The Imperial Gunnery needs your help
Recently the Imperial Gunnery launched a mobile application, giving you a downloadable abbreviated version of the site contents. In an effort to keep the format small and compact a decision was made to crop all photos. This removed corner watermarks on photos. While this was done for sizing and consistency a former contributor felt the dark side was at work. We have since removed the application.
So we need everyone's help! We want to build a new application and update the site without personal watermarks. It will make the sight more sustainable long term. Please go through each category and if you see a weapon watermarked by anyone (except Imperialgunnery of course) we'd love a photo. Just the weapon on a white background would be fantastic. You can Email it to email@example.com.
The quicker we can complete the task the quicker we can relaunch the app and remove TIG from possible issues.
Thank you - The TIG team
NEW: Updates on the new wave of Mexican repros... V8 Lili Ledy Imperial Blaster *** V4 Princess Leia Lili Ledy Blaster ***V3 Biker Scout Blaster *** V4 Yoda Canes *** Lando Skiff Helmet *** Various Staffs - ERG, Bib Fortuna, Madine, Chief Chirpa ***
Click on the section links above to see some of our latest pics and info. Some of these repros are very close to the originals! The Imperial Gunnery team is still conducting research into this new line and we hope to have details on drop / float tests soon as well as other info on a wide range of these new repros.
Update 28 Jan 2015: TIG can confirm that the repros we've tested so far all fail the float test and will sink when placed in water. All of them pass the drop test and sound like originals.
Anyone recognise this V6 Bespin Blaster that's just come to our attention? To discover its unique characteristics and to see if you can help us check out the V6 entry HERE
Star Wars Episode VII Teaser Trailer: see it here and discuss
Calling all Luke Farmboy MOC and Baggie owners... can you help a TIG member with his saber research? Check this forum thread for more details Luke Farmboy Saber Coordination
Recent additions to the guide: V6 Unknown Bespin Blaster *** REPRO 12 inch Darth Vader Cape *** ORIGINAL Squid Head V5 belt *** REPRO CCP Comm-link V3 *** REPRO Endor Blaster V2 *** REPROs Darth Vader V3 Saber & V3 Ben Saber *** Uncle Gundy ORIGINAL V1 & V2 rifles *** V5 Endor Blaster added *** Repro Vinyl Capes for all figures *** Princess Leia V1 Poncho Belts update
Looking for a place to show off your vintage Star Wars custom creations? Then check out TIG's Tosche Station for some awesome custom work!
Check out: the brand new section at imperialgunnery.com highlighting repro stickers and decals... Stickers & Decals
Watch out! Updates for the REPRO Kenner, Palitoy and Glasslite boxes and inserts for the 12" & 3 3/4" action figure line and vehicles and play-sets. Follow this link
Watch out! New on eBay... fake sticker AFA cased figure Fake AFA re-carded Fett
Check out this great guide for lettered hilt light sabers concentrating on the Darth Vader saber Lettered Hilt Light Sabers
Check out the rise of Bib Fortuna Fake Burgundy Capes - They are everywhere! Fake Burgundy Capes
News! The biggest potential scam in Star Wars collecting history? Read the various discussion threads regarding General Mills and Palitoy non-factory sealed MOC. Links found at TIG forum: General Mills/Palitoy non-factory sealed discussion
Thank You Commander Clint! Please join us in thanking Commander Clint for his donation of figures, books and vehicles for our fundraiser. We have just renewed and paid for the ImperialGunnery.Com domain until 3/30/2016!! Thanks to those who purchased (Marco, James, Jesse, Andy, and Chris)
DONATIONS for 2014 Expansion
Imperial Gunnery has grown over the last few years and our site has exceeded the bandwidth we've purchased. We had to make a decision between having the site shutdown until the new month started (we were hitting limits around the 20th-25th) or expand. We decided to expand by 500%. We have no revenue here, nor banner ads. We have visitors and members.
So help us ImperialGunnery visitors and members, you're our only hope!
Please send no more than $5 to Darthberizing@Imperialgunneryforum.com if your means allow.
It'll make you feel good!
We'd like to thank the following donors!
