Some sweet British bootleg sticker goodness!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-08-26, 08:13:39

One of the most persuasive reasons I could give to newbie collectors for becoming a character focus collector would be: "When people realize you're a character focus collector, they give you stuff for free!" Happens to me all the time. For example, I've been getting cards in the mail recently from Cathy Kendrick, a trading card collector who's thinning out her collection. It's just a few different 3PO cards from random series each time, but they're all 3PO stuff she sends because I collect 3PO stuff.

Well, a few weeks back I received a PM through Facebook from Martin Woodgate:

Morning Bill, hope you’re well - re your focus, checking to see if you have one of these... British Bootleg 'Fascal' sticker from 1977/78.

I did not. He said 3PO's an easy one to get and he's clearing out his dupes. And he said he'd mail me one for free. It's like when you have a character focus collection, the thing just builds itself!

It arrived in the mail last week, and man is this thing awesome. I love the old, bold, spot-color aesthetic of the late '70s that shows up in a lot of unlicensed Star Wars products. The art on this one, in particular, is brilliantly done. The chessy awful-looking bootleg stuff has it's charm, but I can't help but better appreciate stuff that's well-done.

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Here's a photo of the full set he sent me. Note the "Darth VADAR" error and the "Millenium Falcon" error. Unless that's how they spell millennium in the UK? I know they like to throw extra 'U's into a lot of words. Maybe to make up for that they eschew double-'N's as superfluous?

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Big thanks to Martin for hooking me up! Now I gotta find the perfect spot to display this thing in The Protocol-osseum!





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