Han Solo Blaster: Episode V, The
Empire Strikes Back
Across the frozen plains of
Hoth, glides a darkly ominous Probe Droid, engaged in a deadly game of
hide and seek. Upon discovery, it opens fire with a volley of laser
blasts. Coming under returning fire, it activates a self-destruct
mechanism and explodes in a conflagration of metal and flame. A certain
space pirate lowers his BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster and reports back to
base that it’s a good bet the Empire knows where the Rebels are...
So returns Han Solo to the fighting fray in Star Wars: Episode V The
Empire Strikes Back, with not only his companion Chewbacca, but also a
slightly different version of his signature blaster at his side.
The original Han Solo blaster prop used in Star Wars: Episode IV A New
Hope, had been returned to the prop rental company upon completion of
filming. Therefore, the prop department had to recreate this iconic weapon
for the sequel. This time out they chose a Japanese replica of an antique
German “Broomhandle” Mauser pistol as the base for Han’s blaster.
Other changes included a different scope mount bracket on the side that
now held a M19 azimuth sight, instead of the earlier vintage sniper scope.
Similarly, the fire extinguisher nozzle that formed the muzzle of the
original was replaced with a specifically- machined aluminum component
that closely approximated what had been seen previously. Lastly, three
model kit parts and two metal electrical connectors were glued and riveted
onto the left side of the blaster to add visual interest. The Corellian
pirate’s weapon was now complete.
In recreating Han Solo’s DL-44 from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire
Strikes Back, Master Replicas accessed never-before-seen-archival
materials, sourced original parts and faithfully copied the original
replica of the Mauser pistol to ensure as authentic a reproduction as
possible. The paint finish, weathering, and details match the version
carried by Han in his scenes on Hoth.
Official reproduction of Han
Solo’s blaster from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
The blaster is mostly
die-cast with a machined aluminum muzzle. The handle grips are injection
molded plastic and decorated to look like wood. The scope has simulated
“targeting” graphics inside the lens. The replica has a general
weathering decoration to look like the blaster seen in the film.
Comes with a custom-designed
display case, numbered metal display plaque, and a Certificate of
Display case has a matte
black base, mirrored floor, acrylic supports, and acrylic dust cover.
Rebel Trooper Blaster: Limited Edition
Fiercely defending the cause of freedom and
individualism, the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance would lay down
their lives to protect Princess Leia and her starship. In the opening scene of
Star Wars: A New Hope, Rebel troopers do just that—wielding their blaster
pistols in a desperate attempt to fight off the faceless enemy Stormtroopers who
overrun Leia Organa’s starship. The Rebel blaster was the first Star Wars weapon
to appear on-screen and was modeled after a 1950’s British submachine gun (also
the model for the Stormtrooper blaster). Like all blaster pistols in the Star
Wars trilogy, it fired bursts of searing light-based energy called bolts.
In creating the Rebel blaster, Lucasfilm made some major modifications to the
original submachine gun. First, the prop designers removed the folding stock, a
feature that was kept for the Stormtrooper blaster. While the Stormtrooper
blaster had barrel vent holes that were covered with plastic “T-track”, the
Rebel blaster had vent holes covered with a tube of ribbed, rolled metal. A cone
was attached to the muzzle of the Rebel blaster and a solid metal bar was then
added to the top of the barrel, and the sides were detailed with “T-track” for
the mounting of a scope. A non-optical scope was mounted to the bar using
off-the-shelf mounting rings.
While the referenced submachine gun normally uses a 32-round magazine mounted on
the left side of the gun to hold the ammunition, the Rebel blaster used neither
a magazine nor had a magazine housing. There were also stunt versions made for
Star Wars: A New Hope that looked slightly different than the standard prop.
Notably, the stunt version had a thicker trigger guard. Master Replicas modeled
its Rebel blaster collectible on a blank-firing “hero” version of the prop.
|The original prop was modeled after a 1950’s
British submachine gun. |
|Our replica is made of metal with ABS parts
and detailing and weighs almost 30 pounds. |
|Comes with a custom display case, numbered
plaque, plaque stand, and certificate of authenticity. |
|Approximate dimensions: 19” L x 9” H x 2” W
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