Shanghai police have seized one million fake toys after raiding a factory in the city of Dongguan. According to Chinese site The Paper, included among the fakes were Pokémon, Dragon Ball, One Piece and Gundam items.
The massive raid took place this past August and netted over 1,200 toy-making tools and equipment. China News reports that in total the goods are worth over $60 million dollars. Over twenty suspects were arrested.
This may be the coolest thank-you gift ever! Japan’s Bandai Namco @bnam_jp sent #Shanghai Police’s Huangpu branch a limited edition of the golden Unicorn #Gundam model to thank the police for cracking down on millions of fake anime merchandise. https://t.co/yr9P0iPsPn pic.twitter.com/NHnRANi5ru
— The Paper 澎湃新闻 (@thepapercn) September 7, 2019
China News added that Bandai Namco called the Shanghai police, “pioneers in law enforcement, guardians of intellectual properties.”
The police recently appeared on Chinese television to show off the gift and discuss the raid.
Shanghai Police uncovered a group illegally selling fake gundam figures.
More than 1m items were seized with a value of RMB 300 million.
Bandai Namco presented the police with a unicorn gundam figure to thank them, which they presented during a news segment today. lol pic.twitter.com/tnzv7gG3mB
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 30, 2019
A well-deserved thanks, indeed!