Arguably one of the hardest Luke Jedi cardbacks to find are the coveted Spanish PBP. Known to me, there’s only one single unopened example of a MOC. Additionally, used cardbacks are extremely rare, they hardly ever turn-up and when they do, they command huge amounts of money.
I have been wanting to get an example of one for over a decade after first seeing it on the late Bob Martinazzi’s Lukejedi.Info
But the power of facebook in connecting with folk, networking, and more importantly in make friends is awe-inspiring.
I still have an offerless to Luke Jedi PBP to find, but so far, I’m making steady progress. In the last Year I have managed to obtain 4 - thanks to the sincere generosity of fellow collector friends:
*The Palitoy Import, and Red Offer PBP are thanks to Daren Wilde, Daren has also helped me greatly in other rare Luke Jedi items including Meccano and Lili Ledy.
*Cesar Perdiguero was kind enough to work with on a payment plan with me so that I could obtain the red and black offer. There's some heavy litho tearing around the bubble area, but the card itself is in very nice condition with minimal creasing and a nice intact hanger.
*However, for the jewel in my collection, I have Ahmed Boukarrouh Alvarez to thank! Yesterday Evening, I returned home to find an express package from Barcelona waiting for me. Here is arguably the best PBP cardback I will ever own; the child owner carefully sliced the bubble so that the litho was not damaged when he opened the bubble. The original owner still has the original Luke that came with this card, when the time is right, he will hopefully allow me to reunite both figure and card; in the meantime a suitable figure stands in place.
I can't express how grateful I am to Ahmed for working with the seller on my behalf in Barcelona and helping us both in the transaction. It makes this cardback even more special, that a friend went out of his way to secure it for me.
In the future, I may trade my duplicate red and Black offer, either to upgrade the red offer, get an offerless, or to obtain something of equal rarity. But now, I want to enjoy looking at all four.
Compared to his Kenner counterpart, the LL Chewbacca - is cast in a bit darker brown plastic. - has smaller 'eye white' and paler blue pupil.
The Lili Ledy Chewie can be cast in different shades of brown plastic. See the pic belows. Though a bit difficult to see, the LL Chewie on the right is darker brown than the LL Chewie in the middle. Both LL Chewies are darker than their European COO brother.
The Ledy Chewie came with a V2 mould bowcaster. This mould was also used by Kenner. The Ledy bowcaster is cast in very black plastic which is distinct from the matt blue/black plastic that Kenner used.