New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby Thundershot » 01 Feb 2014 17:04

It's a bigger problem for our Steve than for the rest us, Hopper, you see the majority of us will be happy to have one loose example of each variation.

Steve, on the other hand, will now have to track down loose, M.O.C & every possible card variation available. :twisted:
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby SteveD » 01 Feb 2014 17:18

I repeat - DAMN!!!!

I can see lots of "can you possibly send me a close up of the head" messages coming to eBay sellers.

Although, is it me, or has AF become scarce on eBay of late???
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby SteveD » 01 Feb 2014 17:21

Is it def a variant on sea skimmer? Could be an "old mould v new" type thing.
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby Thundershot » 01 Feb 2014 17:50

Here's both of my :surfer: 's:
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One on the left is a round microphone, right is the elongated version.

Interestingly the paint app/masking seems to be set up for the elongated moulding.
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby SteveD » 01 Feb 2014 20:40

Most of mine are elongated it seems. If you look close there is almost a fault there on most of the elongated ones too. Suggests to me the round mould perhaps got a bit tired??
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby Hopper » 01 Feb 2014 20:46

Yeah, me also.
A definite yes on the Sea Skimmer

I'm good because I only collect the loose figures, but apologies, Mr D, etc.
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby SteveD » 01 Feb 2014 21:11

It's too small a variant to do moc to be honest. You have to look really close to see, and even then it's hard - especially through a bubble. There's no chance of telling from eBay photos.
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby Chopper » 01 Feb 2014 22:27

There goes my theory. Notice on the round mic version the paint pattern is the same as the egg mic version? The painting process must have been the same for both and part of the face isn't painted. It can't be a worn out mold as Surfer came after the Assault figures. It has to be two different molds.
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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby Hopper » 09 Feb 2014 13:42

Interestingly, there is a test press/blank/prototype thing of the ground assault on ebay (one of you guys selling?)
Anyhoo, it is the round mic version
Ebay sale # 251441190186

Not sure this helps the story, but overall yes, I agree with Chopper - it has to be two different moulds as Surfer is post Series 1: if the mould had broken during Series 1, then there would have been no Round Mic version, only Long Mic.

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Re: New variant discovery! Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!

Postby tintinlostsnowy » 09 Feb 2014 14:40

SteveD wrote:It's too small a variant to do moc to be honest. You have to look really close to see, and even then it's hard - especially through a bubble. There's no chance of telling from eBay photos.
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