I generally disagree with kos, but I agree with many opinions in here for both sides . Regardless at the end there is one thing that discourages me from kos in general. You can always say this company did this and that, but remember that most macros stuff comes from a few creators that made this. In some cases like Disney (which I dislike) the corporation owns everything, but in other cases like with shoji kawamori , we have a more direct relationship with the creator of things we like. What we are doing here is really following a designer and his creations. We eagerly wait to see what the next design is and pre order the crap out of it. It may be a company that manufactures the toy, but most of these designs come from this guys head, (I'm sure with some help from Other designers). At the end of the day if companies that have licenses have issues with selling their products , they may loose Interest, but the creators of the stuff we like get shafted as well. Why should kawamori bother to design stuff for his fans , if they are just gonna buy kos that don't compensate him for his work? For me, it's the fact that when you bootleg from creator Owned properties , it discourages the creators from putting all the hard work into making the things they love. As for big companies , I gene really dislike business practices that take advantage of low wage labor , but that's a subject I think should be address by international regulation, not crappy capitalism, where the usually the smaller business loose . It shouldn't be the consumers responsability alone to protect creators .