PF starscream GPS

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  1. Mirage914

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    Has anyone who bought protoform starscream seen any signs of GPS(Gold Plastic Syndrome)?
     
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    I still don't know what GPS is >_>
     
  3. Methusalen

    Methusalen Not good enough for G1!

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    Gold colored plastic has a horrible tendency to get brittle & break VERY easily...


    Some say that even if you look at it the wrong way through a sealed bubble, the plastic will break on it's own!
    :confused2 
     
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    I thought it takes at least a few years for the gold plastic to crumble?
     
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    Ah, thanks for the clarification...

    That'd explain why so many people are paranoid with opening/handling things such as Black Zarak eh?
     
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    That was my understanding as well, that it would be 2 years or so down the line before cases would start popping up.
     
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    a person Is not amused.

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    Starscream has no gold plastic.........................
     
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    TJOmega The Plastic Addict Content Contributor

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    GPS is normally in figures with plastic made to look like gold, which usually has a lot of metal flake in it to do so. I assumed it was that making older gold plastic figures crumble...

    As for modern figures, they take care of that now, figures with gold-colored plastic are usually a few shades off to avoid the problem (Universe Cheetor, Alt Swerve, repaint Vector Prime) and dont contain as much metal flake. Protoform Starscream should be fine.
     
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    To my knowledge the most recent figure to have GPS problems was BW Transmetal Megatron, and yes, it took a few years for the problem to manifest (presumably the plastic gets brittle as it chemically 'settles' over time.)

    In a switch, on TM Megatron it's the BROWN plastic that went brittle, and not the metallic gold/copper-coloerd plastic.
     
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    My BW Neo Randy lost his hand this year. I have a spare MISB one but I guess he'll have to stay in the box :( 
     
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    Takes a while for it to happen.
    I bought a mint in bubble GI JOE SERPERNTOR figure (I'm a packet opener but couldn't find a loose version) and as soon as I did open it, the thing crumbled. That was after a gap of around 15 years (although it's impossible to say at exactly what point he became brittle!)
     
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    Mine got a mysterious stress mark on one of the 'wings' but nothing else...

    My BWN Randy lost a hand, too...
     
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    The whole toy is gold plastic.
     
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    does anyone have pics of this GPS? I am really curious now.
     
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    Yeah, G2 Slingshot is Living Dead proof of that. I've gone through 3 of those guys trying to get a complete one. :p 
     
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    GPS was one of the main reasons I bought Starscream (the other reason being wanting to support the idea of protoform toys); I wanted to see the effects firsthand (assuming he's susceptible to it). I've noticed bits of dust sometime fall out when I move his joints, but I dont know if thats a sign or not
     
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    The grade of plastic they use doesn't do that anymore. >_>
     
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    BW Grimlock disagrees.
     
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    BW Grimlock was a decade ago :p 
     
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    I was selling one on ebay, and it shattered while I was packing it up to ship. Luckily the seller was after the chest, so didn't care. I think I only sold it for like $4 plus shipping.
     

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