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LEGO Fakes, Counterfeits and Altered Parts...
Recently the radar dish on the 10179 Millennium Falcon Set was the discussion in Bricklink about fakes showing up on Ebay and elsewhere...
My Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide has a chapter on LEGO Fakes and Counterfeits, and I'm definitely adding the Millennium Falcon radar dish to my chapter in discussing real parts, and either fakes, or (in this case) modified parts...http://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?P=50990pb03&colorID=86
At least this radar dish was a real part. A completely fake part was created a few years back (from China)... back when the Maersk Blue construction helmets were rare (before the 10219 Maersk Train had the bottom fall out of this Maersk blue helmet). California collector Ash Nickle gave me this image of a fake helmet in what appeared to be a Teal blue color (definitely not a good color match with Maersk blue). But with the cheap Maersk blue helmets now out... this isn't the counterfeit worry that it once was (but the buyer should still beware and check the color).http://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?P=3833&colorID=72
More fakery to follow.... ;-)
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