It can very much harm artists. I think there is a big difference between bootlegs and fakes. Bootleg stuff is like mexican spider-man figures with batman's head. Or pachi style sculpts of toys without the license. Bootlegs should be recognizable as bootlegs. When this dude started making his fakes they were pretty shitty. Certain colors were coming out like squishy dog toys. Stamps were almost unrecognizable. It was not hard to tell the difference besides maybe with a couple of the specific heads. Even at that point some custom painters were putting fake heads on real bodies "just for fun". Not too long after this dude actually re-molded these toys to get more accurate copies because he's making fakes not bootlegs. If you buy a fake you know it's fake but how many toys these days have just one owner? What happens when the next guy gets it? Or the guy after that? Or ebay? At some point lots of stuff just gets mixed in with everything else and no one knows where it came from originally anymore. Imagine it was your first time getting a mvh dx with a grody peanut head on it. You find one on ebay for a decent price and buy it. Then you get it in hand and you hate the quality because the details aren't sculpted very well and the joints feel loose and soft and it stands a little crooked. So mvh and grody shogun lose a new fan and customer. The toy goes off into the world to disappoint or rip-off another random person. For so many toy makers the quality of their stuff is incredibly important to them. This guy is filling the toy world with subpar copies of everything. That hurts artists and fans.