Widespread issues with silver paint are news to me. It depends where it is, I suppose. I have some "battle damage" on Prowl's thighs, for instance, but they fold away quite tightly, and I've never found it unique to silver paint. I have more missing paint on Ratchet's thighs and arms than on Ironhide's thighs or pelvis (so far I have no chips on Ironhide, fortunately). And my G1 Megatron still seems to be holding up fine, despite being over 30 years old. Not to mention the three third party Megatrons, none of which seem to have any major issues with silver paint (I own one of them). I'm sure the colour of MP-36 has nothing to do with Takara's fear of paint chipping and is entirely down to their new, "if a detail or colour wasn't in the cartoon, it ain't going on the toy" approach.