Hey AJ... Im honered to be quoted all the time..
I was already searching the thread in my head (tried to rember where, when, etc) as I scrolled down and saw you already done so!!
Here is the thread:
And seeing that the poststarter is the same on this
Anyway in addition:
Why should there be a different production on the early bird figures then on the later 12 backs/the first carded ones?? The fact is, there is none. Of course these figures were improved through time starting first with DT sabers. But there is simply no change in producing this figures exactly between EB and first MOC.
So Im not saying there cannot be a darkblue R2 in an EB set, but its not a must and its not only in EB, but also on many many cards!
Im also doubting by now that a green crossbow was packed with the EB Chewbacca. If you ask me I never saw an EB set with green crossbow. I have a green crossbow here,a real green one and not the translucent blue ones that are always claimed beeing a green Crossbow.
Im thinking it of beeing a short time period with another batch of plastic. The only fact that seems to be true is that the early crossbows are all heavy translucent, the later ones seem to be less translucent, and then the non translucent ones.
But how should you explain it someone who has 2 or maybe none crossbow?? I have had about 40 Kenner(!) crossbows in my life and have to say: more then 50% were translucent....very less very heavy translucent...and only one was really green!
Does that help?
I personally think that because of the lack of variants on the US figures people always tried to make the early bird figures special. They are special, but only in their sealed baggies IMO.
edit: i just saw that John got his EB set graded!! Maybe he can chimn in??