The current issues of all of the Plasticville structures are cast from the same molds, but are usually made in different colors so they are not confused with the originals. However, in the case of the "Hobo Jungle" as is illustrated above, the shacks are almost identical to the original colors. This has led to these being portrayed as the original, and this has caused a lot of concern among collectors.
The way to tell the difference between the current issue and the older pieces is by examining the thickness of the plastic. The current issue is made in China, and wall castings are not as rigid or stiff as the older pieces, and they appear to be more transparent when held up to a light source. Also, because of a chemical additive the walls feel "slick" and will have difficulty staying together.
We urge caution when purchasing these structures, even if they are in an original box, and you should ask for return privileges before purchasing this item. Click on the picture to see a larger view.