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To be honest I wouldn't want any prototype figures anyways. They don't look good because of the orange colour, so they would just be sat in a display case as a "look how much money I spent on one figure that I can't know for certain is genuine or not."
I get that the completionist/collector mentality draws people to something rare, but frankly there are so many genuine minifigures I don't have yet I'm not about to spend money on potentially fake prototypes that could go towards genuine ones.
@CCC (there's a similar Star Wars one just above it too)
*Must have been the real deal though*. I've heard that these prototypes are put together pretty quickly just for review purposes and as such aren't as durable as the final products. And with the listing being ended because the item was lost or broken I can only surmise that the seller must have dropped them. I mean no one would ever try to pass off fakes would they? ;-p
Those prototypes look so bad, and I hate that some people actually bought some.
Unfortunately, with the surge of fakes on eBay, a lot of people are skeptical of buying loose minifigs, and rightfully so.
Because that way they cannot really get booted or in trouble because they can say it is 'custom'.
Only if they say they are 'LEGO' can they be nailed for copyright infringement I believe, so most avoid using LEGO but will still list them as a category of 'LEGO' and use terms like brick/block/NOT LEGO etc.
The prototypes though are all genuine parts, but the seller makes up a story about how they use a certain colour to test the molding, and has dyed a regular fig that colour.
You should always ask yourself, if they are testing the molding, then why are they printing on it, using a very strange non-lego colour print. Why not use the actual print or no print at all. Why even build the entire minifig to test the mold? The legs, torsos, etc do not change from minifig to minifig, only the print. So why would they need to test the molds repeatedly? Testing the print is understandable, but for that they would test the proper print, not a faded / washed out colour like you get after you have died the part.
This is where the implied Boolean operator, (yeah sounds good doesn't it :-D. Truth is I knew it was something to do with a Boolean something and had to look the rest up ;-p) of '-' comes in. When the bootleg s become just too much, e.g. when searching for SH figs I will alway add '-custom' and '-compatible' to my search in an attempt to filter some of the rubbish out.