Shrapnel Figures Bronze Plastic QC Error

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  1. TheBeastman

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    Yeah, this would have to be my guess if it's truly yellowing. I live in a colder climate and the yellowing my figures experience is very slow.
     
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    I want my transformers to be vacuum-sealed with their pristine and original Vietnam factory air!
     
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    found him in my local smyths, can report he's got no bronze on him
     
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    I myself just picked up a figure of Shrapnel with the bronze horns. I honestly thought it was just a creative choice, going with 'copper' mandibles since copper is an excellent conductor of electricity, and that's literally Shrapnel's whole gimmick. Cool to know I have a screw-up in my collection lol. Wonder if that makes him more valuable than normal?
     
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    Definitely not more valuable.

    Although with the apparent trouble people are having even finding a Shrapnel, I'm sure there are people willing to purchase it.
     
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    Figured I'd add my observations. Over the course of June/July I've seen a total of about 9 or so different Shrapnels across Washington and Oregon. None of them have discolored horns.
     
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    My theory is that he’s hard to find precisely because of those defects, maybe they stopped productions at some point ? Preorders are delayed for a lot of stores and apparently we’re looking at a november restock.
     
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    Yep, there's definitely something funky happening with Shrapnel's distribution.
     
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    Well, I found one:

    Shrapnel.jpg

    Time to see if the thing changes colors on me.
     
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    I got him recently. I personally don't mind if my copy yellows, I play with my Transformers often so I know what I am getting into.

    I'll enjoy Shrapnel while I can.
     
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    A little paint wear and light scratches don’t bother me. I too handle my figures often (no display), so I’m fine with the typical signs of use— I even appreciate these things. But yellowing paint or plastic aren’t signs of use. Those are chemical changes resulting from poor choice of materials. I don’t mind when I’m the one putting loving wear and tear on my stuff, but I don’t want them breaking down because of bad decisions or production errors on the part of the manufacturer.
     
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    They know, Hasbro’s cheap hollow plastic syndrome is not new at all. It has more than a decade and with years is turning worse. The last version of CHPS is the yellowing and this is the reason why many of us moved to 3P and KO companies offering better QC, something unbelievable by the way, how the hell a KO product could be better than the official? We are living in weird times, no doubt about it.
     
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    Any more reports on this problem? My Shrapnel has no yellowing on the antlers, and have had him nearly a month. I'll wait to see if it is yellowing. If it isn't, it's probably something to do with the plastic used in certain copies.
     
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    My question at this point would be if the figure actively yellowed on them rather than finding them already yellowed.

    So far it seems all instances of Shrapnel yellowing, the figure was found already in that condition as opposed to starting gray and progressively yellowing on them.
     
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    Correct.
     
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    My copy hasn't started to yellow
     
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    Neither has mine.

    Evidence suggests these yellowed copies are the results of factory errors rather than the plastic actively yellowing after production. That would be the ideal case I think, so hopefully it's an accurate presumption.
     
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    Found a hybrid copy in the wild, another one just to peg up was fully bronzed
     

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    I'd be willing to buy myself a funky Shrapnel like that. I treat my Transformers more like dolls, so I think individual toy quirks add more charm. No offense to those who care more about accuracy. :wink: 
     
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    Yeah if anyone has a fully miscolored Shrapnel (ie all the silver, not just some parts), I’d be glad to buy it or even trade.
     
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