EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
(note: the photo in Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary is backwards, we've corrected it here.)
This blaster is quite a mystery. We're unsure if it actually shows up on film in Return of the Jedi, but Hasbro used it as the blaster pistol for their Bib Fortuna action figure.
A photo from LucasArt's Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD ROM has the blaster pictured with the BlasTech DH-17 which we used to determine it's size.
Approximate Blaster Prop Size:
Length - 12"
Height - 6 1/2"
We believe this blaster was made from a tool of some type. The bottom protrusion in front of the trigger probably had a fold down stand for setting it on a workbench. That would make tools involving heat more likely since the stand would keep the tip raised away from the surface it sat on. A hot glue gun or soldering gun seem most likely. The handle also has a small base for setting it down and the electrical cord probably came out right behind it.
Other ideas are a drill, screwdriver or maybe an air tool.
The "trigger" is a locking latch used on ski boots. Shown here is an example from a boot made in Switzerland by Heake. The latch is stamped with the name Martin. It is not the exact same part, but it is very close.
Ski Boot Latch
Photo: Russell Vaughn
The muzzle was probably an added on part, also unknown.
Do you know what this prop was made from?
If you have any other good images of this prop please contact us.