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mwilkinson
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PostSubject: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 3:08 pm

Hi everyone.

I've been lurking for few days using the incredible resources this site offers.

I'm a life long Star Wars fan and for my sins have a rather modest collection of vintage figures and ships.

Until recently I wasn't aware of the breadth of variations that were available.  My collection has come from purchases made from the Hens Teeth in Exeter some years ago (long since gone) and Brian's Toys in the US.

I have been going through all my figures and assessing them for age, manufacturer, COO and whether or not the accessories are original or replicas.

Thus far I have found what I think are a few replicas.  It's disappointing but inevitable.

I have hit a snag and can't seem to be able to find an answer.

I have a dark blue rebel blaster, but it has a silver tip.  This came with a red Snaggletooth figure.

Is this a known variant?  Or is this looking like a repro or later manufactured blaster?

Can upload an image if required.

Thanks in advance.

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 3:39 pm

welcome  to TIG Matt cheers 

as far as I am aware there were never any vintage weapons that were painted at all . Yours is most likely a repo or possibly a vintage weapon with a custom paint job done by a previous owner/collector/child .

Pics would help us give you a definite answer though so load 'em up Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 3:48 pm

Welcome to TIG, Matt. Glad that you took the decision to join the ranks! Very Happy

Without a picture I also think about a custom job.
I have a Wicket/Romba spear with a grey tip. Neat to see, but a custom from an original vintage spear for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 3:57 pm

welcome Matt, nice to see new members signing up from the UK.

A photo would be nice, but my guess without seeing it, custom painted.

I've owned a few figures with silver shoe soles and silver dots on the guns, my guess it was some kids way of identifying his figures.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 4:16 pm

I have one too where the front part has had silver paint applied to it. I thought repro but didn't think about custom. It floats.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Stormie Smiley  Thanks for the warm welcome to the forum.

Alas, it is as I thought.  It is most definitely painted! I have just float tested it too and it floats.  Looks more like a repro to me.

Here are the photographs as promised.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 4:41 pm

welcome Matt.

As you now know it has been custom painted. Can you post a pic of the other side of the blaster, as it will make it easier to determine whether it is a repro. Wink 
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 4:47 pm

Hi and welcome to TIG indeed!

Your blaster is not listed on the confirmed repro section of the main site;
http://www.imperialgunnery.com/rebelblasters.htm

I can almost see the kid dipping it in mams silver nail-polish or something convinced it would look awesome Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 5:13 pm

Here is a picture of the other side.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 5:16 pm

Thanks for the extra pic Matt. IMO that blaster looks like an original vintage one, but lets see what others have to say. Smile

(The common repros have a raised bump above the magazine & sink in water, originals have a depression & float)
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 5:27 pm

From experience with weapons i've picked up, I'm sticking with vintage but custom painted.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2013 5:52 pm

yep , yep - - looks like a custom paint job on a vintage gun .

If it bothers you you might be able to flake it off or try cleaning it off with a little paint thiner :scratch: 

I would just leave it that way myself and have a cool custom painted vintage weapon Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 18, 2013 10:08 am

a magic eraser should remove the paint with no issues Very Happy & welcome to the forum!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 18, 2013 10:23 am

@RetroRewindToys wrote:
a magic eraser should remove the paint with no issues Very Happy 
but you should sprinkle a little Fairy Dust on it first :cool laugh: 

seriously , Magic Erasers are a great suggestion - they work wonders on quite a few issues ...

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 18, 2013 4:18 pm

The magic eraser is a neat idea Cool 

I think I will keep it as is. It's part of the history of the item. I'm just glad it's an original product.

Just inspected my speeder bike and have found that the arms are reproduction, but the exhaust flaps are original.

I've also ordered six new figures from Paul at Vintage Star Wars Collectables. Missed the delivery today but will hopefully collect at the weekend.

Thank you all for your help.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster   Greetings and question ref Rebel Blaster I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 18, 2013 4:52 pm

I know it's been said a load of times, but the blaster is definately original, the silver tip of course is custom.
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