A GUIDE TO VINTAGE STAR WARS FIGURES & ACCESSORIES

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DON’T RELY ON JUST THE COO TO IDENTIFY A FIGURE. Mould, paint colour, plastic colour and figure assembly traits are also needed to confirm your figure’s origins.

COO Family I

Kader (HK)

KADER 1983 HONG KONG COO

Above you can see following variants (left to right):

  • Dark silver armour, painted pupils
  • Mid-silver armour, painted pupils
  • Light silver armour, unpainted pupils

Kader HK’s Gamorrean Guard is found on 65 & 77bk Kenner cards. The first versions featured a dark green painted pupil. During production, the decision was made to leave the pupil unpainted exposing the moulded green plastic to represent the pupil instead. Read more on this production change in WOLFF’S MOULD/COLOUR VARIATION GUIDE

Different combinations of dark/mid/light silver and painted/unpainted eyes will be available beyond what’s shown above.

ACCESSORY: M1 Kader Axe with a small EPM.

COO Family II

Unitoy/ Kader (Macau)

UNITOY 1983 HONG KONG COO

Above you can see following variants (left and centre):

  • Dark silver armour
  • Light silver armour

This version had a short release on the Unitoy 65a/b cardbacks. 

It is very difficult to differentiate the Unitoy version from the Smile HK version of this figure. A few suggestions would be getting familiar with the various eye spray masks and  most importantly, looking for the seam line on the sole of the foot. The hips on the Unitoy version are also slightly darker.

ACCESSORY: M3 Unitoy Axe with silver painted blade and a moulded brown handle.

Read more about this production change in WOLFF’S MOULD/COLOUR VARIATION GUIDE

KADER (MACAU) 1983 MACAU COO

Above you can see following variants (right):

  • Light silver armour, glossier green plastic

The moulds were moved from Unitoy in Hong Kong to Kader’s Macau factory. The H.K. COO was removed and stamped with a new “MACAU” COO where production continued and the figures were released on 65 and 77bk cards with the ME vendor code.

ACCESSORY: M3 Macau Axe with moulded silver blade and painted brown handle.

Read more about this production change in WOLFF’S MOULD/COLOUR VARIATION GUIDE

COO Family III

Smile (HK)

SMILE 1983 HONG KONG COO

Above you can see following variants (left to right):

  • Dark silver armour, non-detailed face
  • Mid-silver armour, detailed face
  • Mid-silver armour (example of degraded green plastic), detailed face
  • Matt silver armour, non-detailed face

The green plastic used by the vendor “Smile” was highly prone to discolouration to a dark green. It’s common to find Smile-made GG figures that have gone darker either completely or just affected certain parts.

An interesting variation is both HK and NCOO versions share two distinct head moulds that appear throughout the run. We’ve labelled them “detailed” and “non-detailed”. As you’ll see in the detail graphic below, the wrinkles across the GG’s cheeks varies considerably.

Another smaller detail to note is the eye spray masks vary resulting in smaller and larger pupils.

SMILE 1983 No COO

Above you can see following variants (left to right):

  • Dark silver armour, non-detailed face
  • Light silver armour, light yellow details, detailed face

ACCESSORY: M2 Smile Axe with a large EPM.

Read more about this production change in WOLFF’S MOULD/COLOUR VARIATION GUIDE

Different combinations of silver and head moulds will be available beyond what’s shown here.

COO Family IV

Lili Ledy

LILI LEDY 1983 NO COO

Above you can see following variants (left to right):

  • Dark silver armour
  • Mid-silver armour (Slightly degraded green plastic)
  • Light silver armour

Lili Ledy used a unique single cavity mould for their version of the Gamorrean Guard. This tool wasn’t used in Asia or Spain previously like many of their other figures.

The dark armoured version of the Gamorrean Guard has been found on the early 14bk RETORNO cardback. The REGRESO and 65bk Kenner “Made in Mexico” releases featured the figure with either a mid or light silver armour.

ACCESSORY: M4 Lili Ledy Axe with a short handle.

Credits

SPECIAL THANKS: Many thanks to Jamie Acott, Stefan Callear, Thomas John, Mark A.Baker, James Stevens, Garth Jones and as always, Wolff Lipinski for their help in producing this figure guide.