Christian söderlund, Leah's Toys, Kelly Sterne, Janet Fidler, Felix Figeuroa
Gary Haywood, Seth Delpha, Rob Amantea, Oscar Fiuza, Jared Cope, Calvin Forrest
Wendy Macdonell, Aussiefortuna, Clonetrooper Dan, Junior Chubb, ToddG, Chris.75
Jesse Wall, Solo's Smuggler Shop, Ourchickenshack, Brandon Coulter
Jason Mathews, Psybertech
Check out the latest boxed vehicle additions in the Project Outside The Box thread over at the TIG forum: Project Outside The Box
Check out the latest vintage Star Wars reference site added at the TIG forum: Japanese Star Wars Collecting Thread
Check out THE FLOAT TEST & DROP TEST (article by ArtooDetour). A short guide to the float test and drop test for weapons and accessories.
Check out REPRODUCTION FIGURES (article by ArtooDetour). Documenting the rise of reproduction Stormtroopers.
The Imperial Gunnery (TIG) is a non-profit, ad-free website created in 2009 as a resource for identifying original and reproduction vintage Star Wars weapons and accessories. Created by collectors for collectors, TIG's goal is to document all original weapons and accessories from the vintage Star Wars Action Figure toy line along with their reproduction counterparts. Visual guides enable collectors to identify original items as well as the large amount of reproductions available on the market.
While the site was created to cover the Star Wars 1977-1985 3 3/4 inch line, TIG has expanded over the years to cover other areas such as reproduction 3 3/4 inch figures, weapons / accessories from the 12 inch line, and a section for reproduction parts for vehicles, play-sets, creatures and other accessories.
In addition to this there is the TIG Forum where you will find active discussions on the world of figure variations and manufacturers like Kenner, Lili Ledy, Glasslite, PBP / POCH and more.
The list at the top left of each page splits the weapons and accessories into categories for easy navigation. Once you have found the section you are looking for, scroll down the page to view the weapon / accessory.
Reproduction weapons are located underneath the confirmed originals. We aim to provide descriptions and background information along with detailed diagrams to help you identify the real ones from the fake ones!
Unsure what you are looking for? Check out our Weapons & Accessories Identification Guide!
The vintage Star Wars action figure line ran for a total of eight years and was a worldwide phenomenon. Throughout production many different companies across the globe were contracted to produce the figures and accessories: Kenner in the USA, Lili Ledy in Mexico, Glasslite in Brazil, to name just a few. This resulted in a large amount of figure variations being produced. likewise, the weapons and accessories that accompanied the figures also included variations.
In today's collecting market many of the hard to find figure variations (such as Glasslite and Lili Ledy) tend to be more sought-after in comparison to their standard Kenner counterparts.
As the collector market started to expand in the 1990s, a problem entered the hobby - repros (reproduction / fake weapons and accessories). Many of these reproductions were mass produced in Asia. With the advent of eBay the circulation of them became widespread.
Aside from the mass-produced reproductions, other types of fakes hit the market ranging from small-scale operations to homemade efforts. The production of repros has accelerated over recent years and includes parts for vehicles, play-sets, creatures, boxes and inserts, even Stormtrooper action figures! The plastic materials used and the casting quality has also become more advanced, making reproductions more difficult to detect than before.
In the picture below are 6 Imperial Blasters. Can you work out which ones are reproduction and which are Original? (To find out click the link for the Imperial Blasters section on the top left of this page.)
What you can do if you find repros in your collection
If you discover reproduction weapons or accessories in your collection: please feel free to send these to TIG. TIG will document the reproductions we receive and ensure that they do NOT end up in the market place. TIG aims to build a live inventory of reproductions so that we can assist in any potential PayPal dispute resolutions or in-person verifications. Contact us for more details.
If you are keeping your reproductions: we suggest you try and mark them so collectors cannot become scammed if the repros end up back on the market. One way to do this is by marking paper / card items with the word 'repro'. For plastic accessories, insert a heated pin to make a hole - as seen in the photo below:
You can help the Imperial Gunnery by making a donation using the PayPal button at the top right of the page. All donations will go towards maintaining the site.
You can also help with our research... TIG is a community project so please feel free to reach out to us. We are always looking for high resolution photos of original weapons/accessories and new reproductions. You can find us on the TIG forum in our dedicated section:
Photos are submitted by our members from their own collections. If you have any photos you think we might be able to use please contact us. We are happy to watermark your photos if you wish or you can use your own mark.
TIG also from time to time uses photos of reproduction items from sources such as eBay. This is so that we can compare them against originals and educate collectors. If you are not happy that we have used your photos please contact us. TIG is happy to discuss new and responsible ways that reproductions can be accepted in the community and help prevent collectors from becoming scammed.