Gamorrean Axe

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The Gamorrean Battle-Axe was released with following figures:

 

There are 4 main mould variations plus subvariants on the Gamorrean Battle-Axe. More subvariants may exist. As a result of the fact that these were shot on a sprue tree in higher numbers each shot the subvariants may vary heavily depending on the steel mould used.

MOULD COMPARISON: M1, M2, M3 & M4

M1: COLOUR COMPARISON

KADER

M1 was produced by KADER in Hong Kong and can come in two main colours:

  • dark brown handle
  • light brown handle

 

Both colours can appear on M1a and b. These also can come in rigid or soft plastic versions.

M1a / M1b:

M2: COLOUR COMPARISON

SMILE

M2 was produced by SMILE in Hong Kong and can come in two main colours:

  • brown handle
  • light brown handle

M2a / M2b:

M3: COLOUR COMPARISON

UNITOY / KADER MACAU

M3 was produced by UNITOY in Hong Kong in brown plastic with silver paint to the blade. Later on the moulds went to KADER  in MACAU and the axes were produced in silver plastic with brown paint to the handle.

The following colours are known to all four subvariants:

  • moulded in brown plastic with light silver paint
  • moulded in brown plastic with dark silver paint (not shown above but below)
  • moulded in silver plastic with dark brown paint
  • moulded in silver plastic with light brown paint

UNITOY (moulded brown) M3a / M3b / M3c / M3d /M3e:

KADER MACAU (moulded silver) M3a / M3b / M3c / M3d /M3e:

M4: COLOUR COMPARISON

LILI LEDY

M4 was produced by LILI LEDY in Mexico and can come in two main colours:

  • reddish dark brown
  • yellowish dark brown

 

M4a / M4b:

Bootlegs

Brazil

This axe was produced by MODEL TREM for the “AVENTURA NA GALÁXIA” line in Brazil. These are not made out of plastic but some lead-tin-alloy. The mould was only used in the mid 80s and came with their resident Gamorrean Guard figure:

  • lead-tin-alloy painted brown

Mexico

Bootleg production in Mexico was not carried out by larger factories, but rather small family businesses that made their own molds and had their own machines to inject the plastic. Therefore there is no specific lines or producers known.

These axes shown below were only produced in the 80s and came in accessory sets and were also packed with various figures including a fully articulated (f/a) Gamorrean Guard. Here shown is two colours known:

  • dark brown (silver paint left)
  • light brown (unpainted)

Poland

This axe was produced by Spółdzielnia Rzemieślnicza “Wytwórczość Różna” for the so called DELUXEline in Poland. The mould was only used in the 80s (1986-89) and came with the resident Gamorrean Guard figure. The axe is known in the following colours:

  • yellow
  • red
  • light green
  • dark green
  • brown

Reproductions

R1:

The R1 axe is a newer reproduction out there. They do swim when submerged in water and therefore are an easy spot, because in this case originals don’t. The material has a minor flexibility.

They do mostly resemble the M3 version from UNITOY and are made out of brown plastic with silver painted blade:

R2:

The R2 axe is one of the newest reproductions out there. They don’t swim when submerged in water and the material they are made of is only slightly flexible. They are otherwise as close as possible to the original. A good tell-tale here is that the blade doesn’t mimic two different surface structures like the original: rough metal and sharpened/smoothed to the front of the blade. 

They do mostly resemble the M3 version from KADER MACAU moulded in silver and painted brown:

R2:

The R3 staff is a simple recast and does exist in many colours, painted and unpainted. They don’t swim when submerged in water and the material they are made from is flexible to a point and then will snap immediately. Like all recasts, these can have more or less air entrapments.

They are cast from the M4 version made by LILI LEDY. They often get used by getting added to bootlegs (mainly Mexican) to “complete” them:

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