Counterfeit Amiibo 2- 656 X834

Nintendo's amiibo toys are highly collectable items these days, so it should come as no surprise to learn that counterfeit figures are starting to appear.

Info Amiibo has reported that Mario, Link, Pikachu, and Samus figures have been spotted. Each figure has telltale signs that it's a fake - for example, Pikachu's feet are raised off his stand and his arms are fused to his body - but the biggest giveaway is the packaging, which is totally different to the official sort.

Counterfeit Amiibo 2- 656 X834 (1)

According to early reports, these figures are purely cosmetic - there's no NFC chip inside the base - but this could easily catch out unsuspecting parents who are being relentlessly harassed by their kids for more amiibo.

In short, always be sure that the figure you're buying comes from a reputable seller, and beware of loose, unboxed variants going for suspiciously cheap prices online. If you've already been stung by a fake amiibo, let us know by posting a comment.

[via nintendoeverything.com, infoamiibo.com]