I searched the forum history and came up with a couple of responses from Scott Bradley about these in regard to the fact that the Canadian Vader Tie uses a similar card as the small wing tie MOC. I think the conventional wisdom on these is that they are all samples/prototypes that were shelved for the larger wing model, but does anyone have info about what prompted the change? I would also be interested in seeing if anyone has estimates on the number of loose and MOC examples out there-maybe this can be a roll call, so I'll go first: I have one MOC
It seems as if every sale thread or auction I have seen for these over the years (3 or 4 maybe?) states "I got this from a Kenner ex-employee" and the small wing Vader tie on the regular tie card mock-up is usually close by. It seems to be a relatively common item as far as mock-ups/protos go as well. I would be interested in knowing from the proto collectors out there how they regard this piece-actual proto? Mock-up? Almost made the cut sales example? Interestingly enough, AFA labels them as "small wing vader tie/20 back" and not as proto/first shot on proof card/etc.
Any help is appreciated-thanks!