Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 39

Thread: Guide to the Star Wars US Kenner 12 Backs - Variations

  1. #1

    Guide to the Star Wars US Kenner 12 Backs - Variations

    *** GUIDE TO THE STAR WARS US KENNER 12 BACKS - VARIATIONS CARDBACK, FIGURE STAND / FOOTER, BUBBLE / BLISTER &ACTION FIGURES ***
    (as at 14 July 2015)

    1. INTRODUCTION
    1.1 Purpose

    This is intended to be a guide to the many variations of the production Kenner 12 back line – the US release of the 12 backs. I have tried to be as comprehensive as I can with the information in this guide. However, I do welcome constructive comments for inclusion into this guide.

    A rarity scale for some of these variations is included in this guide based in part on AFA's population report, from what I have personally seen from the collections of others and the listings on eBay. Insofar as the AFA reports are relied upon, the data is accurate as at the date of this guide. However, do bear in mind that AFA population reports may not updated and there has been instances of omissions (early gradings) and errors made by AFA with incorrect labelling of certain graded items. Possible re-grading of certain items may also have distorted the data obtained from the AFA population reports. In any event, the AFA population reports are not the end all. There is still grading from UKG and also there are still many ungraded carded examples out there – especially in some black hole collections.

    Photographs of the items are also included in this guide for reference only. Clicking on the photos will link you to the full size photos. Most photographs are photographs from my own collection. Some are from other collectors – this can be seen from the credits mentioned. I take this opportunity to thank all the collectors who have so kindly agreed / consented to allowing their photos to be used in this guide. Copyright is asserted on all the contents of this guide. As such, please do not steal, copy or use any of the photos in this guide for any form of commercial gain / benefit, to scam anyone or even attempt to do any of the aforesaid without my consent or the consent of the other collectors. If you do, rest assured that you will be found out and the necessary action will be taken.
    1.2 Summary of variations

    There are 4 main types of variations for the Kenner 12 backs line - (1) Cardback, (2) Figure Stand / Footer, (3) Bubble / Blister and (4) Action Figure.

    For the Cardback, the variations are in the (1) Print and (2) Applied Stickers.

    For the Figure Stand / Footer, the variations are the (1) White Figure Stand / Footer, (2) SKU on Figure Stand / Footer, (3) Inverted-V Figure Stand / Footer and (4) High and Low Inverted-V Figure Stand / Footer.

    For the Bubble / Blister, this variation only came with the Jawa, where there was the (1) Small VCJ Bubble / Blister, (2) Small Front Angled Bubble, (3) Large Bubble with Cardboard Tray, (4) Large Bubble with Plastic Tray.

    For the Action Figure, the variations were the (1) Double Telescoping Sabers, (2) Vinyl Caped Jawa; (3) Green Crossbow Chewbacca, (4) Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke, (5) White / Grey Hair Ben Kenobi, (6) Small / Large Head Han and (7) Dark Blue R2-D2.
    1.3 SKU numbers

    SKU means “Stock Keeping Unit”. The SKU numbers of the carded 12 backs are the 5 digits found at the top left corner (left when you are looking at the front of the carded figure) of the card front. Each of the 12 action figures has its own unique SKU number. This gives some insight to the order of the release of the 12 action figures in the 12 back line.

    Based on the SKU numbers, the 12 action figures were released in the following order:-

    Action Figure Name
    SKU number Photo example
    1. Luke Skywalker (Farmboy) 38180
    2. Princess Leia Organa 38190
    3. R2-D2 38200
    4. Chewbacca 38210
    5. C-3PO 38220
    6. Darth Vader 38230
    7. Stormtrooper 38240
    8. Ben Obi-wan Kenobi 38250
    9. Han Solo 38260
    10. Jawa 38270
    11. Sand People 38280
    12. Death Squad Commander 38290

    The various variations for each action figure did not affect the SKU numbers – meaning variations for each figure bear the same SKU numbers.
    2. CARDBACK VARIATIONS

    The Cardback variations for the Kenner 12 back line are separated into Print variations and Applied Sticker variations.

    There are no significant print differences for the front of the cardback.

    The Print variations are all at the back of the cardback. The Print variations gave rise to the 12a, 12b and 12c – the 12a being released first, followed by the 12b and then the 12c.

    12a cardback 12b cardback 12c cardback

    The said differences are found at the following parts:-

    (a) The top picture of the yellow lightsaber located at left side top half of the back of the cardback – just under the header “How to work Light Saber” (“the Lightsaber Pic”);

    (b) The number of lines of text just below the Lightsaber Pic (“the Lightsaber Text”) ; and

    (c) The text for the mail away offer for the Collector’s Action Figure Stand found in the bottom half of the back of the cardback (“the Mailaway Offer Text”).

    · The standard / usual resource used by the earlier generation of collectors (me included) to find out the differences between the 12a, 12b and 12c variations are found at Star Wars Card Back Variations and 12Back Features: Cardbacks


    A further Print variation of the Kenner 12 backs is the Country of Origin (“COO”). There are 2 different COOs for the Kenner 12 backs – Made in TAIWANMITW”) and Made in HONG KONGMIHK”).

    MITW COO MIHK COO
    2.1 Print variation
    2.1.1 12a features

    The 12a has these following differentiating features:-

    (a) The Lightsaber Pic shows a very short tip;

    (b) The Lightsaber Text consists of 5 lines, stating:-
    “Push arm lever forward and pull saber out by tip. To close, push tip of saber in and push arm lever back.”

    (c) The Mailaway Offer Text states the exchange of 2 POPs for the mailaway Collector’s Action Figure Stand.
    2.1.2 12b features

    The 12b has these following differentiating features:-

    (a) Unlike the 12a, the Lightsaber Pic shows a longer and fatter tip;

    (b) Same as the 12a, the Lightsaber Text consists of 5 lines, stating:-
    “Push arm lever forward and pull saber out by tip. To close, push tip of saber in and push arm lever back.”

    (c) Unlike the 12a, the Mailaway Offer Text states the exchange of 12 POPs for the mailaway Collector’s Action Figure Stand.
    2.1.3 12c features

    The 12c has these following differentiating features:-

    (a) Similar to the 12b, the Lightsaber Pic shows a longer and fatter tip;

    (b) Unlike both the 12a and 12b, the Lightsaber Text consists of only 3 lines, stating:-
    “Pull Saber out by tip or push Saber out using slide lever.”

    (c) Same as the 12b, the Mailaway Offer Text states the exchange of 12 POPs for the mailaway Collector’s Action Figure Stand.
    2.1.4 It is easy to visually spot the difference between the 12a, 12b and 12c

    You should be able to easily identify the cardback variation just by simply focusing on the Lightsaber Pic and the Lightsaber Text. So:-

    (a) Short tip for Lightsaber Pic always means 12a.

    (b) Longer tip for Lightsaber Pic and 5 lines of text in Lightsaber Text always means 12b.

    (c) 3 lines of text in Lightsaber Text always means 12c.

    Visually, this is how they look in comparison to each other:-

    12a features 12b features 12c features
    2.1.5 MITW COO

    There are 3 features of the MITW COO 12 backs to note.

