The fact that it's a third-party amiibo isn't the sticking point here – we've already seen the likes of Dark Souls, Monster Hunter and Shovel Knight get immortalised in NFC-ready plastic figures – it's more that the source of this particular rumour is 4chan, which is almost always enough to get alarm bells ringing.
Still, just look at this thing.
If it is an elaborate fake, then the person behind it has done their homework. AiAi even has a transparent plastic support on his foot, and the box design looks legit. The only point of contention is that the Nintendo logo – other third-party amiibo boxes have either the amiibo logo or the Nintendo Seal of Quality instead.
Do you think this is legit, or just a cruel fake to get our hopes up? Let us know with a comment.