The staff has been trying to prevent flamewars over official vs 3p/KO stuff for a while now both here in the news & rumors forum and in the 3p forum. You guys see some posts that stick out but not all of it, a lot of stuff gets removed and if you want to talk about wear…. if it wears on you, you literally haven’t seen the half of it or anything close. You only see remnants(sometimes) of what gets cleaned up. Things shouldn’t be as tribalistic as they’ve become. Threads are not to be a launchpad for flaming. It shouldn’t come down to insults when discussing toys. The designers have thicker skin. Whenever I’ve communicated with Transformers designers I’ve never heard of them really making a big deal out of the complaints. They’re usually more concerned about you leaking something more than anything else. With MP-52 specifically, it’s a mass produced toy for collectors, it’s not a living being. Maybe your copy had cracks and the thought of a cheaper KO entices you as a means to source parts from for your own repairs since you’re now well out of the refund/exchange period with the retailer you bought it from. Or maybe you want it because of the issues you’ve read heard about with the official release. I can’t really blame you either way, this stuff isn’t cheap(and I say that as someone who paid $190+ before shipping which is considerably lower than what stores were charging after release). If I were Takara, I’d wait to see how the KO MP-52 turns out. If it turns out better, I’d compare what the KO factory did with what Takara’s own factory did. Then, plot twist, hire that factory, because they obviously did something right that the original factory didn’t. This probably sounds a lot easier on paper than it would be in reality, I get that. However this isn’t the 1980’s where internet sales weren’t really a thing. Takara shouldn’t act like this stuff doesn’t exist. When the KO turns out better for cheaper, it’s on Takara to make moves to assure their fans that what they buy is better than a knock off. Uphill battle and costs money but let’s face it, prices have gone up for MP’s in recent years. Would it cost more money to stop the KO factory or would it be less to hire them? Former might only stop them for a limited amount of time, latter may be the same. However if the KO has better quality than the official, then the KO factory workers don’t need additional training, so that wouldn’t be an obstacle. Neither is probably a favorable solution for Takara but with KOs being inevitable, if I were them I’d literally buy out my competition to ensure future runs of MP-52 eliminate the desire for a KO.