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Autobot032 wrote:Yeah, the Protoform Starscream has records of breaking. It's rare, but it does happen.
The plastic in Leader Starscream has a slightly different feel than other GPS prone items, so there's a good chance he'll survive.
The current problems are the aforementioned rubbery plastics and another thing that's been rearing it's ugly head is TPS Translucent Plastic Syndrome. Figures with clear plastic, especially those used on joints are breaking. A good number of A/E/C trilogy Mini-Cons are literally falling apart as we speak. My Star Saber Minis are afflicted.
Now that you mention it I have noticed that translucent plastic is prone to cracking pretty easily. I've never connected the dots, but I see it now. My RiD Prowl, Armada Star Saber, and Universe Hot Shot have all had their translucent parts crack or break. That's just what I can recall off the top of my head, it's probably happened to a few more figures.
You may not have noticed it, but although translucent plastic looks prettier on some toys, it's way less bendable than conventional plastics, meaning it'll crack sooner under stress. It's like bread: new bread is bendable, but old stale bread is hard and thus breaks into chunks. That's why on most clear toys, the major joints are actually opaque.
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The Gold-plastic mix problem on Armada OP is also evident on Energon Scorponok and its Takara counterpart, on the blue-painted gold front connecting piece between the shoulders and the torso. The worse part is that it is exacerbated by poor design, being too thin to support the stresses of transforming to Jet Mode, and results in both pieces snapping off clean and stress breaks on various areas of the part. I don't know though if it was fixed for Cybertron Dark Skorponok, as I've never owned one and only broken the other two.
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