Energon Scorponok and Gold Plastic Syndrome (tm)

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  1. Rakhamon

    Rakhamon Well-Known Member

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    So I've read on various places (including the archives here) that the Energon Scorponok mold is afflicted with Gold Plastic Syndrome in all of its retail versions (Superlink, Energon and Cybertron Dark Scorponok). Is this correct? Other than the Botcon Double Punch, has there not been a version of this mold that won't crumble in your hands after a few transformations?

    Damn shame, I like that figure.
     
  2. Fallout

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    i've never heard this. i know that G1 blackzarak was crumbly as a stale cookie but nothing on the energon mold. links?
     
  3. Maetel

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    seems like just the hasbro energon issue, superlink and cybertron remold don't seem to have that problem.
     
  4. Squints

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    Really? Knock on wood, I've had no problems yet with my Energon Scorponok. Think I might move him to a safer location, though, if that's really a problem.
     
  5. Kaijumaster

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    the toy doesn't even use the method of paint/chrome that is associated with GPS........
     
  6. Optimus1138

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    I've never seen anything about any of those figures having it.
     
  7. NothingHead

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    Mine had it happen. The joints that attach his arms to his chest just disintegrated. I'm trying to get a junker that hasn't suffered yet so I can modify and replace the parts.
     
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    it's not paint or chrome

    i've had one crumble on me
     
  9. Maetel

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    not technically gps i guess, thin bad quality plastic on a stressful location.
     
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    This. It's not GPS. It's more to do with the quality of the plastic and the location of where the said plastic is on the figure. Mine has stress marks, but no breakage. Doesn't bother me because I have no plans on transforming him ever again anyway.
     
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    Wow, hate to hear that about it. Mine has been in some pretty harsh temperature conditions (garage and attic) over the past year and I haven't noticed any plastic breaking or stress after transforming it.
     
  12. gargunkle

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    I have one Energon Scorp that's broken in the arms and another that isn't. And also a Cybertron Dark Scorp with no problems. However the unbroken ones have probably been transformed many fewer times than the broken one.
     
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    My Energon Scorponok doesn't have anything like GPS, but it does have a crack on one side of the chest. I'm pretty sure it's due to some of the nearby transformation joints being extremely tight and putting undue strain on the plastic in that area, rather than any sort of fundamental weakness in the plastic itself.
     
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    Interesting, thanks guys. :) 

    Would you say Dark Scorponok is a good choice to get for the mold then?
     
  15. Ironhide1706

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    My Scorponok's shoulder connectors both broke.
     
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    Well, crap. I had no idea Scorponok had this problem.

    I just checked mine and sure enough, his left shoulder connector is broken. Luckily, it's broken in such a way that everything still holds together. Nevertheless, I will definitely avoid transforming him from now on.

    I can see why people are calling this GPS, because the plastic does have a slight shimmer to it. It's really a shame, because he is my favorite figure from the Energon line, and one of the largest figures I own.
     
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    ^This
    Goddamn Arm Just up and Broke off one day (After a Hairline Crack had formed on the Part).
    He was one of my Favorites from the Energon line, Too....
    So Long as you keep him laid down in Spacecraft Mode, He should be alright. Its mostly the fact that the panels in question have to Bear the weight of Scorponok's MASSIVE MASSIVE Forearms (Which carry at least 1/3 the toy's weight)
     
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    damn, i was just looking into buying one too. i always wanted one as a kid. glad i didn't pull the trigger on one yet.
     
  19. gargunkle

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    It's tough to say. The breaky part wasn't redesigned like some of the Dark Scorp parts were. I just checked my Dark Scorp and the joints in that area feel as tight as they do on regular Scorp, so it could still be a problem.

    Granted, Energon Scorp's problems may be exacerbated by it being an older toy and owners having a few extra years of play time.
     
  20. gargunkle

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    That might be but maybe not. My perspective is that the chest-to-shoulder joints are just extremely tight and the plastic wasn't designed to be thick enough to accomodate movement over time. In particular I worry it's worst in the area at the base of the arms going to the chest. I would guess the stress will be worse from moving the whole joint than just supporting the arms.
     

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