Along the way, I have had to purchase repro parts to complete my figures, and though I don't love the fact that I have some non original pieces, I agree that it's sometimes tough shelling out a lot of money for a gun. I keep track of what pieces I have that are repro as I only keep the appropriate weapons/parts with the corresponding figure. That way, when or if I sell one, I can let the potential buyers know that they are repro. I don't believe in scamming or lying to buyers. I've had it happen to me, and it isn't fair. I'm currently on the hunt for missing parts I need and will probably have to go repro if I can't get the originals.
That site is now the best on the net for SW repro weapon id mate.
The Imperial Gunnery is a terrible site. All they do is bash repros because they can't handle the idea of people completing their collections with anything other than original parts. Well I've got news for you. There is NO test that will 100% prove an accessory is real Fact is, repros have gotten so good, that even the overblown Imperial Gunnery can't tell, and that terrifies them. I have a "complete" collection in a display cae with quite a few repro weapons, because even though I love my collection, I won't pay exorbitant prices for a piece of freaking 40 year old plastic.
Repros are a great, affordable way to complete a collection. Most vendors are up front that their parts are repro these days anyway. Of course I don't agree that people try to pass off repros as original, but really...nobody does that. Even if they did, your "float test" and "drop test" are laughable. I have original stuff from when I was a kids that behaves in exactly the same way as many repros I have. Get real mate, The Imperial Gunnery are a bunch of toy nazis.
I have original stuff from when I was a kids that behaves in exactly the same way as many repros I have. Get real mate, The Imperial Gunnery are a bunch of toy nazis.
That first comment is hysterical. You bash old accessories as basically "old plastic", yet put value on the figures...which are technically just "40 year old plastic" as well. lmao
The fact is that you don't want to pay more for the real thing. You don't care about the accessories and just want them to look complete. All of that is fine, but deep down many of us want all original vintage items. From the figures to the accessories, and the glut of repros makes that goal, for accessories, now near impossible
The Imperial Gunnery gives collectors who DO care some kind of way to test. I agree that the drop test and float test are about as unscientific and useless as you can get, but you can't deny that the Gunnery's picture archive of proven original accessories and fake counterparts is not helpful to at least visually judge whether what they are looking at on eBay is real or not.
How you can get bent out of shape over people trying to truly own, preserve and collect vintage collectibles is beyond me. It is horribly naive for anyone to think there are not people out there trying to pass off everything from fake accessories to carded figures to make a quick buck. It's happened many times before and will forever continue.