I obviously overlooked the collection #'s. The pictures are different on the Anakin and Yoda figures, but the Royal Guards are packaged on the same card. Why don't you take over here Matt... I mean, when did you become a variation/error enthusiast and collector? Always have to one-up me don't ya? But that's why I like you so much, you keep me on my game...
My pleasure Thomas!
I've been doing the "unintentional" variant thing for quite a long time now, and the production errors whenever I come across them as well. I just don't want people getting confused here by anyone mixing up the terminology.
Most of the stuff Thomas just mentioned are Production Errors
(card color differences, incorrect/missing paint apps, etc).
The legitimate variations
at this point would probably only be the Vader/Anakin deluxe figure with the complete altering of the position of the accessories included, as well as the Obi-Wan/SBD deluxe figure, where the SBD's leg comes either attached to the SBD, or separate from the rest of the SBD. That's all I've heard of being verified so far. Not sure what the "arms out" variation on the SBD set is though, as mentioned above. Another noteable variation from the Saga line would be the McQuarrie Stormtrooper with the lightsaber positioned upwards, or downwards. I unfortunately never came across the former, and now it's usually up near the $100 range when it occasionally makes an appearance on eBay. EDIT: Whoops, missed the red/blue saber issue on Palpy, so that would apply to this category as well. Damn. Now I'm gonna have to see which I have, and go chase down a blue one if needbe...
Then there's the intentional
variants, which I hardly even consider variantions, like the Red vs. Blue Royal guard we're currently seeing in the ROTS line. Or better yet, like the different hair colors on the RFTs and IOs in the Saga line, or the bearded/non-bearded Endor Soldiers, etc. To me, these are just totally different figures.
Anyway, I managed to snag the SBD variation on the way home last night, so I'm temporarily caught up with those now.
BTW Thomas, anyone can take their carded Saga Jango Fett and give it a good smack or shake it around a little bit, and create a "headless" error, where his head's rolling around in the bottom of the bubble. In fact, a lot of us did just that on purpose in the stores when that figure was first released, just to highlight that major spoiler to the casual AOTC buyers...