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Beware Fake "Prototypes"! Is this Legit?
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:45:06 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mezco-Universal-Monsters-7-Inch-The-Hunchback-of-Notre-Dame-Prototype-/251521641416?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item3a8fdbabc8

I mean..I know it's really the Diamond Select figure, and not Mezco, but could it really be a prototype? This person is selling 2 of them. 
« Last Edit: September 12, 2014, 10:22:42 AM by Mike Scott »
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Re: Is this Legit?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 09:00:20 PM »
Looks like it is a test shot.  Check out his other auctions, he has tons of prototypes. 

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Re: Is this Legit?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2014, 09:56:11 PM »
You know its real because it's "made of the plastic".
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Re: Is this Legit?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 12:02:41 AM »
Just FYI - Most of these "Prototypes" from China are made my factory workers to sell "as prototypes" on ebay.

So, while its true they are factory made, they arent really part of the production process - They are made later to be sold as a rarity.

No real value other than as an oddity - You see TONS of Star Wars modern figures this way.

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Re: Is this Legit?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 08:10:59 AM »

So, while its true they are factory made, they arent really part of the production process - They are made later to be sold as a rarity.


Thanks for that info, tylerh! 
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 09:30:20 AM »
Just FYI - Most of these "Prototypes" from China are made my factory workers to sell "as prototypes" on ebay.

So, while its true they are factory made, they arent really part of the production process - They are made later to be sold as a rarity.

No real value other than as an oddity - You see TONS of Star Wars modern figures this way.

I have wondered about this. Thanks for the info. Basically, from a collector's point of view, these are sort or worthless then. As a collector, I would want the actual protoype figure before the line was released. Not just a figure from the line that was later painted a solid color.

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 10:20:26 AM »
Interesting.  I ended up winning the less expensive action for it. lol
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Re: Beware Fake "Prototypes"! Is this Legit?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2014, 10:26:21 AM »
I changed the topic title to, hopefully, attract more viewers to an important topic for collectors.
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Re: Beware Fake "Prototypes"! Is this Legit?
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2014, 05:57:53 PM »
There are definitely manufactured ones out there. You have to be careful with sellers. My hasbro ones came from a seller who got them directly from a former Kenner employee.

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2014, 06:37:31 PM »
My hasbro ones came from a seller who got them directly from a former Kenner employee.
That's one of the only ways to know for sure. I wouldn't take a risk unless the seller has some kind of stature in the collecting community.

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Re: Beware Fake "Prototypes"! Is this Legit?
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2014, 07:31:09 PM »
If it's unpainted plastic, or plastic painted a solid color, it's technically a test shot. BUT when I've given away our test shots in contests in the past, I've called them "prototypes" for simplicity's sake, because they are early versions of what the figure will become. But technically, a prototype is a painted resin casting, and we archive all of ours, as far as I know. (You have to pay a lot to make a prototype, so theoretically they're worth a lot.)

This one was painted a solid color, so it was probably made to be looked at for errors pre-production, and not taken off the production line (the base plastic is different strengths, and likely different colors). We usually get in one or two sets of test shots before we get painted samples, but I assume the factory keeps a set of test shots for their reference, then gets rid of them, or there may be test shots that are rejected before they get one they like. But I highly doubt that anyone at the factory would go back and run off more unpainted figures, then paint them tan specifically to sell them.

So this one IS most likely from the production process, and there are probably no more than a half-dozen of them in all.  It was probably salvaged from the trash, which is not ideal, but I know people who collect test shots, and I think test shots are awesome, so enjoy it, Adam!
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Re: Beware Fake "Prototypes"! Is this Legit?
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2014, 08:46:10 PM »
Thanks for all the proto info, King!
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