Collector Fail - Article for TFsource

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Maz, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Maz

    Maz Square One TFW2005 Supporter

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    Collectors of vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers regularly deal with items that are nearly 30 years old, most of which are pre-owned, loved and abused, so they can be trusted to employ the required care and attention in order to preserve these collector’s items of value and beauty. That is, until very recently, when stories of broken vintage pre-TFs and rare G1 in the hands of long-time experienced collectors started to increase.

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    All the worst,
    Maz
     
  2. brr-icy

    brr-icy MP Collector

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    ouch, lol, i know that feeling, i've had a couple $500+ figures go snap, not fun
     
  3. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Be strong enough to be gentle

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    Ouch, ouch, ouch. My heart said to not click the link, but the sadistic inquisitive part of my brain did so anyway. That's a page full of tragedy. (and one of the reasons I don't collect vintage)
     
  4. siccoyote

    siccoyote Worst side of the fandom

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    Nice article it's terrible when you buy something rare and then break it stupidly
     
  5. tekering

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    Fascinating article, Maz.
    However, you seem to have confused "rearview" and "sideview" mirrors.
     
  6. Maz

    Maz Square One TFW2005 Supporter

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    D'oh, fixed. Went with British "wing mirrors" instead :) 

    This article is just laced with fail isn't it :lol 

    All the best
    Maz
     
  7. whoamidri

    whoamidri Mumbling Madman

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    I laughed, I cried, and it had a happy ending
     
  8. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 Optimus, serving up the primest of ribs since 1984

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    nice article. always hurts when a long sought after figure breaks in your hands. Even more so if it made your wallet weep when you bought it.
     
  9. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood City Hunter

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    I doubt I'd ever transform any of the figures you showcased in this article.
     
  10. 2punish&enslave

    2punish&enslave Starscream's Brigade

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    So far I've only had one incident where I actually broke something. The small plastic connector piece on my G1 Prowl snapped off. I glued it back on and it displays fine but it still ticks me off.
     
  11. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

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    Some figures snapped on me due to the manufacture's fault.
     
  12. Rayzilla Prime

    Rayzilla Prime I RIP ALL MY RAZE!

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    Phoo...it disturbs me enough as it is if a regular Hasbro release that came out two days ago snaps in my hands...I can't imagine the pain of hearing the snap of vintage plastic.
     
  13. Big Dawg

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    awesome article Maz- I get pissed when a $15 deluxe breaks on me. Couldn't imagine what I would've done if I were in your shoes
     
  14. Star Saber

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    I think I understand why some vintage collectors prefer to keep their toys in the box, breaking them would be absolutely heartbreaking!
     
  15. Superquad7

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    This is the toughest article to read from you yet! OUCH!
     
  16. Anthony _aggro

    Anthony _aggro Platypus Prime

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    I had this happen with some common figures. I bought a G1 Vortex with an intact tail fin. I put it in a Jazz pretender shell while walking around the toy show I was at, because it fit and I decided it was like packaging. I get home and the fin tab is broke. I bought the Classic legends Trailblazer and the peg that j\holds his legs together broke upon the first Transformation.
     
  17. nickh

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    I hear you. I'm definitely not the sort who keeps his figures in boxes, but when it's like 30 years old, it's probably a good idea.
     
  18. alldarker

    alldarker M.A.S.K. Crusader

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    I own a Microchange MC-07 "Browning" and the plastic on it seems very soft. I bought it unused, but the first time I tranformed it, I regretted doing so, because when I pulled out the feet, the tabs on the metal feet warped the plastic of the leg. I was highly annoyed.

    A second mishap was indeed due to the GPS on an unused European G2 Skyquake: I folded in his tail wings, and the thin gold plastic support tab underneath one of the tail wings crumbled...
     
  19. LegendAntihero

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    I blame the way Hasbro makes their figures. Like how TM Megatron breaks in half but the Takara one never will.
     
  20. Galaxy Convoy

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    Same here. I'm a loose collector. I like to open and display my stuff. But 30 year old vintage stuff would be staying in the box. And a diaclone? That puppy would for sure be staying in the box permanently.

    Kinda curious though, what's the story on the happy ending? Replacement part?