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