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Lego Shaak Ti (Referring to quality issues and asking collectors about their favorite print variant)
I was interested in people's thoughts on the difficulty of finding a superb condition Lego Shaak Ti minifigure with a nice clean print (Referring namely to the headdress). Has anyone has seen a Shaak Ti minifigure that was graded (By the AFA ect.)? If so what is the highest grade Shaak Ti minifigure you have seen? In my search for the perfect Shaak Ti, I have only been able to find two really good condition ones and am now the proud owner of one with a near perfect print (It is truly a sight to behold). I would be curious to see some of the things people have found out regarding print variations and which ones look better from the front, sides, back, and overall. Lastly, does anyone know where LEGO manufactured the Shaak ti headdress as condition issues are so rampant I am starting to consider collecting good condition figures simply for their preservation. Thanks for your interest in this rather odd topic and I look forward to your comments below.
The general knowledge I have discovered about the Shaak Ti figure that offers explanations as to why it is very hard to find in good condition(Namely referring to the headdress) [Please add anything else you think to be of note in the comments]:
(I am relatively sure that there was no protective plastic bag around the headdress [As seen with the variant included with the star wars rebels Ahsoka figure.] which could have resulted in damage caused by rough handling of the original packaging especially considering that the plastic used in the production of this part is more of a soft plastic and is thus susceptible to damage(Namely to the printing).)
(I have heard information [None supported by any irrefutable evidence, or more accurately any evidence.] that Shaak Ti's headdress was made by a facility in China, which would explain a lot of the condition issues, but I believe we would see much more severe problems if this were the case. Any information on this would be interesting to discuss, but please support your claims.)
(The intricacy of the headdress print [Namely in regards to the three colors and multiple uneven surfaces] is what I believe to be the name cause of the more notable issues regarding print fidelity as if the item were to be slightly off during or after any print cycle it increases the likelihood of the print not looking very good at places where multiple colors meet, which is one of the reasons I am happy with the one I was able to acquire as at the areas where multiple colors meet it is a quite clean union.)
(I will restate in its own section that printing on the soft plastic could have resulted in the rather severe issues you see with the printing being very susceptible to wear.)
I appreciate any comments and discussions that sprout from this topic and look forward to everyone's opinion, also please share photos of the best condition Shaak Ti figures you have seen or that you own.
In close, if anyone is interested in photos of the different prints and various pros and cons of ones I have encountered just ask and I will try to provide what information I can.