- Motto: ""Excessive force is not necessary.""
No, Sir! Not GPS.
It's one of the many reasons why I HATE PVC!
PVC, or "garbage plastic" as I less than affectionately refer to it, is the cheap, bendy vinyl that has infected the toy industry for many years and shows no sign of diminishing in its use. It is the reason why there won't be a lot left of most of our toys 30 years (or even 10!) from now, unlike older 70's and 80's toys that were made of good old solid ABS. It's cheap as heck to produce, which is why our illustrious toy companies choose to use it. It strips a toy of both quality and any kind of longevity.
I've gone on and on about this in prior posts. If there's one thing I despise as much as wasps, it's PVC. The plastic is made of several powdery compounds that are mixed in a vat at high temperature. You never get exactly the right mix of plasticizers and oils from batch to batch, so it breaks down in different ways over different periods of time. But rest assured, it WILL break down.
A prime example would be Power Ranger figures. Several of mine have had their joints simply disintegrate, despite hardly ever having been touched while they sat on their display shelves. And the timing is different each time. Newer figures have cracked in one to five years, while others from older seasons have not. Many of them start secreting their plasticizer oils, thus making the figures dusty or sticky. Many times this breaks down the paint job as well. And let's not forget how "garbage plastic" bends and deforms out of shape without provocation. Bandai makes pretty much all of their Ranger toys out of PVC, and it's one of the reasons I just gave up and stopped collecting PR altogether. Well, that and horrid distribution during RPM, but that's another story.
One of the reasons I refused to buy into the newer 3 3/4 inch GI Joes was because Hasbro had switched to PVC in their construction. The figures are beautifully detailed, but not long for this world, as they will eventually start to exhibit the effects of PVC breakdown. Several of them are bent out of shape right out of the package.
The use of "garbage plastic" in TFs, a trend that started back in the Cybertron era (Megatron's spikes and foot parts, Vector Prime's sword and wings) quite frankly has me terrified.
Sorry for your loss, man, but I hate to say there's more to come.