    First, a matt finish on the cardback of a 12 back is usually associated with the MITW COO 12 back – which is in contrast to the usual glossy finish that you would find with all MIHK COO 12 backs.

    Secondly, the MITW COO 12 back can be found only with the following 5 out of the 12 action figures in this 12 back line:-

    Character SKU number
    (1) Luke Skywalker 38180
    (2) Princess Leia Organa 38190
    (3) R2-D2 (original) 38200
    (4) Chewbacca 38210
    (5) Darth Vader 38230

    For these 5 action figures, the MITW COO 12 back cardback can be found on all 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks. For the Luke, there is also a distinct Action Figure variation associated with the MITW COO cardback – called the Glossy Pants Luke (see more details on this below). Here are the photo references of the MITW COO 12 backs:-

    Luke Skywalker (SKU 38180)

    Luke 12a MITW - front Luke 12a MITW - back Luke 12b MITW - front Luke 12b MITW - back Luke 12c MITW - front Luke 12c MITW - back
    Photo from eBay Photo from eBay

    Princess Leia Organa (SKU 38190)






    Photo Coming Soon





    Photo Coming Soon





    Photo Coming Soon





    Photo Coming Soon
    Leia 12a MITW - front Leia 12a MITW - back Leia 12b MITW - front Leia 12b MITW - back Leia 12c MITW - front Leia 12c MITW - back

    R2-D2 (SKU 38200)

    R2 12a MITW - front R2 12a MITW - back R2 12b MITW - front R2 12b MITW - back R2 12c MITW - front R2 12c MITW - back

    Chewbacca (SKU 38210)

    Chewbacca 12a MITW
    - front
    Chewbacca 12a MITW
    - back
    Chewbacca 12b MITW
    - front
    Chewbacca 12b MITW
    - back
    Chewbacca 12c MITW
    - front

    From the collection of
    James Martin
    Chewbacca 12c MITW
    - back

    Photos provided by James
    Martin and used with his
    kind permission and consent

    Darth Vader (SKU 38230)

    Darth Vader 12a MITW
    - front
    Darth Vader 12a MITW
    - back
    Darth Vader 12b MITW
    - front
    Darth Vader 12b MITW
    - back
    Darth Vader 12c MITW
    - front
    Darth Vader 12c MITW
    - back

    Based on the order of the SKUs, it would have been expected that C-3PO (whose SKU is an earlier number compared to Darth Vader) should also have come on a MITW COO cardback. However, I have never seen a MITW COO 12 back C-3PO.

    Thirdly, the White Figure Stand / Footer variation (see more details below) is also generally associated with the MITW COO 12 backs. The exceptions are Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper – which have had examples on MIHK COO 12 backs.
    2.1.6 MIHK COO

    There are 2 features of the MIHK COO 12 backs to note.

    First, all 12 action figures of the 12 back line appeared on MIHK COO cardbacks on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks. Here are the photo references of the MIHK COO 12 backs

    Luke Skywalker (SKU 38180)

    Luke 12a MIHK - front Luke 12a MIHK - back Luke 12b MIHK - front Luke 12b MIHK - back Luke 12c MIHK - front

    Photos provided by
    Eugene Marino -
    used with his
    permission and consent
    Luke 12c MIHK - back

    Princess Leia Organa (SKU 38190)

    Leia 12a MIHK - front Leia 12a MIHK - back Leia 12b MIHK - front Leia 12b MIHK - back Leia 12c MIHK - front Leia 12c MIHK - back

    R2-D2 (SKU 38200)

    R2 12a MIHK - front R2 12a MIHK - back R2 12b MIHK - front R2 12b MIHK - back R2 12c MIHK - front R2 12c MIHK - back

    Chewbacca (SKU 38210)

    Chewbacca 12a MIHK

    - front
    Chewbacca 12a MIHK
    - back
    Chewbacca 12b MIHK
    - front
    Chewbacca 12b MIHK
    - back
    Chewbacca 12c MIHK
    - front
    Chewbacca 12c MIHK
    - back

    Chewbacca (SKU 38210)

    C3PO 12a MIHK - front C3PO 12a MIHK - back C3PO 12b MIHK - front C3PO 12b MIHK - back C3PO 12c MIHK - front C3PO 12c MIHK - back

    Darth Vader (SKU 38230)

    Darth Vader 12a MIHK
    - front
    Darth Vader 12a MIHK
    - back
    Darth Vader 12b MIHK
    - front
    Darth Vader 12b MIHK
    - back
    Darth Vader 12c MIHK
    - front
    Darth Vader 12c MIHK
    - back

    Stormtrooper (SKU 38240)

    Stormtrooper 12a MIHK
    - front
    Stormtrooper 12a MIHK
    - back
    Stormtrooper 12b MIHK
    - front
    Stormtrooper 12b MIHK
    - back
    Stormtrooper 12c MIHK
    - front
    Stormtrooper 12c MIHK
    - back

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi (SKU 38250)

    Ben Kenobi 12a MIHK

    - front
    Ben Kenobi 12a MIHK
    - back
    Ben Kenobi 12b MIHK
    - front
    Ben Kenobi 12b MIHK
    - back
    Ben Kenobi 12c MIHK
    - front
    Ben Kenobi 12c MIHK
    - back

    Han Solo (SKU 38260)

    Han 12a MIHK - front Han 12a MIHK - back Han 12b MIHK - front Han 12b MIHK - back Han 12c MIHK - front Han 12c MIHK - back

    Jawa (SKU 38270)

    Jawa 12a MIHK - front Jawa 12a MIHK - back Jawa 12b MIHK - front Jawa 12b MIHK - back Jawa 12c MIHK - front Jawa 12c MIHK - back

    Sand People (SKU 38280)

    Sand People 12a MIHK
    - front
    Sand People 12a MIHK
    - back
    Sand People 12b MIHK
    - front
    Sand People 12b MIHK
    - back
    Sand People 12c MIHK
    - front
    Sand People 12c MIHK

    - back

    Death Squad Commander (SKU 38290)

    Death Squad Commander
    12a MIHK - front
    Death Squad Commander
    12a MIHK - back
    Death Squad Commander
    12b MIHK - front
    Death Squad Commander
    12b MIHK - back
    Death Squad Commander
    12c MIHK - front
    Death Squad Commander
    12c MIHK - back

    Secondly, some action figures that had the White Figure Stand / Footer variation are found on MIHK COO 12 backs – Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper.

    Thirdly, the Figure Stand / Footer with SKU Number variation (see more details below) is found only with the MIHK COO 12 backs.
    2.2 Applied Stickers variation
    2.2.1 12d – 12 back with 32 back sticker at the back of the cardback

    The 12d variation is also known as the 12/32 back. There is a sticker of 20 additional action figures with the heading “Collect All 32 Action Figures” affixed to the lower half of the back of cardback. This is how the affixed sticker looks like:
    The 32 back sticker on a 12 back

    There are 9 confirmed characters on the 12d cardbacks. These are found on 12b and/or 12c cardbacks but none that I have seen have appeared on 12a cardbacks.

