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@  Scavgraphics : (06 May 2016 - 03:20 AM)

CIVIL WAR!!!! WOOOO!!!

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 May 2016 - 02:06 AM)

Something about "Universe on Fire" speaks to me.

@  TriBlurr : (06 May 2016 - 02:03 AM)

4:30

@  TriBlurr : (06 May 2016 - 02:03 AM)

Its $:30 in the morning. Im awake because I've discovered the band Gloryhammer

@  OrionPax44 : (06 May 2016 - 12:05 AM)

Shirley you don't wanna go there

@  RichardT1977 : (05 May 2016 - 11:45 PM)

Listen, Betty, don't start with your "white zone" s*** again.

@  Smokey : (05 May 2016 - 03:54 PM)

Damn zoning laws.

@  OrionPax44 : (05 May 2016 - 03:53 PM)

All this zoning is starting to cross the line here.

@  Rycochet : (05 May 2016 - 03:34 PM)

Earth's most powerful soldiers are earth's last chance against the Spiral Zone!

@  Smokey : (05 May 2016 - 03:31 PM)

RANDOM ZOOOOOOONE!

@  TheMightyMol... : (05 May 2016 - 03:24 PM)

Want to buy car parts and hope they actually give you the right ones? Head to Auto Zone.

@  The Doctor Who : (05 May 2016 - 03:22 PM)

Want to build a shop and don't know where it's legal? Go to the Commercial Zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (05 May 2016 - 03:21 PM)

Careful with these jokes, they could lead us right into the Danger Zone.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (05 May 2016 - 03:20 PM)

You're running to make a touchdown, when suddenly, you hear Linkin Park - In The End Zone.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (05 May 2016 - 03:17 PM)

The Princess of Friendship's secret dungeon - the Twilight Zone.

@  The Doctor Who : (05 May 2016 - 03:14 PM)

When you go to bed at 10, wake up at 6 and only get seven hours sleep? You just got Time Zoned!

@  ▲ndrusi : (05 May 2016 - 03:11 PM)

what's with this checkered orange dirt? why are there crab robots here? oh dammit I got green hill zoned again

@  Puny Flesh C... : (05 May 2016 - 02:18 PM)

I actually thought about changing my username to'Captain Friendzone' - cos it's ironic yeah? ;)

@  Smokey : (05 May 2016 - 01:47 PM)

@Paladin: Yep, that's what a friendzone is.

@  Locoman : (05 May 2016 - 01:00 PM)

I knew someone who got put in the calzone by a girl. Tomato sauce burns are no laughing matter.

@  TheMightyMol... : (05 May 2016 - 12:57 PM)

If you leave your mass graves open for random people to lie naked in, you're doing it wrong.

@  Paladin : (05 May 2016 - 12:53 PM)

isn't "friendzone" a made-up thing creepers use to comfort themselves when they get shot down by women who wouldn't willingly lie naked with them in a mass grave?

@  The Predaking : (05 May 2016 - 12:49 PM)

"You need to give up climbing that tree. That tree is so far gone, that it is cut down, made into 2X4s and it now a coat closet in Dallas."

@  The Predaking : (05 May 2016 - 12:48 PM)

I was discussing with my co-worker about him getting out of the friend zone with this girl:

@  Smokey : (05 May 2016 - 12:17 PM)

I smell BACON! BACONBACONBACONBACONBACONBACONBACON IT'S BACONNNNN!

@  TheMightyMol... : (05 May 2016 - 12:12 PM)

I'm not. I wallow in your misery.

@  ▲ndrusi : (05 May 2016 - 11:58 AM)

Yeah, so ham I.

@  OrionPax44 : (05 May 2016 - 11:20 AM)

Let me just say ahead of time that I'm suey for the pun

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 May 2016 - 10:44 AM)

I'm sure some are squealing with delight

@  ▲ndrusi : (05 May 2016 - 10:40 AM)

Great, a bacon pun. Now people making pig puns will hog the chatbox.

@  TheMightyMol... : (05 May 2016 - 02:20 AM)

I herd puns in here, what's the situbacon?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (05 May 2016 - 01:30 AM)

You've caused a stampede.

