Following the threads on these and reading between the lines it certainly looks like the MR staff denials are simply because MR never took or refused delivery of items that they had contractually commissioned from China. Most likely the “former” MR reneged on their contract for the manufacture of these due to lower than expected sales on their Klingon Disruptor. Perhaps financial difficulties before “former” MR closed doors or were being acquired by another company when the ship started to sink. An embarrasement for sure since some of the former MR personeel are in process of launching MR Inc. and promoting the new MR will be manufacturing in the US.
The Klingon Disruptors may only now be appearing because they were simply forgotten about or buried in a warehouse. It’s possible though that the actual Chinese manufacturer had to hold on to them before they could sell them due to contractual obligations. Once that term expired the manufacturer may have in turn auctioned them off to other Chinese company’s/buyers in individual lots or batches to clear out their warehouse. This could easily explain why there is more than one seller in China listing these on eBay simultaniously. It could also explain why some sellers have implied unlimited stock, they may have purchased a HUGE lot.
Similarly in the US isn’t this how the “Buyers” for chains like Big Lots, Home Goods, Christmas Tree Shop, Overstock.Com, etc, etc. purchase their stock?
It is extremely doubtful that these are cheap or illegal knock-off’s. Perhaps they could technically be considered gray market goods since they are not sold by the defunct MR distribution channels. Effectively they are by all practical terms new-old-stock Limited Edition Master Replicas Disruptors.