It recently dawned on me that my toys won't last forever. Making photocomics means I play with my toys very frequently, and within a short span of only a year, I've already begun to notice some wear. Joints are starting to get real loose, paint is starting to chip, etc. My question: What active steps can be taken to prolong the life of toys? (Preventive Maintenance for toys, hah!) Am I doing it wrong: Dusting - Some blowing, a few swipes with a feather duster, and a small brush (the kind used for cleaning shavers) for the hard-to-reach spots. Am I risking scratches by using that brush? Screw tightening - Simple enough, put a philips screwdriver to it and give it a few turns. But what about those joints that are just held in place by a small rod? Those will get loose in time, and it's not like I can tighten them... Ball joint tightening - Nail varnish. But it didn't seem to work for me, after moving around a bit, all the varnish comes off. Maybe I'm not leaving it to dry long enough? (I only left it for ten minutes before popping the joint back in and playing around with it) I would try superglue, but it dries so fast that I don't want to risk doing it wrong. What else am I missing? Or maybe I should just buy a spare of my most prized toys? (In case shit happens?) EDIT: Now with advice Dusting - Above mentioned steps are apparently fine. - Compressed air can is also suggested. Screw tightening - Don't screw too tight, plastic might be brittle. - Still not sure how to deal with joints that are connected by small rods. Joint tightening - Future floor finish (http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html) - Or superglue - Or nail polish/varnish Other notes - Obviously, keep toys away from direct sunlight. - Fluorescent light is apparently not harmful.