Let's talk about RUBBER TIRES

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Zethrofax, Oct 3, 2016.

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Do you like rubber tires on Transformers?

  1. Yes, Forever ever, I swaddle my infant childen in them

  2. No, never, they disintegrate and melt steel beams

  3. It depends on the rubber used as I am a snob and a Dr. of rubberology

  4. I have no opinion and my reponse is pointless

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  1. Zethrofax

    Zethrofax G1 Traitor

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    Yes. You read correctly. I am doing this thing.

    So I have noticed people up in here have some strong and often colorful opinions regarding every seemingly innocuous aspect of these figures we collect and love ever so dearly. But one of the biggest points of contention surely is the RUBBER TIRES debate.

    Some feel that the rubber is luxurious and adds a splash of premium swagger to bots, while others feel that rubber is a substance that is just wrong and will ultimately self destruct leaving a ruined husk of a formerly high value adult collectible.

    I decided we as a community need to come to a final consensus on the state of rubber tires (or tyres, for you freedom challenged folks) Please vote and explain your position on this profoundly serious issue.

    I personally like them. not like, like. just in friendly platonic way.
     
  2. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    We've had this discussion before.

    Rubber Tires vs Plastic Tires

    And I'll answer it the same as I did then, you can't powerslide Rubber tires.
     
  3. Zethrofax

    Zethrofax G1 Traitor

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    if there is one thing I have learned about fan forums in general; no horse is too dead to beat.

    And you can powerslide anything if you push hard enough.
     
  4. SMB73

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    and that discussion was three years ago. I don't see any reason why we can't discuss this again.

    I miss rubber tires. Seeing plastic tires on my TF's just reeks with cheap production quality and effort. Just one reason why Alternators/Binaltech is a superior line to Masterpiece. Rubber tires (sometimes with working suspension and steering), working driver and passenger doors, detailed interior, and stickers to apply.
     
  5. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I didn't say we couldn't have it again. I just said we've had this discussion before. And while I do like rubber tires and the way they roll I don't like how they do deteriorate, and of course, you can't powerslide them.

    DAAAAAAAAYTONA!
     
  6. SPLIT LIP

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    Funny, I just picked up Alt Ravage for $15 today. Totally complete, but one of the tires is malformed and all four are dusty and kinda ratty looking from age. Even the chrome has held up wher ethey haven't. So, no, not the highest opinion of rubber tires right now. Rubber also gets that dusty grime shit on it you can't properly clean off.

    How bold of you.
     
  7. Megasquared

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    Just make them plastic because I see too many toy reviewers complain about the long term effects of rubber tires.
     
  8. Soundwinder

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    A-yup. Even though I've overall had pretty positive experiences with rubber tires, they still constantly worry me. And it's just sad that I had to import Wildrider because my X-Brawn decided to blow up.
     
  9. SPLIT LIP

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    I wish my RID Optimus' wheels were plastic. :'(
     
  10. Pravus Prime

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    Yeah, let's consult the tires on Fire Convoy and God Magnus. Oh wait, they cracked and fell off.

    Plastic for me.
     
  11. Zethrofax

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    and how brave of you to acknowledge my boldness.
     
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  12. treatment

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    I reckon it depends on the figure and the production materials used. At least with Hasbro and TakaraTomy figures.

    I know the rubber tires on my Hasbro MP-1 (>10yo+) and on my Binaltech/Alternators (>10yo+) are all still intact and awesome. Same with the Bayformers movie-1 ('07) OPrime movie-1 are still intact, too.

    I don't think I have any other TFs that features rubber tires. I'm not even sure if my MP-10 and later MPs feature rubber tires anymore...
     
  13. SPLIT LIP

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    MP-10 has rubber tires.
     
  14. grindcore138

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    Rubber tyres would be nice if you could keep them looking fresh and wouldn't inevitably get all cracked/crumbly.
    I'll take plastic wheels that'll actually last, thx.
     
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    Plastic tires with a matte finish would be the best of both worlds, IMO. The durability and longevity of plastic with the look of rubber.
     
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    Could you guys list the TFs you own that have cracked/crumbly rubber tires?

    Pictures of these TFs with cracked/crumbly rubber tires would be nice, too.

    I'm curious now since I don't collect all TFs, and the TFs that I do have rubber tires are all still good. I also don't take any care whatsoever about them (tires and otherwise).
     
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  17. Windsweeper II

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    You call that bold? This is bold!
     
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    I haven't experienced any tire problems (mostly because I don't have many figures with rubber tires), but I would rather have figures that can age well instead of be good for a couple years and then lose parts of their functionality.
     
  19. SPLIT LIP

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    I don't have pics, because all my figures with bad rubber tires had them replaced or just discarded entirely, but I own all three RID Autobot brothers x2, Optimus, two Magnuses, MP-01, Leader 07 Ops, MP-10, G1 Prowl, Jazz, Optimus, Hot Rod, Magnus (who is vintage) Bumblebee, Red Alert, Skids, and Alternators Smokescreen, Hound, Jazz, Hot Rod, Mirage, Nemesis Prime, Skids, and now Ravage. Of them RID Optimus and Magnus #1 lost their larger tires and the smaller ones ratted up. My second X-Brawn's tires got all crumbly and I think one broke, so I put the first one's tires on it. Prowl's went ratty but never broke. Ravage's tires are kinda blech as I said above. Everyone else is fine, but they all have varrying levels of the grey, uncleanable gunk that just looks like crap. (and so does my Animated Batmobile, which is not even a year old)

    Y'know, my Robot Heroes also have that crap on them. Must be a rubber/soft plastic thing? (but none of my TFs with soft plastic wings or nosecones have them, go figure)
     
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  20. Detroa

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    I hate rubber and soft plastic.

    Not only I prefer the longevity of plastic but I also like how it makes the figures more enjoyable for me: even with parts pushing on wheels, it won't leave a mark and even if the vehicle mode is displayed on a not 2000% perfectly clean surface (or worst, if I make it roll on it), the wheels won't gather every fiber and grain of dust they'll meet.