The Damage-Prone Transformer Parts and Stickers Guide

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  1. Lunar Archivist

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    The Damage-Prone Transformer Parts and Stickers Guide (Plus Frequently Lost Parts!)

    As a collector and avid restickerer, I've learned mostly through trial and error (mostly the latter, much to my chagrin) that there are certain figures where the simple act of transforming them back and forth a few times is enough to cause significant sticker wear or even permanent physical damage to them. This being the case, I thought it might be useful to assemble a list of known issues with figures to spare newcomers from making these horrific discoveries on their own. Please feel free to add your own in a comparable format to mine.

    Note 1: The following is mostly intended to be a list of damage that comes about as a result of design flaws or poor quality plastics or other materials, not issues that are due to a lack of forethought on the part of toy owners, such as shelf wear or trying to transformer Powermasters without their Nebulan partners, for example.

    Note 2: By popular request (and as originally suggested by Omnius), a section on frequently misplaced or lost parts. :) 

    Sticker Damage

    Camshaft (G1)
    The sticker on his chest is prone to damage or wear when the front part of the car is separated from the back part to form his legs, as the downwards motion involved has the front hood scraping against the label. The danger of doing this can be vastly reduced or eliminated entirely if you use your fingernails to lift the two front hood sections up before you pull the two halves of the car apart.

    Hot Rod (G1) - Contributed by Draven, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    Thigh stickers are extremely prone to damage as a by-product of his transformation (they can scrape on the lower legs as they are pushed up into car mode).
    Addendum: The designers fixed this problem with Targetmaster Hot Rod by reducing the sticker size and adding an indentation in his upper legs for them. Reprolabels circumvented this issue by creating elongated thigh stickers that continue underneath the retractable part of his legs. Applying them, however, requires partial disassembly of Hot Rod. :) 

    Optimus Prime (G1)
    Two exposed metal tabs in the torso slots for his arms have a way of wearing away or digging into part of his lower arm stickers. Aside from not pushing his arms all the way when transforming in or repositioning the labels off-center, there's no real way to get around this, but the overall damage is slight anyway, so it's not a big deal.

    Razorclaw (G1) - Contributed by DoubleClouder and Seawing
    The stickers on his lion form's back/robot form's chest are easily worn down or damaged, as the sliding mechanism for the lion's head continuous rubs against it when transforming him back and forth. Aside from not transforming him or keeping a supply of Reprolabels handy, there's not much you can do about this.

    Scourge (G1)
    The stickers on his upper legs are highly prone to damage when pulling out or retracting his lower limbs, as tab located on his upper foot tend to catch the topmost edge of the label and shave a hole right down the middle of it over time. The only solution is to place the stickers on his lower legs or not apply them at all.

    Physical Damage

    Acid Storm (Classics) - Contributed by Ryan.J
    The plastic around the rudders' swivel joint is highly vulnerable to cracking.

    Black Zarak (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Blades (G1)
    Frequent combination into or careless separation from Defensor's gestalt form can wear the orange paint off his nose or even completely chip the nose off of his face.

    Bristleback (G1) - Contributed by DoubleClouder
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Cindersaur (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Doublecross (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Drag Strip (G1)
    Frequent combination into or careless separation from Menasor's gestalt form can wear the blue paint off his nose.

    Electro (G2) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Fizzle (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Flamefeather (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Grotusque (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Guzzle (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Hardhead (G1) - Contributed by Hotspot17
    The hinge on the chest panel can be extremely tight, to the point where opening or closing it a few times can cause stress marks or even snap the whole thing clean off.

    Highbrow (G1)
    The hinge on the chest panel can be extremely tight, to the point where opening or closing it a few times can cause stress marks or even snap the whole thing clean off.

    Hook (G1)
    Hook's swivel joint midsection and legs are prone to breakage.

    Jetfire (G1) - Contributed by Draven and Gingerchris, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The red paint is fairly easily scraped off, especially on the jet's nose. Also seen sometimes on the top of the jet as a result of sliding the chest panel into place. The various small clips on his armor are fragile and prone to breaking.
    Addendum: Jetfire is also highly susceptible to yellowing.

    Killbison (G1) - Contributed by Draven
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Megatron (Masterpiece)
    The thin clips used throughout the toy to hold it together in gun mode are highly prone to breakage. Another frequently reported issue is "Cosmic Rust" in the form of tarnish and rusting to his metal feet.

