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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:59 am

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So this is a fairly common miscarriage then I take it? Sticking to that theory of combining just what's left makes a little sense. But one would think since the factory knew these were mixed up, if done on purpose, then they would have some sort of clearance stickers all over them i would imagine. I mean surely a retailer didn't pay their full cost for these if these were purposely packed with leftovers.  Very neat little item. Sucks that the bubble is cracking so badly due to crushing. Wonder if you can create a band of sorts to run around the border of the bubble to support it. Not tape so it doesn't stick but something similar to plastic wrap just the width of the side of the bubble.  

Hi Bryan - do you mean something like transparent cling film? (the type used for covering sandwiches or other bits of food). That's a good idea. Thanks!

Agree with you on the mixed-up cards.  Come to think of it I don't recall seeing any price stickers of any kind on any of the cards I have seen. So maybe this theory is not as good I initially thought thinking

I did wonder if they were bubble tests (i.e. mocked up figures, shipped out to a dummy address, to test the bubble sealing integrity during transit) but the bubble appears to be similar the one used for the original Yan solo MOC.

You're right though, although Meccano miscards are indeed very rare, the Luc (Luke Jedi) on a Yan Solo is does appear to one of the more commonest.

Here's a bit more info that I found this morning (SWCA).

Have a good day all!
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:29 am



Craig Well done and thanks for sharing this excellent Yan Solo example.

Really cool stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:40 pm

Fantastic piece to add to your already awesome collection Craig, congrats mate cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:53 pm

Yeah that is the plastic wrap I mean Craig. It may be hard to do since bubbles sometimes don't have 90° angles to cardbacks, would have to check to see.

Odd that none had any type of clearance sticker on it. I would more likely assume these were made for testing purpose or something other than retail. Either that or they truly are miscards and not made from leftovers, meaning that the factory really thought it was packing solo and no one even checked to see until some quantity of them was done. I could see that happening also and perhaps the factory didn't even know they had carded these wrong and shipped them out.

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:43 pm

@TheSchwartz and @Nico - thanks guys!


Thanks too Bryan! - I will try the cling film.

You got me thinking now... I rechecked all the ones I have photos for; none of them have price stickers. More to this mystery we must solve me thinks! thinking unsure study
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:01 am

That's such a cool moc, Craig, despite the damaged bubble. Agree keep it laid flat for now, maybe consider sticking an oversize modern bubble over it 'like a hood' with some cotton wool or similar placed in between the gap of the two bubbles by his feet. Super congrats on acquiring that!

Interesting ideas on the origins. For me it seems plausible that the factory packed these up with whatever they had at hand and offered them out to retailers at discount. No need for stickers as they would have left this up to retailers to mark them. Knowing the few that have survived, imagine how many were opened by kids to play with? It may also be possible these were packed at the factory at the end of a run and the employees were allowed to keep them. Again, many were opened but the few that stayed as moc ended up being given away, sold, swapped. Don't know. Whatever, it makes for a very good moc mystery Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:42 pm

Paul! cheers

You work so hard, I haven't heard from you in a while! Glad to you see you are OK and thank you for those tips!

I like your idea about people just taking the overstock home and hence no price stickers...it definitely a mystery for the mystery machine!
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:55 pm

Blog Update #8 (06/04/2018)

Time to say good bye …

A small blog this weekend as the Elusive (to me) MOCs, that I have managed to track down are still in postal limbo – they are somewhere between here in the North East of Scotland and there in the West Coast of the USA.

However, it doesn’t matter; this post is about letting go rather taking hold. Below is my beloved Unitoys (Made in Hong Kong - Factory HT) Luke Jedi with original accessories and snap cape.



I have had this fella for nearly decade and he has been a cherished part of my collection. By comparing my MOCs and his twin brother (who has a slightly different COO marking) – I can place him originally to be carded on either a 1st Edition or 2nd Edition 65-A Back (HT) card back. He’s in great shape.

I wasn’t planning on selling him and (to be honest) I did have to think very hard before doing so, but a friend here on TIG called out for help as the figure and its unique accessories are quite hard to find. I did help in trying to find some on eBay, but the prices were crazy. Wanting to help, I decided to sell one of my own.

After Bryan’s and Rodolfo unselfish act of kindness to me, I thought I would pass on the good will and part a loved piece into someone else’s quest. It helped fuel my Luke Jedi focus back in the day, hopefully it will be cherished in a new focus…  

It’s a weird sensation that I feel, money wasn’t really an issue here (and I did get compensated for my loss), but it was more the felling that I helped someone else and that made me happy and smile.

Have a good weekend all!  Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:13 pm

That's awesome. Was it Andy who got it? Just curious as I saw he was looking for one i think. It's really a fun thing when you can help out fellow collectors with stuff; best part of being in the community. Heck I enjoy hanging out and chatting and learning about stuff more than i enjoy the actual toys anymore. Though seeing my childhood wicket still brings a huge smile to my face; the kenner line, while still nice to see and occasionally compare things too, is not nearly as precious to me as the ledy line and both pale in comparison to the journey and friendships I made while collecting them.

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:45 pm

Kudos for that Craigy, and it's a real minty LJ too. Sometimes letting things go is just as good as receiving. When I used to run prize compos I was aiming to give away one of my many loose Luke XW pilots as part of the prize. I found a couple of nice examples - it's not the easiest figure to find mint, was about to parcel one up then thought no... I searched out my most pristine and favourite LXWP, no paint rubs, perfect decals, tightest limbs and sent that. I tried to imagine how I would feel receiving such a nice figure and that's what swayed it really. On the other side of the coin I've also recieved prizes in TIG compos and it's a sweet feeling to find minty figures.

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:39 pm

This thread is truly an inspiration... from the meticulous detail/knowledge @Craig T shares on Jedi Luke, to the sincere generosity of @trappedtexan and @Fito for bringing a smile to Craig's face during a challenging moment in life.

You guys are great. cheers
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