Ok, so without boring you with all the details, I purchased what was listed and advertised as "Lego Imperial Flagship".
The box arrives yesterday, and straight away it doesn't look good, there was no padding/bubble wrap, and I can see that the bricks are not stamped as lego. They look like a knock off 3rd party version.
(images here - https://imgur.com/a/t2NwPkX
He is claiming that the ship was given to him, by his uncle, who worked as a product designer at lego( no name for his uncle, but he name drops Kirk Christensen as having worked on the design with his uncle (former CEO none the less(Kirk junior retired as CEO in 2004, am assuming he wasn't talking about the founder who died in 1958), and that early prototype models will not have the stamps. This sounds highly dubious to me, why would Lego have a separate line to print, non labeled lego for production design?
This is balderdash right? I have raised dispute with ebay, but they give you a week to try and resolve the matter, which is not happening, he is claiming the images I sent, of the box was not what he sent, as he bubble wrapped it, which is lie unless royal mail opened it, removed the wrap and resealed it.
He also offered a partial refund of £100, claiming it was legit lego, just with "no markins".
Then further down the he claims how does he know that I haven't switched out his legit with a fake. He is also saying there is nowhere in the UK for me to return it to, as he has gone to Iraq with the army, and will be moving to his parents in Australia. This whole thing stinks of BS, but part of me is slightly concerned that ebay will somehow not side with me, its soured my recent fall back in love with all things lego!
I'll reach out to lego directly, but not sure they will get back to me, appreciate any thoughts.