MR ANH Vader LE Lightsaber Question

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  1. Edraven99

    Edraven99 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey guys,

    Have any of you or know of anyone who has stripped the t-tracks off of a MR Vader ANH LE lightsaber?

    I've been toying with the idea of stripping and correcting the t-tracks on mine - the MR ANH comes with 6 t-tracks instead of the correct 7 tracks.

    I know that on the FX hilts at least, the tracks are attached to the tube with pegs on the strips themselves so if this is also the case with their LE static hilts, altering them wouldn't really be an option.

    Any thoughts or first hand knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    All versions of the MR (and Hasbro) saber tubes (including the LE) have holes for tabs on the bottom of the T-tracks to snap into for alignment and strength.

    You can pop the 6 grips off, but if you try to put 7 grips on you’ll have holes/partial holes showing between the new grips.
     
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  3. Edraven99

    Edraven99 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  4. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I only know this info because I think I have the most expensive MR Vader ANH LE ever purchased.

    When MR first made the ANH Vader LE, it wasn't as crazy popular as you would expect, and back then the original few MR sabers sold for about $235 each retail.

    When the demand fell, distributors offered them for less or even at wholesale, and the secondary market prices were also really soft.

    As a result, people started buying them cheap, taking them apart, and selling the parts individually and making 2X-3X what the person paid for the whole lightsaber.

    Steve D (founder of MR) was still a member of the RPF when this all started, and on the next release of sabers and going forward all the parts were glued together using an industrial adhesive stronger than the stuff they use to glue stuff on the Space Shuttle so you couldn't take them apart easily or without destroying the parts.

    My first purchase at the time was just the MR Vader LE tube- totally naked and hollow, to upgrade from my Heiland. I ended up being one of those suckers who kept 'upgrading' and spent 3X more than if I had just bought a complete Vader saber buying every part of the Vader LE. Plus I bought 2X Vader ESB LE tubes... and another Vader clamp.... sigh.....
     
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  5. vader45

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    I tried to modify my converted ESB Vader FX to the best I can for accuracy but the holes had me put the t tracks exactly where the originals were.

    This was back when MR actually put items up for pre order and actually shipped them at the very first estimated time that was stated. And continued for so long with very little hiccups till 2007. I was around at the very end of the MR days back in high school and miss them very much.

    What happened to that and why can't Anovos and efx do that? It was not hard for MR.
     

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