    Mirage (G1)
    The small blue knob connecting the two halves of body together and around which his upper torso rotates is highly prone to breakage. Mirage's white and blue plastic are also highly susceptible to yellowing and greening, respectively.

    Minispies (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    The motorized pullback mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.

    Motormaster (G1)
    Frequent placement of Menasor's head over his face can wear the lavender paint off of his nose.

    Octane (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    The chrome on Octane's shield and around his arms is vulnerable to wear.

    Omega Supreme (G1) - Contributed by Spikex
    Overuse of the motorized walking/driving feature or sharp jolts (such as by dropping on a hard surface) can strip the gears or damage the internal drums and cylinders.

    Powerglide (Universe) - Contributed by Satomiblood
    Stress marks can form from moving Powerglide's stiff wings when converting him from plane to robot mode. You can remedy this by loosening the screws on both sides.

    Punch/Counterpunch (G1)
    The blue plastic is highly vulnerable to greening, to the point where most figures are an almost blueish-black. This process is also not uniform and does not affect separate pieces to the same degree, meaning that you often find Punches/Counterpunches that have a checkerboard or patchwork look to them.

    Repugnus (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Roadblock (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Roadbuster (G1)
    Swinging his arms outwards or inwards during transformation places stress on his torso that is supposed to be offset by the raising of two tabs on either side of it. Unfortunately, due to a serious design flaw, these tabs sometimes don't give way, resulting in the development of a stress/fracture mark along the bottom right edge over time.

    Runabout (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    The motorized pullback mechanism and auto-transformation gimmick can be easily worn out through overuse.

    Runamuck (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    The motorized pullback mechanism and auto-transformation gimmick can be easily worn out through overuse.

    Scorponok (G1) - Contributed by Draven
    The chrome on his leg guards is highly vulnerable to wear.

    Sizzle (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Skyhammer (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Skywarp (Classics) - Contributed by Ryan.J
    The plastic around the rudders' swivel joint is highly vulnerable to cracking.

    Slingshot (G1)
    Frequent combination into or careless separation from Superion's gestalt form can wear the orange paint off his nose or even completely chip the nose off of his face.

    Slingshot (G2)
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Slog (G1) - Contributed by DoubleClouder
    Vulnurable to GPS (Gold Plastic Syndrome), making the toy extremely fragile.

    Snaptrap (G1) - Contributed by Draven
    Inadequate size differences between his weapon's pegs and the peg holes in his fists can lead to cracks or breaks in the latter.

    Sparkstalker (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    The sparking mechanism can be easily worn out through overuse.
    Addendum: The "cold sparks" released by this gimmick can singe the plastic in the vicinity of their exit point, leaving small black burn marks behind. Also, the sparks have been known to set anything treated with flammable materials - such as hair spray - on fire. :eek: 

    Starscream (Classics) - Contributed by Ryan.J
    The plastic around the rudders' swivel joint is highly vulnerable to cracking.

    Thundercracker (Botcon/Classics) - Contributed by Ryan.J
    The plastic around the rudders' swivel joint is highly vulnerable to cracking.

    Topspin (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    The motorized pullback mechanism and auto-transformation gimmick can be easily worn out through overuse.

    Triggerhappy (G1) - Contributed by Seawing, Addendum by Lunar Archivist
    Triggerhappy's Targetmaster partner, Blowpipe, has weak hinge joints that break easily.
    Addendum: The white plastic on Triggerhappy himself is highly susceptible to yellowing.

    Twin Twist (G1) - Contributed by G1-Junkie
    The motorized pullback mechanism and auto-transformation gimmick can be easily worn out through overuse.

    Ultra Magnus (G1)
    Ultra Magnus' white and blue plastic are highly susceptible to yellowing and greening, respectively. Oddly enough, this appears to be more the case with the rubber wheel version; it is seen to a lesser degree with the plastic wheel version.

    Frequently Lost Parts

    Please note that the following list is somewhats subjective as it's technically possible to lose anything if you're careless. :redface2: 

    Metroplex (G1)
    Scamper's Laser Pistol.
     
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  2. Hyperoptic

    Hyperoptic G1-Junkie

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    -All the Pretender shells often have paint wear on there heads from the helmets.

