When a product is copied or cloned by another company, the results are often called "knock offs". They're usually lower quality, often lower priced, and generally an attempt by a less innovative company to cash in on the first company's products.
There are some threads over under "Dragon Fly" describing some knock off versions that other companies are distributing. I saw a knock off of a Mini-RoboRaptor at a local Pharmacy this weekend. I thought it might be interesting to see what other folks may have seen out there regarding knock-offs of WowWee products.
I put this thread in the "Gossip" forum section, as we're unlikely to get any 1st hand information as to who is creating these. Barring real information, we're left with guesswork and gossip.
In the case of the DragonFly knock offs, there seems to be an effort to pawn the clones off as the real deal. The packaging and product name is close to the official product. In the case of the mini-roboraptor knock off, it's not so obvious that deception is intended. The knock off mini-raptor is packaged differently, and the dinosaur itself is a different color than the official product.
So here's some questions for others in the thread.
- What WowWee Knock Offs have you seen?
- Were the knock offs packaged differently than the official products?
- Were the knock offs obviously different in color, shape, or size than the official products?
- Were the prices on the knock offs similar to the official product, or significantly less?
Here's a cellphone picture (sorry for the quality) of the Mini-RoboRaptor knock off.