Theory: Last propstore auction came from the same 'ilk' of hero that is currently being auctioned. However, the brown neck version was force-pull gag specific.
New auction looks more like a (the) belt-hanger.
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Known iterations: (notice how the belthanger has different characteristics)
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This one is interesting. Is the neck metal like this new one? It's got a decidedly brighter coloration. I wonder if this was Master Replicas reference? I notice the copper colored part of the neck is set into the brass part, like the MR. This new doesn't do that.
The thing that throws me off slightly is that middle picture. The pommel looks chrome plated. But the picture next to it, it doesn't. Assuming of course their the same prop. But the way this one rides, and it being all metal, makes a strong case for this being THE hero, or one of. With the various resin versions being made later.
BTW that was me bugging you on Facebook