Masterpiece Toys r Us Starscream numbered head

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  1. HORRORCON

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    Just got my Toys r us MP 07 Starscream from online With his head numbered 543 looks horrible, Anybody else have that issue. Could not find any past post about it. If so what are some fixes? F3A7BA78-44E1-4B86-A61E-46D2D396EA6E.jpeg
     
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    coronation, starscream? this is 543.
     
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  3. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    Going to assume the head is casted in black plastic. Use isopropyl alcohol and see if you can rub the number off without touching any of the painted parts of the head. Your standard alcohol swab also has isopropyl alcohol in it.
     
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    Doesn’t this mean its a prototype or something so if anything may add value
     
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    Pretty sure Starscream's helmet is painted black. There's no black plastic anywhere else on him, and my TakaraTomy MP-11 has a few spots of paint wear on his helmet now that show grey underneath.
     
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  6. Pixelmaster

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    Prototype molds don't wind up in the final product.
     
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  7. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    In that case, then you would just paint over with black. If you're feeling risky, you can still try alcohol and hope the marker ink comes off preferentially.
     
  8. HORRORCON

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    Thanks guys, I still cannot believe nobody else has never seen this?
     
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    I’d hesitate to do anything, as this may be rare. Can you provide more details about where you got it? Are you sure it’s legit and not a KO?
     
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    They did say they got it online
     
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    Pixelmaster >implying toys are good

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    Prototypes are specifically casted in wrong colors to see how does the final product looks after the parts are delegated to different runners (that's why I suspect ER Prime's stock photos have blue parts on the arms), or as a way to stop people from getting them because they look garbage. This Starscream is far too good looking to fit in the bill. Moreover, Prototypes often have a NOT FOR SALE stamp somewhere on the figure.
     
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    Charlock Lighten Up, Francis.

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    Do you still have the packaging? If so, look for the manufacturer mark/product code. Take some shots of that info and post them here. Sometimes there is a little more to learn from the production/run.
     
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  13. HORRORCON

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    Masterpiece Starscream Mp-07 Toys R us exclusive
    I bought it on Ebay, seller out of California
    The listing said The box was open and they had pics, but he said the the plastic insert was taped and sealed and it was. It looked like factory tape and it was I looked for fingerprints on the tape or tampering and it looked good. It was still fishy though the instructions were were kinda of thrown in there.
     

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    Prototypes sure, but what about test shots? They're generally done in final (or near final) colors and have these sorts of numbers on them. Like these Toyfair photos:

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    Production samples are the final stage of a mold before the production run for it starts. Considering how severe how leaked prototypes were back in the 2000s, I'm pretty sure that they're just watermarks so Hasbro can nail down the culprit more easier in case someone tries to sell it on the internet. I highly doubt that Hasbro would accidentally muck up and put a pre-release version in a toy into a retail release mold. I just think that the serial numbers are supposed to be stamped somewhere else on the toy but a worker accidentally printed it on his face.
     
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    Honestly, this may be something worth contacting Hasbro about. You may not get who you need by calling the customer support number, but they may be able to point you toward someone who can answer your question.

    I've never seen a figure with a number printed on their face like that. It's definitely unusual. I would hold off on removing it or covering it up. It is possible that it is just a rare production mistake, or that head is an early model that wasn't meant to be used in the final figure. Either way, it's pretty unique and very cool.
     
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    While not identical, the "seemingly random number showing up on a Transformer" has happened before:
    serial number all over my Optimal Optimus POTP

    and, more recently, I recall seeing a Bumblebee (not sure which figure), that also had a number slapped somewhere on him. And, IIRC, it wasn't a number that corresponded to an item # or anything, just a 'random' number.

    MIKE
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    Being cynical I could see this being more of a batch number. So I'm assuming when they QC the toys they take a sample, mark it to know what batch its from, Do a visual inspection and put it back on the line if it's fine. I'd suspect many toys have them but in normally unseen places... just who ever did this was having a bad day. It's possible they only mark them if it's a fail and in this case they took off parts they were good and put them back on the line and some one just didn't notice the number.

    I would not say this adds any value and a can of something like Tamiya or Mr colour paints would mask this without any issue you've just got to pop the face off and remove the head.
     
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    Woah woah! Do not paint over it or otherwise! I don't know why only the head has it but the stamped plastic is a sign that it's a late-stage prototype head. You see it on test shots and factory leaked early copies. You'd be better off just selling the head/figure and buying another rather than ruin that little bit of funkiness. I personally am into stuff like that, like this late-stage prototype MPM Barricade I acquired a while back.

    Edit: I'm happy to talk about buying the figure from you at some point too.

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    Cool I don't think I will repaint or remove it. I knew I seen it somewhere
    else.
     
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