LUKE BESPIN - An Accidental Obsession

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Post by General Kahn on Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:20 pm

LUKE BESPIN - An Accidental Obsession

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I really don't know how my Luke Bespin focus started other than back in 1998 I started buying loose vintage beaters to try and rebuild the remnants of my childhood collection, one day I saw two Luke Bespin's, mint and complete in my local shop, mint and complete, I loved the figure as a kid, so I couldn't resist. I bought them both and that's how it all began I guess, I started buying mint and complete everything and eventually noticed different hair colours for Luke here and there and then stumbled onto the whole COO thing, then foreign stuff etc. etc. So here it is the most complete Luke Bespin variation Loose focus on Earth and few extra bits from along the way Very Happy

Loose Figures

Kenner Variants

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Unitoy Factory Figures
Yellow hair, Tan boots - Yellow hair, Brown boots - Light yellow hair, Brown boot - Mystery figure, painted hip - Mystery figure, unpainted hip

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Smile Factory Figures
Yellow hair, Brown boots - Yellow hair, Tan boots - Dark ginger hair - Ginger hair - Light ginger hair - Mustard hair

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Kader Factory Figures
Tan boots - Brown boots

Asian Produced European Variants

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Unitoy Factory Figures
Ginger hair, Thin black eyes, Brown boots - Ginger hair, Thick brown eyes, Tan boots
Smile Factory Figures
Mustard hair - Olive hair
Kader Factory Figures
Dark brown hair - Light brown hair
Made In China
Raised bar (China baggie figure)

Early PBP Produced Variants (So Called Poch)

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Imported Plastic Parts From Unitoy
Brown hair, Tan boots, Pale hands - Ginger hair, Tan boots, Pale hands - Ginger hair, Caramel boots, Pale hands - Ginger hair, Caramel boots, Pink hands
Imported Plastic Parts From Kader
Brown hair, Pale hands, Unpainted hip

Later PBP Produced Variants (So Called PBP/Euro)

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Spanish Produced Variants
Caramel boots, Painted hip - Chocolate boots, Unpainted hip - Dark boots (Matte), Painted hip - Dark boots (Matte), Unpainted hip - Dark boots (Glossy), Painted hip - Dark boots (Glossy), Unpainted hip

Lili Ledy Variants

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Mexican Produced Variants
Yellow hair, Dark Boots, Unpainted hip (Imperio) - Yellow hair, Dark boots, Painted hip (Retorno) - Brown hair, Tan boots, Painted hip (Regresso) - Dark brown hair (Overstock head)

Factory Error Figures - Paint Errors

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Unpainted buckle - Unpainted left hip - Unpainted eyes - Unpainted holster - Spray mask error on saber hilt

Factory Error Figures - Mould Errors

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Short shot left hand, Short shot saber - Short shot COO, No COO markings at all

Discoloured Example Figures

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These Are Not Variants
Discoloured boots (Green) - Discoloured head and limbs

Mexican Bootlegs

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Brown Figures
Dark brown paint - Light brown paint - Anal fisting variant

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Green Figures
Brown paint - Green paint

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White Figures
Black paint - Metallic blue paint - Dark blue paint

Lili Ledy Overstock

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Leg Set
(Center outward) Unpainted - Boots only - Fully painted

Arm Set
Unpainted arms

Head Set
(Left to right) Dark brown hair - Eyes only (from the dark brown hair run) - Unpainted - Eyes only (From the standard brown hair run) - Hair only (Unused error head) - Fully painted

Carded Figures

Kenner

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CARD - ESB 47A (Smile) - FIGURE - Light ginger

Palitoy

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CARD - ROTJ 65D (Smile) - FIGURE - China baggie figure (the hardest figure variant to find on this card)

Tri-Logo

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CARD - Tri-Logo 70C - FIGURE - Caramel Boots PBP (the hardest figure to find on this card)

Card Backs

Kenner

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ESB 31B - Kader - ESB 31B - Unitoy

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ESB 32B - Kader - ESB 32B - Smile

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ESB 41A - Smile (Smile was the only factory to produce LB on the 41A) - ESB 41B - Unitoy (Unitoy was the only factory to produce LB on the 41B)

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ESB 41D - Unitoy - ESB 47A - Smile

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ESB 48B - Smile (Palitoy Sticker) - ESB 48C - Smile (Pailtoy Sticker)

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ROTJ 48D - Smile - ROTJ 77A - Smile

Kenner Canada

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ESB 31B - Smile - ESB 41B - Smile

Palitoy

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ESB 30A - Smile - ESB 30B - Kader

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ESB 41B - Smile - ESB 45A - Smile

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ESB 45A - Unitoy - ROTJ 45C - Palitoy

