TIG is pleased to announce that our Identification Guide is now back up and fully running following the last site upgrade in which many of the links and images became broken. Big thanks to TIG staff member Mat for fixing this excellent and valuable guide for vintage collectors.
Updates Feb 2018
The vintage Star Wars collecting community is seeing a new wave of near-perfect reproductions coming to the market place: the recent floating Princess Leia blasters, the Imperial and Jawa blasters, and currently the Luke yellow, green and blue non-telescoping sabers which we will be featuring on the site later. In all likelihood the repro makers have been using our site as a reference to improve their fakes, and we can only appeal to them that in future they create their repros with identification marks. Sadly, it seems the sole intention here is to dupe collectors into believing the fakes are real and to gain a profit.
When TIG first began it had two mission briefs: 1) to provide collectors with a resource so they could easily identify accessories. 2) to flag-up known reproductions. Often we are faced with the dilemma of providing detailed photos and accompanying info versus arming the repro makers with virtual blueprints. It's a difficult situation, but we believe we should continue to provide collectors with the knowledge they seek. As the repros become more advanced we must continue to work together as a wide community in spotting, flagging-up and identifying harmful fakes. The cataloguing of the most recent discoveries is a tribute not just to TIG but many sources in the community who have shared their expertise to help collectors avoid being ripped-off. Let's stay vigilant and continue to educate - especially to newer collectors - about the harm that repro does.
Please check out what TIG's very own Aussiejames has to say about this new wave of repros in the excellent The Vintage Rebellion Podcast
Update August 25th 2017
We are honoured to present Lee Bullock's paper on the infamous float test! Click below to read the article on Imperialgunneryforum.com and help us join in giving Lee a very big round of applause for an amazing look into the science behind the test!
Update June 9th 2017
A large number (1000+) of Leia blasters were recently uncovered in the UK. They came with a back story of being found at the Palitoy factory garbage bin by the son of an employee as well as being replacement stock for the 'Kenner really do care' program.
A number of collectors have been researching these for many weeks. The explanation of how these pistols were discovered is mainly irrelevant to authenticating them as original. In order for TIG to be comfortable deeming these as original we expected an example to be found sealed in a MOC/baggie or exist previously in collectors hands. To date, with help from the community we have examined 1000s of loose pistols and 100s of MOCs - NONE have been found with this specific mould/shape.
Steve at UKG has also kindly offered his opinion : "It's a fake it is one of the best i've seen and a really well done job but under the microscope and even to the naked eye there are notable differences to it, i've had the verniers on it too and some slight differences around the entire mould."