Hoth Trooper Skirt

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The Imperial Hoth Trooper Skirt was usually released with the following combinations of colour to figure:

White Vinyl Skirt:

 

There are 6 main variations plus subvariants. Subvariants do exist and may not all be documented. As a result of the fact that these were produced from a vinyl sheet bought from a third party involved, the subvariants may vary heavily depending on the supplier.

Vinyl cape material (PVC) is made out of a heated mass, rolled and milled in several processes to finally get printed or not. That is important to know, because shrinkage can occur to them when heated again, also depending if they were cold milled or heated milled in the last steps and the directions they were milled. Giving exact dimensions of 35+ year old PVC capes is not very helpful for a guide. They were likely die-cut under tension which would also contribute to capes produced in varying sizes from the same source.

So overlaying those to see differences isn’t helpful in most cases. What we have to do is look for overall differences in shapes, forms and die-cuts. For that reason I will refrain on measurements on all vinyl capes but have a scale on all my pictures for reference.

An Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) skirt does not have a given front or back. But all of those skirts have a left and right side determined by the asymmetrical shape of the skirt. A front and back side was then assigned to make them comparable in the guide.

CAPE OVERVIEW:

M1, M2, M3, M4 & M5

CAPE OVERVIEW: M1, M2, M3, M4 & M5

M1:

SMILE

M1 was produced by SMILE in Hong Kong. The following versions are known:

  • Crosshatch/Zebra pattern

M2:

SMILE

M2 was produced by SMILE in Hong Kong. The following versions are known:

  • Crosshatch/rough (horizontal lines, long version (M2a)
  • Crosshatch/rough (vertical lines), medium lenght (M2a)
  • Crosshatch/soft (horizontal lines), medium lenght (M2b)
  • Crosshatch/soft (vertical lines), short version (M2b)

M3:

POCH

M3 was produced by POCH in Spain. The following versions are known:

  • Faint/rough, no crosshatch

M4:

Kader

M4 was produced by KADER in Hong Kong. The following versions are known:

  • Semi-rough/crosshatch (M4a)
  • Faint/crosshatch (M4b)
  • Crosshatch/faint (M4b)

M5:

Unitoy

M5 was produced by UNITOY in Hong Kong. The following versions are known:

  • Faint stripes/crosshatch
  • Crosshatch/faint stripes

M6:

PBP

M6 was produced by PBP in Spain. The following versions are known:

  • Glossy/rough (M6a)
  • Ladder/glossy (M6b)
  • Craters/glossy (M6c)
  • Glossy/Soft lines (M6d)

Bootlegs

BRAZIL

*Coming soon

Hungary

This skirt was produced by an unknown factory for the “CSILLAGOK HÁBORÚJA” line in Hungary. The material was only used in the 80s and came with Hungarian Imperial Stromtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). The following versions are known:

  • white

TURKEY

*Coming soon

Reproductions

R1:

The R1 skirt is die-cut and has die-cut steps left and right on the sides (bottom). The outer shape to the top is very unique and therefore an esay spot. The material is way more rigid then normal capes. There is no crosshatch pattern present.

The R1 skirt is a recut of the M2 version from SMILE:

R2:

The R2 skirt is die-cut and has edged curves to the bottom. The asymmetrical holes are always in the same place. There is no crosshatch pattern present.

The R2 skirt is a recut of the M2 version from SMILE:

  • normal material thickness #1
  • normal material thickness #2
  • flimsy material thickness

R3:

The R3 skirt is another one which needs further investigation. It has die-cut steps left and right and a perfect cut to the top. Yet the bottom corners have steps to it that seems suspicious. The shape is unique and therfore could be an unknown variant, yet there is no crosshatch present which adds to it beeing fake.

Please keep this reproduction classification with a grain of salt. It needs further investigation.

The R4 skirt is a recut of the M2/M1 version from SMILE:

R4:

The R4 skirt is mainly a reproduction made for the Turkish bootleg Blue Star figure. It is die-cut professionally and probably existing in white as well.

The R5 skirt is a recut of the M4 version from KADER:

R5:

The R5 skirt is made of a thin flimsy material which is more translucent compared to production capes. The edges are handcut (edged curves) and therefore it is an easy spot. There is no crosshatch pattern present.

The R6 skirt imitates the shape of the M4 version from KADER:

R6:

The R6 skirt is made of a thin flimsy material which is more translucent compared to production capes. A crosshatch pattern is present on those but it is different compared to original skirts.

The R7 skirt is a recut of the M5 version from UNITOY:

R7:

The R7 skirt is handcut and only has slits to the hangers. There is no crosshatch pattern present.

The R8 skirt imitates the M4 version from KADER:

R8:

The R8 skirt is made out of a thin and flimsy material. It is handcut and only has slits to the hangers. There is no crosshatch pattern present.

The R9 skirt imitates the M1/M2 version from SMILE:

R9:

The R9 skirt is made out of a thick and rigid material. It is handcut and only has rectangular holes to the hangers. There is no crosshatch pattern present.

The R10 skirt imitates no specific version and has an overall unique shape:

R10:

The R10 skirt is made out of a smiliar material compared to the PBP originals ones (M5a). The die-cut steps to the top are not present and the handcut curves are an identification point as well. There is a rectangular cut between the hangers which differs from the originals as well.

The R11 skirt is a recut of the M6 version from PBP:

R11:

The R11 skirt is made out of a smiliar material compared to the PBP originals ones (between M5a and M5b). The die-cut steps to the top are not present and the handcut curves are an identification point as well. The shape from the hangers is totally off, so this might be the most easiest way to spot those.

The R12 skirt is a recut of the M6 version from PBP:

R12:

The R12 skirt is made out of a smiliar material compared to the PBP originals ones but there is no real glossy side compared to originals. One of the specimen shown is wavy and was tempered with, one even shows wear age and yellowing. The outer shape from this fake is pretty accurate but if you look closely you can see that all curves were die-cut with a small tool which leaves die-cut steps before and after every curve.

The R13 skirt is a recut of the M6 version from PBP:

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