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PostSubject: Variant or Fake Stormtrooper?   Variant or Fake Stormtrooper? I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 25, 2021 8:25 pm

Hi all.

I had a large Star Wars collection when I was young, but unfortunately my dad sold it all at a garage sale about 20 years ago. head bang

I have recently begun to collect Star Wars action figures and have done a considerable amount of research using sites like this and asked a lot of questions to sellers on eBay. I recently acquired two Stormtroopers - one from a lot that was bought at an estate sale and another individually from a eBay seller with 100% feedback and nearly 6000 postive feedback with a long history of selling Star Wars memorabilia. The seller told me that it was an authentic original and I believed them. However, after comparing them both I see that they both differ in some strange ways. Maybe they are both legit and just different variants and I'm just paranoid, or one (or maybe even both) could be fakes.

From what I've read, it is very difficult to tell the difference and I'm not blaming the sellers for not being able to tell the difference if avid collectors have a tough time doing it.

Neither one seems to have the larger flat area around their arm joints, but one of them has larger holes on their feet than the other and just feels a bit lighter.

After learning about the various ways of finding repro weapons, like shining a light through them, I put a flashlight to the stormtroopers and this is what I saw:

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In the pictures where they are together, the one on the right is the one that is translucent and the one on the left was not.

Has anyone tried this before? Does the fact that one is translucent and the other one not indicate the presence of a fake or not?

If anyone could help me figure it out, I'd be grateful. Just the idea that there could be fakes being (un)wittingly sold as originals and that they are difficult to tell apart certainly dampens my enthusiasm to collect.

Thank you for reading.
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PostSubject: Re: Variant or Fake Stormtrooper?   Variant or Fake Stormtrooper? I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 26, 2021 12:44 pm

I have held a light behind various Jawa figures and i can remember some of the limbs and torsos are more translucent than others, i guess it depends on the plastic mix used by the factory. I'm not up to speed on repro Stormtroopers, but the gunnery has a page on repro figures and how to spot them that you can check out here
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PostSubject: Re: Variant or Fake Stormtrooper?   Variant or Fake Stormtrooper? I_icon_minitimeTue Apr 27, 2021 10:11 am

I have 2 Stormtroopers from over 40yrs ago that I played with as a young child.  Both are stamped Hong Kong and 1977.  And one has deeper styled 6 sided cuts on the bottom of his boots vs the other figure (similar to your photo).  The figure with the deeper molded boot cuts has Hong Kong stamped above 1977, while the figure with the more shallow molded boot cuts has 1977 stamped above Hong Kong.  I have put them both up to a high intensity light and the Stormtrooper with the deeper boot cuts and Hong Kong above 1977 is more translucent.  While the other figure definitely allows far less light through it.


Hope this helps.
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