This section will record reproduction vintage Star Wars action figures.
Part One: Reproduction Stormtroopers.
Part Two: Yak Face, Blue Snaggletooth & fake Bootlegs.
Part Three: Vlix and Rocket-Firing Boba Fett.
Part Four: C-3PO Droids Series.
Part one. Reproduction Stormtroopers
This is the No Coo 2nd moc version as seen dismantled. You can see that its construction is quite different to that of the Kenner original. Each limb, including the hands, has their own rotating joint system that is glued into place.
Thanks to TIG members Psybertech and Walkie for supplying the info and pics!
Update: October 2013 -
Repro Stormtroopers appear on Repro cards...
During October 2013, Mark Poon listed his repro Stormtroopers for auction on his eBay account. This time his Stormtroopers were packaged on repro Palitoy and Kenner cardbacks with imitation bubbles. The repro figures appear to be the first wave ones that he limelighted earlier in the year (January 2013). In this instance Mark Poon has stated that he has marked the items with a 'not for resale' stamp as can be seen on the first picture.
Update: May 2015 -
Batches of the 1st issue Poontroopers appearing with "Two Right Feet"
TIG has been contacted by a collector who made a recent purchase of a number of the First Issue Mark Poon repro Stormtroopers directly from Mark Poon. The collector noted that all of the figures have two right feet. The photos below clearly show both feet 'turning' in the same direction.
I believe this may be some kind of error in the mouding process of later batches following Poon's initial run where none of these "Two Right Feet" issues were spotted. It's certainly an oddity and may help identify a repro from an original if more of these turn up.
Thanks to F-J Harmych for the info and photos.
by ArtooDetour. April 2014.
In addition to Mark Poon's Vlix (2005), Rocket Firing Boba Fett (2006) and Stormtroopers (2012), other fake figures to make an appearance on the market have largely concentrated on Blue Snaggletooth and Yak Face. Hardly surprising, given that these two figures have long commanded premium asking prices.
Examples of these copies range from poorly-made to good quality efforts. It is likely that they could easily fool buyers into believing they are genuine, especially if placed among other figures in auction photos. In-hand, most of these figures would be instantly recognisable as the fakes they are: poor mould and paint applications, unarticulated limbs, discrepancies in size, peg-holes, etc., being just some of the obvious characteristics.
Some fakes have appeared as paint-it-yourself figures cast from hard polyurethane resin.
Belgium. April 2013. Unpainted, unarticulated Yak Face figure.
Here we can see an original on the left, an unpainted repro in the centre, and a painted repro on the right.
Blue Snaggletooth legs
One seller went so far as casting Blue Snaggletooth resin legs ready to be attached to the trunk of a Red Snaggletooth figure, even providing some basic instructions!
Below are some more fakes from around the world that have appeared at auction. Most of these were advertised as genuine.
From the UK. Blue Snaggletooth, unarticulated and made from resin.
UK. Yak Face, unarticulated, made from resin.
Germany, 2013. Advertised as real.
USA, 2013. Advertised as a Sears exclusive.
Fakes of bootlegs
Germany. 2014. A number of dubious figures appeared on a well-known auction site. Many collectors agreed that these were a mixture of direct fakes and repainted figures.
This Luke X-Wing Pilot and Biker Scout from the Model Trem line are two examples from that auction.
It's inevitable that we'll continue to see fake figures like these appearing for sale - especially for the characters that demand a premium. Luckily, in most cases, fake figures are quickly spotted by collectors who alert the rest of the community.
by ArtooDetour. May 2014.
Mark Poon created his reproduction Vlix in 2005. This was followed by his Rocket-Firing Boba Fett in 2006.
VLIX (MK 1)
This custom carded reproduction Vlix, complete with a reproduction rifle, was also made available as a loose figure.
The repro Vlix is pressure cast from an original Brazilian Glasslite Vlix and is fully articulated. The black rifle issued with the carded figure is a repro cast from an original Hoth Stormtrooper rifle.
The COO markings on the leg of the repro Vlix match those of an original.
Below: Poon repro on the left compared to an original on right. The Coo markings are identical.
There are no peg holes on the underside of the feet of the repro figure. A genuine Vlix will have peg holes.
Below: Poon repro Vlix on the left with no peg holes. The original (right) has peg holes.
Want to know more about the differences between an original Vlix and the Poon repro? Read the DROIDS GUIDE & DISCUSSION THREAD by Walkie on the TIG forum
Update: May 2015 -
Mark Poon's Vlix MK 2!
Mark Poon's been at it again. In February 2015 he advertised for sale his MK 2 version repro Vlix along with a repro 'Kenner First Shot Vlix'.
The MK 2 version comes packaged in a stylised box complete with yet another repro rifle to add to Poon's growing arsenal of fake weapons.
The For Sale announcement in the classified section of the Rebelscum forum caused instant outrage among collectors. Inadvertantly, Poon's MK 2 Vlix was the reason that led to the forum owner taking the decision to ban the sale of reproductions on the forum following an inspiring community-led petition:
I'm not going to give any details of this new Vlix - I'm going to leave that in the very capable hands of my colleague, Stef (Walkie on the forums) who has made a thorough breakdown of everything you need to know about this latest Poon repro figure.
Which Vlix is which?
More repro weapons on the market...
ROCKET-FIRING BOBA FETT
Mark Poon created a series of four unpainted rocket-firing Boba Fett figures. A painted version was also made on a custom card.
*L-slot with 4-sided projectile
*Purple J-slot with 8-sided projectile
*Clear blue L-slot with 4-sided projectile
*Clear blue J-slot with 8-sided projectile
The figures are custom-made from ABS [torso, launcher and missile], and PVC [head and limbs]. The colour matches that of the original prototype. The figures came sealed in a baggie and packed in a white box with custom printed label. There are no markings on the figure nor any peg holes
The hologram version also appeared as L-slot and J-slot. The version shown below is the L-slot
Custom Carded J-Slot Rocket-Firing Boba Fett
All photos except those labelled are by Mark Poon. Thanks to Walkie and General Kahn for additional photos.
By ArtooDetour. Sept 2015.
This REPRO C-3PO Droids Series was first seen on eBay in September 2015 and advertised as:
The figure is static with non-movable limbs. The paint apps are all hand-painted. Close up photos reveal some good attempts at reproducing elements of the original casting but with shoddy paint apps. Close up this figure will not fool collectors, but placed among other figures in an auction photo some buyers might be fooled into believing it is an original.
The following information is from the seller's own description:
All photos and information are from the seller's own auction.