is there a hight limit on toys ? (safety laws)

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  1. transfan681

    transfan681 Retired TF Collector

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    just want it to know like can hasbro re-isuee g1 fort max ?
    and i dont know why but i keep having this feeling that amozon unicron was not sold in us mainly becos of his size.
     
  2. wildfly

    wildfly Right notes. Wrong order.

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    Reported drop test failure.

    Based apparently not on how many pieces, but nature of pieces: IE considered sharp enough for child to be caused injury.
     
  3. Transbot90210

    Transbot90210 Banned

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    Just to add. The drop test is from the height of 6". Pieces must either break into pieces that are too small to choke on or too big to swallow. Pieces can not break into sharp jagged peices either. IIRC Fort Max fails this test miserably.
     
  4. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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    5 feet was the height I believe. 6 inches might make the head fall off haha.

    Anyway, more info on toy safety related to transformers can be found here:
    For safety reasons - Transformers Wiki
     
  5. xanthax

    xanthax choppaface

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    From my experience, the only height issue that any retail store has is how far from the sprinklers things are stacked. IE: At Walmart, when I worked there, I could not stack things on the risers any closer that 1.5 feet from the ceiling, otherwise it was a fire hazard. I can tell you that stores do not care how big toy items are, seeing how most retail stores sell powerwheels and RC cars that are massive.

    The only reason Amazon sold Unicron was because the Battle Unicorn and Supreme Cheetor did so well.

    Ok, maybe not. They sold it because they purchased/wanted the rights to an exclusive transformer toy.
     
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    OOPS LMAO I meant 6' not 6" my bad. I don't think anything breaks at 6" lol
     
  7. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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    Maybe g1 combiners :) 
     
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    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    maybe movie figures too lol
     
  9. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    Mind no one of us fans has seen the results of Fort max's drop test and we likely never will so we cannot say with 100% certainty how badly he failed just that he did .

    Only way we are likely to see how badly it failed is for someone to sacrifice a fort max for science,, and as they are going for $1,000 or more don't count on it.
     
  10. Orodruin

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    It wasn't sold in US retail because it was exclusive to Amazon. The original version of the mold, plus its repaint, were both sold in all normal retail chains.
     
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    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    He was also sold at Canadian retail.
     
  12. Billzilla

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    just a little addendum to shine a light on possible confusion: retail stores- particularly within the last few years- have been less and less interested in carrying "big" toys. This has nothing to do with Fort Max- as previous posters have said, his reissue was nixed due for safety reasons- but it is why you see fewer and fewer figures at larger size classes these days. Even something that passed safety tests would be met with a lot of distaste by the likes of Wal-Mart if it were two feet tall. Even a one-foot-tall toy is a tough sell these days.

    So safety tests, disinterest from retailers due to size, and our old friend The Rising Cost of Plastic forms the perfect storm of antipathy towards ol' Fort Max or anything like him.
     

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