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."
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