YODA / YODA THE JEDI MASTER
Date Stamp: 1980
Release Date: 1981
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Power of the Force
Assortment No. : 38310
Weapons and Accessories:
Point of Interest:
This figure fist appeared as ‘Yoda’ on The Empire Strikes Back 32 back card. The figure’s name was changed to ‘Yoda The Jedi Master' on the Return Of The Jedi 65 back card. During the Return Of The Jedi 65 back releases, the image on this figure's card was replaced with a new image. Though known examples indicate that the switch took place during the 65C production run, It is possible that earlier examples could exist. The original photo made its last appearance on the Return Of The Jedi 65C back. Note that the distinction of 65D and 65E cards is the Anakin figure offer stickers, the 65C was the last printed 65 back variation. The new image was used on all other cards after including The Power Of The Force and Tri-Logo cards.
Comments: He is easily one of the most popular figures in the entire vintage line. Back in the day, he was the man without having to be ‘Yodaman’ and he didn’t need a Lightsaber accessory to fly off the shelves. For that matter, during ‘Yodamania’ of 1980-81, there is little doubt that the Yoda The Jedi Master figure would have sold just as well if he came with a dead bug or piece of gravel instead of that crazy snake. Back in his puppet days, he was huge… even if size matters not.
Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Yoda figure was available in two distinctively different forms:
The Brown Snake Yoda is considered by the majority of collectors to be the variation. This version is distinctive not only by its brown snake, but also by its very dark brown gimmer stick. The figure itself was moulded in darker plastic and sports darker spray ops on the arms and feet. The eyes on this figure are painted very dark brown.
Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.
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