Robb, Once again you have falsely slandered my name.
In this latest attempt you suggest that i sell bootleg toys.
These accusations are unfounded and unresearched.
Had you done proper research, you would have found that Hasbro had addressed this concern a number of years back. Hasbro made the statement that they actually ENCOURAGE customization of the GIJOE line. They provided a statement that customizations MAY be created and SOLD provided they are loose and unpackaged. MUCH THE SAME WAY that COLECO encourages independent developers and creation of games on the ColecoVision. We have stated this a NUMBER of times.
HASBRO further clarifies that product art and packaging cannot be reproduced without permission. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SAYING TOO. You can make games for play on the Colecovision, BUT you cannot use the TM’s on the packaging without permission and you cannot make packaging that is confusing to the original. What is more is that we have offered to make the process painless by offering a style guide with the communities input.
When Hasbro made this statement many moons ago, it was an amazing time and collectors were happy. Coleco, who has the SAME stance is bullied excessively online.
Setting that aside, even without this statement from Hasbro, the customizing of figures would still be legally allowable. Much the same way we cannot stop you from making a COLECO cartridge CASING. *Also withstanding is your Andy Warhol example of 1:1 art as there exists a custom piece of myself given to me as a gift bc lawd knows someone here will pull that one out. At least this is my understanding of the law, and thusly i reserve all our/my rights in this entire matter. It is not my job to give you legal advice.
The toys that i mention in the Hiss Tank forum from TEN years ago that you drudged up (i see that you are having trouble digging dirt), refer to ‘bootleg’ figures that I bought from someone that were passed off BY THEM as the real thing. I believe I disposed of those figures after attempting to send them back to the seller.
Although this was a limited lot at the time, it was not uncommon for me to buy excessive amounts of figures. I had (and still have) accounts with Hasbro distributors. In some instances, I have purchased over 1000 of the same figure, as well as closeouts, prototype materials, cell animation and anything else that was avialble. During the height of my collection it was so vast that it required 3 storage/warehouse locations and exceeded the maximum limits of a collectibles insurance policy. I have been the only person to collect the ENTIRE line as a graded set. There are over 500 items and hundreds of them are only sold with a vehicle.
If you recall in my interviews (if you took the time to listen to them), you will hear me state a number of times that I was initially disliked by the Joe community. It was this ‘bootleg’ matter, in which I made a fuss about that caused that initial resentment. It was that fuss that caused people to customize properly and i would imagine caused Hasbro to clarify this matter.
If you must know, Hasbro is well aware that I have these figures and I even made a presentation to them to acquire a license to package them. The request was denied due to consumer demand.
Did I place the items on sale to remove them from the store? Yep, you betcha. Why? because we have already seen in the forums there that you will file reports on eBay for items that you are not even a party to (well at least say that now despite making such claims to eBay) and eBay is a site that I have used pretty much since its inception. You’ve attempted to interfere with my other business relationships by ‘reporting’ me to businesses which I have a relationship with. On some level it’s comical. I believe that you have prior concerns with ‘ intentional interference with business,’ so it puzzles me why you continue to do the same here. I mean, man, it really puzzles me since this trip around the block would then be punitive in nature, no?
Despite what you think, I owe you no explanation for this. I am doing so to counteract your slander and advise you that the information you are spreading is untrue and give you an opportunity to retract it.
In another matter and so that this doesn’t rear its head again, I recently acquired a license to produce Robotech figures. So when you see them come out, please don’t recreate yet another false and slanderous article.
You have stated on more than one occasion that you wished to have the thread reflect accuracy.
Now that you have been made aware of these facts, i respectfully ask you to remove this 'bootleg' thread and all parts related as the information is both INACCURATE, SLANDEROUS, and detrimental to my character and business.
PS, Yes, i am sure that there are a number of grammatical errors here so the grammar police have me there.
Oh and QUICK! Someone should grab the whole quote!!!