First before I open the debate, I want to make it absolutely clear that fan art and tribute costumes and dolls are not copyright violations. The creations and yes, even selling of individual dolls is (with some very rare exceptions by individual creators or copyright holders) allowed and even encouraged by the copyright holders. (For those of you who don't know, I am fantasy author Mercedes Lackey, and I do have some 30 plus years of experience in this as both fan artist and original copyright holder myself) There is nothing morally or ethically wrong about creating this kind of art, and although it does skirt the edges of copyright when it comes to recreating things from movies and other visual media, this is how the lawyers and publicists usually look at it. Yes, there is a microscopic chance the original copyright holder will lose a minuscule amount of money. But getting medieval on the fan who created the piece is going to be Bad Publicity. Fans talk (boy do they ever) and your happy shiny image can be irreparably tarnished by your heavy-handed treatment of a fan. So in most cases, the copyright holders either tolerate it or actively encourage it. For instance, take a look at the Star Wars dolls on this site: http://www.padawansguide.com/dolls.shtml When a franchise has been out there for as long as, say, Star Wars has been, any fan effort is regarded as a shot in the arm for the old property that might well bring back some new life. And for new properties, such fan interest is an unmitigated blessing. It means publicity from another angle, free publicity, and free positive publicity at that. So having established that there is nothing legally, morally or ethically wrong with creating this sort of tribute doll or costume, what are your feelings on doing so? Does this show a lack of creativity or an abundance of clevernees?