Leia Organa - Bespin Gown
Leia Bespin is an awkward one in some respects as she is one of only a couple of figures that actually had a major sculpt change along the way. This of course is the neck. The original neck (crew neck or flesh neck) was changed at some stage in production (Jay will probably be able to tell you when
) The mold was retooled to produce a smaller neck which was not painted (turtle neck) The reason for this is un clear, but to me there is likely two reasons, the neck was probably changed because the original neck is not only way to fat, it's also to long giving Leia a rather odd, fat Giraffe neck. The new 'thinner' turtle neck is much better looking, but was left unpainted. Tis was probably because of the problems created by the flesh paint and gold paint on the original sculpt. Every family mould was re-tooled so can be found with both crew and turtle neck. I find the easiest way to identify the families is on the arms.
I. Well defined creases - II. Non defined creases - III. Diffeent creases (not as many)
I. Small thumb, defined finger - II. Small thumb, less defined fingers - III. large wide thumb, defined fingers
FX-7 (Medical Droid)
The differences for FX-7 are easy to spot, as with many, one sculpt is totally different and the other two are similar.
I. Only 1 black area - II. 3 black areas overlapping the tapered section - III. 3 black areas that don't overlap the tapered area
I. 3 small black areas - II. 3 large black areas over lapping the tapered section - III. 3 large black areas that don't overlap the tapered area
It's not to easy to explain, but all 3 'grabbers' are different, one the the main differences is how open the hand is, although I. and III. are very similar, the best way to identify the differences between I. and III. is the base which attaches to the body, I. has a gap and III. doesn't.
This is a good way to identify difference between I. and III. if other factors are difficult to see, the arms on III are notably thinner than the others
I. the gap between the black bars are smooth - II. The gap between the black bars is squared off - III. The gap between the black bars raised and continue to the top
Imperial Stormtrooper - Hoth Battle Gear
The Hoth Stormtrooper like most has two moulds very a like and one slightly different. There are a couple of slightly different sculpt points on the figure but because of the spray aps. applied to those areas it make it difficult to tell the difference in some many cases, the visor and the two small depressions on his right side torso are good examples of this, different but often hard to tell because of the paint (uni-visor vs. split visor for example). Probably the best way to spot the family differences is to combine sculpt and spray differences with the circle on his belt and the 2 line spray applications on his shoulder.
I. Bold paint line that goes behind the arm, belt circle with no outer ring - II. Thin paint line that doesn't go behind the arm, belt circle with no outer ring - III. Bold paint line that goes behind the arm, belt circle with an outer ring
Rebel Soldier - Hoth Battle Gear
The differences on the Hoth Rebel Soldier are subtle but they are still there and if you know what you are looking for they are fairly easy to spot, again, 2 are similar and one slightly different.
The neck scarves on I. and II. are very similar, but there is an extra fold on the top part of III.
I. Thin and flate vertical strip - II. Thin and more rounded vertical strip - III. Fat and flat vertical strip
I. Fat middle bar - II. thin middle bar - III. 3 bars are raised above the top part
I. Open hand - II. Open hand - III. Closed hand
I. Flatter strips, open bottom - II. More rounded strips, open bottom - III. Closed bottom
Boskk (Bounty Hunter)
Bossk is very much like the Hoth Stormtrooper, two almost identical sculpts, one different one, but thankfully a handy spray aplication, again on the shoulder that helps identify the different families. The feet are a good focal point as well.
I. Both shoulder bands painted - II. Shoulder band painted - III. One shoulder band painted
I. Thick line in middle of buckle - II. Thin line in middle of buckle - III. Thick line in middle of buckle
I. Square off pattern on right knee, large circle on left knee - II. Rounded off pattern on right knee, small circle on left knee - III. Square off pattern on right knee, large circle on left knee
I. Fat, round, large toes - II. Thin, round, small toes - III. Fat, pointed, flat toes
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
IG-88 has several notable sculpt differences, which again follow the theme of 2 being similar one different.
