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    That SUPER STICKY vintage residue--how to make it go away?

    You guys know the stuff I mean--I've encountered it after opening MOC figures and on loose ones from back in the day. So what have you guys done to get rid of it?

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    I put myne in hot water and let them sock for around 1 hour

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    409 usually does the trick! Be careful scrubbing on the painted parts though. I tend to use paper towels and a really old toothbrush. Makes them shine like new, and it can even get scuffs off the paint without removing the paint if you take your time

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    Ah! GooGone may do it! Thank you!
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    Err....sticky figures?

    Hmmm.

    Has anyone come accross any loose figures that where sticky? I bought a grab bag of loose MOTU figures from a local comic shop about 6 months ago, and when I got home I found out that Man-E-Faces had a sticky feeling, mostly around the torso and legs. So, I threw it away, and washed my hands around 100 times, and tried NOT to think of what caused the stickiness.

    But today I get a package from Brianstoys.com of loose figures, and guess what? Khan has the same sticky feeling. What could this be? Has anyone ever come across figures like this?

    With KK, I tried washing him with a wet wash cloth, but it's still sticky. I'm afraid soap & water will make it worse(don't see how, but why risk it), so if anyone has any tips let me know.

    Just thought I'd pass this along, see if anyone else knows what I'm talking about here .

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    I'd go over those figures with a blacklight. You never know...
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    Chris here...

    Some figures do develop a slight sticky feeling quite naturally and by themselves - it's basically to do with the really old plastic just beginning to break down. I've got a couple of childhood figures that are going like this - so, it doesn't necessarily mean that someone's been using them for something other than the purpose for which they were intended!

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    Yeah, I've seen plenty of loose vintage figures with that stickiness that doesn't seem to wash off. I've also seen both loose and carded figures with yellowing, discoloration and a white substance that looks like frost or fuzz. All are believed to be symptoms of the plastics degrading over time. Plastics also apparently give off gases as they age. Many cite the yellowed bubbles of old cards as resulting from the gases released from the figures sealed inside. The conditions loose figures are subjected to play a part in how they hold up over the years. Keeping them in baggies can affect them; obviously, exposure to heat and light affects them. There's some interesting reading on the subject here.

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    It is the plastic breaking down. I have opened many a vintage MOC (on crappy cards) that have been sticky. I have found it most with multi-bot and modulok figures.

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    Sticky Figure, grey head, silver part that turn green or purple, white "dust" accumulation, discoloration, dotted spot that appear... all element I have seen on old figure as they age.

    But is not that dramatic, you could have a McFarlane figure who's not even 10 year old that have this soft realistic rubber part that dry off, crack and unglue!
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    My original Tri Klops and a couple of others have gone very sticky on the surface, as said, it is the plastic starting to detereorate. Some seem more affected than others, and not just the same figures, either.
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    This is really sad imo. I wonder if a clear coat of finish would help? I it would, since it's like giving it a new skin

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    I don't hope all vintage MOTU toys worldwide start to desolve. Can you imagine a world without them, the horror.

    No seriously, I don't have any sticky figures. Do have a few colourations: pink Roboto legs, green Sy-klone torso. That's it.

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    ďSticky figure syndromeĒ- What are the causes and is there a cure?

    Iíve not seen my Masters of the Universe figures for about three years as Iíve been away at university, living the life and all that malarkey. Iím back at home now, and the other day I decided to get my figures out. I was horrified to discover that several of them have gone sticky. This came as quite a shock as although I was aware that this sort of thing could happen I had not expected it to onset quite so fast and quite so dramatically (for example you canít really touch my Modulok now).

    My figures are kept in my bedroom at constant temperature in a cardboard box, in a closet out of the sun. Some of them are degenerating quite badly, others are fine. Iíd attribute that to the different sorts of plastic used on the different figures, except that I have three Grizlors due to various gifts from relatives that didnít know who I had, and whilst two of them are degrading the other is fine.

    Obviously this is very distressing and quite puzzling as Iíve always taken good care of my toys. My vintage Transformers and Thundercats are all fine, thankfully. I doubt this is a problem resulting solely from general aging as youíd all be complaining about it. What is happening to my toys and can anything be done to either cure those affected or prevent those still unaffected from succumbing? I don't want my MoTU to rot away!

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    My Bow & She-ra had that when I took them out. I just gave them a wash down with some handsoap and they are fine now. It could just be from being in storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Dogworm View Post
    the other day I decided to get my figures out. I was horrified to discover that several of them have gone sticky. This came as quite a shock as although I was aware that this sort of thing could happen I had not expected it to onset quite so fast and quite so dramatically (for example you canít really touch my Modulok now).

    Obviously this is very distressing and quite puzzling as Iíve always taken good care of my toys.
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    It's kind of depressing knowing there is a possibility that many of the stuff you collect now may become a melted milk dud in 20 years. I wonder if Plastic Toys made in the past decade were being made with the same plastic as the original motu line. Maybe Mattel was cutting costs and going with a cheaper plastic? Maybe the Commemorative versions will hold up better? Who knows, I'd rather stick to something like polystone.

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    i used to have the same problem , so i used to put them in the freezer for a while it used to stop the stickeyness for a while

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    i have a few sticky figures, and they all came from sealed airthight baggy's so i thought that was it, so i punctured all baggy's an now i hope the bagged up figures won't rot where there stored
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    Some of my figures are greasy. Not sticky, just greasy. I bet it's due to the oils in the plastic coming out.
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    I opened a MOC snakeface which had a weird stickiness, so I wiped him down with a damp sponge and some washing-up liquid and now he's fine. It's not like rubbing off the actual plastic or paint or anything and it was really easy to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tariamani View Post
    I opened a MOC snakeface which had a weird stickiness, so I wiped him down with a damp sponge and some washing-up liquid and now he's fine. It's not like rubbing off the actual plastic or paint or anything and it was really easy to do.
    My MIB Modulok I recently opened is sticky, too. Will try cleaning him
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    I have a few figures that are sticky and my King Randor has white spots on his legs as well as being sticky. The thing I noticed is that all of my sticky figures are made in Maylasia (and I think all of my made in Maylasia figures are sticky). The only things I have that are sticky that aren't from Maylasia are the wings and saddles from the crystal She-Ra horses.

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    To me, the problem is not when they get sticky; it's when they start to STINK. I have this cute collection of rubber animals I bought in Dollarama twelve years ago, which are made "cartoon" styled with transparent blue eyes. Unfortunately, the elephant and the little rhino not only weep a sticky substance, but also tend to smell bad. When I wash them off, it resolves the problem, but only for a relatively short while. It's sad, because they look quite original. But it seems the makers of the plastic made a chemical error which breaks the charm of the figures...

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