A New Twist with Transformers Twist-Ties
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 3:28am CSTCategories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Blurrz Views: 45,372
And now we come to the gist of this story, as our website's creator, Ryan, stumbled upon a revelation when working on the upcoming galleries of Battlefield Bumblebee and Infiltrator Soundwave. Instead of the usual plastic and metal combination of twist-ties, the figures were held in with twined paper ties. Now one might wonder what the big deal is with the change of material in twist-ties. Well, they are more environmentally friendly, and that's exactly what Hasbro told us at Botcon 2009
Are you guys looking into moving away from using so many twist ties?
We are looking to move away from them and moving towards smaller packaging which is more biodegradable. In the future you’ll see smaller packages with Tam, which is easier to cut and biodegradable.
Take a look at the change below, as many will be dealing with these when the Battlefield Bumblebee vs. Infiltrator Soundwave two-pack is sent out to mass retail.
So there we have it, looks like the nightmarish twist-ties are a figment of the past! Have any stories of the wrong doings you've experienced with twist-ties? Share it with us in the Energon Pub!
Keep it at Seibertron.com - The most informative Transformers news site on the net!
This article was last modified on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 4:37pm CST
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Posted by Orthobotrex on January 26th, 2010 @ 3:48am CST
Posted by Chaoslock on January 26th, 2010 @ 3:56am CST
Posted by Mkall on January 26th, 2010 @ 3:57am CST
Posted by Ultra Markus on January 26th, 2010 @ 4:10am CST
but usually the problem is not the twist ties them selves, its what there tied to, for example
a plastic bubble that is behind the figure glued to the inside of the box and that is what it is tied to so you cant just simply untwist it you have to partially remove the figure then cut the tie or rip out the bubble. I have also had problems thing i got every tie then go to pull the figure out and end up with the arms and legs off the figure. I miss the old days when they were packed in the hard foam and tape.
Posted by Blurrz on January 26th, 2010 @ 4:12am CST
Posted by Trikeboy on January 26th, 2010 @ 4:20am CST
Lets not hail this new idea until we can experience it for ourselves though.
Posted by starfish on January 26th, 2010 @ 4:41am CST
However, I'm not quite sure whether the new bits of string are any easier to remove. I got this two-pack yesterday (it's out at Argos in the UK), and although most of the ties were easy to get at with the nail-clippers, the ones round Bumblebee's feet were wound very tightly indeed. So much so that I was unable to get a good grip with my nail-clippers OR a pair of scissors.
So whilst with twisty ties I find they're alway easy to snip away, with these two pieces of string I was forced to rip the cardboard away from the plastic and manually untie the knot in behind the figure!
So yeah, the campaign to bring back twisty-ties begins here!
Posted by Shadowstream on January 26th, 2010 @ 5:02am CST
Posted by starfish on January 26th, 2010 @ 5:11am CST
Shadowstream wrote:Dear environmentalists, please stop. I can live with twist ties, I've had relatively little need to clip them in the past. They don't need replacing with stupid string, that would be going BACKWARDS! Sincerely yours, Irritated.
Exactly. I mean really, how much plastic and metal is there in three-or-four twisty ties? Considering that Transformers themselves are made of plastic and metal (for screws, rods, hinges etc), is a teeny bit extra really going to damage the environment that much? I mean, just look at the amount of plastic in the packaging, for example (the bubble, the window).
Another point - twisty ties are nice and sturdy; they hold their shape. When you go at a twisty-tie with a clipper it's not going to suddenly leap out of the way. Not so with string. It moves, it shifts. It's a bugger, actually.
Posted by Name_Violation on January 26th, 2010 @ 5:16am CST
starfish wrote:So whilst with twisty ties I find they're alway easy to snip away, with these two pieces of string I was forced to rip the cardboard away from the plastic and manually untie the knot in behind the figure!!
thats what i was afraid of. stupid knots.
Posted by Jacob P. Galvatron on January 26th, 2010 @ 6:00am CST
Maybe my scissors will be more effective now?
Posted by X3ROhour on January 26th, 2010 @ 7:29am CST
Chaoslock wrote:I prefer the japanese' idea: No twisty-ties, but the figure is between two, very good sealing plastic. Looks better MISB, and the figures are easier to pack back.
Posted by stocky on January 26th, 2010 @ 7:31am CST
Blurrz wrote:"they are more economically friendly"
While these new ties may also be more economical, I think that you meant to write that they are more ecologically-friendly...
And to all those whining, go to Home Depot and buy yourself a pair of $5.00 wire snips. They'll cut through both the plastic/metal ties and these new ones as well, and they'll let you get into the tightest of spots so you don't have to worry about accidentally cutting your figure.
Posted by hinomars19 on January 26th, 2010 @ 7:35am CST
Posted by starfish on January 26th, 2010 @ 8:08am CST
stocky wrote:And to all those whining, go to Home Depot and buy yourself a pair of $5.00 wire snips. They'll cut through both the plastic/metal ties and these new ones as well, and they'll let you get into the tightest of spots so you don't have to worry about accidentally cutting your figure.
As I say, I have first-hand experience of these new string ties, and yes, I found these toys harder to free than those packed using the metal ties.
However, I was only using standard nail-clippers (I also tried using scissors) so obviously I can't comment on the use of wire snips. All I can say for sure is that these pieces of string were tied tightly around Bumblebee's ankles, and the only way for me to free him without risk of damaging the toy was to cut open the back box and un-knot the string from behind.
Whether my box was representative of the whole set, I don't know. Other fans may be lucky to have strings that aren't as tightly attached as mine were.
PS I find it a tad ironic that, by complaining that people are whining, you yourself become a whiner - because you're essentially whining about people whining. All together now: "It's like raaaain on your wedding daaaay..."
Posted by Nickolai on January 26th, 2010 @ 8:36am CST
Posted by X3ROhour on January 26th, 2010 @ 8:42am CST
Posted by Agamemnon on January 26th, 2010 @ 8:52am CST
This kit is a bit more expensive than Stocky suggested ($12 in Minnesota) but they work wonders on all forms of clipping: twist ties, electrical cable, my dog's nails, the tip of my finger, cleaning up some of the engineering mistakes on some figures so that they transform correctly (Classics Sunstreaker, for instance), unintentional modding of some figures as I removed twist ties (can you say, "Battle Damage!!"?
Posted by Requiem Prime on January 26th, 2010 @ 9:23am CST
Posted by dragons on January 26th, 2010 @ 10:12am CST