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Fakes contribute to the problem currently being discussed here:
Sorry to not actually answer you question and I hope I don’t come across as rude.
Then @Boliramirez or someone unsuspecting buys it and @Bumblepants has to photograph his and so on...
If it makes you happy, buy the fig. If people don't like that toy bought one, that's their problem, not yours.
Unfortunately, not everyone is as responsible or even considers separating these.
A few times I have bought a bundle of figures, which the seller has sold with genuine intent (usually parents selling off children’s out grown collection) only to find the rogue Decool figure in amongst them. This is happening more frequently these days, which makes buying used very hard - which is a shame.
But identifying a decool figure for me is easier. I think if I were to come across a custom print on a Lego piece, I’d find this very hard and maybe never even know if it were not genuine.
If any one here has every bought a figure that they haven’t actually removed from the box themselves, they run the risk of ending up with a fake item, which is an inconvenient problem...
And it could well be their problem somewhere down the line.
i only wanted a few suggestions for a good custom, not really a debate of 'fake' v's 'genuine'.
the reality is there are either figures people want but due to price or rarity will never own or due to the fact that Lego themselves will never make. Those facts alone will drive a custom market.
i have some great custom batman figures, like Batman Beyond, Jason Todd, Red Robin etc. And using Lego parts and custom part I have built dozens based on marvel and DC stuff. (I even now have the official ones where they have now been made.)
i am a responsible Lego fan and if I sold these I would be very clear on what they were, likewise if a member of my family sold them because they are logged as custom. Which would mean the next chap down the line knows exactly what they have. Assuming they are honest as well then the chain continues until someone is dishonest.
you cannot buy or sell things and then worry or try to predict how someone three links down the chain might or might not behave. As long as you buy and sell honestly that is all you can ever do.
now after a few pointers I have lumped for a very nice looking custom Mr Gold from a chap in Turkey for a staggering £20. If it is a duff purchase no real harm done and if it is a cracking custom job my daughter won't care because to her we have a full set, and yes she will know it is a custom figure because she knows I can't afford a real one :) but that isn't the point. And one day who knows. We migh be able to afford one and we can switch it out
but I will post what I have (I actually have two of them as I thought I lost one so bought s replacement but then found the first.... How much Lego do you have when that happens)
will oso oso post images of the Mr Gold when he comes.
I guess there was also Damien Wayne’s son in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, but as that was in-universe fan fiction I doubt you can take it too seriously.
Buy a fake one...I did, and like the original poster, it's also the only fake in my otherwise complete set (remember that Mr. Gold was outside of his particular CMF series--thank goodness--and that helps lots of people, like us, not have to worry too much about him).
I was given mine this time last year from an extremely generous person. I am neither insane or regretful, but instead am humbled.