Quote: Originally Posted by MrBurns “Is there anyway to distinguish these KO parts from the originals? I am a little concerned that these could be sold as originals especially someone like me who wants only the originals.” Originally posted by reluttr “there probably isn't a way, other than the way the plastic feels and the color.” Quote: Originally Posted by Grepicon “There is a way to tell. Find an original G1 Optimus Prime Cab, place the transformer part in it, close the rear door, and shake it. Then drop it on a table in front of a G1 Shockwave, take the part and rub it on his crotch and look at it under the light of his purple hand laser cannon. The only people who truly care are the people who are hoarding "rare" pieces and are looking to profit now, or in the future. It's plastic not unobtanium.” Originally Posted by MrBurns “That is pretty funny /sarcasm What would prevent people from selling these for actual G1 prices. When I buy parts, I want to know if they are originals or KO's. The maker should engrave his initials on these or something.” Originally posted by reluttr “Well he does sorta have a point... Knock off's have been around since...well transformers became popular. In other words the part market has always been tainted by look-a-likes, and the risk of getting a bad part is just as bad now as it has always been. Besides... do you really think that a malicious seller is really going to go through Darkov? They would much rather do it themselves at home and save on the shipping and commission costs. I encourage Darkov to continue his work, because I would rather pay him 3.00 for a repro, than to pay some scalper on ebay 50 bucks for a knock off part with 1/10th the quality of darkovs.” So after seeing this basic exchange on Darkov’s Repro Thread, which unless I am mistaken is meant for comment and critiques of his repro parts (not sales, or issues of right and wrong), I have decided to start a repro ethics thread. I am curious on the opinions of my fellow board members on what they think about the “ethics” of reproducing parts, notably hard to find vintage parts. Here is my stance: Recently I went through a Holy Grail G1 Binge and spent way too much on “valuable” piece of plastic, some just waiting for GPS to strike, and after receiving most of my figs, I realized if I want them to stay in good condition I should keep them in their box. Now I love having the rare pieces in my collection, but I enjoy them because they are fun toys. I worry about some breaking. If I had repros of some of the hard to find parts I would be able to display them without fear of exposure to the elements. For Example, Monstructor, I repeat Monstructor is going for over $250 easily (some people are trying to sell for close to $500) and honestly he’s a tiny unimpressive combiner when you have him in hand…but he’s rare. Why should the fans have to pay $40 for a head or more for a fist, when the price could be $10 or less depending on materials used? There is risk when buying piecemeal, and unless you open the box yourself you can’t be sure a part is genuine or vintage. Even if the reproducer’s initials were inscribed somewhere on the part, what is to stop an ebay seller from not showing that angle? In closing I love the idea of affordable quality reproduction parts, please share your thoughts, I want to hear how others feel on this regarding their collections.