Tri-Logo

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ROTJ 70C - Palitoy Tri-Logo

German General Mills

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ESB 45 BackGeneral Mills

Meccano

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ROTJ 65 Back - Meccano (Rebel Soldier mis-card)

PBP

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ROTJ 65 Back - PBP

Lili Ledy

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ROTJ 30 Back - Lili Ledy (Regresso)

Popy

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ESB Box - Popy

Other Bits

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Sundance Kid from Kenner's Butch and Sundance the Early Days

This figure has always interested me and I consider it part of the Luke Bespin story. If you ever take a close look at the hair lines detail on the original farmboy Luke and compare it to the hair lines detail on Bespin Luke then you will find that they are pretty much identical, however the head in general, face wise is different. I believe theat when Luke Bespin was designed, the sculpture used a farmboy Luke head to work from, and altered details here and then, how it was done I don't know, whether he cast it and then re sculpted it, or just used it as a still life, I believe it was used in some way because of the similarities in the hair lines. Now if you look at the Sundance Kid, he basically has Luke Bespins head but with a hat and a moustache. Given the very similar years of release, it is likely that the Butch and Sundance line of figures was been produced at pretty much the same time as the ESB line of figures and I believe that whoever it was who was making the new head for Luke Bespin probably also made the head for the Sundance Kid. Butch Cassidy also basically has Han Bespins head with a hat. Probably never know exactly what happened, but I believe this figure fits into the Luke Bespin story somewhere from the design stage as can be seen in this picture:

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And Finally

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This is my childhood Luke Bespin Very Happy  He is pretty beaten up and has the worlds loosest limbs but he is my original so it's great to have, the pictures below are from Christmas 1983 and the kid behind the Gamorrean Guard mask is me Smile on the floor is a pile of figures and if you look closely you can see the feet of my Bespin Luke already removed from his card, so I guess you can say that my Luke Bespin obsession started on the 25th of December 1983 What a Face

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Thanks for looking gkhan
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Re: LUKE BESPIN - An Accidental Obsession

Post by Commander Clint on Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:11 pm

Simply awesome. bowwing Thanks for sharing all this great info.

It must have been hell trying to put everything together over the years.

Now you just need some autographs, movie stills, Bespin Micro sets, love letters with Mark, etc..... Razz
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Post by chris.75 on Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:02 pm

An outstanding Limelight Alex, love it, well done mate clapping clapping
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:36 pm

Your Bespin Luke research is second to none Alex  , very well done bowwing


You covered almost everything but you did forget to add a baby picture ...

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Luckily I found one What a Face
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Post by GrandMasterJedi on Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:41 pm

I am just blown away, simply amazing my friend Very Happy
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Post by hellhippie on Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:58 am

what a great collection , nice anal fisting variant lol! clapping
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Post by Akial on Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:58 am

That is absolutely awesome bowwing bowwing bowwing Don't think there are many Bespin Luke's left in the world nanny
Thanks for sharing clapping
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Post by cantina_patron on Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:37 pm

Very inspirational Alex. Your dedication is to be greatly admired! clapping

Hopefully others will do a similar project with a character focus and share it with us. Very Happy  I'd certainly like to emulate what you have done.
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Post by Jez on Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:12 pm

Wow thats an awesome limelight. The Butch Cassidy made me do a double take, fascinating.
Luke Bespin is truly one of the coolest figures out there, and he gets the double weapon bonus as well.

One question, regular photo art or the walking Luke photo art?
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Post by General Kahn on Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:38 pm

Thanks for the nice comments guys Very Happy

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Of the two, I always liked the walking photo, although blue is my favourite colour I just never liked the other and plus cloud city is white!

In actual fact Luke Bespin has 4 different photo arts, the walking original, the gun photo, the Tri-Logo gun photo and the Lili Ledy gun photo. The Tri-Logo picture is not only reversed like several Tri-L:ogo character pictures, but it is also a completely different picture, the gun is much higher and the background colour is accurate. The Lili Ledy picture is identical to the second 'blue' picture but is much closer and the contrast is quite heavily altered and it also features the correct white back ground colour.
Of all of the 4, my favourite is actually the Tri-Logo picture Smile

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Post by Mosh on Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:23 pm

Hi Alex,

Nice collection, man. I read your childhood Luke has loose limbs. Have you tried using this method to fix it? I used it on my old Lilí C-3PO and it worked wonderfully.

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Re: LUKE BESPIN - An Accidental Obsession

Post by Commander Clint on Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:38 pm

General Kahn wrote:Of all of the 4, my favourite is actually the Tri-Logo picture Smile

And I thought the Canadian cardback was your favourite of all time. lol! nanny
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Post by Jez on Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:32 pm

Thanks for the info. Great stuff. I'm learning everyday!
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