There is a recent video making it’s way around by the BBC where they got the LEGO’s General Manager of Manufacturing in Asia, Richard Wong, to identify which of the minifigures is original LEGO and which one is the imitation.
Needless to say that he has a bit of difficulty in pointing out which one was his product. On one hand, the video does highlight that these imitations are achieving a level of quality that would fool even a LEGO employee.
On the other, the poor bloke looks like he was a deer caught in the headlights when he wasn’t able to pick out the fake minifigure.
Either way, it the video poses a very grim scenario for our favourite ABS plastic brand, that these forgeries are almost indistinguishable from the naked eye.
Would you be able to tell the difference just by sight without having having to pull apart the minifigure and check for the trademarks?
I believe that if the GM had performed a closer inspection on the minifigures, he would be able to discern which was the real deal.