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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

ESB KPS47A Cardback

ESB KPS48B Cardback

ESB KPS48C Cardback

ROTJ KPS48D Cardback

ROTJ KPS48E Cardback

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The 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.

Jawa 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.

The 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.

Single stemmed bubbles with a prong at the bottom of the bubble were used on these cards. These bubbles were sized to fit the size of the figure they were intended to hold. A lot of figures fell into a standard shape and size so there is a bubble size that is more common than others. The bubbles are flat with the exception of the cloth cape Jawa which appeared on the 12B variation of the card. Most figures had a flat footplate at the bottom of the bubble. Some had the footplate folded between the legs of the figure if the figures legs were further apart. Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and C3-PO had folded footplates on this card variation. The single stem style of bubble was used on all card variations through to the end of the ESB card variations.

There 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 Kenner cards.

Recarded 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.

A 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.