Quality Control Issues or Just Whiners?

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  1. Scorpion

    Scorpion Well-Known Member

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    So every time a new Transformers toyline comes out, there are multiple threads about quality control issues with various figures (original Camero BB with a bad automorph button, Universe Prowl with tacky paint, ROTF Sideswipe with feet and chest issues). But I have NEVER had an issue except for the Bumblebee. I've seen people complain that if Sideswipe's chest isn't locked down he is "floppy" and yet, I intentionally left it unlocked and it was fine. So in your opinions...are most of the qc issues legit or are they people making a big deal about nothing?
     
  2. Sso02V

    Sso02V Injector Has a Posse

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    My new RotF Ransack is missing one of his wing pylons. I'd hardly call complaining about that whining. I also don't really care, since it enhances his antiquated look, but that's not the point.
     
  3. Kaymac

    Kaymac I'M REALLY FEELIN' IT!

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    It's just people whining. A lot of toys have problems, but it's usually only one or two from the same line. About Sideswipe, my Sideswipe's foot broke, but only because I was being dumb, no problem's with quality control.
     
  4. Paxtin

    Paxtin Why am I here?

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    Some people make a bigger deal out of it then it really is. It sucks when you get one that's defective, but it's not as wide spread as they would make it seem.

    There were QC issues with Animated, there were QC issues with Universe, and there will be issues with the next series. It happens.
     
  5. Scorpion

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    I think my anger about the issue came with the Sideswipe "problem"...unless he is Transformed wrong he doesn't "flop around" as someone stated, even if his chest isn't locked down...So why make it a bigger issue than it is...I can't wait to hear how deluxe Ravage turns to dust if you touch him or other nonsense...
     
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    My ROTF figures are okay for the most part, but my Wave 1 Animated figures were loaded with QC issues. It was a bad intro to the Animated toyline (though I fixed them up), but thankfully every other Wave was fine.
     
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    My Sideswipe does indeed "flop around" but I'm not complaining about it, it's just annoying that something designed to clip together,...doesn't.
     
  8. Bat Trap

    Bat Trap Makes the Pie Higher

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    There are always some QC concerns with the very first toys you can find. There are a few reasons for this.

    1. They're shipping everything they can make even look like the toy. If they could glue packaging peanuts into a believable Optimus, they would.

    2. These are the toys that are really being rushed to market. It's expected that release toys will have more issues, just like a newly released video game will have issues.

    3. If you live in an area with a lot of collectors, there's a chance that the best looking toys have already been gotten.

    4. People's expectation get hyped up by the preview images, which are always photoshopped in some way.

    5. Buyers are in too much of a rush to get the toys to take time to carefully inspect them. It took me a couple of months of searching to get a Universe Ironhide I was satisfied with. If you're at a store and don't see a figure you consider to be of quality, don't be afraid to go to another store or even wait for another shipment.

    All in all, I think the QC issues of the line have been overblown. They're not any worse than other line releases I've seen, and in a lot of ways much better. In the first movie release, 3 of the first 4 TFs I got were not just a little banged up but fully broken. This time around, I've gotten great quality toys.
     
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    LifePincher BBTS is the SOURCE!

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    Hmmm, I never had any problems with my G1 figures back in the day (Had about 70 growing up). Everything lined up, stickers were great, and nothing was ever broken. I thought things were supposed to get better 25 years later!??! :thumbdown 
     
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    Thanks Torque.
     
  12. Bat Trap

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    you have to remember that those toys were also often less complex, and had generally had more brittle plastics or even metal pieces in some cases. They were better in some ways, but I haven't broken any of my new TFs whereas I would break my G1s every now and then as a kid. The softer plastics and pop off parts are a huge improvement in a lot of ways.

    And I had plenty of them with bad sticker application. One of the biggest problems i came across as a child was stickers being faded when I got the toy.

    We always remember them well, but most of them had very simple color schemes. Remember: the cartoon was made to look like the toys (Ironhide and a few others excluded), while these days the toys are made to look like the series or movie they're attached to. It's a little more difficult.
     
  13. Paxtin

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    :lolol  It's hard to have QC issues with a brick.
     
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    LifePincher BBTS is the SOURCE!

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    Hey now, the bricks had arms, legs and a ton of accessories!

    Remember, it is 25 years later and people are complaining about the crappy plastic, broken parts, etc of today :rolleyes: 
     
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    i don't want a hear a word about people who have QC problems being called whiners, i have had extremely bad luck with QC lately and i believe we should complain soo much more, but not just on here, take it to hasbro themselves.....what is sad about hasbro is that they will just tell you to send in the defective product and they will "replace it"....what they do is go thru the old stock and then send whatever they can find.....i lost wreck-gar and inferno (who are very rare right now) this way....they sent me dropshot and animated optimus prime, and wouldn't do a damn thing about it.....hasbro should not ask for the product if they can't replace it, people contact them about problems because they like the figure and want it fixed or replaced, not cause they want a random transformer......seriously we should fight to get this changed
     
  16. Paxtin

    Paxtin Why am I here?

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    Actually, I seem to recall my G1 Grimlock falling to pieces as a kid. The pins just kinda gave out...Funny how that could have happen to such marvelous toys.
     
  17. LifePincher

    LifePincher BBTS is the SOURCE!

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    Grimlock? Are you kidding me?
    Let me get a pic together of my old Grimlock I got when I was 12 (Now 35). Still kicking/never broken. I mistreated the hell out of it too. Missing all parts!

    Check back in this post in about 8min or less for a pic.
     
  18. Paxtin

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    That's ok, I can believe that you would still have one that is in good shape. It just goes to show that bad QC for one figure, doest mean that all of them are crapy figures, and vice versa. It applied back then as much as it does now.
     
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    Here's a pic that will make Animated fans cry :lol 

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  20. Travicon

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    ive had a couple of "QC" issues, like my universe smokscreen's head is really loose, but i hardly care at all, its a 10 dollar toy, ya know? and then maybe a little something here and there but if it was not for these boards i would never think anything of it (and still dont) other than, "huh, heads a little loose", or, "weird, the paints a little tacky..."

    however, if it was an expencive toy like henkei thundercracker that has slightly too large of holes for his missle launchers, now thats lame. i dont even have it but my brother does, he doesnt seem to care much but i was pissed FOR him, i mean 80 bucks or whatever for a $10 piece of plastic, yeah i would expect it to be perfect in every way...

    so i think some of its justified but i think 70% is just people being petty and wanting to get in on the "qc issue" term usage....
     

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