I know the Prime has been covered 100X in the past, but here's a more formal guide to spotting the reproduction. Also note, there's another version of the repro'ed Prime running around. It's been noted by Might Gaine that adjustments have been made. Read the post here. This guide still applies to all remakes, so just look for more than 1 clue, instead of the dead giveaway. Previous Threads Sludge Box August 7, 2007 http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=146308 Soundwave Box Sponsored by: Agesthreeandup.com August 5, 2007 http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=145958 Hubcap August 5, 2007 http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=145929 Cliffjumper August 4, 2007 http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=145783 Devastator Giftbox Sponsored by: Agesthreeandup.com August 4, 2007 http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=145767 Mirage August 3, 2007 http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showpost.php?p=1505652&postcount=92 Before I start ... All participation is welcomed. If I missed anything please let me know. These differences are ones I found just by combing over the pictures. Keep all ethical "knockoff" discussion out of this thread. This is for educational purposes only. NO DEBATES PLEASE. I usually rank these in order of importance. Not this time. Here are 11 differences, take them as you wish. There are some color differences, but those have to be ignored. Many variables with originals (fading, picture lighting, etc) make color matching against repro's inconclusive. Again, the purpose to this is to educate eBayers. There are AWFUL sellers out there who claim these pieces as being real. When on eBay, look at the seller's feedback and other items for sale. Chances are, they've sold many of these already. That will be the best indicator of "original" or "reproduction". You gotta use your head before using this guide. Optimus Prime V.1 (revisited) August 8, 2007 1. additional grey boreder On the original, Prime's trailer touched the grid. No additional grey boreder exists. 2. The positioning of "Formers" Take a look and note the positioning. It's shifted on the reproduction. 3. Off-center text The reproduction's text isn't quite lined up. It's shifted to the left and actually breaks a grid line. 4. Missing stickers A Hasbro issued Prime will have 2 stickers on it. No more, no less. 5. Amateur sticker application When the repro'ed stickers are applied to a bare cab, this often happens. 6. . should be : Not much to mention here. A minor typo does exist. 7. Fade to black point The fade to black point starts much lower on the reproduction. 8. High-® The ® goes sky high on the reproduction. On top of it, the original has a "TM". I'm not sure if this is across the board for all original issue Primes. 9. Factory flap crease A factory made flap crease will be present. 10. Chopped Ravages You'll see that both kitties are chopped off. 11. Extra contents The contents marked with a "!" are not standard issue stickers. These were applied at the factory, not home.