Gomek

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  1. Gomek

    Help identifying a figure

    Oh, I totally buy that Firestar were sold these as "employee gifts", so I don't think they are being dishonest either. Same, I'm sure, holds true for the Mexican dealer. One of the other things Firestar wrote me was something like - If we were able to prove these were genuine, they would be worth a lot more. - Which I also agree about. And also totally agree Lego customer service is not (and in some cases can't be) 100% informed. Heck, I've also had Lego store employees give me 100% false information on multiple occasions.
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    Help identifying a figure

    It does always surprise me that (more?) of the knock off companies don't use Lego parts. A knock off figure goes for $1 to $3, a custom on genuine Lego goes for $20 to $50. This far outweighs any savings had by producing your own parts.
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    Help identifying a figure

    oh, there is no doubt that it is not easy (to your point it requires negatives and plates to made), and yes I'm sure employees don't exactly get to hang out in the factories totally unsupervised. But we've also seen a fair amount of test pieces leaked. And actual printing can be done anywhere if you can make the plates. I'm sure things bigger than minifigure printing plates go missing from factories all the time. Anyway, point was really that no matter where they came from, at least I feel like I got my answer that they are not official. UPDATE #2 I emailed again with Firestar. They a telling me their source is not the dealer in Mexico and are sticking by their story that these are coming from somewhere within Lego. I guess the mystery will continue...
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    Help identifying a figure

    OK, so an update here: Firestar got back to me and said that they got the figure from a "a reliable source we have dealing with for years" but could not verify it's origin. That to me says they likely got it from the same ebay dealer in Mexico. They also said the figure appears to be pad-printed and is not coming form any of the pad printers they know of. (the second part seems more-less accurate) I also got a note from Lego customer service which said: "I can confirm that LEGO® has never produced a Cristiano Ronaldo minifigure. Although, if we ever did, I would imagine that it would be one of the most handsome minifigures ever made!" It was very nice of them to get back to me, and I'll give them bonus points for doing so with a personal touch. It's funny, I always wondered why Lego factory employees aren't temped to run off custom items for themselves (after hours?). I guess you can't discount that such things don't happen, but at least in this case it's a safe bet that no matter where it came from, it's not an official Lego product.
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    Help identifying a figure

    Thanks. A couple months old I see, but referencing the same exact two sellers. Of course I wouldn't be surprised if one's source was the other. At least it makes me feel better that I'm not the only one confused by this.
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    Help identifying a figure

    While I might be inclined to agree, there are a handful of confirmed Lego figures I would say the same thing about. For instance the Lego Idea House figures. It was about the same exact figure? Can you send me a link to the Reddit discussion? BTW, I have emailed both sellers. The ebay one is primarily a diecast car seller, and he or she just said the same thing with no more information. I'm waiting to hear back from Firestar, though I suspect I might not get a response until Monday. The Firestar is the real head scratcher as they appear to be a customizer, with no apparent motivation to list this figure outside their custom section.
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    Help identifying a figure

    Hi, could use a little help here. Normally sellers, and especially dealers, are very good about identifying figures as customs. I buy a decent amount of customs and can’t remember anyone purposely trying to pass off a custom as the genuine thing. So it recently struck me as odd when I found two separate dealers selling the same Cristiano Ronaldo minifigure, which I had never heard of, both claiming it’s a rare authentic Lego figure. Thing is I can’t find mention of it on either Bricklink or Brickset. (the Firestar link also seems to have an item number 42147 which does not come up anywhere) And another dealer of rare figures I have bought from has not heard of it either. Any information would be appreciated.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2018

    Question, and apologies if it's been asked before. Does anyone know for sure if Warner Brothers does or does not own a stake in the Ninjago or Nexo Knights themes. The Lego operators are very adamant that both Nexo Knights and Ninjago are "licensed" themes. I can't believe Warner Brothers solely developed these and licensed the idea to Lego, because that would be an insanely horrible deal for Lego. But is it possible that Warner Brothers does own a stake in the "license"/theme?
  9. OK, so I'm not sure if this has been mentioned but it seems like @January '18 the Lego bricks and pieces operators got a talking to about licensed parts. They will not sell anything marked as "do not sell". Interestingly enough this also applies to Ninjago and Nexo knights. Now there are several Ninjago and Nexo Nights parts available, but if one calls up asking for anything additional they will tell you it's a licensed theme and can not sell it. I'd love to find out what the actual deal between Warner Brothers and Lego with regard to these themes and if they do, in fact, own a stake.
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    The Incredibles 2 2018: Rumors and Discussion

    Edna looks awful and I won't get that figure on principle. Ironically the figure in the video game looks OK (as far as i can remember). Some of it is probably personal taste. To me any head that is highly stylized would be better molded. In cases where we've seen both, I think I only preferred the non-molded once. For molded I have preferred Squidward, BuzzLightyear, the Simpsons (as opposed to how they looked in the TV special with non molded heads). Only molded head I really didn't think was needed was the Star Wars Tusken Raiders which I thought was fine non-molded. I also thought the Scooby-Do characters looked fine non-molded as they are not wildly styled in their cartoon. To me Mr. Incredible needs it the most. He has a highly stylized head and if you just saw the head of the figure as is, I don't think you'd ever recognize it as Mr. Incredible.
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    The Incredibles 2 2018: Rumors and Discussion

    Brick was a not a great choice as she translates even worse that Mr. Incredible. Speaking of which I'm still waiting for a chinese knock-off company to do a set with molded heads. Some are passable with regular heads but others look horrid.
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    Missing Minifigures?

    Of course this is not limited to Lego. True story.. we bought a toilet seat once and when we got it home and opened the box someone's old used toilet seat was in the box. No one ever gave me an issue returning it, but my wife kept saying the store was going to think we did it. Thankfully I've worked at enough stores to know that the people working there really don't care that much. They follow the return policies and that's about it.
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    Missing Minifigures?

    I would take it back to the retailer. I'm sure Lego would be happy to replace as well, but seems more like a retailer problem.
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    LEGO® Ideas 21311 Voltron

    I loved the show as a kid. This and StarBlazers. and maybe a little Battle of the Planets.
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    My Case Against Artificial Rarity

    Thanks for the tip on Phoenix customs, I hadn't heard of them before.