    I have not seen any example of a Stormtrooper, Sand People and Jawa on a 12d cardback. The Sand People and Jawa are not known to exist. The Stormtrooper is however rumoured to exist – although all the Stormtrooper focus collectors I have spoken to have not confirmed sighting an example.

    In my opinion, the order of rarity of the 12d variation run is as follows (from rarest to the most common):-


    1. Death Squad Commander
    2. C-3PO
    3. Ben Kenobi
    4. Han Solo
    5. Darth Vader
    6. Princess Leia
    7. Luke Skywalker
    8. R2-D2
    9. Chewbacca
    (1) Death Squad Commander 12d

    I know of only 2 graded examples and have not seen any ungraded examples. The 2 graded examples are graded AFA75 and AFA80. Both are on 12b cardbacks. This is consistent with the AFA population report.

    Here is the example of the Death Squad Commander 12d AFA80_80-80-80:-

    Death Squad Commander
    12d – front
    Death Squad Commander
    12d - back
    Death Squad Commander
    12d – AFA label
    (2) C-3PO 12d

    I know of 3 examples - 2 graded both on 12b cardbacks and graded AFA80, and 1 ungraded that is a QC sample on a 12c cardback, which is featured in the archives – see Star Wars C-3PO 12-Back Quality Control Sample with 32-Back Sticker - Star Wars Collectors Archive

    There is no AFA population report available for the C-3PO 12d.

    Here is an example of the C-3PO 12d AFA80_85-80-85:-

    C-3PO 12d – front C-3PO 12d - back C-3PO 12d – AFA label
    (3) Ben Kenobi 12d

    I know of 3 examples – 2 graded and 1 ungraded. All are on 12b cardbacks. The 2 graded examples are graded AFA70 and AFA85 and are the grey haired variation Ben Kenobi. The AFA population report shows only 1 graded example. The ungraded example appears to be a white haired variation Ben Kenobi.

    Here is the Ben Kenobi (grey haired) 12d AFA85_85-85-80:-

    Ben Kenobi (grey hair)
    12d – front
    Ben Kenobi (grey hair)
    12d - back
    Ben Kenobi (grey hair)
    12d – AFA label

    Here is the ungraded Ben Kenobi (white haired) 12d:-

    Ben Kenobi (white hair)
    12d – front
    Ben Kenobi (white hair)
    12d - back
    (4) Han Solo 12d

    Based on AFA population report, there are 4 graded examples. All 4 graded examples are AFA75 and are the large head variation on either 12b or 12c cardbacks. No small head variation Han Solo is known to be on a 12d cardback.

    Here is an example of the Han Solo (large head) 12d AFA75_75-85-85:-

    Han Solo (12b) 12d
    – front
    Han Solo (12b) 12d
    - back
    Han Solo (12b) 12d
    – AFA label
    (5) Darth Vader 12d

    There are a few known examples of this – probably about 6 to 10 – with most being in Vader focus collections. There is no AFA population report available for this.

    Here is an example of a Darth Vader 12d AFA80_80-85-85:-

    Darth Vader (12b) 12d
    – front
    Darth Vader (12b) 12d
    - back
    Darth Vader (12b) 12d
    – AFA label
    (6) Princess Leia Organa 12d

    Based on AFA population report, there are 18 graded examples. All graded examples are found on either 12b or 12c cardbacks with the highest graded example of AFA85. There are still known ungraded examples around. This is one of the 4 most common 12d carded characters of the 12 back line.

    Here is an example of a Princess Leia Organa 12d (on a base 12b) AFA75_75-85-85:-

    Princess Leia Organa
    (12b) 12d – front
    Princess Leia Organa
    (12b) 12d - back
    Princess Leia Organa
    (12b) 12d – AFA label
    (7) Luke Skywalker 12d

    Based on AFA population report, there are 22 graded examples with all on 12c cardbacks with the highest graded example of AFA85. There are still known ungraded examples around. This is one of the 4 most common 12d carded characters of the 12 backs.

    Here is an example of a Luke Skywalker 12d AFA80_80-80-85:-

    Luke Skywalker 12d
    – front
    Luke Skywalker 12d
    - back
    Luke Skywalker 12d
    – AFA label
    (8) R2-D2 12d

    Based on AFA population report, there are 31 graded examples. All graded examples are found on either 12b or 12c cardbacks, with the highest graded example at AFA85. There are still known ungraded examples around. This is one of the most common 12d carded character of the 12 backs.

    Here are examples of ungraded R2-D2 12d on both base 12b and 12c cardbacks respectively:-

    R2-D2 (12b) 12d – front R2-D2 (12b) 12d - back R2-D2 (12c) 12d – front R2-D2 (12c) 12d - back
    (9) Chewbacca 12d

    Based on AFA population report, there are 52 graded examples. All graded examples are found on 12c cardbacks with the highest graded at AFA85. There are still quite many known ungraded examples around. This is the most common 12d carded character of the 12 backs.

    Here is an example of a Chewbacca 12d AFA75_75-80-85:-

    Chewbacca 12d – front Chewbacca 12d - back Chewbacca – AFA label
    3.3.2 12e – 12 back with Secret Figure Offer stickers in front and at the back of the cardback

    The 12e variation has 2 stickers affixed to the cardback – 1 in front and 1 at the back.

    The sticker at the front is a round red sticker with a yellow starburst having 11 pointed ends. The words inside the yellow starburst states:-

    FREE
    SECRET STAR WARS ACTION FIGURE
    WITH PURCHASE OF ANY 4 STAR WARS ACTION FIGURES
    (See back for details.)

    This is how the affixed sticker at the front looks like:
    The 12e cardback - front

    The sticker at the back is a rectangular black sticker covering about half the back of the cardback

    This is how the affixed sticker at the back looks like:
    The 12e cardback - back

    There are only 2 out of the 12 characters that have known 12e variations – namely R2-D2 and Chewbacca.
    (1) R2-D2 12e

    Based on AFA population report, there are 3 graded examples with all graded examples found on 12c cardbacks. There is 1 AFA70, 1 AFA75 and 1 AFA80.

    Here is the R2-D2 12e AFA75_75-80-85:-

    R2-D2 (12c) 12e – front R2-D2 (12c) 12e - back R2-D2 (12c) 12e – AFA label
    (2) Chewbacca 12e

    For the Chewbacca, only a 12e cardback is known to exist. This cardback is on a base 12c cardback. I have yet to see an existing carded example and there is no known sealed carded example. There is also no AFA population report for the Chewbacca 12e.

    Here is the Chewbacca 12e cardback:-

    Chewbacca (12c) 12e
    cardback only – front
    Chewbacca (12c) 12e
    cardback only - back

    From the collection of James Martin.

    Photos used with his kind permission and consent


    4. FIGURE STAND / FOOTER VARIATIONS

    The figure stand / footer is the small cardboard piece underneath the feet of the action figure which is located inside the bubble / blister. The purpose of the figure stand / footer is to support and keep the action figure upright and balanced, without either of its feet falling into stem of the bubble / blister.

