Furious about plastic! No really.

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Thinktank, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Thinktank

    Thinktank Well-Known Member

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    Here is my FB post:
    The real pisser is that three of these were BC exclusives that will cost
    a small fortune to replace.

    I am really beside myself on this.

    Before you ask, said figures were 3 feet away from the windows which have
    closed blinds over them. I had dusted them all off this last March and no
    discoloration. I go to do so again and BAM! Even gray and darker plastics
    are showing discoloration/tan-lines. I checked everything else over in the
    area and only the Has/Tak products show this.
     
  2. Cast

    Cast Roll the dice

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    What toys were they?
     
  3. guard convoy

    guard convoy The Big Daddy

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    and i also am curious, what figures were affected, cause i keep my figures way away from my windows because of this and i am curious
     
  4. Star Saber

    Star Saber Cybertron 5th Commander

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    I know I'm totally worried about my SG Starscream. The white plastic on him is just asking for discolorization.
     
  5. Knightdramon

    Knightdramon Hasbro LIES to the US

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    Sadly, exclusives or not, they share an almost identical plastic palette with the 12 USD retail releases.

    If a [say] RTS Prime has sucky plastic, the '12 SG Prime will also have the same plastic.
     
  6. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] Fortress Maximus!

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    That's funny, cause my LOOSE Henkei Crystal Convoy is more than 4 years old and shows no obvious sign of discoloration..I guess I must be lucky
     
  7. Brooticus

    Brooticus "You bred Raptors?"

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    Is UV protectant really a thing? Not heard of it before and am curious to know.
     
  8. Napalm

    Napalm Sins Of The Manfish TFW2005 Supporter

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    I don't want to start a ruck, but that's hardly the best way to publicly approach a business with a problem and expect a constructive response.

    Secondly, there are a few other things than direct sunlight that can affect your figures, humidity and heat being the main offenders.

    That said, you may well have a point regarding the materials used, and it would be interesting to find out more regarding this.
     
  9. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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    There isn't. Any number of factors could be the cause. PVC, for instance, yellows pretty fast in sun compared to ABS. A fire retardant chemical in the resin is said to be the cause of the yellowing in older toys. A UV element would not make sense as it would have to be uniformly distributed in the plastic which would degrade the durability of the plastic. A coating on top perhaps but at the prices they sell for I doubt it.
     
  10. Avengers

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    You put UV Protectant lotion on your toys?

    Where do you live?
     
  11. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    Did your other toys transform, and what was their pricepoint? There's more to materials selection than cutting costs.
     
  12. Jazz342

    Jazz342 Well-Known Member

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    A corporation will not even consider a complaint if you use profanity or clearly explain the issue, name the affected toys, etc. You may have a valid complaint, but your email will not get forwarded on to someone who can take care of it.
     
  13. Satomiblood

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    Did you post this on your wall or theirs?
     
  14. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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  16. Boy Blunder

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    Discoloration due to sunlight has been an issue with even the oldest TFs. Simple as that.

    's why you don't put your collections that close to the window :lol 
     
  17. QmTablit

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    When has Hasbro/Takara ever added a UV protectant to their plastic?

    ABS plastic in general becomes damaged from sunlight exposure. That's hardly Hasbro's fault that yellowing is a natural property of the plastic under certain conditions.
     
  18. Cogar

    Cogar Follower of the Code

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    Additives that resist UV can be added to plastics. They use these additives in automotive plastics or better quality lawn furniture, for example.

    Unfortunately, I don't think that at the price point(s) used in toys that most companies are willing to consider this. Still, the fact that other brands (Bandai, Mattel, and JAKKS) don't suffer from these problems does indicate that other companies have done a better job in this respect.
     
  19. Timesynch

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    Pictures?
     
  20. Paladine

    Paladine Well-Known Member

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    Or you could just buy some shades? Cheaper than $1300...
     

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