Last Updated: 07 December 2013
NEW: Check out the new reference site added at TIG forum: Japanese Star Wars Collecting Thread
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NEW: WEAPONS & ACCESSORIES ADDED TO THE GUIDE: (multiple contributors).
Snowtrooper ORIGINAL Viny Skirts V1 & V2 ***** REPRO Princess Leia Blaster V3 ***** YPS ORIGINAL Snowtrooper Rifle additional Pics ***** Luke Jedi ORIGINAL Snap Cape ***** Hoth Backpack ORIGINAL ***** REPRO Poon Stormtroopers on REPRO cards ***** Takara ORIGINAL Imperial Blaster ***** Toltoys ORIGINAL Logray Staff ***** REPRO & ORIGINAL Death Star Gun Turret Canopy ***** REPRO Cardboard Inserts for Boxed Items ***** Logray V3 ORIGINAL staff ***** Lili Ledy Removable Limbs C-3PO REPRO nets ***** Squidhead REPRO Burgundy Cloak
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NEW: Weapons and Accessories Identification Guide! (compiled by Thargoil).
NEW: THE FLOAT TEST & DROP TEST (article by ArtooDetour). A short guide to the float test and drop test for weapons and accessories.
NEW: REPRODUCTION FIGURES (article by ArtooDetour). Documenting the rise of reproduction Stormtroopers.
The Imperial Gunnery's goal is to document all original weapons and accessories from the vintage Star Wars Action Figure toy line, along with their reproduction counterparts. Our visual guides will enable collectors to identify original items as well as the large amount of reproductions that are available on the market.
While this site was created to cover the Star Wars 1977-1985 3 3/4" line, we have expanded to cover other areas such as original and reproduction weapons / accessories from the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back 12 inch vintage action figure line.
We have also opened a section to teach about reproduction parts for vehicles, play-sets, creatures and other accessories associated with the vintage Star Wars action figure line. In addition to these we have extensive active discussions on the world of figure variations and manufacturers like Kenner, Lili Ledy, Glasslite, PBP / POCH through our guides on the forum.
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're 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, Palitoy in the UK... 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 many 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 new problem entered the hobby - repros (reproduction / fake weapons and accessories). Many of these reproductions were mass produced in Asia, and with the advent of eBay the circulation of them became widespread
Aside from the mass-produced reproductions, there has been many other types of fakes to 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, and 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.