Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by cagey, Sep 3, 2010.
I figured this was a good place to start it...
RID Prime and Magnus say HEEEEELL NO.
I prefer rubber tires over plastic ones, but honestly, it's not a big deal to me. For most intents and purposes, plastic tires look almost as good as rubber tires and won't crack like RiD Prime or Magnus.
Rubber tires are nice, but far from "gotta have it" for me.
No thanks. Rubber reduces longevity. Plastic is forever. Rubber is ... less so. And honestly it doesn't make THAT much of a difference.
I'm more for plastic too, because while rubber feels nice, plastic doesn't wear out.
On another topic, I also prefer plastic to die-cast.
Ummm, shouldn't this be in the Toy Discussion section?
Anyways, I like rubber tyres, but I don't mind plastic ones either. If Hasbro DID use rubber, it would probably be very cheap and end up cracking in a year.
I miss rubber tires myself but I know Hasbro can't afford that so thats why I think they do plastic tires cause rubber costs more.
plastic doesnt crack as easily, it doesn't tear, it doesn't rot, it doesnt turn an ugly gray just because it's existed for too long.
isn't there some kind of synthetic rubber that could work? anything that has some actual grip onto the surface it rolls on. it's just 1,000 times more satisfying to roll something with that rubber wheel feel.
Honestly I'm perfectly fine with plastic. Rubber tires were great back in the originals, but given how they tend to degrade over the course of years, it ruins the toy eventually.
My Motorvators from the 90s have this problem. And have you seen how hard it is to find a G1 Shockwave with an intact hose?
I have one.
But whilst I do love the rubber tyres, I can see the point everyone's making about them degrading over time and sadly, I gotta agree. Such a shame.
Plastic is better.
I'm game for rubber tires. All of my G1 figures I owned as a kid still have their tires intact, and I did play with them all the time, outside as well. Dirt, sand, you name it. No split tires at all. The same goes for the RID Sideburn I had since 2003. His tires are fine. I think the tire cracking has to do with where you keep your tfs. My tfs have always been upstairs in the apartment, I never took them down to the basement. Humidity is the main culprit I think.
I bought an RID X-Brawn with cracked tires, I could slip them off. I dabbed a bit of glue inbetween the cracks and voila! Tires fixed.
I definitely like the rubber tires over plastic tires. Maybe they can find a way to fix it or use a stronger/better rubber.
What about hasbro using that rubbery substance the the marvel characters ate made from? I'm not really sure of the durability of it buy it might give the best of both worlds.
Nope it is for me (after what happened to my RID Prime).
As much as I loved the rubber back in the day (gives those old G1 an air of quality later figures with plastic rollers don't have) I'm fine with plastic now. Having rubber would mean more cost and an extra stage of production fitting the tires to the rims.
It's okay perhaps for higher priced or collector items where a higher feel of quality is nice to have, but on general release figures I don't see it would make much of a difference now I'm used to the plastic ones. I'm happy that none of my rubber-tired TF seem to have suffered like other peoples' have, but less new figures with those tires now would mean zero change of that happening.
Maybe there are safety concerns with smaller tires that children could pull them off and swallow them too.
All of the G1 toys that are now suffering from disintegration say NOOOOOO. :|
god no, do you realize how hard it is to find a g1's with OUT cracked tires? especially inferno and grapple?
i'd hate to be having to search for the NEW toys now, 10 years from now, and hoping it does NOT have cracked tires
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