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    Take siliconspray it will take away the red without damging the silver! Also good agains brittle rubber and many other Problems.

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    Here's my little Roboto army: One is totally purple, one is silver as the day it was new, and one is in between. I never did anything to any of them. I consider it a nice little natural variant. My buddy also has another for me sitting in his window, we're trying to bleach out the red jaw and gear.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawbridge View Post
    I would say it's not a variant, but that's just me. And I've seen other forms of plastic turn purple too, like the legs above She-Ra's boot because of the gold breaking down, many of the Golden Girl figs my wife has, and again Two Bad. It's not necessarily turning purple itself, but something (combination of what the two plastics have become as they break down and try to molecularly combine with whatever is around them, mostly oxidation I think) oozing out that has the purple tint in it.

    I wiped clean a Roboto many many years ago and thought I was in the clear, only to uncover it in all it's oozy glory later. That, combined with the fact that nowhere else in motu has Mattel tried a wash on a figure, and it being so overly runny, viscous and easy to just wipe off, leads me to believe that purple is a bad thing, not a variant. Also, I've found too many variations on the viscosity to be production variants, rather I believe them to be the worsening stages of breakdown. I've taken the silver right off before with little effort.

    Have you been told it was a variant before?
    Hold on a sec, your wife collects golden girls? Thats awesome. Wish my gf collected figures.

    I hadn't heard it was a variant from anyone. I just always assumed even from before I was ever on these boards. You raise some good points though. You learn something new everyday.

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    My wife "collects" POP and a few other things like Golden Girls. The only thing that's not more me buying her stuff is her vinyl toys , mostly artist related. But she is a great sport about it .

    Now, I'm not saying it's not a variant by any means of absoluteness for sure. That was just the first time anyone has said that to me, so I was confused. So I am preconditioned to say it's just age like I thought and others I've asked thought. So the learner could very well be me. But I don't know why they would do the legs purple, that's strange, but it is motu, what's not strange about it. The only major evidence I have to go either way is that I had one turn back, but it wasn't in the light, it was in the attic, so maybe heat or air did it, idunno, and that one isolated incident is in no way a case study.

    It's just that him and Two Bad are so often time sticky and have colors on them is all, we should think it through better probably. I'll def try 'n stay open minded.

    And even if it is turning purple, to most people it's no big deal. Rub it off and go on, so I hate to make it sound like the toy is forever dead in my eyes. I just think like a preservationist, and will try to find a prefect specimen for a collection, so really there is no need to replace it unless your like me, or that it is a variant. You know, now that this has been brought up, I'll probably keep a purple one around the next time I get one. Just not clean it just in case .

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    Roboto's Boots: Silver or Red?

    Hey guys, I've been searching for a minty Roboto and have noticed that some have red legs with silver boots and some have mostly red legs. Is this a variant or just the silver having some type of chemical reaction? All MOC ones I've seen have silver boots thought, so that might answer my question.

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    As far as I know, there is only one version of Roboto, the one with silver boots (there might be variations between figures produced in different countries, but I've never seen any, so somebody else might shed some light on that). Roboto's legs "leak" paint (the same problem as with Two Bad figures), so the red coloring from legs is what destroys silver paint...
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    You can remove the red. I've done it - I think with rubbing alcohol. It tends to come off pretty easily.
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    A Magic Eraser takes off the purple to reveal once again the silver paint and does a great job cleaning the figure without damaging the paint. It is an "oxidation" of sorts and is NOT a variant as some of the replies here may suggest. There is a chemical composition in the paint that breaks down due to a combination of things; time, environment, etc. Same can be said for Two Bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KidRandor View Post
    A Magic Eraser takes off the purple to reveal once again the silver paint and does a great job cleaning the figure without damaging the paint. It is an "oxidation" of sorts and is NOT a variant as some of the replies here may suggest. There is a chemical composition in the paint that breaks down due to a combination of things; time, environment, etc. Same can be said for Two Bad.
    Awesome! Thanks guys.

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    I tried removing the red ooze from my Two-Bad with dishwashing liquid and with goo gone (not together) and it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Going to try the Magic eraser next.

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    Public Service Announcement: Roboto

    I'm hard-pressed to remember the last time I bought a vintage He-Man guy -- it could've been Saurod back in '87 -- but I just picked up a couple of Robotos (my all-time fave) inspired by the Super7 news.

    Here's what I wish I knew before my hunt began:

    That pink stuff? The pink stuff that is on just about every loose Roboto's legs (including the one photographed in these archives)? The pink stuff that looks like paint-loss on the silver bits?

    It comes off.

    I rubbed it with my thumb and it came back pink. A little elbow grease and a disinfectant wipe and he was more-or-less silver again.

    Is this common knowledge? If not, why not? If so, why so many pink Robotos?

    I'm really happy to be back into MOTU and, now that he's silver where he's supposed to be, I'm really happy with my new old Roboto!

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    It's the red plastic breaking down and"running" into the gray parts. Two bad has the same problem. Mr clean magic erasers work well on this.
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    How much does Roboto's paint/plastic ooze? Does it get on other figures?
    My loose figures are in a box at my parents house. I'm hoping they aren't getting wrecked by Roboto.

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    I cleaned mine with alcohol and a paper towel, works good, I just need to hit it up one more time as I still have some pink.
    Heres what he looked like when I first got him.



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    Magic eraser is the simplest way without chemical and elbow grease.

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    Wow, it's like no one reads other peoples post in this thread. It's like Facebook. I've read the same thing from multiple people about how the roboto situation and to top it off no one answered my question about Roboto getting ooze on other figures.

    I'm glad this kind of thing doesn't usually happen here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McHorde-Trooper View Post
    Wow, it's like no one reads other peoples post in this thread. It's like Facebook. I've read the same thing from multiple people about how the roboto situation and to top it off no one answered my question about Roboto getting ooze on other figures.

    I'm glad this kind of thing doesn't usually happen here.
    It doesn't bleed on other figures.
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    Thanks chrisbryan

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