    There are a total of 4 kinds of figure stand / footer variations – (1) White Figure Stand / Footer; (2) Figure Stand / Footer with SKU number; (3) Inverted V-shaped Figure Stand / Footer; and (4) High / low Inverted V-shaped Figure Stand / Footer.
    4.1 White Figure Stand / Footer (“WFS”)

    The WFS has only been found on 12a cardbacks. It was the earliest type of figure stand / footer and preceded the Figure Stand / Footer with SKU numbers variation. It was originally thought that the WFS variations were salesman samples but the existence of price stickers on the known pieces suggests that they were available for sale in stores.

    The known WFS examples has been found with only 6 out of the 12 action figures of the 12 backs – (1) Luke Skywalker; (2) Princess Leia Organa; (3) R2-D2; (4) Chewbacca; (5) Darth Vader and (6) Stormtrooper. The features that came with the WFS are as follows:-

    - The earliest 3 figures (Luke, Leia and R2-D2) were only found on 12a MITW COO cardbacks;
    - Chewbacca were found on both 12a MITW COO cardbacks and 12a MIHK COO cardbacks; and
    - Darth Vader was only found on 12a MIHK COO cardback and only with the Double Telescoping Saber figure variation; and
    - Stormtrooper was only found on 12a MIHK COO cardback.

    In my opinion, the order of rarity of the WFS 12a run is as follows (rarest to the most common):-


    1. Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber)
    2. Stormtrooper
    3. Luke Skywalker
    4. Chewbacca MIHK COO
    5. R2-D2
    6. Leia
    7. Chewbacca MITW COO



    4.1.1 Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber) WFS

    There is no available AFA population report specifically for the WFS 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber). I have only seen 1 example so far. I understand that the presence of the WFS or the Figure Stand with SKU Number (see below) is a feature of a genuine carded 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber). Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber):-

    Darth Vader (Double
    Telescoping
    Saber) 12a WFS - front
    Darth Vader (Double
    Telescoping
    Saber) 12a WFS – back

    From the collection of
    Carlos Kieffer

    Photos used with the kind
    permission and consent of
    Carlos
    Kieffer

    Darth Vader (Double
    Telescoping
    Saber) 12a WFS –
    close up of WFS
    Darth Vader (Double
    Telescoping
    Saber) 12a WFS –
    AFA label
    4.1.2 Stormtrooper WFS

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 2 graded examples of the WFS 12a Stormtrooper. The 2 examples are graded AFA85 and AFA60. Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Stormtrooper AFA60:-

    Stormtrooper 12a WFS
    AFA60 - front
    Stormtrooper 12a WFS
    AFA60 – back


    Stormtrooper 12a WFS
    AFA60 – close up of WFS
    Stormtrooper 12a WFS
    AFA60 – AFA label
    4.1.3 Luke Skywalker

    There is no available AFA population report for the WFS 12a Luke Skywalker. I know of 3 examples in collections – 2 graded examples and 1 ungraded. The 2 graded examples are AFA80 and AFA60.

    Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Luke Skywalker AFA60:-

    Luke 12a WFS AFA60 -
    front
    Luke 12a WFS AFA60 –
    back

    From the collection of
    Paul
    Belcourt.

    Photos used with the kind
    permissionand consent of
    Paul
    Belcourt
    Luke 12a WFS AFA60 –
    close up of WFS

    Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Luke Skywalker which had eventually graded an AFA80:-

    Luke 12a WFS (pre-grading
    of AFA80) - front
    Luke 12a WFS (pre-grading
    of AFA80) – back


    Photos from eBay
    Luke 12a WFS (pre-grading
    of AFA80) – close up of WFS


    Here are the photo references for the ungraded WFS 12a Luke Skywalker:-

    Luke Skywalker 12a WFS
    - front
    Luke Skywalker 12a WFS
    – back
    Luke Skywalker 12a WFS
    - close up of WFS
    4.1.4 Chewbacca WFS MIHK COO

    There is no available AFA population report specifically for the WFS 12a Chewbacca MIHK COO. The available AFA population report for the WFS 12a Chewbacca shows that there are 8 graded examples but there is no differentiation between the MIHK COO and the MITW COO. Most of the WFS 12a Chewbacca have MITW COO.

    I have only seen 1 MIHK COO graded example so far. Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Chewbacca MIHK COO AFA80:-

    Chewbacca 12a WFS
    MIHK - front
    Chewbacca 12a WFS
    MIHK – back


    Chewbacca 12a WFS
    MIHK – close up of WFS
    4.1.5 R2-D2

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 3 graded examples of the WFS 12a R2-D2. The highest graded example appears to be AFA80. Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a R2-D2 AFA80:-

    R2-D2 12a WFS AFA80

    - front
    R2-D2 12a WFS AFA80

    – back

    R2-D2 12a WFS AFA80

    – close up of WFS
    4.1.6 Princess Leia Organa

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 3 graded examples of the WFS 12a R2-D2. The highest graded example appears to be AFA80. Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Princess Leia Organa AFA80:-

    Princess Leia Organa 12a

    WFS AFA80 - front
    Princess Leia Organa 12a
    WFS AFA80 – back


    Princess Leia Organa 12a
    WFS AFA80 – close up of WFS
    4.1.7 Chewbacca MITW COO

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 8 graded examples of the WFS 12a Chewbacca. The highest graded example appears to be AFA85. There is no differentiation between the MITW COO version and the MIHK COO version in the AFA population report. As the MITW COO version is relatively more common, majority of the graded examples should be the MITW COO version. Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Chewbacca MITW COO AFA80:-

    Chewbacca 12a WFS
    MITW AFA80 - front
    Chewbacca 12a WFS
    MITW AFA80 – back

    Chewbacca 12a WFS MITW
    AFA80 – close up of WFS
    4.2 Figure Stand / Footer with SKU number (“SKUF”)

    The SKUF has only been found on 12a MIHK COO cardbacks. It was the second earliest type of figure stand / footer and probably came after or at the same time as the WFS.

    The known SKUF examples has been found with only 8 out of the 12 action figures of the 12 backs – (1) Luke Skywalker; (2) Princess Leia Organa; (3) R2-D2; (4) Chewbacca; (5) C-3PO; (6) Darth Vader; (7) Stormtrooper and (8) Ben Kenobi.

    In my opinion, the order of rarity of the SKUF 12a run is as follows (rarest to the most common):-


    1. Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping Saber)
    2. Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber)
    3. Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber)
    4. Luke Skywalker
    5. C-3PO
    6. Princess Leia Organa
    7. Chewbacca
    8. R2-D2
    9. Darth Vader
    10. Ben Kenobi
    11. Stormtrooper



    4.2.1 Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping Saber)

    There is no available AFA population report specifically for the SKUF 12a Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping Saber). I have only seen 1 example so far. I understand that the presence of the SKUF is a feature of a genuine carded 12a Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping Saber) and this is a likely feature of all genuine Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping Saber). If so, then based on AFA population report, there are 8 graded examples with the highest graded at AFA85.

    Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping Saber) AFA75:-

    Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping
    Saber) 12a SKUF - front
    Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping
    Saber) 12a SKUF – back

    From the collection of Paul Belcourt.

