Plastic Quality

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  1. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    I was thinking of everyone who is commenting on plastic quality. I know a lot of people swear by Hasbro quality, but I have to say, I don't think it is that good.

    I was playing with my son the other day, and he has been getting the Hess Trucks/Cars for Christmas. For anyone that want's to see good plastic quality, check those out. I mean, I don't think I have seen better plastic quality on a toy. Also, those toys are some of the best put together toys I have ever seen.
     
  2. Matty

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    I generally think it's hit or miss with any brand of toy you purchase.
     
  3. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    Yeah, those hess things have been solid as a rock for like 3 years now. Never had them before so I couldn't tell you, but I was blown away. I mean for the $20 they charge for those things, it is a steal!
     
  4. exomega255

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    Wait who swears by Hasbro quality? Its not something to be praised about, but it is CERTAINLY not something to frown over.
     
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    Aren't the Hess trucks like collectors pieces though?

    I've seen other regional gas company toys but I've never understood the draw. I think it is something theat people grow up with.
     
  6. Boy Blunder

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    Haven't really encountered an issue with Hasbro's plastics myself. I think I've legitimately had only three toys break on me, and all three were... well, known for breaking. Or at least two were; the third was due to a high drop + a thin piece of plastic.
     
  7. Blitz.

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    for me I've never had any plastic issues outside of gold plastic syndrome E.Scorpy is the newest toy I've had thats cracked but not the worse sadly my Laser rod (the gold pickup) just fell apart weeks after getting it.

    Now I will say that from time to time I will come across something that I think is a bad design. My PCC (the yellow construction guy) his chest peace/cockpit has cracked at the hinge the one that you use to move it to cover over the gap left by the saw blade its just way to tight and the notches don't help.
     
  8. Gingerchris

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    I think the only time I have a problem with plastic quality is when it's the kind that stresses easily and sometime splits. It bugs me to see stressmarks around where a pin has been inserted or where a socket has stressed just from having the ball joint inserted into it during assembly.
     
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    oh forgot MP Screamers wings on the early runs it was very easy to get stress marks on the wings
     
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    Well, I also collect Marvel figures, and you can really see the huge discrapancy in quality with Toybiz Marvel Legends vs the Hasbro ones. I've seen some older Toybiz figures have some sort of oily secretion even while still sealed inside the plastic.
     
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    You have to take into account the toy itself. A truck may have opening doors or a moving crane or bed. A Transformer has moving parts that have to clip into other parts for stability. Those clips or pegs have to be small otherwise, you ruin the look of your toy. The smaller the part the easier it is to break. I think, save for a few QC issues, Hasbro does pretty well with the plastic they use.
     
  12. Alucard77

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    For those of you who never picked up a Hess truck, try it this Christmas, just to see. It's wild the quality on those things. I swear you can drop that thing from the top of your stairs and it won't break. It's great for small kids.
     
  13. Gingerchris

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    Excellent - I shall go and try dropping small kids from the top of my stairs right away! :D 
     
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    It's all what is needed for the toy though. Transformers generally don't have large pieces and most pieces have to have a certain weight to fit in with everything else and balance. I won't say Hasbro has the best plastic for sure, but compared to almost all other retail toylines, in terms of action figures and complexity, you do get your money's worth. They have to shove small hinges everywhere in a Transformer, and often times anything heavier would just cause problems, kinda like some of the 6" Titaniums.
     
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    I'm good. As long as there is no gold in the plastic.
     
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    HESS trucks go back a long time...
     
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    My Generations Thundercracker's wing plastic does not feel right. It feels like it'll break off.
     
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    I had a set of the early armored core figures their plastic was horrid no way could you make a tf out of it.
     
  19. all are dead

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    Only figure ive had issues with was Animated Arcee like millions of us. Both her thumbs broke off but ive super glued them and since bought another Arcee at a TRU that was overflowing with them. The thumb plastic was bound to break but other then that the only issues with Hasbro ive had QC wise is PAINT issues. (Yes Generations Blurr im looking at you) Hasbro really has been shitty on paint with some of the figures recently.

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