Calrissian_Charm wrote:No problem, I love doing this stuff
Calrissian_Charm wrote:I'd say first that I'm not an expert, but I can give my opinion and tell you what I know. I have two Leias with "no zip" capes. The first is the Taiwan, which is well documented. The other is a Hong Kong COO. It's in the pictures I posted. I believe it to be authentic mainly because of the discoloration on the back. It's slightly but noticeably yellow as if from sun or simply age, like a couple other Leia capes I have that do have the crosshatch pattern. I also trust the seller who said he was selling his Early Bird set from when he was a kid. He had already sold the Luke, and so I bought the Artoo, Chewbacca, and Leia. The Artoo was the dark blue variation, and Chewbacca came with the infamous green bowcaster. Not conclusive, but a point in a good direction. I'd also note the fact that both Vader and Ben also come with "zip" and "no zip" capes. Now, I do have a Hong Kong Leia with a zipping cape, but the COO is smaller and higher on her leg. She also has black hair/belt. I got this after the pics I posted. To compare, the "no zip" HK Leia has brown hair/belt. I hope that info helps.
Calrissian_Charm wrote:The cut of your cape looks almost identical to my HK brown hair/belt Leia, right down to the clipped corner.
This is the front of my cape. It's tough to see, but the yellowing follows the line of the back and doesn't extend to the side. So only on the part most exposed.
Calrissian_Charm wrote:No, the Taiwan capes are very thin, and one has a horizontal line pattern. This cape is thick but flexible. Like I said, the aging give points for authenticity, and I would also expect if it is a repro, we would find it on a variety of different Leia figures, which is why I ask, what color hair and belt does your Leai have, and what's her COO stamp look like? If ours match, it's another good point for authenticity.
Honestly, we'll never be positive unless someone pulls one of a card or out of a baggie, but we can make a reasonable conclusion
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