Rubber tires or no rubber tires on MP scale?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by plastic therapy, Nov 27, 2016.

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Do you prefer rubber tires on an MP scale Transformer?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Don't care

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  1. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

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    I personally find rubber tires to be a huge plus for a Transformer that sits among my Masterpiece and 3P collection. It's not a dealbreaker, but I feel that it's something that adds value to a piece.

    The hollow hard plastic tires seen on many MP Transformers feel to cheap and frankly, do not reflect the price points of these collectibles IMO.

    What do you think?
     
  2. SouthtownKid

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    I definitely prefer rubber tires on MP scale and was disappointed when Takara stopped.
     
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  3. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

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    An alternative to rubber tires, would be similar to a cellphone case I had which was hard plastic impregnated with soft rubber parts. I think it wouldn't be a far stretch to expect MP scale offerings to make their wheels have a soft tread like this, and by gosh, no more hollow tires from the backside. With prices in the hundreds, there's no excuse for cheaping out on this major component of these toys.
     
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    I prefer plastic, then I don't have to deal with rubber tires splitting over time.
     
  5. SouthtownKid

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    Am I the only guy for whom none of his remaining G1 figures and none of his RiD/Car Robots figures have the slightest problem with their rubber?

    I guess that's why I always vote "yes" on these polls. I've only ever experienced the positive side of rubber tires and never the negative.
     
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  6. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

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    I've never had rubber tires crack or split. And besides, with todays technology and ability to mix chemical compounds, there is no excuse for it to happen.

    I got an original Optimus Prime G1 at a thrift shop last year that was beat to hell. And the tires were fine.

    In fact, I doubt anyone on these forums could post a personally taken picture of a split or cracked tire from any MP scale Transformer. I've only heard of one reviewer who ever complained of that issue. Ever. And it's not outside the realm of possibility that he was paid to start that minset to help usher in the acceptance of these cheap hollow tires.

    So let's see em... I want to see actual photos of these defective tires. I have never once actually seen it with my own eyes
     
  7. Bumblebee2000

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    Both? Just pop on your preferred material and let the other pair sit in a box/bin/draw/whatever?
    Anyway, unjust paranoia over my collectibles has always been my way, so plastic. Rubber is damn nice though.
     
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  8. maz25

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    Rubber. In agreement with the poster above, I have so many figures from the 80's with intact rubber tires. I'm in SE Pa, outside of Philly. Very humid summers, and I run a dehumidifier in my basement near my display pretty much from April through October, set it at 40%. No issues. Period.
     
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    Without a doubt to me, rubber tires, or some soft material for tires, always feel like a value added part to me. Hard plastic just feels cheap.
     
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    Plastic tires all the way.
     
  11. JoshFinn

    JoshFinn Getting real sick of your shit starscream

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    Plastic tires
    Yoth and Mp-10 tires have really bad splits that i had to coat every tire in superglue
     
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  12. JoshFinn

    JoshFinn Getting real sick of your shit starscream

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    Rubber tires do split it's not an old wise tale that's been passed down from generation to generation on this board lol
     
  13. Hicks_Royel

    Hicks_Royel Nifty

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    They also get flat spots when left for too long.
     
  14. plastic therapy

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    Pics or it didn't happen lol

    Not that I don't believe you, it's just that I keep hearing of it but never see it.

    My MP10 is fine. Had it for years. Variable climate. Very very dry at times
     
  15. SouthtownKid

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    old wives tale. Sometimes the wives might be wise, sometimes not.

    It may come down to climate, but I've never had the problem in 30 years of collecting Transformers and I've never once seen it in person.

    I like Bumblebee2000's suggestion of having both on high end collectible TFs, so people can have their preference. I'd gladly pay a little bit more to have rubber tires again.
     
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  16. Maz

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    Yeah I've seen plenty of split tyres, but I still like them on my Masterpiece and 3P figures. While I'm not fond of the clip-on plastic wheels from RID 2015 and something like TR Chromedome, I get the need for them and why it's going that way. On my MP Tracks and Ironhide, the lack of rubber tyres does not affect my enjoyment at all. So I guess I'll be ok either way, but I am secretly pleased Magnus and prime still sported rubber.

    All the best
    Maz
     
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    Plastic holds up better over time.
     
  18. kmopotato

    kmopotato spends too much on this shit

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    As nice as rubber feels, I'd rather not have something that'll degrade or fall off. Plastic is more reliable.
     
  19. Electro Rush

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    I honestly have no preference. Most of my MPs are in bot mode with their wheels hidden away.
     
  20. Horzzo

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    Rubber. I have my original G1 Optimus Prime that I beat the hell out of as a kid and the tires are fine. Probably the most in-tact part of the character is the tires.
     
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