    -Black Zarak's GPS

    -Skyhammer and Roadblock's inner robot GPS

    -Octane's chrome and stickers around the arm erias

    -G2 Electro's GPS

    and more...
     
  3. Hyperoptic

    Hyperoptic G1-Junkie

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    I like the idea of a thread like this.. hopefully you will update the initial post with the extra feedback you get from replies. If so, I will definitely be adding this thread as a link in the -G1 Toy Links- on my sig :thumb 
     
  4. Omnius

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    Could this be widened to include commonly-lost parts and/or accessories too?
     
  5. Lunar Archivist

    Lunar Archivist Well-Known Member

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    Hmm...that seems to be a rather subjective category, though. What exactly did you have in mind?
     
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    Omnius Well-Known Member

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    Things like missing seeker front landing gear, Grimlock's launcher, Scorponok accessories, etc. Basically vintage TFs that are known for having missing pieces as well as those prone to breaking.
     
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    Excellent idea for a thread! I also agree with Omnius' suggestion; a lot of G1 figures come with a lot of accessories and some (such as Scamper's pistol for Metroplex) are very easily misplaced.

    Hot Rod (G1) - thigh stickers are extremely prone to damage as a by-product of his transformation (they can scrape on the lower legs as they are pushed up into car mode).
    Jetfire (G1) - the red paint is fairly easily scraped off, especially on the jet's nose. Also seen sometimes on the top of the jet as a result of sliding the chest panel into place.
     
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    easy to lose?:
    fort max:everything short of the body of fort max

    easy to damage:
    pretty much EVERYTHING on skyhammer (plane bottom, shell feet, inner robot's feet and chest). also, getting the two guns for it is absolutely pretty much impossible since they are entirely GPS ridden gold plastic
     
  9. Hyperoptic

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    A mention about the white/pale plastic being prone to yellowing might be good too.
     
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    This thread is pretty useful, I never knew about some of the problems (i.e. G1 Hot Rod).
     
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    I'm glad it's living up to its purpose. :) 

    I was inspired to create it after I went through the trouble of restickering my G1 Scourge this weekend only to be completely heartbroken after one of his upper leg stickers was wrecked after two back-and-forth transformations. :( 
     
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    Some G1 gimmicks that can be found broken:

    -Minispies: Pull back mechanism
    -Twin Twist & Topspin: Pull back mechanism and auto-transform
    -Runabout & Runamuck: Pull back mechanism and auto-transform
    -Grotusque, Doublecross & Repugnus: Sparks
    -Flamefeather, Sparkstalker & Cindersaur: Sparks
    -Guzzle, Sizzle & Fizzle: Sparks
     
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    I wouldn't add "Easily lost parts" to this list...
    It already has the potential of getting really big without it.
     
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    G1 euro thunderclash's feet ratchet is susceptible to breaking, and so is his small pistol

    added to MP megs, the feet crack as well.

    MP 03's tail fins are prone to breaking (seems to have been fix on subsequent releases)

    Classics Starscream and Botcon Thundercracker's tail fins cracking

    G1 prowl, Bluestreak, smokescreen and Jazz's windshields breaking off

    Prime and Magnus's Smokestacks

    headmaster's arms breaking

    side windows on Sideswipe and Red Alert cracking or breaking
     
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    Various small clips breaking for G1 Jetfire's armour.
     
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    G1 Razorclaw - Sticker on top of lion's back/Predaking chest is usually damaged.
    Slog and Bristleback - GPS (breaks easily)
     
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    The stress marks from moving 2.0 Powerglide's stiff wings when converting it to robot mode. You can remedy this by loosening the screws on both sides.
     
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    A started a similar thread over at tformers a few years ago with some really good stuff. When I get a chance, I'll link it up.

    I can remember that hardhead's chest panel is a problem. The more you up it, the more you're break it at the hinge. I had it happen to me once and seen a ton of junker hardhead bodies with broken chest panels.
     
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    G1 Razorclaw—lion head scrapes against chest/lion back sticker
    Triggerhappy's Targetmaster partner, Blowpipe, has weak hinge joints that break easily.
     
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    Sticker and part damage

    Stickers easily torn or worn out:Gn.1 Gnaw
    Frequent part damage:back legs of Gn.1 Dinobot Snarl,the small plastic tab that holds the leg together in Dino mode often breaks off during transformation.
     

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