There was a thread yesterday, with a person who did not take the copyright laws serious. So allow me to share my story:
I have a friend. She owned a licensed bakery, one day she re-created a purse. A very famous one, for a client. It was really really good, I mean the work was flawless. That being said, this was her most famous cake, she put it in a portfolio and on her website. A year goes by...she gets served with papers. She's being sued for copyright infringement. She tried to settle, they were not interested. They took her to court she was ordered to pay 200,000 to this company. She didn't take the laws serious enough, and she paid dearly for it.
I said all this to say, they WILL find you. She was successful yes, but far from famous. And they caught her. It is honestly NOT WORTH IT to recreate these characters that are licensed. I know you really want that order. But losing that one order is not so bad when you think about this could be you. I just wanted to share the story, if any of you are thinking about doing it. Don't.