This volume we talk about the disgusting creature, the Jawa.
But before that we conclude the Meccano trilogy.
LA RETOUR DU JEDI
Return of the Jedi line came out in 1983 with a selection of previously available Star Wars and Empire action figures.
The packaging is back to Kenner standards with the usual rectangular format and artwork.
Two front/back combinations can be found. Rotj/45a can be spotted using the assortment number at the top-left corner on the front and the back with 45 figures, Miro-Meccano notifications and logo. Plastic bubbles are the same shapes as those used on square cards.
Most of the 45-backs cards are seldom, rarer than their square counterparts. They were available only during a few months before the release of Rotj characters.
Roj2/65a is the later batch. It has the same front without assortment number, some characters names have been restored to their original English name.
The Trilogo line was the standard multi-lingual packaging set by Palitoy in 1984 for the entire European market. Widely available, they ended up being sold by packs or at clearance circa 1986,even in the US.
Whilst Palitoy is the reference, French Trilogo cards are a higher standard using thick cardboard and smaller bubbles from the Rotj 65 backs.
Palitoy Trilogos are still widely available for collectors, although finding pristine specimens can be tricky. Meccano Trilogos are much more difficult to find and very sought after. They feature specific figure variants and the General Madine, only marketed in France on that packaging.
Five major card front/back combination can be found:
70a- a Palitoy UK transition card with Rotj front and Trilogo back.
70b- The common layout but has many subvariantions with printed coos and the 70bk (only used in Spain) With GMJ and Meccano updated mentions on the 19th of back.
70c- Has an enlarged action figure placement colour area and a much thinner cardstock, 70c variants tends to be rarer.
70d- Has a bar code on the front.
Well I hope you enjoyed the look at Meccano. Thanks go to Stephane Faucourt.
People dig the vintage Jawa figure. They always have, they always will. When Kenner added the insanely cool material cloak, young collectors had the added incentive to create their own army, their own Jawa Force if you will. Oddly enough, with all the figure’s popularity, which made it one of the very few to make it onto every card back, it is the little vinyl cape most of us threw out when we were young that makes it such a well-known collectible even outside of the Star Wars collecting community.
Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Jawa figure has some of the most interesting and sought after variations in the entire line.
The authentic carded vinyl version of the figure was shipped with a vinyl cape not unlike the other removable capes found on the Star Wars 12 back figures. This version is often reproduced, and makes finding a genuine version near impossible for the untrained eye. The vinyl on an authentic cape is a near perfect match to the figure itself, though many fakes that are the right color do exist. Many fakes use slightly retooled Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi capes, but these are usually easier to spot. These can often be mistaken for the Australian Toltoys vinyl cape Jawa mentioned below. The authentic carded vinyl cape Jawa sits in a blister unique to this variation with a flat clear piece of plastic behind the figure. An authentic blister is flat along the front and sits very close to the figure itself. There are examples of fake blisters mimicking this one, but for the most part, fakes tend to have the wrong blister all together. The Kenner vinyl caped version shipped only on early Star Wars 12 backs and though rumored to have been shipped on Meccano square cards in France, none have ever been documented and it is popular opinion that it never actually shipped on that card.
The Jawa’s vinyl cape was quickly replaced by a material cloak and with it, the blister. Early versions of the Star Wars 12 back material cloaked Jawa figures were packaged with the same blister as artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) before switching over to a unique blister that slanted out forward on the top half.
The Toltoys vinyl cape Jawa not only sports a cape in the same color tone as the Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, it shipped on The Empire Strikes Back cards with the material cloak style blister. Though little is actually known about this variation’s origin, there are a few loose examples and even one carded specimen documented.
The Tri-logo version is one of the scarcest carded pieces in the entire vintage line.
Current valuation for a vinyl cape Jawa is (carded) £9000, sold at Vectis. A loose one is averaging at £1133. For a cloth cape you can expect to £241 for carded and £31 loose.
Vinyl Cape 8/10 Cloth Cape 7/10
Thank you for your time and May the figures be with you.