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Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby reddogblues » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:18 am

Hey All

I recently acquired one of my most sought-after pieces. It is the Empire Strikes Back Laser Pistol, with the Han Solo photo.

It is AFA graded, so sealed in an acrylic case. Somehow, the flap of packaging on the right has come loose (just by the emitter). It is not a big deal, but it is obscuring the Han photo and is bugging me! I am not sure if it was like that prior to grading, or has happened since.

Is there anyway to push it back into place without removing it from the acrylic case? I would hate to have to break it open, so hoping there is another solution.

Thanks :)

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby TrooperWill » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:14 am

would turning it on its end and bouncing/ bumping it on a sofa cushion persuade it to drop back into place? if not i dont see you will be able to do anything without physically touching the flap, which of course means cracking her open!
I prefer trading items to buying them, have a loose run, about half the ships/vehicles and all the mini-rigs, spent under £200 and have had a blast doing so. This hobby doesn't have to be about spending a mortgage deposit every month on one item

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby TrooperWill » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:15 am

lovely item by the way, as im nearing my loose runs completion (damn play-sets) im thinking the blasters next, but they are quite pricey and rare!
I prefer trading items to buying them, have a loose run, about half the ships/vehicles and all the mini-rigs, spent under £200 and have had a blast doing so. This hobby doesn't have to be about spending a mortgage deposit every month on one item

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby TK-7785 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:17 am

TrooperWill wrote:would turning it on its end and bouncing/ bumping it on a sofa cushion persuade it to drop back into place? if not i dont see you will be able to do anything without physically touching the flap, which of course means cracking her open!


Now, some other guy with a base sense of humour might say that comment is chock full if innuendo. Especially if you read it like Swiss Tony. :lol:
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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby TrooperWill » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:21 am

if im honest, I ran out of innuendos at that point, i wanted to do one about drilling a hole but then I thought I might be going a bit too deep! :wink:
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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby reddogblues » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:27 am

Thanks, will give it a try. Never against bouncing on a sofa to sort her flaps out :lol:

I don't think it will work, as the inner flap has prised out, so it will need a push back into place.

Boxed laser pistols and rifles seem to be fairly scarce and are always pricey. I got this for a good price, especially as the Han ESB is quite hard to come by :)

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby TrooperWill » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:37 am

Thanks, will give it a try. Never against bouncing on a sofa to sort her flaps out :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol:


I don't think it will work, as the inner flap has prised out, so it will need a push back into place.

damn, dont think you can do much without actually being able to touch it, a glowing advert for grading right here folk... :wink:
seriously though, good luck, its a beautiful item and im more than a little jealous...
I prefer trading items to buying them, have a loose run, about half the ships/vehicles and all the mini-rigs, spent under £200 and have had a blast doing so. This hobby doesn't have to be about spending a mortgage deposit every month on one item

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby reddogblues » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:41 am

TrooperWill wrote:
Thanks, will give it a try. Never against bouncing on a sofa to sort her flaps out :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol:


I don't think it will work, as the inner flap has prised out, so it will need a push back into place.

damn, dont think you can do much without actually being able to touch it, a glowing advert for grading right here folk... :wink:
seriously though, good luck, its a beautiful item and im more than a little jealous...


Thanks, man. The bottom seems a bit loose, so I think that could be removed and glued back... Any tips on how to do it without harming the acrylic too much? Yeah, makes you wonder how it was graded with the flap obviously out. I don't think it could just be shaken out.

I coveted these since I was a kid and never managed to get one in the 80s. I got a loose one but really happy to add a boxed version :)

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby TrooperWill » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:50 am

i have seen multiple threads on here and Facebook on breaking the free, normally involves a large knife slipped between the seams or a hammer and thin chisel if its a tough one, being extremely careful of the vintage cardboard no doubt, but i have never done it and will accept no blame if it goes wrong :wink:

Yeah, makes you wonder how it was graded with the flap obviously out. I don't think it could just be shaken out.


a lot can happen in transit, the video of the dpd driver drop kicking parcels from one van into another springs to mind.... dont ever forget that postmen/couriers have no idea what is in a parcel, and probably wouldn't care if they did.... even if they try their hardest, items do get dropped, fall off tables and shelves and drop several feet from one conveyor belt to another. very interesting videos on youtube of how a postal sorting depot operates.
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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby reddogblues » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:54 am

Thanks, I will take a look and give it a try. The bottom has already come away a little, so there is at least a good starting point.

Will let you know how I get on :)

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby Mini99 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:17 pm

How about removing the loose panel with something like a Dremel if you really want to do something with it.
Personally I would leave it well alone.

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby reddogblues » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:22 pm

Mini99 wrote:How about removing the loose panel with something like a Dremel if you really want to do something with it.
Personally I would leave it well alone.


Yeah, I took a closer look and it will be tricky to remove the loose panel without cracking and destroying it. Because of this I think I will leave it as it is :)

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Re: Laser Pistol Box Issue...

Postby Mini99 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:27 pm

Good decision!


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