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Mr Palitoy's Cardback Guide


SW 12A Cardback

SW 12B Cardback

SW 12C Cardback

SW 20 Cardback

ESB 30A Cardback

ESB 30B Cardback

ESB 41A Cardback

ESB 41B Cardback

ESB 41C Cardback

ESB 45A Cardback

ESB 45B Cardback

ROTJ 45C Cardback

ROTJ 65A Cardback

ROTJ 65B Cardback

ROTJ 65C Cardback

ROTJ 65D Cardback

ROTJ/TL 70A Cardback

TL 70B Cardback

TL 70C Cardback

TL 70D Cardback

ESB GM45A Cardback

ESB GM45B Cardback

ROTJ GM45C Cardback

ESB CL45 Cardback

ESB KPS45A Cardback

ESB KPS47A Cardback

ESB KPS48B Cardback

ESB KPS48C Cardback

ROTJ KPS48D Cardback

ROTJ KPS48E Cardback

ROTJ KPS48F Cardback

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The second set of figures released for the Empire Strikes Back were released on the 41A card. This card is almost idenitical to the Kenner 41-back on the front and back of the card. The front of the card has the Palitoy logo where the Kenner one would be and there is no square white price box in the top left hand corner. The Palitoy logo is the smallest one yet, and has a box with a black background underneath it featuring trademark information. The back of the card features the 41 figures now available and vehicles and playsets mostly from the Hoth range of toys. The manufacturers text is also changed to that of the Palitoy company. The left hand box shows the Snowspeeder, Tauntaun, Turret-Probot playset and MLC-3, PDT-8 & MTV-7 mini rigs. The right hand box shows the Imperial Attack Base and Darth Vader TIE Fighter. This card variation, and all card variations up until 45A were manufactured in Hong Kong at the Kader Industries or Smile factory by the Palitoy (Far East) Company Ltd and then shipped back assembled to the Coalville factory in the UK. You can see is says Made in Hong Kong on the back of the card above the right hand box. The letter K next to it stands for Kader Industries and is the factory code that was also shown on Kenner cards that were also manufactured in the Kader Industries factory.

The second set of ESB figures had already been released on the 30B card variation which means that no figure made it's debut on this card. This tends to make them a little less popular with collectors. The first and second sets of Star Wars figures and first set of ESB figures also appeared on this card variation. 41-back cards are much more common than 30-back cards for the first and second sets of Star Wars figures.

There are 2 other variations of 41-back cards, the 41B and 41C. Almost all figures appeared as either a 41A or a 41B & 41C. The only exceptions to this so far are Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot that appeared as all 3 variations and 2-1B that appeared as a 41A and 41B.

This is the last card variation that the original C-3PO appeared on. This is because this figure was replaced by a new version with removable limbs that debuted on the 45A cardback.

There is a sub variation where there is no factory code K for Kader Industries next to the Made in Hong Kong Text which is the 41AN variation. In this case the factory code is S for Smile Industries and is to the left of the Greedo figure. This variation also has a perforated punch compared to the 41A variation. All figures found on the 41A variation can be found with the factory code K, whereas only a subset can be found with the S factory code on 41AN. Also, the 41C card variation which was manufactured later can only be found with the K factory code. The 41AN variation is generally less common than the 41A, though on some figures the 41AN is more common.

Single stemmed bubbles with a footplate were used on all figures on this card variation.