I. Small dimbles with vertical lines - II. Larger dimples with no lines - III. very faint dimples with no vertical lines
I. Hollow eyes - II. Solid eyes - III. Solid eyes
I. No circle - II. Circle with small nipple - III. Circle with larger nipple
I. No lumps on squares - II. Small lumps on squares - III. Large lumps on squares
I. Pipe on leg - II. No pipe on leg - III. No pipe on leg
I. Small gap between tubes - II. No gap between tubes - Large gap between tubes
Luke Skywalker - Bespin Fatigues
Bespin Luke has two sculpts which are very much alike and one different one. The two that are similar are like many of the figures that seem to follow this rule, the main differences seems to be the definition of the detail.
I. Angled crease - II. Straight crease - III. Straight crease
The pocket tope have a strip across them, these are different, I. is fatter and flat, II. and III. are very similare but the detail defination of II. is much clearer
I. Buckle is more angled, large loop, angled edges - II. Buckle is more horizontal, small loop, angled edges - III. Buckle is more horizontal, small loop, rounded edges
The small box show the edge at the top of the leg, I. is rounded right down to the saber hilt, II. and III. are not but each has a different size edge where the rounded leg top ends. II. has a small sraight edge, III. has a large straight edge
I. Fat saber hilt - II. Thin saber hilt - III. Thin saber hilt
I. Small pocket - II. Large pocket - III. Large pocket
I. Botton on pocket - II. No button on pocket - III. No button on pocket
The holster clasp on I. is thinner and more angled, on II. and III. it sticks out more and is more rounded
Han Solo - Hoth Outfit
Han Hoth has some easy to spot differences seperating all the families.
I. has a raised lip at the back - II. No raised lip - III. No raised lip
I. 3 folds in the center scarf knot - II. 2 folds in the center scarf knot - III. Very different detailed scarf knot
The emblem is also different in size on all 3
I. Open hand - II. Closed hand - III. Closed hand
I. No crease on bottom half of pocket - II. Crease on bottom half of pocket - III. 3 sections to pocket top
The buckle on I. and II. are very similar. III. is a different shape
Lando has a nice easy to spot the difference between all three families with his belt buckle.
I. Central line through diamonds, wide bottom to trapezoid buckle II. No central line through diamonds, thin bottom to trapezoid buckle - III. Central ine through diamonds, thin bottom to trapezoid buckle
Bespin Security Guard (White)
Although by no means perfect, probably the best way to identify the three family for the Bespin Security Guard is by his right thumb.
I. Slightly curved thumb - II. Long, bulbose curved thumb - III. Straight thumb
Yoda, like many figures poses a problem, as he is largely covered by a cape making it hard to identify differences, so the feet are probably the best place to look.
The collar area on Ypda's right hand side goes to a point on I. on II. it is longer and not to a point, on III. it is larger and does not go to a point.
Difficult to explain, but when you look at the rope belt, you can see the differences in angle of the thread and the knot area
The feet have different length toes and detail
The difference in detail can be seen on the back of the feet also
The Ugnaught can also have many of his distinuishing sculpt differences covered by his smock so again his feet can be a good place to look.
The first rod in the pocket has a small lump on I. no lump on II. and a large lump on III.
The stripes are all different sizes on the collar and in the middle they line up with the 'V' differently as can be seen in the pictures
I. Large circle center on badge - II. Circle center has a nipple in it - III. Small circle center on badge
I. Large sole - II. Small sole - III. Small sole
The detail on the toe stripes is unique to each sculpt which can be seen in the picture
The differences on Dengar are quite subtle and can be difficult to spot, the best place to look is on the small details on Dengars chest armour.
The small armour clasps on I. and III. are long and on II. they are short
The various details on the chest armour a different, it's easier to look at the pictures and work them out than try and explain
Han Solo - Bespin Outfit
The differences on Han Bespin are quite subtle and difficult to see, it's more about the definition of the detail. One of the best ways to identify the differences is the way the two torso halfs connect on the shoulder, however this is not visible from the front.
I. No line on pocket top - II. Line on pocket top - III. Line on pocket top
The collar area and the line across the mid section are slightly different in shape and size also
The connecting points for the torso front and back are all different
The general detail on both the belt buckle and the holster buckle are different, easier to look and compare than explain
The small round object on the left hand side of the belt is unique to each sculpt also
The hands are slightly different shapes, this is most noticeable on the left hand
Lobot has a clear and easily identifable difference concerning the pockets on his chest and is belt buckle.