@  The Doctor Who : (04 May 2016 - 11:22 PM)

Truly moooving things, Foffy.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (04 May 2016 - 11:16 PM)

What have I done?

@  unluckiness : (04 May 2016 - 11:08 PM)

Don't have a cow, man.

@  The Doctor Who : (04 May 2016 - 11:07 PM)

Dude, calm down! What's your beef man?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 May 2016 - 10:59 PM)

Are you so sure about that? I don't think you've considered what's at steak here.

@  MidnightFox : (04 May 2016 - 10:56 PM)

No need to buffalo anyone.

@  The Doctor Who : (04 May 2016 - 10:54 PM)

Is that all it takes for you to cowtow? Aren't you going to try and milk it a bit more?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (04 May 2016 - 10:36 PM)

On second thought, I'm just going to hoof it out of here.

@  The Doctor Who : (04 May 2016 - 10:32 PM)

What sort of udderance is that?

@  unluckiness : (04 May 2016 - 10:31 PM)

MOO

@  Patchouli Kn... : (04 May 2016 - 10:26 PM)

Can I shepherd us to a different topic?

@  wonko the sane? : (04 May 2016 - 10:19 PM)

Ewe got that right.

@  The Doctor Who : (04 May 2016 - 10:18 PM)

Not to ram the joke into the ground or anything, right?

@  wonko the sane? : (04 May 2016 - 10:18 PM)

Bad jokes abound, wollen you know it.

@  The Doctor Who : (04 May 2016 - 09:55 PM)

Face it, Smokey, there's mutton you can do about it.

@  Smokey : (04 May 2016 - 08:51 PM)

Stop with the baaaad puns.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (04 May 2016 - 08:32 PM)

Positively woolish.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (04 May 2016 - 08:20 PM)

Well now, don't you feel sheepish?


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#21 Robowang

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:23 AM

I was a bit worried when taking out the screws, but it ended up being fine. I suppose "mileage may vary" when attempting a fix/solution.

What I really need is access to a 3D scanner. I know someone with access to a 3D printer (the good kind!) and I would LOVE to start reproducing gold plastic G1/G2 parts.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:54 PM

There's also repro parts like Darkov on tfw2005 does. For example I think he has (or at least had) a Black Zarak kit.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:13 PM

In theory, these fractures happen at a space where stress is applied, and especially in areas where stress is concentrated due to the shape of the material (right angled corners, regions that narrow, nubs, etc.). So in theory, removing the shape factor that causes the stress concentration, or disassembling the piece such that it is no longer under stress should reduce the chance of fracture or collapse. However, as has been stated, this implies that the piece can be modified or disassembled without exceeding the critical stress for fracture, which may not be the case if physical properties have been compromised by the GPS process.

Will this solve the problem? No. The material will still be at the same risk of fracture or failure. However, the one silver lining in gold plastic is that in many examples, failure occurs at a consistent location. This, at least to me, means stress concentrators are probably playing a role in those spots, and may be exacerbated by shape factors, decohesion, and possibly even casting conditions. So knowing what to watch out for might make it easier to hold onto a complete figure.

Edited by Aernaroth, 29 February 2012 - 05:32 PM.


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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:20 PM

Thank you Aernaroth aka Preceptor

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:21 PM

my Transmetal Megatron is still fine...

course he suffers from the sister sickness Bronze Plastic plague ...not your standard gps
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:26 PM

QUOTE(gargunkle @ Feb 29 2012, 12:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There's also repro parts like Darkov on tfw2005 does. For example I think he has (or at least had) a Black Zarak kit.

Darkov is dropping out of the repro parts business, perhaps permanently.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:34 PM

QUOTE(Robowang @ Feb 29 2012, 04:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was a bit worried when taking out the screws, but it ended up being fine. I suppose "mileage may vary" when attempting a fix/solution.

Of course, don't get me wrong, I've dismantled several figures which have been fine as well, but it's just one of those things you can't bet on. Loosening screws may stave off GPS for a while longer, or it might just break it there and then.

Ultimately, collecting toys with gold plastic is like global thermonuclear war. The only way to win is not to play.

