Die-cast and rubber tires - thoughts?

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  1. ComicGuy89

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    These two are often seen in "premium" figures like the Masterpieces and are often considered to add value to a toy. However I must admit I'm not a big fan of them, because I feel a mix of die-cast and plastic makes the toy more fragile and paint on die-cast chips much more easily than on plastic. Also, rubber tires are more likely to wear out sooner than plastic tires, such as on RiD's Optimus Prime.

    I may be wrong though (especially on the rubber tires part, which may be limited to just a few cases) so I thought I'd get your opinions.
     
  2. hardreturn

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    love rubber tires.
     
  3. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    I prefer diecast and rubber tires.
     
  4. UnicronFTW

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    Heard nothing but praise for rubber tires. But I could seriously live without die cast.
     
  5. seali_me

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    love rubber tires and diecast. both should be mandatory.
     
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    I hear they're both a lost art?
     
  7. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    Rubber tires are too prone to splitting. No interest in paying extra for something that's bound to crumble sooner or later.

    Die cast is fine IF they design it like it's metal. None of that Titanium crap.
     
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    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    I am torn on both. They are nice but both are flawed so if they have them cool if not no big deal.
     
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    Hate them both for the same reason the OP described (paint chips on diecast and rubber wearing out and cracking too easily)
     
  10. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    love them, if used properly, and with good materials, most of the g1 tires i've seen haven't split after 27 years
     
  11. Kuma Style

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    If done right... they are sex put together:

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    Rubber and Die-cast FTW! A sign of quality IMO.

    Out of over 100 G1 cars I own with rubber tires, I think I might have about 3 or 4 with cracked tires, and none with split tires besides weathered, abused junkers. And they are 25 years old.
     
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    only if done right, but for the most part, i am happy without them
     
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    I am 100% for rubber tires. I don't know what it is, but plastic tires on most modern car molds seem to have some difficulty rolling smoothly and being flush with the ground.

    Diecast is something of a controversial subject. The titanium toys were, on the whole, done poorly in both their placement and quantity of diecast. However, if placed strategically (feet, hips, chest, etc.) in a way that aids in holding poses, I am all for the added heft and perceived "value" it adds. Examples of this are the already linked Arcee by iGear, Warbot defender, MP Grimlock, and most G1 molds.
     
  15. TrueNomadSkies

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    Yeah... I remember back when a lot of toy card had rubber tires & metal parts. Guess Kup was right when he said that they just don't build things like they used to.
     
  16. doucoo

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    The rubber tyres rock. Also, none of my original 1980's TF's have had their tyres split, all in great condition.

    In fact, my OP's tyres still smell like new! I love that smell! Yes, I am weird!
     
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    You're not weird. New tire smell is amazing, especially when it comes to the softer winter tires that often retain a little more of it than most.
     
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    It would seem so. But honestly, of the diecast toys I have (mostly cars) that have rubber tires, I don't "play" with them like kids do. They're on display so I don't really have a problem with paint chipping or anything wearing out. Then again, of the toys I have that I have played with as a child....those do have the paint chips......
     
  19. Thalack

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    I enjoy both diecast and rubber tires.

    I will admit though, the diecast you need ot be careful with cause i've noticed easy chipping of the paint.

    Rubber tires just makes a toy more valuable cause you know almost every kid WILL lose them, thus making a figure that is copmlete with tires harder to find. :p  Ooops sorry, that was the collector in me talking. LOL :D 
     
  20. TrueNomadSkies

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    Well see, the main issue I've had with em is that my little cousin likes to pull the tires off my cars & put them in his mouth. Other than that, which he really only did with certain ones that I had to remove the tires from (why he did this to the Mercedes & vw bug but not the rest is beyond me), I've honestly never had a problem with them drying up or breaking, at least not from regular use.
     

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