Kay Bee & The Overstock
As Star Wars was going out of fashion packaged overstock figures were sent to America for sale in toy stores across the country, one such store was a large toy retail chain in America called Kay Bee who bought up a lot of the European overstock figures and sold them at clearance prices.
Many Trilogo figures on the market today are from this bargain bin period and proudly wear the “$0.79″ or “2 for $1.00″ price sticker on their cardfronts.
Whilst many collectors dislike stickers on their cards, when it comes to Trilogos they become quite important. Kay Bee store stickers (however ugly they are) actually give us an insight into where exactly the overstock came from by looking at the cards that have them.
The majority of these bargain bin Trilogos are common Palitoy produced cards but they were not the only cards sent over.
German cards and even Clipper Import cards also made their way to America and onto the shelves at Kay Bee, which to me at least is pretty interesting!
This could mean that all divisions of General Mills Europe were sending figures direct to America from their factories and warehouses, or that all European licensees were sending them to a central point to be sent on to America. Either way it’s great to know that some of the hard to find European variants can be found in the States and it is fun spotting which cards ended up in America.
Here are some examples below of Trilogo figures with the Kay Bee price sticker all with very different origins.
Gamorrean Guard / Clipper Import Sticker
R5-D4 German Cardback / Alternative Bubble
Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight Outfit / Italian Import Sticker
Darth Vader German Cardback / Rounded Bubble
And finally to end all the speculation and rumours- Yak Face WAS available in America…….well, on an imported bargain bin European card!
Here he is on a Palitoy produced Trilogo card complete with original UK price sticker and that great Kay Bee sticker, it doesn’t get better than that!
If you happen to have any Kay Bee stickered Trilogos that might be of interest please get in contact!