I don't really see why someone producing high quality repros's, sold as repro's, is getting slated like this by a bunch of vintage collectors who have invested heavily in vintage toys. Oh, wait...No. Hasbro has the legal rights to a Star Wars license. "Smith Lord" does not. Don't confuse your support of what "Smith Lord" does with the legality of what he does. Those are two separate things.
I detest his reproduction items. He's producing them against legal trademark laws.
I think his custom (non-repro) stuff is sort of neat. He's still producing them against legal trademark laws.
Star Wars was all about fun, so were the toys, so are the repro's. Vintage collecting is all about MONEY. That's why collectors kvetched the hell out of Super 7 when they first announced their Kenner Alien line. Yet it led to a massive demand for retro style figures that has seen all kinds of goodness and wish-fulfilment. All this horse **** about trademarks etc is just vintage collectors pretending to take the high ground because they're worried their investments will fall in value. They might have started collecting to get in touch with their inner child, but their inner child wouldn't give a **** about trademarks and would rip all the figures off their pristine cards anyway then go and throw them in a sandpit.