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@  Bass X0 : (21 February 2017 - 03:24 PM)

I kinda want an Autobot to have the function of "Social Justice Warrior".

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 February 2017 - 12:20 PM)

Even we have limits.

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 12:18 PM)

Good. But let's agree not to do one for Tecumseh.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 February 2017 - 12:12 PM)

Shitting Bull.

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 11:54 AM)

or spending a lot of time taking a Squatto?

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 11:49 AM)

nice

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 February 2017 - 11:42 AM)

Just hope it's clean or you'll be meeting Pukeahontas.

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 10:39 AM)

Snackajawea - REAL Native American food prepackaged for your snacking pleasure!

@  Pennpenn : (19 February 2017 - 04:03 AM)

Oh wait, figured it out. Doi...

@  Pennpenn : (19 February 2017 - 04:02 AM)

I'm kinda disappointed how they messed up Legion Bisk's hands so that his front wheels can't roll.

@  RichardT1977 : (19 February 2017 - 12:45 AM)

One of the Walmarts near me has some pegs full of Wave 1 TR deluxes.

@  Paladin : (18 February 2017 - 09:39 PM)

https://twitter.com/autobase_aichi/status/833142409005391872 ....is that an MP DINOBOT teaser?!?!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 February 2017 - 09:35 PM)

Yeah, never seen a Titans Return Hot Rod

@  LBD "Nyt... : (18 February 2017 - 08:58 PM)

Or Hot Rod. D=

@  LBD "Nyt... : (18 February 2017 - 08:58 PM)

Wow, seriously? I don't think I've even seen him here. =(

@  Msol : (18 February 2017 - 07:50 PM)

Yeah Mindwipe shelfwarmed like crazy in Vancouver.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 February 2017 - 07:36 PM)

My Walmart still has a Rattrap floating around. My frustration is I've seen Hot Rod and Doublecross, but still haven't seen a Highbrow

@  ShadowMan024 : (18 February 2017 - 07:02 PM)

I still haven't seen any Wave 3 Deluxes aside from the Triggerhappy I got off eBay.

@  Pennpenn : (18 February 2017 - 06:54 PM)

Fairly sure the Target near my work still has a CW Wheeljack hanging around the Wave 3 TR deluxes. Just wish we'd gotten Wave 2 deluxes...

@  ShadowMan024 : (18 February 2017 - 06:53 PM)

CW deluxes from the later waves clogged the shelves real bad.

@  ShadowMan024 : (18 February 2017 - 06:52 PM)

Correction: TR deluxes don't shelfwarm.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 February 2017 - 06:47 PM)

Generations deluxes don't shelfwarm.

@  Msol : (18 February 2017 - 06:30 PM)

Hm, interesting. Some of the pegs seem to have the correct names when they've been shelfwarming for a while. So like Mindwipe would be on a peg labelled MINDWIPE next to WOLFWIRE, etc.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 February 2017 - 06:30 PM)

It would make less sense to track individual figures when they're ordered by the assortment anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 February 2017 - 03:02 PM)

Nope. walmart tends to scan the first UPC of the assortment, then use it for the entire assortment. Actually tracking data makes to much sense.

@  Msol : (18 February 2017 - 02:37 PM)

So hey I bought Triggerhappy from Walmart a few days ago and just notice the receipt said TRIGGERHAPPY on it. Not the assortment name or whatever. Are they using this info to better track character sales or something?

@  unluckiness : (18 February 2017 - 07:13 AM)

I think there was a premonition panel in the Devil's Due TF vs JOEs

@  Bass X0 : (18 February 2017 - 05:28 AM)

When an app asks me to give a review or a rating, I decline, but I always look at other people's reviews before I get an app.

@  Sockie : (17 February 2017 - 10:07 PM)

TF vs G.I. Joe counts more than anything else.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (17 February 2017 - 08:52 PM)

Does that even count?

@  LBD "Nyt... : (17 February 2017 - 08:52 PM)

OH, that one.

@  Pennpenn : (17 February 2017 - 08:39 PM)

The most recent one, I think? I don't think Fort Max or Trypticon even appear in the earlier ones.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (17 February 2017 - 08:37 PM)

Which one was that?

@  unitremover : (17 February 2017 - 07:16 PM)

They did in the Scioli TF vs GI Joe

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 February 2017 - 05:37 PM)

Have Fortress Maximus and Trypticon ever fought each other before Titans Return?

@  Dekafox : (17 February 2017 - 05:20 PM)

Smart Brain? He's trying to take over the world through weaponized electronic accessories?

@  Msol : (17 February 2017 - 05:16 PM)

Reminds me of Smart Robin in a good way.

@  Msol : (17 February 2017 - 05:16 PM)

Oh man Triggerhappy is awesome.

@  Rycochet : (17 February 2017 - 11:30 AM)

I'm afraid to imagine what was done to it to turn it into bubble tea.

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 11:04 AM)

You must have been feeding it. That's when it turns from sweet tea to bitter mutated chaotic tea.

@  Rycochet : (17 February 2017 - 11:00 AM)

I didn't know Tea could do that, I thought it just turned into a disgusting drink.

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 10:59 AM)

They also multiply when they get wet. Don't feed them after midnight, either.

@  Rycochet : (17 February 2017 - 10:58 AM)

Don't get them wet otherwise you'll end up with a case of brownbelly.

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 10:56 AM)

What about t-shirts made out of tea bags?

@  Rycochet : (17 February 2017 - 10:55 AM)

No, no, it's teens who need putting in airtight containers, tea you can leave anywhere.

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 10:53 AM)

Tea is best stored in airtight containers, not china.

@  Rycochet : (17 February 2017 - 10:24 AM)

I thought all the tea was in china.

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 09:23 AM)

GAH *can't edit on mobile*

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 09:23 AM)

*in Japanese, the "t" is fhere

@  MEDdMI : (17 February 2017 - 09:22 AM)

Well, if you pronounce "tsunami"


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:09 AM

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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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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

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