Idea: Transformer toy "breakage risk" open source directory

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Smokescreen38, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. Smokescreen38

    Smokescreen38 Fight fire with smoke!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    6,218
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +1,463
    As far as I know, there currently is not one source dedicated to documenting the known weak points of transformer toys.

    Is that correct? If so, do you guys think that something like this would be useful?

    I'm confident that everyone here is well aware of common breakage points on TF toys from G1 through the latest lines. Some of the earliest ones surfaced in 1984 with Mirage (who is easily "Darth Mauled" with rough handling) and Prowl/Bluestreak and Jazz who were inadvertently converted into roofless roadsters by many kids. When you put enough of these toys into enough hands, trends emerge regarding common weak points...so far, this is maintained as tribal knowledge but not indexed in any way.

    I'm imagining an open-source wiki type format where folks can submit a breakage point that they have encountered (or are aware of) along with a picture, how/when the breakage occurred and comments as to what the suspected cause of the break might be.

    These breakage points could provide some data that can be sorted in all kinds of neat ways and we might even be able to create a list of statistically most fragile, etc. figures. Additionally, this would be a great resource for people who want to take good care of their vintage figures or who are considering spending money and want to know if they'll be able to enjoy transforming it...or if it will potentially wreck their investment.

    There could also be sub-categories for GPS, yellowing, rubber tire rot, chrome fading, paint issues, etc.

    Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions would be welcome.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 5
  2. BottleOfFuture

    BottleOfFuture Weaponizer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2016
    Posts:
    308
    Trophy Points:
    122
    Location:
    Huntington, WV
    Likes:
    +141
    G1 Metroplex's waist, the folding assembly on Hook, and Powermaster Prime's trailer hitch are all prone to breakage
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Nevermore

    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Posts:
    19,327
    News Credits:
    477
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Location:
    Germany
    Likes:
    +10,017
    Reveal the Shield Wreck-Gar's horns and handlebars.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. G1Prowl

    G1Prowl Prick, apparently

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Posts:
    11,141
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +6,777
    Horri-Bull's beast head joint.
     
  5. Ikkstakk

    Ikkstakk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Posts:
    10,830
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    307
    Likes:
    +10,927
    The G1 Decepticon Targetmaster guns' waist joints.
     
  6. DetectiveFork

    DetectiveFork Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2007
    Posts:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    112
    Likes:
    +79
    The chest flaps that swing open to reveal the stats on some of the G1 Headmasters. They get stuck and if you try to force them, snap off. Hardhead is prone to this, and I think Brainstorm is, too.
     
  7. LSyd

    LSyd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Posts:
    1,435
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +569
    Insecticons' antennae
    Seekers' null rays
    power and headmaster limbs

    -
     
  8. lordcryotek

    lordcryotek Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2003
    Posts:
    5,451
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Location:
    Homeherenow
    Likes:
    +11,776
    E Mirage's boat-wing ball joints tend to crack.
    ROTF Lockdown's left arm ball joint has a tendency to crack.
    MP-6 Skywarp's nosecone fell off during its first transformation.
    Galaxy Force (JP, not the repaint) Vector Prime's sword handle had a tendency to get stuck in his hand.
    Anything with soft rubber plastic, like on Cybertron Megatron, is likely to degrade over time.
    Anything with Chrome, especially in the TM2 line, is almost destined to flake off of the figure.