The Chinese can fake everything, and often do, but it's far easier to sell actual Mattel production out the back door and turn a blind eye to it while you reap the higher profits. I also follow board gaming, and it's been noted fakes there are rising as well, but the difference there is they are fakes, easy to spot, and obviously not "factory production" since anyone can print an artwork. It's far harder to make steel tooling and make fake diecasts.
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(I'm an opener, that cardboard is just another recyclable to me)