Floppy figures, why no inventive 3P offered a universal fix?

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by dxp, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Rewind

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    Hehe, I wonder if my IP law firm’s branch in Cali ever helped you with getting any of those. :) 
     
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    I think it's a bit of both. Depends on the figure.
     
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    I think a system like this would add cost and complexity for little overall gain. I've been collecting Transformers in one form or another since the 80s and I've barely ever needed to tighten joints on my figures. The few times that I have a bit of polish or similar has worked fine. I'm not super keen on anything that will add costs that solves a problem that I think is overstated.
     
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    I just had an idea for a universal solution to floppiness:
    Viagra.
     
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    You could consider that any given joint could have a universal design, but that may limit the kinds of transformation sequences that can be engineered around that joint. As someone else has suggested here, there are compromises in joint design to do with transformation engineering. For example, if you take the hip and pelvis joints of most of the carbots from TT and MT, there are a number of striking similarities, and similarly with elbow joints that flex past 90 degrees.
     
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    i guess you can have a ball joint with a flat allen screw on the outside you can tighten / loosen
    you can even do that yourself
     
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    Doubtful, we do everything through corporate IP legal in Massachusetts.
     
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    I'm good with using floor polish.
     
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    Personally, I kind of feel that even if they could somehow engineer such a feature without compromising the function and appearance of the figure in all modes, it would be a fair bit of work, and the most obvious question most initial reviewers would ask would be, "why didn't they just tolerance the joints right, instead of inventing a whole new kind of joint?"

    Seriously, joints don't need to be arbitrarily strong. They just need to support the weight of the limb and whatever accessories are appropriate for the figure to hold. Going much beyond that actually risks damaging the figure (look at recent issues with DX9 Gabriel, or prior issues with TR Trypticon).

    I wouldn't begrudge anyone from trying, I'm just not convinced on the surface that it would necessarily result in better products. And realistically, the quality of such a mechanism would likely vary wildly from company to company, just like normal joints do now.
     
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    They can't even decide what single type of battery to use, let alone a 'universal fix'.
     
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