    Photos used with the kind permission
    and consent of Paul Belcourt.


    Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping
    Saber) 12a SKUF – close up of
    saber
    Ben Kenobi (Double Telescoping
    Saber) 12a SKUF
    – close up of SKUF
    4.2.2 Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber)

    There is no available AFA population report specifically for the SKUF 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber). I have only seen 1 example so far. I understand that the presence of the SKUF (like the WFS – see above) is also feature of a genuine carded 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber) and these 2 are the specific features of all genuine Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber). If so, then based on AFA population report, there would be less than 8 graded examples of SKUF 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber) – especially since the Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber) appeared on both 12a and 12b cardbacks according to the said AFA population report.

    Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber) AFA75:-

    Darth Vader (Double
    Telescoping Saber) 12a
    SKUF AFA75 - front

    From the collection of
    Anthony Butterworth
    Darth Vader (Double
    Telescoping Saber) 12a
    SKUF AFA75 – back

    Photos used with the kind
    permission and consent
    of Anthony Butterworth


    Darth Vader (Double Telescoping Saber)
    12a SKUF AFA75 – AFA label
    4.2.3 Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber)

    There is no available AFA population report specifically for the SKUF 12a Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber). I have only seen 1 example so far but I believe that there are certainly a few more. A 12a Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber) will almost certainly have a SKUF. Based on AFA population report, there would be less than 27 graded examples of SKUF 12a Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber) – since the Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber) appeared on 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks according to the said AFA population report. My estimate would be that there are about 10 graded examples of SKUF 12a Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber).

    Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a Luke Skywalker (Double Telescoping Saber) AFA85:-

    Luke Skywalker (Double
    Telescoping Saber) 12a
    SKUF - front
    Luke Skywalker (Double
    Telescoping Saber) 12a
    SKUF – back

    From the collection of
    Anthony Butterworth


    Luke Skywalker (Double
    Telescoping Saber) 12a
    SKUF – close up of SKUF

    Photos used with the kind
    permission and consent of
    Anthony Butterworth
    Luke Skywalker (Double T
    elescoping Saber) 12a
    SKUF – AFA label
    4.2.4 Luke Skywalker

    There is no available AFA population report for the SKUF 12a Luke Skywalker – the normal figure. However, I know of the existence of only 2 graded examples, both of which are graded AFA80.

    Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a Luke Skywalker AFA80:-

    Luke Skywalker 12a
    SKUF - front
    Luke Skywalker 12a
    SKUF – back


    Luke Skywalker 12 SKUF –
    close up of SKUF
    Luke Skywalker 12a SKUF –
    AFA label
    4.2.5 C-3PO

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 5 graded examples of the SKUF 12a C-3PO. The highest graded example appears to be AFA80. Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a C-3PO AFA80:-

    C-3PO 12a SKUF
    AFA80 - front
    C-3PO 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – back


    C-3PO 12a SKUF AFA80 –
    close up of SKUF
    C-3PO 12a SKUF AFA80 – AFA label
    4.2.6 R2-D2

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 7 graded examples of the SKUF 12a R2-D2. The highest graded example appears to be AFA80. These does not take into account examples that have been graded by UKG. Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a R2-D2 UKG85:-

    R2-D2 12a SKUF UKG85
    - front
    R2-D2 12a SKUF UKG85
    – back


    R2-D2 12a SKUF UKG85
    – close up of SKUF
    R2-D2 12a SKUF UKG85 – UKG label
    4.2.7 Princess Leia Organa

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 10 graded examples of the SKUF 12a Princess Leia Organa. The highest graded example is AFA90. Here are the photo references for the WFS 12a Princess Leia Organa AFA80:-

    Princess Leia Organa
    12a SKUF AFA80 - front
    Princess Leia Organa
    12a SKUF AFA80 – back


    Princess Leia Organa 12a
    SKUF AFA80 – close up of SKUF
    Princess Leia Organa 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – AFA label
    4.2.8 Chewbacca

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 11 graded examples of the SKUF 12a Chewbacca. The highest graded example appears to be AFA85. Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a Chewbacca AFA80 but which was not labelled as having a SKUF by AFA during grading:-

    Chewbacca 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – front
    Chewbacca 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – back


    Chewbacca 12a SKUF

    AFA80 – close up of SKUF
    Chewbacca 12a SKUF AFA80
    - AFA label
    4.2.9 Darth Vader

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 14 graded examples of the SKUF 12a Darth Vader. The highest graded example appears to be AFA85. Here are the photo references for the SKUF 12a Darth Vader AFA80 but which was not labelled as having a SKUF by AFA during grading:-

    Darth Vader 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – front
    Darth Vader 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – back



    Darth Vader 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – close up of
    SKUF
    Darth Vader 12a SKUF
    AFA80 - AFA label
    4.2.10 Ben Kenobi


    Based on the AFA population report, there are 16 graded examples of the SKUF 12a Ben Kenobi. The highest graded example appears to be AFA80. Here are the photo references for an ungraded SKUF 12a Ben Kenobi:-

    Ben Kenobi 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – front
    Ben Kenobi 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – back



    Ben Kenobi 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – close up of SKUF
    4.2.11 Stormtrooper

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 20 graded examples of the SKUF 12a Stormtrooper. The highest graded example appears to be AFA85. This is the most common character to be found with the SKUF. Here are the photo references for a SKUF 12a Stormtrooper AFA80:-

    Stormtrooper 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – front
    Stormtrooper 12a SKUF
    AFA80 – back



    Stormtrooper 12a SKUF AFA80 –
    close up of SKUF
    Stormtrooper 12a SKUF AFA80 –
    AFA label
    4.3 Inverted V-shaped Figure Stand / Footer

    9 out of the 12 characters came carded only with flat figure stands / footers. Here is what the flat footers of these 9 look like.

    Princess Leia Organa R2-D2



    Chewbacca Darth Vader
    Stormtrooper Ben Kenobi



    Jawa Sand People
    Death Squad Commander


    3 out of the 12 came with inverted V-shaped figure stands / footers, namely (1) Luke Skywalker; (2) C-3PO and (3) Han Solo. Here are what the inverted V-shaped figure stands / footers of these 3 look like.
    Luke Skywalker C-3PO



    Han Solo
    Out of these 3, Han Solo also appeared with a flat footer. I have not seen the other 2 characters with flat figure stands / footers. Here is how an example of the Han Solo 12 back with a flat figure stand / footer.

    Han Solo with flat figure stand / footer

    4.4 High / low Inverted V-shaped Figure Stand / Footer


    Of the 3 characters that have inverted V-shaped figure stands / footers, each character came high and low inverted V-shaped figure stands / footers.


