chipsteak wrote:These things however are crossing new lines. They are made with the intention of fraud and it's only due to learned collectors that they're being sold as repro but with the USP of 'so good you can commit fraud with them ' albeit more carefully worded.
Fraud, pure and simple. This is something I never considered your common old repro to be.
I totally agree with this statement. I posted this on TIG and I still stand by it. Old Repro which was meant to be for those who could not afford the real thing is fine if that's your thing, but new Repro which is designed to fool is a different kettle of fish. Anyway here it is.
"Everyone has a different opinion on reproductions. For the most part and particularly on the forums people detest them. They have a negative impact on the collecting community as a whole making it extremely difficult to collect with 100% certainty. However, we must remember that there are some members of our community, old and young collectors alike, that are not as well off, who love the Star Wars Trilogy and toy line and who want to collect the figures, but who can not afford to buy a blue black Princess blaster for £60, a solid black Endor blaster or imperial blaster for £100, a pop-up Lightsaber for £200 or for that matter an original Yak Face for £300 - and for them the reproduction serves a valuable purpose. Who are we to deny them that right?
What we really need to do as a collecting community is stand up to the real problem, which is I believe is the people who are knowingly trying to pass off modern reproductions as originals. And I am referring to people like lingardpaul who has been selling hundreds of Millennium Falcon arms and balls as originals; paulgildin-6 who was responsible for a recent large batch of near perfect Princess Leia reproduction pistols flooding the market and joggers78 who is currently doing the same thing with Princess Leia, Jawa and Imperial Blasters. If we all report them as a community we will be playing our part."