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PostSubject: Caswellbot's 3 Pack Focus (Update 22/01/2013)   Caswellbot's 3 Pack Focus  (Update 22/01/2013) I_icon_minitimeThu Jul 28, 2011 11:15 am

Hey guys, I decided a while back to streamline my focus and look predominantly at 3 packs. I look forward to adding to this focus in the coming years but realise that this will take time. My initial plans are not to necessarily try to complete a full set, rather to just collect items I like, when they come up. I make no bones about it that completion is an extremely unlikely prospect.

I recently moved into a new house and set up my display in a narrow alcove. I have included some background information o some of the pieces for those of you who might be interested.

I hope you enjoy the pics!

All the best. Chris. Cool

My Collection Jan 2013

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Collection Update Jan 2013 by Caswell2009, on Flickr


Prototype/ Pre Production Pieces/ QC Pieces

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Preproduction Items by Caswell2009, on Flickr

Individual Pieces

Series 1 Kenner Employee Prototype Android Set

This set represents a stage very close to production where only fairly minor changes needed to be made. Such changes included the adaptation of the single round punch to the better known and more functional Hanger Tab style. This insured standardisation across the Star Wars action figure line. Another feature to be removed was the black bar along the top of the window which was seen to obscure the view of the title for the “Android Set.” There is evidence of marker pen on the box in the bottom left corner and on the top right of the outer window. It is not known where this originates from or whether it was done at Kenner or afterwards. I would suspect afterwards.

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002 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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003 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

Series 1 Unproduced Prototype Box Flat

I am currently unaware of exactly how many of these Box Flats have survived (at this stage I believe around 5 or 6) but it seems to me that they represent one of the final stages before production began. It is evident that black bar along the top of the window has now been removed as too has the single hole punch. Strangely, this box flat has a sellophane window on the front of the box which shows that Kenner obviously considered a window on the shadow box to provide further protection to the bubbles. In all honesty, it probably would have provided little protection. The only other change to be made now to the box would be the introduction of the hanger tab style punch.

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260 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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262 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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263 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

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074 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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075 by Caswell2009, on Flickr



Series 1 Prototype Empty Box

What is interesting about this piece is that it represents yet another stage in the 3 pack packaging process. The box still carries the single round punch that is evident on the first series Kenner Employee prototype Android Set. However, one difference is that the black bar has been removed allowing much better visibility for the title of the set if one was included which in this case it wasn't as the box has been left empty. This prototype box lacks the cellophane window which is present on the box flat. Perhaps Kenner felt that it would cost too much or that the cellophane would obscure the look of the figures and its aesthetic drawbacks outweighed it protective impact. It is my suspicion that this box represents one of the final stages of the design process before production. The only subsequent change to take place was the adaptation of the hole punch to the hanger tab style.

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008 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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009 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

Series 2 Droid Set

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004 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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005 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

ESB Series 1 - Canadian Imperial Forces Set

This particular set originates from Simpsons and it still has the price sticker on the side of the pack. Canadian 3 Pack sets are notably much more scarce than their US counterparts. In this case, as far as I can tell, only 2 examples of this set have surfaced so far and this is the nicer of the 2. The reason being, is that these sets were only available in small quantities to certain department stores who signed up to the department store programme. There are a number of key differences between the US and Canadian sets.

You can see some of the differences by checking the link to the SWCA where this set is pictured at the bottom of the page and there is a link to the US vserion in the text..
Empire Strikes Back 3-Pack Imperial Forces (Bossk, IG-88, Hoth Stormtrooper) - Star Wars Collectors Archive

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IMAG1775 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1777 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1776 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1778 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

ESB Series 2 Bepin Set - Quality Control Sample

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IMAG1855 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1856 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1857 by Caswell2009, on Flickr


ESB White Prototype Test Package - Rebel Set

The purpose of this packaging style was to test the dimensions of the box prior to printing. The box has no text and the bubble/ window is hand glued without the standard kenner production “Waffle Pattern.” This set is one of 2 known examples in the world. Similar prototypes were produced for the other sets in this third series run. (Imperial set and Bespin Set) These plain white packaged prototypes are also often referred to as Engineering Pilots.

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006 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/42329595@N07/7892768732/in/photostream/

Mini Group Shot

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066 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

The Force Forever (One of a kind POTF Logo Concept) originated from Tom Neiheisel
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002 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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003 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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005 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

41 Back Survival Offer Boba Fett Quality Control Sample.

An interesting fact is that it is signed off by the same employee who signed off my QC Bespin Set 3 Pack.


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41 Back Survival Offer Fett QC Sample by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1915 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1919 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1916 by Caswell2009, on Flickr
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IMAG1918 by Caswell2009, on Flickr

All the best, Chris. Cool


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Top end stuff there mate, impressive, most impressive. I look forward to seeing more photo's. Wink
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Very cool item chris, I really love those items Shocked
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@vialli wrote:
Top end stuff there mate, impressive, most impressive. I look forward to seeing more photo's. Wink

Top end is really all you can classify Chris's collection as! Just amazing (and more to come so I hear!!)
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Thanks alot guys. I look forward to updating this thread soon hopefully! Thanks for taking the time to post. Very Happy
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Damn, Chris, thats what I call a limelight. Those proto 3 packs are steller. And the SE Droids 3 pack, :Drool: :Drool: Simply steller.
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wow chris like i said before buddy i just love how rare your items are bow

quality not quantity awesome buddy celebrate
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Hi Chris,

That is a great focus collection.


Love those rare multipacks, especially the sixpacks.... Very Happy

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Truly beautiful! Absoloutly love the test package 3 pack!
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Updated with new acquistions


Prototype Unproduced 3 Pack Series 1 Box Flat
Prototype Empty 3 Pack Series 1 Box
ESB Imperial Set 3 Pack

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You definitely picked the right stuff to keep! Thanks for sharing.
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Chris what a great streamlining ! Killer pieces man.

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Thank you very much for all the kind comments guys and Im glad you approve. There is little doubt in my mind that I have been incredibly fortunate to pick up a few of these items. It will be a slow process accumulating items for this focus but Im looking forward to updating this thread in the future.

P.S. I have updated the top of the thread with a group shot.

Thanks again and all the best!

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Man, Chris. What a freaking SWEET collection!
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That is some cool stuff mate . I love the box flat .
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A top collection Chris. Congrats. The new group shot pictures look cool. Cool

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Collection update on Page 1.

Second series Bespin set and new group shot. Cool
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Wow Chris! This is excellent stuff!!!!

I just stumbled onto this little run while browsing the lime's here.

Killer stuff! I love the set up! Looks great!!!!
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Hey Chris, thanks alot buddy I really appreciate it. I hope to be adding to it soon enough so keep watching. Cool

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New Addition Update on page 1 Very Happy

Third Series Bespin Set (C3PO, Ugnaught, Cloud Car Pilot)

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Group Shot to follow!

Thanks for looking! Chris. Cool


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I Love your collection caswellbot, those a amazing mate Very Happy
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wow chris love the new eddition mate bet that was a tough one to find buddy bow

that ccp looks so strange in a 3 pack but i love it mate awesome cheers

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Great new addition Chris. The new Bespin set is in amazing condition. A real find.


Well done.
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I just have to say I love it very much :Drool:

Very cool collection Wink
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