In a post-scarcity world we're going to need holodeck retail stores filled with cyborg-based collector nerds that will stand in line behind us and bitch at us for what we have in our carts. On a side note, you might enjoy the Army Building Flex Thread in Toy Discussion I have to wonder if we're just hitting limits of what can be accomplished with the molecules found in plastics inexpensive enough to use on hobby robots. There is also a chance that the problem is caused by something outside Hasbro's control, such as contact with specific environmental pollutants during production, shipping, storage, or even in the homes of collectors. It is not a foregone conclusion that these issues result from Hasbro cheaping out. It would take a lot of science and investigation of the affected plastics to determine what breakdown is occurring and what factors are causing it. Maybe Hasbro doesn't even have the right kind of people to perform that investigation, and if they did, there's a good chance it would reveal that it's not within their capabilities to prevent it.