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ESB 45A Cardback

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ROTJ 45C Cardback

ROTJ 65A Cardback

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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

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ESB KPS48C Cardback

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The GM45A card is the first card produced in the Palitoy factory in Coalville for the German market and is referred to as a General Mills card or German General Mills card or just German card. This was produced in the factory at the same time as the regular Palitoy 45B card and featured the same set of 45 figures on the back of the card. The front of the card is identical to the the Palitoy 45B card. The only difference is that the punch is a distinctive inverted V shape on the GM45A versus the more rounded inverted U shape seen on the Palitoy 45B and other Palitoy cards as well as later German card releases. So you can always spot a GM45A card as no other card has this inverted V shape punch.

The back of the GM45A card is the same as the back of the Palitoy 45B card with the special offer at the bottom of the card being replaced with German text which doesnt have special offer. The German text says "45 Aktionsfiguren zum Sammeln und Spielen mit Star Wars Raumfahrzeugen. AT-AT, Snow Speeder, X-Wing Fighter, Millennium Falcon und viele andere sind uberall enhaltlich wo es Spielzeug gibt". This roughly translates as "Action figures for collecting and playing with Star Wars spacecraft. AT-AT, Snowspeeder, X-Wing Fighter, Millennium Falcon and many others are everywhere where there are toys.". The Palitoy Coalville address in the bottom left hand corner is replaced with a General Mills one in Germany and the copyright information separated and is in the bottom right hand corner of the card.

The English text 'STAR WARS ACTION FIGURES Collect all 45' that is above the picture of the 45 action figures on the back of the card is still present on the GM45A card. This is also on the back of the Palitoy 45B card. This text was removed on the next variation of this German card. Only a subset of all the figures have been found on this figure variation so far, and they are almost always MOC rather than a used cardback. Almost all used cardbacks are of the next version of this German card with the English text removed. The reason for this is explained in the Toy Toni section below.

This card saw the same bubbles being used to seal the cards as were used on the Palitoy 45B card. These were double stemmed bubbles or single stemmed bubbles with a bubble number embossed in the bottom right hand corner of the bubble.

German cards were almost half of the 11534 unused cardbacks acquired by Toy Toni after the Palitoy factory in Coalville closed and subsequently made into MOC with unused bubbles. Of the 4714 German cards 1483 are of this first card type GM45A. The unused cardbacks were 318 Bespin Security Guard (Black), 268 2-1B, 166 Leia Organa (Bespin Gown), 160 AT-AT Driver, 118 Power Droid, 97 Han Solo, 90 (Twin-Pod) Cloud Car Pilot, 73 Rebel Commander, 70 AT-AT Commander, 66 Chewbacca, 50 Leia (Hoth Outfit), 36 Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear), 26 FX-7 and 11 R5-D4. The number for Chewbacca is a 50/50 split between Palitoy and German cardbacks as large quantities of mint MOCs exist for both and the original sales list of unused cardbacks did not differentiate well between ESB Palitoy and German cards.The number for Rebel Commander is a 50/50 split between German and Clipper cards which the original sales list did not differentiate either for the same reason. The numbers for Han Solo and AT-AT Driver is a 50/50 split between the GM45A and later GM45B variation where both variations have been seen as Toy Tonis. The Dengar card featured at the top of this page also shows sign of being sealed with a very large bubble, but it assumed the 11 Dengar on the sales list are Clipper as those were for sale on and the German cards were not.

There are 14 different figures of this card variation that Toni had of the figures seen to date on this card variation. Toni didn't have cards for are Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), Dengar & Lobot and those are really hard to find. Almost all MOCs on this card variation appear to be Tonis. What this tells us is that this card variation was withdrawn very shortly after being produced, due to the English text being on the back of the card which was removed in the next card variation GM45B. A few made it out of the factory and were sold and the rest of them were withdrawn and bought by Toni when the factory closed and made into MOC.

Toni used single stem bubbles which have no number embossed on them in the bottom right hand corner. Bubbles used on genuine factory cards have this number. Toni also had a supply of the 03 bubble, so bubbles with 03 embossed on them could be his too. Figures used a fixed bubble number and these are detailed on the Palitoy 45B page. So if a figure is using the wrong bubble number, this is also a sign that the card is not genuine.

Toni also used double stemmed bubbles. The angle between the top of the double stemmed bubble is more pronounced on Tonis bubbles making them look more pointy, whereas on genuine double stemmed bubbles there is no angle and they don't look pointy. He would regularly offer both bubble types to collectors saying that it would take him a few days to locate the other bubble type if they bought the other one first. This was him making a made to order MOC.

On Power Droid he used a square bubble with an extended lower backplate and also a rectangular bubble. Genuine cards have a double stemmed bubble.