#28 CORVUS

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:36 PM

This just in: all 2013 Generations figures to be made of painted-over swirly, sparkly, gold plastic.

Transformers is a brand that really has something for everyone. We are a darn lucky fandom.

 

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:57 PM

QUOTE(Galenraff @ Feb 29 2012, 10:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spark @ Feb 28 2012, 11:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The last time GPS popped up would be Micromaster Superion. I'd hoped it would have been the last.

Ah man, that doesn't make me happy to learn. I thought G2 Slingshot and Torca were the only ones I had to worry about in my collection. icon-screamer.gif



QUOTE(Benbot @ Feb 29 2012, 11:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone have a list of recent figures (made in the last 10 years, not reissues) that suffer from this problem?

That'd actually be a very short list. Off the top of my head, between 2002 and now, only two mass market figures have used GPS-prone plastic, that being Cybertron Repugnus (although his gold parts aren't under much stress and don't really need to move, so they probably will be okay) and Micromaster Superion who is loaded with it. Almost all the white combiner parts are actually swirly gold plastic painted over in white. There were already reports of breakage as of last year, specifically in the clips that hold the fists on.

QUOTE(^0^CORVUS^o^ @ Feb 29 2012, 02:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This just in: all 2013 Generations figures to be made of painted-over swirly, sparkly, gold plastic.

Cue official Transformers sad trombone. Again...

Edited by Spark, 29 February 2012 - 11:58 PM.

Fall of Cybertron will blow your mind. That is all.

#30 gargunkle

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:09 AM

QUOTE(Spark @ Feb 29 2012, 11:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cybertron Repugnus


... you're kidding!! Oh man.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:06 AM

I remember some people having problems with the protoform Starscream (or maybe it was Optimus) from the first movie preview wave. People were worried about it there.

And movie 1 Scorponok's tail. The small version that came with Blackout, I think? Something like that?

I remember people saying they had problems with both, and speculating GPS.
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#32 gargunkle

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

I think the movie Scorponok that had tail problems is the Legends one.
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#33 Echowarrior

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:32 AM

QUOTE(Cat @ Mar 1 2012, 08:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I remember some people having problems with the protoform Starscream (or maybe it was Optimus) from the first movie preview wave. People were worried about it there.

And movie 1 Scorponok's tail. The small version that came with Blackout, I think? Something like that?

I remember people saying they had problems with both, and speculating GPS.


If memory serves, one guy reported his Protoform Starscream going through GPS-like symptoms, and that was after he did some custom painting with it. May not be the same thing.
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#34 TheMightyMollusk

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

QUOTE(Cat @ Mar 1 2012, 08:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I remember some people having problems with the protoform Starscream (or maybe it was Optimus) from the first movie preview wave. People were worried about it there.

And movie 1 Scorponok's tail. The small version that came with Blackout, I think? Something like that?

I remember people saying they had problems with both, and speculating GPS.

Scorponok was the Legends version, and it wasn't GPS. It's the rubbery plastic drying out and cracking apart. The result isn't much different, though.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:31 PM

My movie 1 Protoform Starscream in in my neices and nefuws toy box if something breaks I will let you know its been there sence the 1st movie came out on DVD

And nothings broke on it yet

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:39 PM

My BW10 Dinobot pretty much disintegrated.
And I'm afraid to transform my protoform Starscream just because of his color.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:38 PM

QUOTE(Cat @ Mar 1 2012, 08:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I remember some people having problems with the protoform Starscream (or maybe it was Optimus) from the first movie preview wave. People were worried about it there.

And movie 1 Scorponok's tail. The small version that came with Blackout, I think? Something like that?

I remember people saying they had problems with both, and speculating GPS.

What Echowarrior and TMM said is correct. The Protoform Starscream was a false alarm that's turned into a persistent scare.


QUOTE(RCX @ Mar 1 2012, 02:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My BW10 Dinobot pretty much disintegrated.
And I'm afraid to transform my protoform Starscream just because of his color.

Um... 10 Anniversary BW Dinobot isn't really gold, and I've never read about it falling apart. I don't even recall his plastic being swirly. How did it happen?
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