    Here are the high and low figure stands / footers (non WFS) that came with the carded 12 back Luke Skywalker:-

    Luke Skywalker with high inverted
    V-shaped figure stand/ footer
    Luke Skywalker with low inverted
    V-shaped figure stand/ footer


    Here are the high and low figure stand / footers that came with the carded 12 back C-3PO:-
    C-3PO with high inverted
    V-shaped figure stand/ footer
    C-3PO with low inverted
    V-shaped figure stand/ footer

    Here are the high and low figure stands / footers that came with the carded 12 back Han Solo:-

    Han Solo with high inverted
    V-shaped figure stand/ footer
    Han Solo with low inverted
    V-shaped figure stand/ footer

    5.
    BUBBLE / BLISTER VARIATIONS


    Only the Jawa came with very unique and different bubble / blister variations. There are 4 different bubble / blister variations.
    5.1 Jawa (vinyl cape) – unique bubble shape

    The Jawa (vinyl cape) has a unique bubble shape. It is a T-stemmed bubble. The part of the bubble / blister that holds the figure fits the figure snugly and has a flat bubble / blister face. Here is how the bubble / blister of the Jawa (vinyl cape) looks like:-

    Jawa (vinyl cape) close up - front Jawa (vinyl cape) close up - side
    5.2 Jawa (cloth cape) – small bubble with angled front

    The Jawa (cloth cape) came on 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks. The Jawa (cloth cape) 12a with any of the bubble variations is hard to find. If the Jawa (vinyl cape) is “rare”, I would say that the Jawa (cloth cape) 12a is actually rarer. The Jawa (cloth cape) came with 3 different bubble / blister variation for the 12 backs. To find a Jawa 12a with any of the bubble variations is quite an achievement.


    The first variant is a small bubble / blister that is similar to the Jawa (vinyl cape) bubble / blister except that the front of the bubble / blister is angled. This bubble / blister is similar with the bubble / blister that came with the carded Jawa in the ESB and ROTJ lines.
    Jawa (cloth cape) small bubble with angled front – side

    This bubble / blister variant appeared with the Jawa (cloth cape) on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks.


    Here are the photo references for 12a Jawa (cloth cape) – small bubble with angled front:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a small bubble
    with angled front – front

    Photo courtesy from Allen Fox

    Photos used with his kind
    permission and consent

    Here are the photo references for 12b Jawa (cloth cape) – small bubble with angled front:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b small
    bubble with angled front
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b small
    bubble with angled front
    - back



    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b small
    bubble with angled front
    – close up of small bubble
    with angled front
    Here are the photo references for 12c Jawa (cloth cape) – small bubble with angled front:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12c small
    bubble with angled front
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12c small
    bubble with angled front
    - back



    Jawa (cloth cape) 12c small
    bubble with angled front –
    close up of small bubble
    with angled front

    5.3 Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with cardboard tray

    The second variant is a large bubble / blister (a R2-D2 bubble / blister) with a cardboard tray.
    Jawa (cloth cape) large bubble
    with cardboard tray – side

    As far as I know, this bubble / blister variant appeared with the Jawa (cloth cape) on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks.


    Here are the photo references for 12a Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with cardboard tray:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a large b
    ubble with cardboard tray
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    - back


    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    – close up of large bubble
    with cardboard tray

    Here are the photo references for 12b Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with cardboard tray:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    - back



    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    – close up of large bubble
    with cardboard tray
    Here are the photo references for 12c Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with cardboard tray:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12c large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12c large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    - back



    Jawa (cloth cape) 12c large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    – close up of large bubble
    with cardboard tray
    5.4 Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with plastic tray

    The third variant is a large bubble / blister (a R2-D2 bubble / blister) with a plastic tray.
    Jawa (cloth cape) large bubble with
    plastic tray – side

    As far as I know, this bubble / blister variant appeared with the Jawa (cloth cape) on the 12a and 12b cardbacks. I have not seen a Jawa 12c having this bubble / blister variation.

    Here are the photo references for 12a Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with plastic tray:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a large
    bubble with plastic tray
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a large
    bubble with plastic tray
    - back


    Jawa (cloth cape) 12a large
    bubble with plastic tray
    – close up of large bubble
    with plastic tray

    Here are the photo references for 12b Jawa (cloth cape) – large bubble with cardboard tray:-

    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b large
    bubble with plastic tray
    - front
    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b large
    bubble with plastic tray
    - back



    Jawa (cloth cape) 12b large
    bubble with cardboard tray
    – close up of large bubble
    with plastic tray

    6.
    ACTION FIGURE VARIATIONS

    There are 2 types of action figure variations – accessory variation and figure variation.

    There are 3 accessory variations, namely:-
    (1) Double Telescoping Sabers;
    (2) Vinyl Cape Jawa; and
    (3) Green Crossbow Chewbacca.

    There are 4 figure variations, namely:-
    (1) Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker;
    (2) White / Grey Hair Ben Kenobi;
    (3) Small / Large Head Han Solo; and
    (4) Dark Blue R2-D2.
    6.1 Double Telescoping Sabers (“DTS”)

    This is the most famous and expensive accessory variation of the 12 backs. The 3 characters that had DTS are (1) Luke Skywalker; (2) Darth Vader and (3) Ben Kenobi.

    The rarity scale of the 3 DTS action figures is as follows (rarest to most common):-


    1. DTS Ben Kenobi (blue DTS)
    2. DTS Darth Vader (red DTS)
    3. DTS Luke Skywalker (yellow DTS)


    6.1.1 DTS Ben Kenobi

    The DTS Ben Kenobi appeared only on the 12a MIHK cardback.

    All genuine DTS Ben Kenobi 12a MIHK have a SKUF.

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 8 graded examples of the DTS Ben Kenobi 12a MIHK. The 2 highest graded examples are graded AFA85. Here are the photo references of a DTS Ben Kenobi 12a MIHK AFA75:-

    DTS Ben Kenobi 12a AFA75
    – front
    DTS Ben Kenobi 12a AFA75 –
    back

    DTS Ben Kenobi 12a AFA75 –
    close up of DTS
    From the collection of Paul
    Belcourt
    Above photos provided
    by Paul Belcourt and used
    with his kind permission and
    consent

    6.1.2 DTS Darth Vader

    Based on the AFA population report, the DTS Darth Vader appeared on the 12a MIHK and 12b MIHK cardbacks. However, the AFA population report does not differentiate between the 12a and 12b cardbacks. As far as I am aware, there is no DTS Darth Vader on a MITW COO cardback.

    All genuine DTS Darth Vader 12a MIHK have either a WFS or a SKUF.

    It would not be expected that a genuine DTS Darth Vader 12b MIHK to have either a WFS or a SKUF since the WFS and SKUF are unique feature of only the 12a cardback.


    Based on the AFA population report, there are 8 graded examples of the DTS Darth Vader 12a MIHK and DTS Darth Vader 12b cardback. The highest graded example is an AFA80.

