Dammit (a thread about Mudflap)

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by megatroptimus, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Had GF Demolisher, sold it, and bought again Mudflap today (it was on clearance) because I liked the mold and the added paint apps. But I completely forgot about THE SHITTY RUBBER BLADE. Dammit. Why does Hasbro feel the need to ruin all the good toys (okay, nothing could save Vector Prime) with rubber parts instead of hard plastic? The thing is all bent and looks like crap. Also had to fix the floppy spring for the other cannon. Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaame. Now the rubber blade is the only thing that bugs me. Oh well.
     
  2. Heat Guy

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    Because parents buy kids toys that they are not supposed to have due to age and what not. So in order for Hasbro not to get sued by parents they make all easily broke parts rubbery.
     
  3. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    But what about japanese kids? They all end up impaled on pointy Transformers and their parents don't care? Are japanese kids tougher?
     
  4. Heat Guy

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    I'm gonna say just a general consensus that US kids dont think as much as Japanesse kids.
     
  5. RandomFerret

    RandomFerret Fuzzy Forever

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    Have you SEEN the japanese version? It is beautiful.
     
  6. Jarodimus

    Jarodimus the guy with that scan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Maybe, but Japanese adults also don't sue nearly as much as American adults.
     
  7. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Deco is ok, the toy itself is crappy.
     
  8. fschuler

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    Probably more that than anything else, IMO. I recall seeing some type of news story recently regarding the relatively small number of attorneys in Japan as compared to the U.S. (something like 1 attorney per several thousand people in Japan vs. 1 attorney per several hundred people in the U.S., IIRC)
     
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    You can straighten rubbery parts. Run scalding hot water over them until they are pliable a bit, then bend them just past where they need to be to straighten out. As they cool back down they'll head back towards the direction they were bent. It may take a few tries, but eventually you'll straighten it out this way. That's what I did to my Energon Galvatron and my Cybertron Vector Prime.
     
  10. JD

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    C Mudflap is suck a great toy. Why would you sell it?

    BTW, anyone else notice the pole thingy beneath the crane looks like a cannon when the green plastic thing's removed. So cool.
     
  11. Beastbot X

    Beastbot X The Toad Knows.

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    I'm getting mixed messages from you...:D 
     
  12. JD

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    OH SH*T! TYPOS! GRR...
     
  13. mx-01 archon

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    Let's see here. On one hand, we have the option to use a flexible plastic that can easily be bent into position if it gets warped. On the other hand, we have he option of the toy breaking. And not breaking because you did something stupid. Breaking because it's doing the thing it's supposed to do.

    Clear plastic is, by nature, brittle. The clear resins are much harder than the opaque stuff. Which means that they're rigid, and don't flex when stressed. Instead, they just plain break. Now, take something like Mudflap's hook, with the springloaded gimmick. Every time you activate it, it slams the hook, hard into the crane boom. Repeated usage just causes more and more stress on that tiny little piece, and eventually, it'll just shear off.

    With Vector Prime, the parts are thin, and at the extremities, are likely the subject of a good amount of beating. Which again, makes it prone to breakage (plenty of people broke their GF swords, simply trying to remove it from his hand, for example).

    Hasbro feels the need to swap out these problem areas with the softer plastic because it has its own standards of safety and quality to uphold. It's not quality when the toy breaks itself. And it's not safe when the toy's parts shatter and leave sharp edges.
     
  14. The621

    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    It's all about the Chemistry with these things. The breaking. The stressing.
     
  15. Greyryder

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    The problem is that it's possible to make tranparent plastic flexible, without it being floppy.

    I plan to cut a groove along th back of the sword blade on mine, and glue in a length of piano wire.
     
  16. megatroptimus

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    I don't break my toys.
     
  17. llamatron

    llamatron Shut up, Nigel. TFW2005 Supporter

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    The problem is that 80% of the market does.

    I mean the kids.

    Frickin' kids!
     
  18. megatroptimus

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    But Japanese kids don't? ;)  Oh well, it's still a fun toy. I wish there was a repaint with more realistic colors.
     
  19. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    heheh. live by the sword, die by the sword.
     
  20. misterd

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    I think the real question here is: How did you fix the floppy spring?
     

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