Just another quote...I think it matches in both threads:
As I wrote here and there...the most confusing part is that everbody posting on such topics has different opinions. Ill try again:
You have asian producers who sent figures to european and us. There figures were packed and sold!
But you have small local producers who produced some/all of their released figures on their own! Completely from the injection process, painting, assembling, packaging, etc.
You have Lili Ledy, Top Toys, Glasslite and Poch/PBP.
Lili Ledy: produced their own toys completley. Therefore used copies of already existing steelmolds. In the case of the MIM figures they made new molds or altered some (vader/Yoda) and produced so much of them to even get them exported worldwide.
TopToys: Completley made their own steelmolds
Glasslite: Altered some molds. The production started 1988 JC said if I remember right. Thats really late. Even the copyrights were acquired already 1985.
POCH/PBP.: In the "Poch area" every figure is completely produced in spanish factory. In the later "so called" PBP area only some are produced in spain, other were delieverd from Taiwan and others were exported from spain in large numbers to Meccano, palitoy, etc.
Takara: Takara has 3 Japan marked figures. These are produced on their own. But on the other hand they just imported US cards and put their stickers on it.
There is still a lot of questions remaining:
- Toltoys: Why is there a special VC JAwa?? Toltoys never produced on their own, thats why normally there is no toltoys variants possible! On the other hand there is a specail Luke orange hair (different to US), a special VC Jawa and the Taiwan only Vader which are assumed to be unique to australia?????
- Meccano: Also this factory never produced on their own. BUT there is also some special figures to french Trilogo cards. All have one in common...they have unique coo:
You have a tusken, Rebel Soldier, Death Star Droid, Boba Fett, Ackbar, Luke Framboy...etc
On the other hand there is some PBP figures which are painted differently then in spain but seem to be made from the same material, like:
Luke Hoth, Tie Pilot, CCP pink face (ohh...I here them coming...yep to me this is a french trilogo figure...not proven yet...I know)
- Palitoy: There is a few figures which can only be found in GB. These are rare as hell sometimes. Most significant is the altered coos. But most of the so called Palitoy figures (the ones that appear there very often) can be found everywhere in the world. Did Palitoy produced on their own?? They sure did on some playsets....and I think also on some characters...but honestly I have no clue about Palitoy factory. To me its the dump place of figures from all over the world.......
There is soooooo many question marks that we have to get an answer to! But for people who are realtivly new in the buisness this is surely too much!
I myself started with galsslite...then with a few Ledys....then TopToys....later PBP and no coos....the all ccos...etc....so I always used to focus on one area. Just buying randomly figures and lots will not bring you forward one step IMO. There is always a difference between one and the same figure put next to each other. Imo you have to focus...let it be a charcter...let it be coos...or a special production line. Getting all at once will make you crazy!
Hope I could bring some light into this....
edit1: Kenner never sent overstock to europe IMO. The asian producers delievered the factorys directly.