    Here are the photo references of a DTS Darth Vader 12a MIHK AFA75 (with SKUF):-

    DTS Darth Vader 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA75 –
    front
    DTS Darth Vader 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA75
    – back


    From the collection of
    Anthony Butterworth

    DTS Darth Vader 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA75
    – AFA label (which does
    not record it as a SKUF)

    Above photographs provided by
    Anthony Butterworth and used
    here with his kind
    permission and consent
    Here are the photo references of a DTS Darth Vader 12a MIHK AFA70 (with WFS):-

    DTS Darth Vader 12a
    WFS MIHK AFA70
    – front
    DTS Darth Vader 12a WFS
    MIHK AFA70
    – back

    DTS Darth Vader 12a WFS
    MIHK AFA70 – c
    lose up of DTS
    DTS Darth Vader 12a WFS
    MIHK AFA 70 –
    AFA label (which does
    not record it as a WFS)
    From the collection of
    Carlos Kieffer
    Above photographs provided by
    Carlos Kieffer and used here with
    his kind permission and consent

    I have not personally seen a DTS Darth Vader 12b MIHK example and would be grateful if a collector who has one to let me know and to allow me to include write ups and photographs in this guide.


    6.1.3 DTS Luke Skywalker

    Based on the AFA population report, the DTS Luke Skywalker appeared on the 12a MIHK, 12b MIHK and 12c MIHK cardbacks. As far as I know, there is no DTS Luke Skywalker on a MITW COO cardback.

    All genuine DTS Luke Skywalker 12a MIHK have a SKUF.


    Based on the AFA population report, there are 27 graded examples of the DTS Luke Skywalker. The AFA population report does not differentiate between the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks. The highest graded example is an AFA90.

    Here are the photo references of a DTS Luke Skywalker 12a MIHK AFA85 (with SKUF):-

    DTS Luke Skywalker 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA85 – front
    DTS Luke Skywalker 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA85 – back


    From the collection of Anthony Butterworth
    DTS Luke Skywalker 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA85 –
    close up of SKUF)

    Above photographs provided
    by Anthony Butterworth and
    used with his kind permission
    and consent


    DTS Luke Skywalker 12a
    SKUF MIHK AFA85 –
    AFA label (which does not
    record it as having a SKUF)
    Here are the photo references of a DTS Luke Skywalker 12b MIHK AFA80:-

    DTS Luke Skywalker 12b
    MIHK AFA80 – front
    DTS Luke Skywalker 12b
    MIHK AFA80 – back

    DTS Luke Skywalker 12b
    MIHK AFA80 – close up of DTS
    DTS Luke Skywalker 12b
    MIHK AFA 80 – AFA label
    (which wrongly records this
    as a 12c cardback)
    Here are the photo references of a DTS Luke Skywalker 12c MIHK AFA90:-

    DTS Luke Skywalker 12c
    MIHK AFA90 – front
    DTS Luke Skywalker 12c
    MIHK AFA90 – back

    DTS Luke Skywalker 12c
    MIHK AFA90 – close up of DTS
    DTS Luke Skywalker 12c
    MIHK AFA 90 – AFA label
    From the collection of Paul Belcourt
    Above photographs provided
    by Paul Belcourt and used
    with his kind permission and
    consent

    6.2 Vinyl Cape Jawa

    The Vinyl Cape Jawa (“VCJ”) is perhaps the most notorious and well-known variant of the 12 back line. It is most known for being “rare”.

    Based on AFA population report, there appears to be 223 graded examples (which could be a result of re-grading from single tier AFA grades to the 3-tier grading) ranging from AFA40 to AFA95. There appears to be a total of 2 AFA 95s, 26 AFA90s, 90 AFA85s and 45 AFA80s. This would mean that there are possibly 163 examples that are graded AFA80 and above. I personally know of a few pieces that remain ungraded todate. Looking at the statistics and data, the carded US Kenner VCJ 12 back is relatively not that rare compared to the other variations of the 12 back line– although the carded VCJ remains desirable and hence its price point is where it is.

    The VCJ came on 12a and 12b cardbacks. No VCJ 12c example is known or recorded. This is confirmed by the AFA population report. However, the data in the AFA population report does not differentiate between the VCJ 12a and the VCJ 12b so I am unable to provide an estimated number of VCJ 12b examples or to provide a comparison of the VCJ 12b examples compared to the VCJ 12a examples. From what I have seen over the years, the VCJ 12a appears to be far more common compared to the VCJ 12b. In fact, I have only seen 1 example of a VCJ 12b so far. Based on the aforesaid, it is my belief that the VCJ 12b is far rarer compared to the VCJ 12a.

    Here are the photo references for the VCJ 12a AFA85:-

    VCJ 12a MIHK AFA85
    – front
    VCJ 12a MIHK AFA85
    – back


    VCJ 12a MIHK AFA85
    – AFA label



    Here are the phot references for the VCJ 12b AFA80:-

    VCJ 12b MIHK AFA80
    – front
    VCJ 12b MIHK AFA80
    – back

    VCJ 12b MIHK AFA80 – AFA label VCJ 12b MIHK AFA80 –
    mirror shot
    From the collection of Randy
    Fiels
    Above photographs provided
    by Randy Fiels and used
    with his kind permission
    and consent


    6.3 Green Crossbow Chewbacca

    Based on AFA population report, the Green Crossbow Chewbacca appeared on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks – having 42 graded examples with the highest graded example being an AFA85. The Green Crossbow is a slightly lighter coloured translucent blue / green while the normal Crossbow is darker blue / black. The difference is quite subtle and is not easy to spot.

    Based on AFA population report, the Green Crossbow Chewbacca also appeared with the SKUF on the 12a cardback with 6 graded examples and the highest grade being AFA85.

    Assuming no overlap between these 2 AFA population reports, there would be a total of 48 graded examples of the Green Crossbow Chewbacca. With no differentiation between the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks in the AFA population report, it is difficult to rank rarity amongst the 3 cardback versions for the Green Crossbow Chewbacca.

    Here are the photo references for the Green Crossbow Chewbacca and the darker coloured Crossbow Chewbacca:-

    Chewbacca with darker coloured
    Crossbow – close up
    Chewbacca with Green Crossbow
    – close up
    6.4 Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker

    The Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker is the variation to the Blonde Hair Luke Skywalker.

    The Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker appeared on the 12a MITW COO, 12b MITW COO and 12c MITW COO cardbacks. It is unique only to the MITW COO cardbacks and did not appear on the MIHK COO cardbacks. As the name says, there is a glossy sheen on the pants of Luke Skywalker.

    Based on AFA population report, there are 15 graded examples of the Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker with the highest graded at AFA85. With no differentiation between the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks in the AFA population report, it is difficult to rank rarity amongst the 3 cardback versions for the Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker. In comparison, there appears to be 123 graded examples of the more usual Blonde Hair Luke Skywalker, which also appeared on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks.


    Here are the photo references for the Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker 12a (ungraded):-

    Luke Skywalker 12a MITW
    – front
    Luke Skywalker 12a MITW
    – back
    Luke Skywalker 12a MITW
    – close up


    Here are the photo references for the Taiwan Glossy Pants Luke Skywalker 12c AFA80:-
    Luke Skywalker 12c MITW
    AFA80 – front
    Luke Skywalker 12c MITW
    AFA80 – back


    Luke Skywalker 12c MITW
    AFA80 – close up

    Luke Skywalker 12c MITW
    AFA80 – AFA label
    6.5 White / Grey Hair Ben Kenobi

    Ben Kenobi came with 2 different hair colours in the Kenner 12 back line – white hair and grey hair. By comparison of the data and statistics, it appears that the Grey Hair Ben Kenobi 12 back is generally harder to find than the more common White Hair Ben Kenobi 12 back.


