THE DARK SIDE
In this article, Chris Poibug looks at one of the options available to Star Wars owners if their backglass looks like it's gone 10 rounds with Darth Vader.
All views are all IMHO etc etc and are based on a Star Wars Data East
translite by Arcade Overlays that I recently received. Cost including
delivery was $68 - $18 of which was postage which, in itself a bit strange as
it was actually (according to the USPS label) $25. It took about two
weeks, although they did send it quickly - no delay on their behalf.
This may be the first problem to some - or a plus point for others.
No damage occurred - probably because of the cardboard - but at that size surely the chances of it being damaged increase significantly?
Your call I guess. I'm sure it could be sent in a tube,especially as it'll be cheaper for them.
Onto the actual translite itself which, because of how it was sent I was able to lay flat out without it rolling up on itself.
I looked at it and thought it looked a BIT dark. Compared it to how I
recall the ones I'd seen looked and pics on the net. My existing one
was a paper scan (no kidding). Only a minor point and it was way, way
better than the one I had, so time to fit it onto the new glass I just
had cut.This was, incidentally, £5.84 - although it had to be 4mm and not 3mm.
Here’s what I’m talking about on the original
So an improvement on the original-bonus,especially the bulb cover on Yoda - he has a mild tint now. See below for the repro translite picture - please forgive the camera flash on the “R”
Now powered up “the darkness” that had bothered me (NOT "I believe In A
The exploding flames on the ships looks great. Hans' blaster flame looks crap but so did the original so no loss there!
The "feel" of the translite is good too - it'll probably take a bit more abuse than the original!!
Also on the original, R2D2 has a LIGHT blue tinge on his right leg.
Here it's more like a graffiti artist has spray painted it on!! - it’s even darker in reality than it shows. See below:
This is the worst part of the translite. I think it would be noticeable even if you weren't knowledgeable of a SW translite. Doesn’t look quite like it does in real life in the photo.
Also, I guess, for some they could not buy them even if they were perfect, as
their brain would keep telling it's not right.
In this instance it was a no brainer due to what my original was like but would I buy another one? Well they don't do
STTNG which I need, but they do have a RS.For me if I can repair the
1" by 2" scratch which Isn't through the colour,only the white I'll
On the repros, the copyright is missing from RS and AFM, but there on WW - go figure.
I tried a few contacts to get an original SW one and the only one I found was expensive-so £35 or so for this was well worth it. Would look great framed too.
Bottom line - very well done but, as always, original is better but a lot dearer. Someone else who bought a SW one thought it was great and they couldn't notice any difference. If you have a usual condition pin with translite "issues", go for it.
Thanks to Andy Bilton for additional photography.