Sideswipe Issue

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  1. Dufus Convoy

    Dufus Convoy Well-Known Member

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    Just bought deluxe sideswipe, soundwave, leader prime, voyager starscream. Figured I'd start with the smaller figures and work myself up for opening them/transforming them. So I started with Sideswipe.... and was completely displeased.

    I'm not sure if anyone else is having these problems but, his torso section will not stay connected to his upper body at all, no matter what I try, and then the hinge that holds the wheel part of his foot will not stay down either, extremely wobbly.

    In all honesty this is making me extremely frustrated and/or angry with hasbro to the point where if all the movie figures are going to be like this, I might as well take them the hell back.

    Please let me know if anyone else is having these issues or knows what I can do to fix the problem.


    Thanks
     
  2. Razerwire

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    Mine has that problem too.

    Gonna try and see if clear nail polish will help.
     
  3. Dufus Convoy

    Dufus Convoy Well-Known Member

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    Call me stupid, somewhat new to the whole "editing," however what would clear nail polish do to help keep that tab connected into his upper body?
     
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    Clear nail polish add more thickness to whatever you're applying it to. Usually it's used on joints but sometimes it could work on male/female sockets.

    Hopefully it will in this case. I plan to apply a coat or two of clear nail polish to the part on the waist that clicks into the chest.

    Dunno what I'm gonna do about the loose four tailpipes on mine though.
     
  5. Dufus Convoy

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    Ah, thank you for clearing that up for me, is the rest of the toyline like this? Should I even bother opening Leader Prime/Voyager Starscream/Deluxe Soundwave?
     
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    QC has been pretty bad from what I've been seeing. Prime has ball joints on his ankles which can be loose but fixable with the clear nail polish application. Haven't heard any issues on Starscream or Soundwave though.
     
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    From the 11 figures I got, Sideswipe seems to have drawn the short straw and has the most faults. Out of the other 10 only Demolisher has some extra grey on his face, all others are great and are definatly worth it.
     
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    I posted in a couple other threads that I'm having trouble with The Fallen. His foot wouldn't stay attached on the first one so I took it back, then the second one had his shoulders totally glued at the factory. I couldn't transform him, had to snap one of the shoulders to free it from the glue. I have to return it tomorrow & hopefully get one that isn't screwed up.

    I also returned Soundwave because it was loose & floppy & there's no way to lock it down in alt mode. Every time I moved the wing the whole thing came undone. It pissed me off so I took it back. I might try again & use some nail polish to tighten up the joints.

    So far I'm having too many problems with this line. I prefer the tight solid figures we got from Universe & Cybertron.
     
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    I have the torso problem, but the wheels are fine. However in Stingray mode the swords dont connect well at the top. Theres a nice sized gap that ruins the look of the figure. Also he's a pain to get to stand up in cool poses like sideways
     
  10. bellpeppers

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    Some similar issues with mine. The waist won't "snap" in as well as I would like.
    However, thanks to those ever-genius-wheels-for-feet thing, you really have to pose him carefully to stand on his own.

    Aside from that, I am impressed with how comples this fig is. I had a hard time starting his transforming process. Very tightly constructed.

    Haven't put him back into a car yet tho.
     
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    Where's the rolling eyes smilie?

    I've said this a million times before and apparently I'll have to say a million more before anyone gets it.

    No toy will ever be perfect. Ever. It is the inherent nature of something that is either machine driven or put together by people completely by hand. Your toy will not be 100% perfect.

    Does my Sideswipe have a torso that doesn't completely lock? No. If anything, it might pop every now and then when I'm moving around the windshield/roof or the hood pieces. But seeing as how those pieces are connected, it should not surprise me one bit that moving one piece might move another.

    Does my Leader Prime have loose ankles? No. I popped an ankle off ONCE trying to get a display pose down. That's it.

    If anything, I've got a minor, minor issue with Sideswipe's paint. But I bought the figure solely for the sake of bashing anyways. It'll be repainted once I use the car parts to re-shell another figure. No big deal.

    Get with the program. Just like anything else in the world, toys are not perfect. Learn that one quickly or else you'll have a miserable time being a toy collector.
     
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    You're right that no toy is perfect, and that mulling it over again and again in your mind over very, very minor problems (such as paint that can be touched up with 10 minutes and a steady hand) is just ridiculous.

    However, there are times when people flat out buy a lemon. It's not their fault, it's that of the QC folks. No one, NO ONE should pass a figure with cracked, warped, misshapen, whatever you want to throw in there plastic. A giant scrape running the length of the vehicle mode (not just paint, but a mark on the plastic itself) is unacceptable.

    Whining and complaining about it for the most part is a waste of time and will do you no good, but there are too many times when a voice needs to be heard and this shitty practice has to be stopped.

    If no one raises their voice to bring this (and other) issues to light, then it'll just get swept under the rug and the QC will get worse and worse. I don't know about you, but I don't have $50.00 to throw down for a figure that's guaranteed to break because some jackass fell asleep on his shift and said "Aw, fuck it." when he woke up and threw it in a box.

    Leader Class Prime is an incredible feat of engineering, and is definitely Masterpiece worthy, but he has quite a few trouble areas that'll make for some unhappy collectors (not to mention kids and their equally frustrated parents). You throw in bad QC and you have a recipe for disaster.

    It doesn't matter if it's $45.00 for Prime, or $14.00 for Sideswipe. Getting a lemon is getting a lemon, no matter how you slice it. By this point we definitely should be receiving better service for our hard earned dough.
     
  13. Thundercrackah

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    Weird, I have no problem with Sideswipe's feet and posing him, but the chest on mine does pop pretty easily.
    To be honest I don't care, he'll stand on the shelf and continue to look badass.
     
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    My Sideswipe has a floppy chest, that is, until I push down on the chest rather hard until I hear a click/pop sound. It does snap in place, and holds firm, but you have to apply a good amount of pressure. (Not sure it's intended, or healthy, but it works.)
     
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    Are you making sure the shoulder pieces under the hood are swung all the way back? You won't be able to reach the clip for the hood/chest if not.
     
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    I also found that if you position the bars that hold Sideswipes shoulders just right, the chest stays very tight. Mine had the weak connection until I fiddled with it some more, now he's excellent! Even poses well, too.
     
  17. bellpeppers

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    For the most part, I agree.
    I greatly admire the imagination and engineering involved in the design of this stuff, but at the same time, I don't think it's a sin to comment or gripe about any problems- big or small.
     
  18. Dufus Convoy

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    You see, I haven't bought a single Movie figure from the 2007 film or Rotf until last night. I've been sticking behind the classics/universe/cybertron line for the most part, and I guess I was expecting more from the first figure and unluckily it was sideswipe.
     
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