I wanted to start this thread for awhile now, as I recently watched this video on Toy entropy and felt that given how long it's been since this third party market started, we now have an opportunity to judge the companies and their use of materials in their figures. It is for some, a lot of money invested in this hobby, and for the long term there are questions I have about how to maintain and keep my collection as pristine as possible and free of Entropy, or slow decay. We've got a lot of time and money, not to mention emotional attachment to these figures and our respective collections, and one of the main things that bothers me to no end, is the possibility of over time my collection being ruined by inferior plastics, and parts. Now, there is hope. 3D printers and fans who do theirs, design parts, or create their own are quickly becoming a thing, and that is good to see. It makes me wonder what companies have the superior plastics, and is there one that won't yellow over time? Is there a process to make sure the plastic can be protected. What company products have lasted the test of time. What have grossly failed, and what about rubber wheels? Should a soft plastic be the norm for long term preservation of the figure? Is it necessary to use rubber and be so decadent when we know rubber breaks down much faster then plastic ever will? What about diecast? Is it worth making figures in a material that could also suffer oxidization and isn't immune to Entropy as well? Sometimes I ponder how this Star Trek TNG episode "the Most toys" shows a collector ( tho ultimately evil) had a show room, with perfectly preserved items that were in suspended stasis, and protected from Entropy would be like if that technology was available. LOL. But sadly it doesn't. So we have to as a community devise a list of the plastic types, or companies who do their best for longevity of the money we spend out, and product that gives us the best chance to have a collection that could and with maybe a bit of help, stand the test of time. How Many of you have bought Fanstoys, or BMB, or any other 3rd party figure that seems to stand up better then another company? some figures are now 10 years old, can you believe it?! how is your collection holding up? What plastic parts feel brittle and ready to crumble, and what ones seem like they are slowly turning to jelly and sticky to the touch? There's so much money and time invested here, it's good to know what to steer clear from and what to look for. Can we make an impact in the type of material used in these companies KOs and original productions? What solutions and ideas do you have that could help us keep a collection stable and in good health? Is there a clear coat spray that is the answer to preserving plastic? Who knows... But I think with how much time, money, effort, and love we pour into this hobby, again I cannot stress that aspect enough, it worries me to no end that what I own is all going to just degrade, and in 10-15 years I am going to start to one by one, cry over my loss of cohesion in my collection and individual bots will suffer the toy equivalent of "Cosmic Rust!" I hope this topic finds you all well and in good health, and I am more then a little interested in hearing our community discuss ways to preserve and keep our collections in good condition for the long term. Be it on a shelf, retired to their box prison, or just simply unopened for fear of loss of value. Who knows. Some of us buy 2 of everything! I did, back in the day when I collected Marvel Legends figures. I always had one to open and one to keep closed. In this hobby tho, it's a bit much for me to do that, so I tend to look towards preserving my display pieces, over keeping them locked away. Is something like this helpful? https://www.smooth-on.com/tb/files/EZ-Spray_Plastic.pdf Now, I have seen a clear coat I used once turn to yellow.. So I know that doesn't always work. Anyhow, I hope to hear from you guys on this and hopefully preserve and buy the "better brand" here out, to protect my investment and long term collection pieces. This is a learning experience I am looking forward to!