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The 65D card variation has the same front as the 45C variation. This makes it look different from the 65A, 65B and 65C variations. The text Ages 4 and over only appears once in English on the top right hand corner on the front of the card. The ROTJ logo has no black border underneath the word Jedi on the ROTJ logo any more. The back of the card is the same as the 65C variation with the Chewbacca Bandolier Strap Special Offer. The text with the closing date for the special offer can also be blacked out with black marker pen like the 65C variation. The text (ROJ/2) is in the bottom right hand corner. The punch is unperforated on this card variation. The 65C and 65D card variations were produced at the same time, in the Coalville factory in the UK.

Only Star Wars and ESB figures can be seen on this card variation. ROTJ figures came out on the 65A, 65B and 65C variations. The original Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and See-Theepio (C-3PO) figures are known not to have appeared on this card. There are no known examples for figures that also appeared on the 70A variation. These are Greedo, Hammerhead, Snaggletooth, Bespin Security Guard (White), Cloud Car Pilot and  Bespin Security Guard (Black). It may be the case that these don't exist. The other figures are all presumed to have been made though some are quite rare for some figures with only one known example. The figures Leia Organa (Bespin Gown), FX-7, Bossk (Bounty Hunter), IG-88 (Bounty Hunter), Lando Calrissian, Dengar, Lobot, Rebel Commander, 2-1B, Zuckuss and Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot have yet to be seen on this variation.

In the Netherlands, the 65D variation was sold with a wrap round Clipper sticker. The front of the card has the sticker on the right hand bottom corner with the same text that features on the 45BN in the tilted white box. The back of the card has the Clipper sticker on the lower half of the card covering up the English text that is there. Since this was not made up to be a Palitoy card, but a Clipper card, it is not given a sub variation on the Palitoy cardback guide. 

There are also examples that have an additional tearaway mini catalogue added over the wrap round Clipper sticker on the back of the card. Some also have a small round yellow star sticker on the front of the card in the top right hand corner of the card that says Nieuwe Premies Nouvelles Primes. The phrase is the Dutch and French for New Rewards.


This card featured used Tri-Logo style bubbles which have rounded bubble corners and square corners on the back plate. 


This card also saw the use of double stemmed bubbles used on 45 back cards.


Lastly, this card variation also saw the use of rectangular bubbles with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate for some figures. These rectangular bubbles come in a variety of different sizes. 


C-3P0 (Removable Limbs) has a black plastic sack for the unassembled figure so it can be carried by Chewbacca and from this card variation onwards to Tri-Logo, this black plastic sack came in a clear plastic bag inside the bubble. There are also examples where the clear plastic bag is not present.


Some cards were sent to Spain for packaging with PBP figures and sale on the Spanish market. The Han Solo Hoth shown here is a PBP figure with a Tri-Logo style bubble. It also has a PBP type Imperial Blaster. The Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) is the PBP figure and comes with a single stem bubble with a folded footplate, both of which are not seen in general on this card variation. This also indicates that the card was not packaged in the Coalville factory in the UK, but in Spain. 


This card variation was the last variation in the stock of unused cardbacks acquired by Toy Toni after the Palitoy factory closed and subsequently made into MOC with unused bubbles. The two most  common unused cardbacks were 1234 C-3P0 (Removable Limbs) and 1126 Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). Then 143 Chewbacca, 105 Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) and 39 AT-AT Driver. Toni used rectangular bubbles with square corners and these are the correct bubbles for some of these figures like C-3P0 (Removable Limbs), Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) and Chewbacca. Not for Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) where a Tri-Logo style bubble is used on the genuine card. Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) can also be found with a Tri-Logo style bubble and this is also a genuine card. And AT-AT Driver uses a Tri-Logo style bubble or narrower rectangular bubble with square corners on the genuine card. 


Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) can also be found with a narrower double stem that Toni used on the 45B variation. A lot of these cards have iron marks and melted bubbles which show that they are early efforts at attaching bubbles to unused cardbacks. It can also be found with the infamous upside down single stemmed bubble with 03 embossed in the corner also normally seen on the 45B variation, and many of these cards also have iron marks visible. It can be seen that the head of the figure fits in the gap from the single stem of the bubble which would explain why the bubbles for this figure had to be put on upside down.


The most common figure C-3P0 (Removable Limbs)  has an easily identifiable tell that indicates the MOC came from Toy Toni. The unused cardback for this card has a printing flaw visible on the front of the card that can only be seen on the few unused cardbacks that are out there, and almost all of Toy Toni's MOCs. This is because the batch of unused cards for this figure all came from the same printing batch with the same printing flaw. The flaw is that there is a red dot visible between the two diagonal lines underneath the first letter M of the C-3PO Removable Limbs name on the front of the card. This red dot is not visible on almost all shop sold cards so the absence of this red dot indicates a genuine factory sealed MOC. The red dot is shown on the left hand side picture of an AFA 90 graded example, and cannot be seen on the used cardback shown in the picture second from left. Also the lack of clear plastic bag for the black plastic sack is another indication that the card is not genuine, but there are some genuine examples without the clear plastic sack and without the red dot. The genuine card with the clear plastic bag does not have the red dot printing flaw either, as can be seen in the picture second from right. The genuine example without the clear plastic sack is also missing the red dot as can be seen in the right hand side picture.


Lastly, despite using the correct rectangular bubble, there is another tell for this figure. On the shop sold example below it can be seen that the bubble is not sealed in the two areas where the double stem would be if the bubble being sealed was double stemmed. This is because the machine in the factory that sealed the bubbles was set up so that it could seal both double stemmed bubbles and rectangular bubbles without machinery parts needing to be changed. Tri-Logo style bubbles with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate were also used on this figure, but they are rare, the example shown above also has the clear plastic bag. If you have this style bubble then the card is also genuine. There are also rare examples of a wider double stemmed bubble being used which can also be seen above which is genuine too.


Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) can be found with a Tri-Logo style bubble and this is a genuine card. It also has the same tell on the rectangular bubble that Toni used as C-3P0 (Removable Limbs). On the shop sold example on the left it can be seen that the bubble is not sealed in the two areas where the double stem would be if the bubble being sealed was double stemmed. The used cardback in the middle has a bubble imprint which is similar to the impression left by a double stemmed bubble. The Toni on the right is completely sealed at the bottom of the card in comparison and this can be used to tell it apart from a genuine example. A narrower rectangular bubble was also used on genuine shop sold examples and this can also be seen above.


On the double stem bubble, it can bee seen that the genuine bubble is wider than the narrow double stem bubble used by Toni. The distance between the stems is wider and the backplate is also wider on the shop sold example. The angle between the top of the double stemmed bubble is more pronounced on Tonis bubbles making them look more pointy, whereas on genuine double stemmed bubbles there is no angle and they don't look pointy.


Chewbacca had a number of genuine bubbles. On the left is a Tri-Logo style bubble with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate. Second from left is a wide rectangular bubble with square corners with rounded corners on the back plate. This bubble was less common than the narrower rectangular bubble second from right. This last genuine bubble is also the bubble that Toni used which can be seen on the right.


This rectangular bubble can be seen with a similar tell to the rectangular bubble for Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). The shop sold example on the left is not sealed at the bottom of the card whereas on the Toni example on the right it is sealed.


Toni used the wrong bubble for Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear). The genuine example on the left uses a Tri-Logo style bubble with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate. You can see the square corners left in the imprint in the used cardback in the middle. The Toni on the right uses a rectangular bubble with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate.


For AT-AT Driver, the Tri Logo Style bubble with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate was used as can be seen on the left. You can see the square corners left in the imprint in the used cardback second from left. A rectangular bubble with square corners with rounded corners on the back plate was also used as can be seen on the shop sold example second from right. The bubble used by Toni was wider than this as can be seen on the right.






 
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