    6.5.1 White Hair Ben Kenobi

    Based on the AFA population report, there appears to 201 graded examples of the White Hair Ben Kenobi which appeared on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks. With no differentiation between the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks in the AFA population report, it is difficult to rank rarity amongst the 3 cardback versions for the White Hair Ben Kenobi.

    Here are the photo references of a White Hair Ben Kenobi 12a AFA80:-

    Ben Kenobi White Hair 12a
    AFA80 – front
    Ben Kenobi White Hair 12a
    AFA80 – back

    Ben Kenobi White Hair 12a
    AFA80 – close up of hair

    Here are the photo references of a White Hair Ben Kenobi 12c AFA85

    Ben Kenobi White Hair 12c
    AFA85 – front
    Ben Kenobi White Hair 12c
    AFA85 – back


    Ben Kenobi White Hair 12c
    AFA85 – close up of hair
    6.5.2 Grey Hair Ben Kenobi

    Based on the AFA population report, there are 104 graded examples of the Grey Hair Ben Kenobi with the highest graded at AFA95. The Grey Hair Ben Kenobi appeared only on the 12a and 12b cardbacks. There is no known Grey Hair Ben Kenobi on a 12c cardback.

    Here are the photo references of a Grey Hair Ben Kenobi 12a AFA85:-

    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12a
    AFA85 – front
    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12a
    AFA85 – back

    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12a
    AFA85 – close up of hair

    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12a
    AFA85 – AFA label
    Here are the photo references of a Grey Hair Ben Kenobi 12b AFA80:-

    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12b
    AFA80 – front
    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12b
    AFA80 – back


    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12b
    AFA80 – close up of hair

    Ben Kenobi Grey Hair 12b
    AFA80 – AFA label
    6.6 Small / Large Head Han Solo

    Han Solo came with 2 different head molds in the Kenner 12 back line – a small head mold and a large head mold. The Small Head Han Solo was released first followed by later release of the Large Head Han Solo.


    6.6.1 Small Head Han Solo

    Being the first released mold of the Han Solo action figure, the Small Head Han Solo can be found on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks.

    Based on the AFA population report, there appears to 590 graded examples of the Small Head Han Solo 12 back with 6 examples graded at the highest AFA95. With no differentiation between the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks in the AFA population report, it is difficult to rank rarity amongst the 3 cardback versions for the Small Head Han Solo 12 back.


    Here are the photo references of a Small Head Han Solo 12a AFA80:-

    Han Solo Small Head 12a
    AFA80 – front
    Han Solo Small Head 12a
    AFA80 – back

    Han Solo Small Head 12a
    AFA80 – close up

    Han Solo Small Head 12a
    AFA80 – AFA label
    Here are the photo references of a Small Head Han Solo 12b (ungraded):-

    Han Solo Small Head 12b
    – front
    Han Solo Small Head 12b
    – back


    Han Solo Small Head 12b
    – close up
    Here are the photo references of a Small Head Han Solo 12c (ungraded):-

    Han Solo Small Head 12c
    – front
    Han Solo Small Head 12c
    – back


    Han Solo Small Head 12c
    – close up
    6.6.2 Large Head Han Solo

    This is the second released mold of the Han Solo action figure in the 12 back line.

    Based on the AFA population reports, there appears to be 103 graded examples of the Large Head Han Solo with the highest graded at AFA90. The Large Head Han Solo appeared only on the 12b and 12c cardbacks. There is no known Large Head Han Solo on a 12a cardback.

    Here are the photo references of a Large Head Han Solo 12b AFA75 (but with a 32 back sticker):-

    Han Solo Large Head 12b
    AFA75 – front
    Han Solo Large Head 12b
    AFA75 – back

    Han Solo Large Head 12b
    AFA75 – close up

    Han Solo Large Head 12b
    AFA75 – AFA label (with the
    labelling of having a 32 back sticker)

    Here are the photo references of a Large Head Han Solo 12c AFA80:-

    Han Solo Large Head 12c
    AFA80 – front
    Han Solo Large Head 12c
    AFA80 – back


    Han Solo Large Head 12c
    AFA80 – close up

    Han Solo Large Head 12c
    AFA80 – AFA label
    6.7 Dark Blue R2-D2

    Based on AFA population reports, there appears to be about 21 to 27 graded examples of the Dark Blue R2-D2 which appeared on the 12a, 12b and 12c cardbacks. The uncertainty of the exact number is due to the possibility of overlap between the AFA population report for the Dark Blue R2-D2 simpliciter (21 graded examples) and that for the Dark Blue R2-D2 12a with SKUF (6 graded examples).

    Here are the photo references (close ups) to show the difference between the Dark Blue R2-D2 and the usual R2-D2. The difference lies in the darker blue colour of the large round “eye” of the R2-D2 figure.

    R2-D2 (normal) – close up R2-D2 Dark Blue – close up

    This concludes the guide . Use it well. All errors and omissions are mine.

    My huge thanks to those collectors who have helped me to make this possible.

    MTFBWY - Mark Yeo

    Last edited by Mark_Yeo; 07-19-2015 at 09:24 AM. Reason: Total revamp with new information and pics

  2. #2
    Hi Mark, great guide, looking forward to the next part.

    I just like to say that in the white footer part, you list DT vader as (6), but in the pictures, you show another chewbacca as (6) and no pictures of the DT vader (not that i never saw one before).

  3. #3

  4. #4
    Wow Mark!! Really appreciate the time and effort you put into this and your willingness to help the community. Kudos

  5. #5
    Updated as at 9 October 2014

    Further bubble variation included for the Jawa, and additional pics and information for the DT Luke and DT Vader.

  6. #6
    I vote to make this guide a sticky thread , thanks Mark for your time and knowledge .
    -VICTORY IS OURS-
    -YOU WILL JOIN US-
    visit your imperial recruitment center now.

  7. #7
    Drops the mic and walks off stage. I give up Mark!!! Wow. You just made history. Thank you for sharing this with us and yes....let's make this sticky.
    My Feedback
    WTB Lili Ledy Loose, Stormie, R2, Jawa Contact me.

  8. #8
    great work mark. I see some familiar pieces by the way
    my feedback
    LAUGH IT UP FUZZBALL!

  9. #9
    Nice job, love all the 12-back goodness here!!
    Wanted: Jawa sample proofs,textured cape Leia, and any Revenge proofs. I'm also currently looking for Original Leia proofs. I have cash and many great trade items!
    My Feedback:http://forum.rebelscum.com/t1070625/

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by knothead615 View Post
    great work mark. I see some familiar pieces by the way
    That is so true. You contributed many of the rarer 12 backs variants that are featured. Ur work in collating them at the time was most impressive and industrious. I am still regretting not getting your afa85 example of the 12a cloth cape jawa with the esb bubble.

    Btw do u still have pics of that piece? It would be a great addition to the guide.

    Cheers, Mark

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •