Differing opinions are welcome.

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MikuruChyuu Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love your plushies, you're my all time favourite plushie maker! I'd love one of your creations. I hope to be able to get half as decent as making plushies as you sometime~
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frillycarnival Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for faving my Hijime plushie! It means a lot, your plushies are amazing *u*

Cheers~
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Heya, was just looking at some of your PokÚmon plushies and they are amazing :D

I was wondering if you could help me out? You see I want a Torchic plush so bad but no where is selling the size I want. Don't worry, I'm not asking for a commission, I was wondering what the name of the fur is you use to make them? Normally my plush toys I make are made of fleece, which is fine but it would be nice to experiment with something a bit... softer :3
So yeah, just wondering what the exact name of the fabric is called so I know what to search for, or maybe any good suppliers? Any info you could share would be greatly appreciated :)
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SpaceVoyager Apr 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's called minky. I've got a link on my profile to some websites that sell it.
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:iconfrazd:
Thanks for adding my plushies to your favourites! Yours are amazing. Flambo is very cute!
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HEYYEYEYEA Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your plushies! I'm putting you on my watch list! ^^
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FrostRaven32 Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Your plushies are amazing pieces of art. Have a watch. You deserve it
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VelkanTheFoxcat Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi I was wondering if you take commissions because you do such a lovely job on your plushes and would possibly like to make a purchase in the near future.
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xX-TaylortheCoyote-X Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooow~ :love: Your plushes are outstanding~ :aww: So cute :la::heart: Keep up the good work!! :clap: :dummy:
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SpaceVoyager Mar 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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