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  1. #31

    Repo weapons vs. original

    I have a question. How can you tell a repo weapon, cape eyt from the real thing??? How easy is it to be fooled??
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  2. #32
    I am no pro at detecting repos from originals, but it almost always seems like a difference in feel and (believe it or not) the weight. The repos seem to feel lighter. Maybe thats just me...
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  3. #33
    I'm pretty sure all our vintage CL figs have authentic weapons but I've never seen or felt a repo weapon and was curious. Thanks very much
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  4. #34

    how can you tell vintage weapons from reproductions/new weapons?

    seems like a lot of ebay 'vintage weapons' for sale could be reproductions or new stuff. how can you tell the diff? thanks.

  5. #35
    Usually, it's been my experience that well-done repros are difficult to spot just by looking, but can almost always be identified by the so-called drop test.

    Vintage weapons were made from a softer plastic than their repro'ed counterparts of today, and make a richer sound when dropped onto a hard surface. It is very obvious, actually.
    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  6. #36
    Yes, I agree this is the best method. Unfortunetly you can't exactly do the drop test on an ebay auction . Best way to tell is ask. Chances are a seller will respond right away if you call his stuff fake. There is always a matter of trust on ebay, but if you get them and think they are fake, then you can always try to call the seller on it and get your money back.

    Good visual tests are very helpful If it looks to shinny, it's probally a fake. If it's a stange color that you don't recognize (like gray or dark gray) it's probally a fake. If the sabers are true red or yellow it's probally a fake (remeber the sabers for Luke and Vader where a kind of pale color). If a seller has tons of one kind of weapon it's probally a fake.

    Hope this helps. Good luck on your search for vintage weapons.
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  7. #37
    There's other thread floating around with more tips and tricks. But the drop test is over all the best. I've heard some rumors about some repos out of Japan that use the same type of plastic as the original, some you can't tell the different. Again its a rumor I've heard.
    Another one I have is texture. Real lightsabers (non telescope) have a texture. Repos a very smooth, but a light touch or lick it (don't ask) will reveal the real.
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  8. #38
    Too bad Hasbro won't go back to these weapons especially the imperial blaster. They seem more accurate in scale than POTF2 versions and sturdier than the new rubbery ones.

  9. #39

    Repros just suck

    Now that I am on my quest to get a set of loose vintage figures, I find this repro problem is a real pain in the bum. While I can dig the idea that some folks want to complete an old figure without paying a lot for a weapon, I really hate being in the position of trying to recognize fake from legit, so much so that I wish they had never decided to make repros!

    BTW- about 5 threads lurking in around could be merged into this one. I found this when I searched for "repro"
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  10. #40

    Re: how can you tell vintage weapons from repro/new weapons? replica or original?(mer

    I'm not finding my thread (I sure it not this one), but this site about repros is one of the best. I learned more in a few minutes there about real and repro accessories than hours spent here and other sites. It not complete and they know it, but its still a very good resource.
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