During the last five years that I've started to collect again I've come across various figures-chogokin series, yamato macross series, revoltechs and pretty much every transformers line. I'm no engineering genius-I just know enough to be able to voice my concern about the long-term durability of the figures on our hands. It's pretty obvious that the more you play with a figure, the more worn it's going to be (always talking about the joints and paint). Moulded plastic stays fine, but painted on details [BB 08 stripes, CL Mirage's sponsors and so on] will wear out and the ball joints will become increasingly loose. Ratchet joints won't last forever either; my RID Megatron is starting to show wear on his shoulders because the arms are too heavy when he's holding the dual sabres. I've heard [but not sure] that clear plastic is more fragile than opaque and hence I'm skeptical about my BT-18 or any of the clear display stands I've got from Bandai. Moreover, all plastic tends to discolour [much like the yellowing of earlier 80ies toys], just not that noticeably perhaps at the moment. Who's to say that in ten years my Classics Bumblebee won't be of a faded lime colour? And to add to the annoyance of it all, whenever a new figure is announced one of the first things I look for is what types of joints are used, not always for articulation, but for durability, and what sort of weight each joint carries. Rubber used on toys is also a concern of mine [see Movie Prime longstacks, Alts tires and whole suit frames on 1/6 figures]. My MP-01 Megatron's gun shoulder stock broke off because the rubber wrapped. Anybody else sharing at least some of my concerns? I don't "play" at all with my figures, just leave them posed but I'm already worrying about their long-term longevity just by that.