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    Mosquitor and the Green Gun

    Hello all,

    Out of curiosity, I purchased a loose Mosquitor off eBay with a green gun, claimed to be vintage. I haven't been able to find any discussion of a green gun on this site (although I'm new and still learning how to search the forums). A green gun wasn't mentioned in the Battle Ram blog, either. I thought I would share some characteristics of the gun, and if it provides useful information to help other collectors, then great. If it's a fake, well, so be it.

    The gun is sage green and made of a harder, glossier plastic then the standard purple version. Both guns are stamped Mattel 1986 with number 1191-2258. The purple version is marked with a number "1" while the green version is marked with a number "3". No COO.

    The gun looks a bit brighter and limey in this attached pic, but in ordinary light it's more muted.

    https://www.he-man.org/forums/boards...&thumb=1&stc=1

    Thanks.
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    Since I've been collecting since the '90s and never seen this variant, I'd say it's pretty unlikely to be vintage. It does appear to be a good mold, though.

    Edit: I did find this on Pinterest. Don't know if it's vintage, either, and it appears to be a different shade of green. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/823455113103085920/
    Last edited by Universe; May 8, 2020 at 10:14pm.

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    This is the gun I purchased. The color in the photo I uploaded is distorted by the flash of my iPhone camera. It is actually the color on the pinterest photo - sort of sage green.
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    Same thing for me, never seen one before.

    For sure it is not a custom repaint? It is real plastic molded color?

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    I have uploaded a scan of the green and the standard purple. If the green is painted, it is hard to tell, but I am no expert at forgery. The only analogy I can make is that the purple has the same soft textural feel as a Skeletor sword, while the green feels more like the harder glossy plastic of a He Man sword.

    I am happy to answer further questions.
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    It's also plausible that this is from another line of toys made after the MOTU line ended. We know Mattel re-used some molds for other lines, as did the companies they licensed MOTU to. In the early 2000s I found a line of "egg monsters" that were just Mattel's Meteorbs produced in different colors. I think they were Made in China, but the quality appeared to be fairly similar to Mattel production quality - just less detail in the paint jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    It's also plausible that this is from another line of toys made after the MOTU line ended. We know Mattel re-used some molds for other lines, as did the companies they licensed MOTU to. In the early 2000s I found a line of "egg monsters" that were just Mattel's Meteorbs produced in different colors. I think they were Made in China, but the quality appeared to be fairly similar to Mattel production quality - just less detail in the paint jobs.
    Meteorbs were actually not a Mattel original thing. They're essentially redecos of a line of Japanese gashapon toys from the 60's. Towards the end of the line, presumably in an attempt to cut down on costs, Mattel seemed to buy a lot of tools from foreign toy companies. Another example of this is the unproduced Horde Robot. It was a redeco of an Italian robot toy from the 70's.

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    Very interesting, I haven't seen that before. Could be a bootleg of some sort? Or a custom.

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