Clear plastic: inferior or same as normal plastic?

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Is clear plastic any more brittle than regular plastic?

  1. No, no difference, just as good as regular plastic!

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  2. Yes, it's brittle as hell and crumbles if you look at it wrong.

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  1. transtrekkie

    transtrekkie On the level.

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    With the recent discussions of a possible Clear MP Starscream I have seen a lot of people complain about how brittle clear plastic is as opposed to regular plastic. Personally I've never had any problems. My Henkei Ghost Starscream is just as sturdy as the Acid Storm standing behind him and my Nexus Maximus is as strong as the Bruticus sets that I had. So what have been your experiences? Have you had clear figures where the plastic was shoddy?
     
  2. ZeroEdge

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    I have to say, that I hate toys that are molded in all clear plastic.

    Don't ask me why, it's just something that I tend to avoid...I dunno.
     
  3. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    All I know is the clear purple bits on TFA Swindle give me the willies whenever I transform him.
     
  4. Aernaroth

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    There's tons of kinds of clear plastic, so it really does depend on what particular clear plastic is being used.
     
  5. mx-01 archon

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    It depends on how it's used. For solid panels and reinforced joints (pinned joints with thicker plastic), it's generally fine. Smaller, more intricate parts, or parts that need to flex somewhat (like balljoint sockets) are oftentimes trouble.

    Translucent plastics are more rigid than the normal type, so rather than flexing with stresses, they instead fracture or break.

    Alternately, you've got the more flexible blend of plastic as seen with Cybertron Vector Prime, and Mudflap's saw.

    So the answer to the poll is: neither. Depending on how it's used, it can be just as good as the normal stuff, or it could be a crippling liability. It won't, however, spontaneously crumble as per GPS or anything.
     
  6. transtrekkie

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    I've never had problems with any of it. If you have, please elaborate, this is the place for it.
     
  7. Optimus Vader

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    I don't get the clear "ghost" toy thing either. Nothing like a transparent toy, because colors suck. They should just start selling empty boxes and say the toy is a real ghost. Pre-orders would be through the roof.
     
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    I've never had issues with clear plastic personally but I've heard other people complain of brittle clear plastic.
     
  9. Autobot Burnout

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    If no stresses are put onto the clear-plastic part or it's reinforced, then I'd say it's okay.

    But for idiotic moves like making whole robot joints (I.E. Ani. Swindle's upper elbows) from clear plastic? No thanks.
     
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    no problems here, i love clear plastic
     
  11. DrillBIT

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    Clear plastic is good until paint is applied onto the surface.
    Takara is well known for doing good jobs in cracking up clear figures with their special choice of paint. Take their Microman 200X and later series as an example.
    I guess it also has to do with how you preserve the toys.
     
  12. LEADERS_MATRIX

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    It dosn't have the flexability that colored plastic has, so it can break easier, no give = broken.
     
  13. Dran0n

    Dran0n Junk male

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    Depends. Windshield scare the sh*t out of me. Those Barricade Window wings are unsettling, though, if thick enough, he should be fine.
     
  14. Greyryder

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    It kind of depends. The softer plastic used on TFs is PVC. It's more expensive than than the rigid ABS plastic, but everyone complains about it being "cheap." Transparent PVC seems to be about equal to its opaque counterpart.

    Transparent ABS, on the other hand, is usually really brittle. It's prone to breaking when placed in tension. This is why Robot Masters G1 Convoy is prone to snapping off at the waist. The joint is already in tension to provide friction, but there's also a huge pin running through the middle of it, putting stress on the clear plastic in another axis.

    Making thin parts or joints out of clear ABS is pretty much an engineering phail.
     
  15. Jetbolt

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    Never had any issues with my clear plastic parts on my TFs.
     
  16. prime13

    prime13 UCHUU KITAAAA

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    My TFCC exclusive topspin's foot snapped at the joint.:( 

    It al depends on how thick the plastic is.
     
  17. StephX77

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    The only problem I have with clear plastic is that it turns YELLOW. It is really annoying
     

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