first set of 12 figures appeared in the UK in 1978. The front of the
12A card has the Star Wars logo and is the same as that of the
Kenner card from America with two differences. The white square in the
top left hand corner where the price would be written is absent on the
Palitoy card. The other difference is the Kenner logo is replaced with
the colourful red and blue Palitoy logo. The back of the card shows the
original 12 figures from the Star Wars film and 3 vehicles that were
released at the same time. These are the TIE fighter, X-Wing Fighter and
Land Speeder. The text for the TIE fighter and X-Wing Fighter says they
have Laser Light and Sound. This was true of the Kenner versions of
these vehicles but not the Palitoy ones. The Palitoy version of the TIE
fighter also used the Kenner packaging with a Palitoy sticker placed
over the Kenner logo. Below the figures there are some instructions for
how the double telescoping lightsabers operate on Luke Skywalker, Darth
Vader and Ben Kenobi. These were quickly replaced with single
telescoping versions which were cheaper to make. The only known examples
of MOC double telescoping 12-backs are on Kenner cards. None are
believed to exist on Palitoy cards. This card variation, and all card
variations up until 30B were manufactured in Hong Kong at the Kader
Industries factory by the Palitoy (Far East) Company Ltd and then
shipped back assembled to the Coalville factory in the UK. You can see
it says Made in Hong Kong below the Palitoy logo on the back of the card
and Palitoy, Coalville, Leicester, England to the left of the logo.
is the only figure unverified on this cardback variation. Death Squad
Commander has been found on only a couple of examples so far so is very
rare. If a 12A Jawa card exists, it should have Vinyl Cape Jawa on it,
rather than the later issued Cloth Cape Jawa, but all the examples of
the Vinyl Cape Jawa to date are the later 12B card. Another rare figure
variation is the large head Han Solo with only 5 examples known to
exist. They sell for thousands of pounds when they become available for
sale. The small head Han Solo is much more common on this variation. All
subsequent variations have the large head Han Solo on them.
bubble used on the large head Han Solo has a wider footplate than that
used on the small head Han Solo as can be seen below. This can be used
to spot resealed examples of the small head Han Solo bubble which have
had the rarer large head Han Solo figure resealed inside the bubble.
are rare examples of Kenner style SKU footplates with rounded corners
at the front edges and a serial number in white text at the back of the
footplate being used on Palitoy cards. This has been seen on Chewbacca.
This is because the Kader Industries factory in Hong Kong also produced
12 backs often use the original Kenner card front with a superimposed
Palitoy logo over the Kenner logo, leaving the white square in the top
left hand corner. If you see one of these for sale claiming it is an
original carded figure then you know that it is a recard.
common collecting goal is to collect the original 12 figures MOC. This
can be quite pricey as the rarer figures can cost quite a price premium.
The rarest to find is Chewbacca, this is generally the figure you will
need to find to complete the set of 12. Next is Luke Skywalker which is
generally the most expensive to obtain. Next is Princess Leia Organa and
Ben Kenobi followed by the small head Han Solo. Then comes
Stormtrooper, Jawa, Death Squad Commander and C-3PO. The most common
figures are R2-D2, Darth Vader and Sand People.