I. Pockets don't touch lines and are less defined - II. Pockets don't touch the lines and are more defined - III. Larger pockets which touch the lines in the middle
The shape of the hands, espetially the right thumb are different
I. Horizontal lines are short and meet the buckle edge - II. Horizontal lines are short but don't meet the buckle edge - III. Horizontal lines are long and don't meet the buckle edge
I. Rounded zipper - II. Rounded zipper - III. Angled zipper
As can be seen from the pictures, the size and shape of the collar at the back of Lobot's neckare all different
Leia Organa - Hoth Outfit
Leia Hoth has a couple of reasonisbly easy tell tale sculpt differences, again it involves a combination of a couple, the breast insignia mixed with the inside lapel. The right hand is also a good one as alll three are different.
I. Three sections on top row - II. 4 Sections on top row (extra on right hand side) - III. 3 sections on top row
I. Dots on insignia - II. No dots on insignia - III. No dots on insignia
I. Wide grip - II. Closed grip - III. Open grip, longer thumb
The Rebel Commander has one very easy to spot and distinctive sculpt diffence seperating all three mould families, the creases below his belt.
I. One full line, two half lines - II. Three full lines - III. One full line
The Imperial Commander has a couple of easily identifiable sculpt differences focusing mainly around the chest insignia and his belt.
It is important to note though that Family I underwent a slight retooling at some stage during production. This concerns the thumb on his left hand, originally straight it had a small bit added to the end to bend it. The general assumtion hear would be that this was to better hold hid his gun, despite having a right hand which held it just fine. To the best of my knowledge this mold alteration only happened on COO family I and no others. Both straight and curved thumb can be found on the Hong Kong marked versions of the family. The no COO altered version of this family can only be found with the curved thumb of course.
COO family I straight thumb and curved thumb
I. Squared insignia lumps with small central groove, single line pocket with squared off pen - II. Fat rounded insignia lumps with large central groove, double line pocket with squared off pen - III. Thin rounded insignia lumps with large central groove, single line pocket with thin rounded pen.
I. Fat buckle with slightly off center cricle - II. Thin buckle with centered circle - III. Fat buckle with centered circle, the belt on the left sidetapers as it joins the buckle also.
2-1B has a couple of small but quite easy to spot differences which seperate the two families.
I. Outer eye sticks out - II. Outer eye is a hole
The details of the chest emblem are slightly different
I. No small nipple on elbow joint - II. Small nipple on elbow joint
The position and shape of the central internal connecting rod is different as can be seen through the clear plastic torso
I. Thin circles - II. Fat circles
Luke Skywalker - Hoth Battle Gear
It is easy to tell the two Luke Hoth families apart, there is several easy to spot differences.
The head on I. is smaller than II. and the top of the goggles is notably larger on I. than on II.
I. Large binocular lenses - II. Small binocular lenses
The general criss cross pattern on Luke's top is much more defined on I. than itis on II.
The AT-AT Commander has better sculpt differences on his back than on his front, but they are still present on the front, just not as easy to spot.
The armour clasps on his shoulders differ with each sculpt
I. Emblem set in a depression - II. Emblem not set in a depression
I. Belt has deeper depression lines - II. Belt lines are not as deep
I. Larger buckle circle - II. Smaller buckle circle
I. Large rectangles - II. Small rectangles
I. Faint creases - II. Deep creases
Cloud Car Pilot
There are a couple of very easy to spot differences which can instantly identify the Cloud Car Pilot's two families.
The gun holster has several differences, the most obvious is in the lower box I. has two bars on the middle stripe, II. has three bars
I. Angled buckle - II. Round buckle
I. Rounded zipper - II. Angled zipper
Bespin Security Guard (Black)
There is one easy way to spot the differences between the two families of the Bespin Security Guard which focuses on the small leaves that are part of the gold trimming.
I. Leaves are detailed and rounded - II. Leaves are simple and flat
I. Non defined creases - II. Deeper defined creases