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Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby SOJ » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:51 pm

I bought a job lot of items recently in a local find. The main reason for the purchase was the ESB X-Wing box. There was an an x-wing in the lot that was pretty beat up but as I already had one my intention was just to fill the box with that.

When I collected the lot I realise that the x-wing was the grey version. For the longest time I thought this verison was a modern vehicle as I only ever owned the White version and only recently discovered the grey one was in fact vintage.

My other perhaps misapprehension was that the grey version was released much later in the line and not in the UK however on closer inspection of the PALITOY box the pictured vehicle it did appear to be the grey version printed on it.

Also the actual x-wing itself has been manufactured without the electronics but blue button on top to activiated the sounds is in place, suggesting to me this a Palitoy version.

As this was also from a childhood collection it would also suggest this X-Wing came from this box.

Got some question hopefully someone can help answer:
Are my assumptions correct?
Was the grey version release widely in the UK? Been looking one eBay and can't see that many examples of them.
Was it released in the Empire box?
Was the White verison release in the same box?

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby Bonsai_Tree_Ent » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:09 pm

Yes, the grey 'battle damaged' X-Wing without electronics is indeed correct for this box and is a rarer find than the regular white version. Here's the complete contents:

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby spoons » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:10 pm

Great find - and pretty much yes to all your answers

Both versions were released in that box, and it does have a dummy battery compartment but no light - the way to spot the difference from a photo. The other main difference form the white one is the tinted cockpit

AJ linked to a good box guide on TIG - I'll see if I can find it

The grey is rarer than the White, a loose demands a £10-£20 premium but they are still easyish to find. There was a loose one at the last Donny toy fair for £20
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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby SOJ » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:13 pm

Cheers for the confirmation Spoons.
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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby Bonsai_Tree_Ent » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:14 pm

spoons wrote:There was a loose one at the last Donny toy fair for £20


£20 seriously? You would pay that just for the 4 wing cannons!

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby spoons » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:20 pm

Bonsai_Tree_Ent wrote:
spoons wrote:There was a loose one at the last Donny toy fair for £20


£20 seriously? You would pay that just for the 4 wing cannons!


with no cockpit or guns :)
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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby spoons » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:24 pm

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby theforceuk » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:41 pm

Great thread, never new any of this before. :D
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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby x-pack » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:39 pm

That's good to know. Have one in the attic somewhere with no guns/cockpit. I may be wrong but I think the other difference is the blue button on the back. Can't remember what it's for

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby spoons » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:13 pm

x-pack wrote:That's good to know. Have one in the attic somewhere with no guns/cockpit. I may be wrong but I think the other difference is the blue button on the back. Can't remember what it's for


It's just a hang over from the Kenner moulds - doesn't do anything :)
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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby x-pack » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:44 pm

Really? Doesn't make a noise or anything? :?

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby stratpack » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:59 pm

This may be an opportune time to highlight my unsuccessful wanted thread! :D

http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=23868

I've been restoring a Paligrey X-wing for months but had no luck tracing a decent R2 (and yes I took everyones advice and used genuine vintage decals!).
Battle-damage stickers should be peelable!


My feedback thread:-
http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=22986

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby spoons » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:52 am

x-pack wrote:Really? Doesn't make a noise or anything? :?


None of the palitoy x wings have electrics so it can't make a noise - the battery compartment in front of the button is dummy too. It was originally stuck down but can be opened pretty easily

They didn't bother with the dummy bits for the white x wing so maybe they intended on putting electrics in the grey one at some point, but didn't get round to it
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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby Bonsai_Tree_Ent » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:17 am

I've really no idea why the 'Paligrey' came to market, as it is a strange hybrid of the Palitoy and the Kenner versions. My only thought is that possibly someone felt that simply adding a 'battle damage' sticker sheet to the existing toy wouldn't be exciting or different enough to sell, so the grey plastic, with tinted canopy and black engines was considered a better option? Maybe it was some kind of overstock batch from the US, although it doesn't feature the light at the end of the nose so it would seem to be from a different mold. Whilst not 'rare', certainly it is found in far fewer numbers than the regular white 'battle damage' X-Wing so obviously didn't last too long.

I personally think it's a bit of a curio and a really cool item.

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Re: Grey Palitoy X-Wing fighter help

Postby SAVORY100 » Sun May 03, 2015 8:38 am

Sadly, I had a grey and sold it long ago to fund another purchase. Actually never seen one first hand since. For the curio element I'd love to own one again.


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