I have stumbled upon something that is a mystery to me… Perhaps some anons can weight in? Sorry that this is gonna be long.
Uhhh so I have caved in and bought one of those Aliexpress Hot Toys heads. It went like this: I have accidentally rekindled passionate feelings about certain piece of culture. I have searched Aliexpress on a whim. IDK what I expected, but not a Hot Toys mold of a relevant figure (kek)
After a shock and some consideration, I have decided to buy it. An hour later I got an information that it's out of stock. No worry, right? 8 more shops were selling it. Wary about freezing my money again, I have messaged to ask if the head is truly in stock. Guess what? Nope! Every one of them told me that the item is sold out and closed the listing. Out of politeness, I have replied to one of the messages with something like 'oh that's a shame, maybe it will be in stock again some day!'. To which the agent replied 'sorry, it's no longer being produced as it didn't sell enough'. The thing is… the actual figure never was sold or even advertised. What the actual fuck.
I've been desperate enough to message all the shops (also on Ebay) and one of them informed me that they have the very last head in stock and to order it ASAP. Which I did, paying 200% of what I was originally going to. I'm praying that they didn't bullshit me, but they have took down the listing and promised to ship it within 2 days.
What made me want to secure the head ASAP and overpay (?) is it's bizzare scarcity. I have found ZERO proof anywhere on the net that Hot Toys (or any company dealing with similar things, ie Asmus toys or NECA, Phi-Cen???) is responsible for it, or that the figure was ever supposed to exist in the first place. When googling, I only found some more Chinese listings of the head with the same promo photos. It isn't a phantom item, though. The head absolutely exists, since a few owners posted pictures of their figure. Some of the photos I have found in reviews of clothes that I thought looked like what 'he' would wear. Another proof is a youtube video of a guy who purchased the head, standard bootled body and some accessories. The head fits it perfectly. Judging by my limited knowledge of Hot Toys figures, it absolutely looks like one - judging by the level of detail etc. The head comes without a neck, like in the picrel. It's impossible for it to be a head of anyone else than it's marketed as, since the likenPost too long. Click here to view the full text.