Yeah, I think everyone has done all they can with the existing photos and information. Unless and until something new comes out it's pretty much a flatline. Something can be said for not beating a dead horse as well.
I am peeking in on Herocomm occasionally, just to see if something changes regarding their acceptance that it’s real.
Did anyone look further into the thought that it perhaps contains some original part(s), even just fragments, that were then cobbled together more recently? If they used some replica parts and perhaps even mistakenly used a replica as a reference, that would explain a lot. I know it seems to be a black or white debate about whether it's real or not, but it's a nagging thought that supposedly these experts deemed it genuine and that there's some mysterious information that was shared with the buyer that satisfied them as well. What if that info was that some of it's real but it was "seamlessly" (ha) restored to its original state using new parts? A little Bondo here and glue there...voila. I know restoration of antiques can be a touchy and even taboo subject, so I could see that being the case with props and entertainment memorabilia as well, hence the tight lips from all involved.
Just thinking out loud, really. My very first thought when I saw it was that this was a possibility but it was overcome by the evidence for fakery. But like I said, that nagging thought of, "Still, the experts liked it..." is hard to shake. Either there really was something they saw in it or we must conclude that it was all a made-up show, or at the very least they were all duped and we're the only ones smarter than them.
If it does contain “parts from global sources” why would it look so aged and dusty inside? Restoring (guitars and amplifiers in my case) we took old stuff and made it look like it was just collected at the music store. No “added” dust or dirt- we cleaned that all out.
Black and white. Yes, I tried to explore whether this could be one of the 3 missing heroes, modified , but was met with resistance. (here) It's all good though, no hard feelings, but in short, the shell is wrong, and the battery is wrong for the 3 heroes. And since the emitter is replica, and the plug is potentially replica, then there's really nothing of substance LEFT to be original. It would be like restoring a car and only keeping the original WINDSHIELD from the vintage car. Such a car would not be original or vintage. This one is a bust.