If I didn't have the RID releases from 2001 I would've just bought them on the aftermarket or the Sonokong releases or the Takara Car Robots releases. Buying Encore would've been a high gamble no matter how good it looks. Takara qc became questionable on some releases last year and culminated into the recent Encore release. AFAIK it is very rare for them to do a recall on Transformers so I hope they finally ditched whatever factory produced these. Maybe it's the same factory that botched MPM04, made the fragile LG Overlord parts and various other qc issues from last year. I don't have all the details but I know for sure something definitely went wrong. A recall on this scale with this many screw ups is downright embarrassing especially since these are reissues of old toys that were done right the first time around nearly 20 years ago. Takara higher ups are probably pissed and rightfully so. If I were them I would recycle all the plastic from all the recalled figures to eradicate them from history and cross fingers no one ruins the next batch if 1 is ever made again.