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SW 12A Cardback

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SW 12C Cardback

SW 20 Cardback

ESB 30A Cardback

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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 GM45C variation was the last German card variation to be produced and featured the ROTJ logo instead of the ESB logo. The card is identical to the GM45B variation with the ESB logo on the front and back of the card being replaced with the ROTJ logo. Very few figures have been found on this card variation and they are really rare. There are just 6 that have been found so far. These are Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), Leia Organa (Bespin Gown), Boba Fett, Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Sensorscope), (Twin-Pod) Cloud Car Pilot and Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot.

The Palitoy factory ran out of Palitoy 45C cards for some of it's figures and used German General Mills cards instead. The card has a Palitoy sticker covering the entire bottom half of the reverse of the card to cover up the German writing. This sticker had the same text as on the back of the bottom half of the Palitoy 45C variation so that it matched that card. This sticker has onbly been seen on R2-D2 (With Sensorscope) and is known as 45CD on the Palitoy matrix. Only a few of these R2-D2 (With Sensorscope) cards have shown up with the sticker applied, and even less of them without the sticker. The example below has the German writing visible at the bottom of the card as the sticker has been applied to the card at an angle.

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. This card variation also used Tri-Logo style bubbles which have rounded bubble corners and square corners on the back plate as can be seen on the Boba Fett cardback below.

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 36 are of this third card type GM45C. The unused cardbacks were 30 (Twin-Pod) Cloud Car Pilot) and 6 Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot. For Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot, the card was listed as Palitoy on the original sales list, but this variation does not exist, so it is assumed to be German General Mills which does exist.
Despite Toni having so few of these cards, these account for most of the MOC examples as there are so few of these cards that have been found. Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) is a one of a kind cardback that was shop sold. Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) has 2 examples, both Tonis. The Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) shown above came directly from Toni and has tell tale signs of iron marks. It is likely that some of these cards were produced but never released to market, and they only got into collector hands through Toni after he acquired them from the Palitoy factory after it closed. Boba Fett was shop sold as examples of used opened cardbacks can be found for this figure. And the R2-D2 (With Sensorscope) card was used with a Palitoy sticker on the back as a Palitoy 45C replacement card for the UK market. Other unique examples of figures on this card may exist.