For many years Trilogo miscards were viewed as clumsy production accidents, while that may be true at times the majority were in fact an intentional method of packaging figures to clear overstock.
Most of the intentional miscards were all put together using a very thin and fragile bubble type which is very cheap and prone to developing cracks, the same bubble can be found on some ROTJ Meccano miscard figures as well.
Although some miscard combinations can seem odd, there is actually a pattern that emerges time and time again which shows there was some method to the madness, while this is not foolproof you will find lots of examples of the following:
- Robot figures on Robot cards
- Rebel figures on Rebel cards
- Imperial figures on Imperial cards
- Alien figures on Alien cards
So you can see there was some attempt to pair up figures and cards, even if it didn’t always work very well.
However, not all of these intentional miscards make sense and there are exceptions to the rule above. Perhaps the strangest of these intentional miscards is the Biker Scout figure on an R5-D4 card (seen below) but the combination can be found too many times and always using the same fragile Meccano bubble for it to simply be a production error.
Many of the Rebel figures miscarded are earlier versions of a main character packaged on a later card, like Han Solo original on Han Bespin card, or Lando Calrissian on a Lando General Card. In France the original solid dome R2-D2 figure (which incidentally was not reissued during the Trilogo era) can be found packaged on R2-D2 with Sensorscope cards.
Klaatu on Klaatu Skiff (probably the most commonly found miscard) is almost always found on a specific type of card with a triangular punch shape and a rounded bubble (not the small and very fragile bubble that is usually seen on miscards) so while this miscard appears to have been made in a different location to the rest of them there is still no doubt that this was an intentional method of packaging and not an error.
In the interesting case of the Death Squad Commander on AT-ST card he is actually considered one of the rarest Trilogos to own, even if he is a miscard- simply because the Death Squad Commander figure was not produced on Trilogo packaging and this miscard is the only way to find the figure on a Trilogo. Many collectors feel this figure belongs in a complete set of Trilogos.
As for the mistakes – well, figure production was pretty hard going so don’t be too hard on the workers of the early 80′s putting the wrong figure onto a card or a figure without a weapon (or too many!) inside a bubble … We all make mistakes!
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