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    How will MOTUC figures age?

    ...No, I'm not talking about how they will cope with old age and whether He-Man will need a zimmer frame

    How will the figures age? I ask because many of my vintage line figures are starting to deterorate.

    The obvious thing is that the leg bands on the vintage figures deterorate; MOTUC legs are thankfully done differently, so that's not a problem.

    But some vintage figures (noticably Two Bad, and Roboto's legs) have colour bleed, and the plastics of some figures (most of my Tri-Klops's for some reason) have gone all sticky where the surface is detereroating.
    Also, until recently, I had my original Faker from a kid on display by my computer, until I noticed that the sunlight was turning his torso green!

    How do you see MOTUC figures aging? On the whole, they seem to be made of better materials. But can you see any points to look out for?
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    I'm worried about this too... the plastic used for these figures is ... odd... it looks like dusty kind of...

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    Just enjoy ´em as much as you can now. Everything is temporarily, so don´t worry, enjoy. In future, Motuc is probably one of our smallest worries.

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    Our MOTUC figures will most likely "outlive" all of us, so I am not worried about it! Like others have said, enjoy them for what they are worth to you now.

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    I keep all my figures in a dark room so theres no sunlight at all, the only light they get when mIturn on the lights down there, it`s usually sunlight that deteriorates them, but most plastics will last thousands of years, to me it looks like the same plastic used for 200X and those have held up pretty good going on 8years now

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    they seem to like that answer. Wait...."no comment"
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    I haven't really worried about newer figures that much. I'd certainly keep any figure out of constant, direct sunlight (already made that mistake...on two white transformers. Yeah, smacking my head over that one.)

    In general, though, most of my hard-played figures from the 90's are all fine, beyond the play wear. I imagine these MotUC figures will hold up even better than those! So, considering our "collector nature" and the fact that these are top-o-the-line toys, I think these will be lasting a long time.

    Now, for those collectors buying these for thier kids: I wonder how the answer will change? Anyone in that situation wana chime in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexx View Post
    I haven't really worried about newer figures that much. I'd certainly keep any figure out of constant, direct sunlight (already made that mistake...on two white transformers. Yeah, smacking my head over that one.)

    In general, though, most of my hard-played figures from the 90's are all fine, beyond the play wear. I imagine these MotUC figures will hold up even better than those! So, considering our "collector nature" and the fact that these are top-o-the-line toys, I think these will be lasting a long time.

    Now, for those collectors buying these for thier kids: I wonder how the answer will change? Anyone in that situation wana chime in?
    Besides the normal playwear my son`s are still in pretty good over all condition, a few paint chips and bite marks on the swords is all that`s wrong his figures

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam03 View Post
    Besides the normal playwear my son`s are still in pretty good over all condition, a few paint chips and bite marks on the swords is all that`s wrong his figures
    Cool! That's the kinda answer I was expecting; some paint wear/chipping, maybe some loose limbs from standard play. I imagine you could probably give these guys a good drop and they'd still stay together!

    Regarding bite marks, though: those will always be synonymous with MotU, for me! Man, I chewed the HECK outa my originals. I imagine my older brother wasn't too happy about that, since they were his, first.
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    Some interesting thoughts - I'm in the line of thought as suggested to enjoy 'em for now, thought I would like to keep them as good condition as possible.

    I've already got a green torso vintage Faker, and a MOC 200x Teela with nice pink box thanks to direct sunlight, so I'm determined to be more careful this time!

    Either way, I put all of my MOC Classics straight in the roof, both to keep them prestine and for limited space in the house, so I guess I'll have those to fall back on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedust View Post
    ...No, I'm not talking about how they will cope with old age and whether He-Man will need a zimmer frame

    How will the figures age? I ask because many of my vintage line figures are starting to deterorate.

    The obvious thing is that the leg bands on the vintage figures deterorate; MOTUC legs are thankfully done differently, so that's not a problem.

    But some vintage figures (noticably Two Bad, and Roboto's legs) have colour bleed, and the plastics of some figures (most of my Tri-Klops's for some reason) have gone all sticky where the surface is detereroating.
    Also, until recently, I had my original Faker from a kid on display by my computer, until I noticed that the sunlight was turning his torso green!

    How do you see MOTUC figures aging? On the whole, they seem to be made of better materials. But can you see any points to look out for?
    other than loose joints & paintwear from years of handling & posing, i don't forsee any problems with these figures. they have no springs to wear out or break, or any rubber bands holding their legs on. like the 200x line, these are made to last imo.


    Unless you have them in direct sunlight on a daily basis....anyone should know better than to keep figures in places where the sun directly hits them. their colors will get bleached & discolored.

    The only vintage figures of mine that are sticky are the ones i'd bought on ebay moc a few yrs ago. All the ones i'd bought in the 80's & opened or the ones i bought loose don't have that problem.

    So beware moc collectors, your figures will deteriorate from not being opened, and then their value will drop. so imo, keeping them moc isn't going to make them valueable if they've deteriorated into junk by the time they become 'old' enough to be worth anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Multibot View Post
    other than loose joints & paintwear from years of handling & posing, i don't forsee any problems with these figures. they have no springs to wear out or break, or any rubber bands holding their legs on. like the 200x line, these are made to last imo.


    Unless you have them in direct sunlight on a daily basis....anyone should know better than to keep figures in places where the sun directly hits them. their colors will get bleached & discolored.

    The only vintage figures of mine that are sticky are the ones i'd bought on ebay moc a few yrs ago. All the ones i'd bought in the 80's & opened or the ones i bought loose don't have that problem.

    So beware moc collectors, your figures will deteriorate from not being opened, and then their value will drop. so imo, keeping them moc isn't going to make them valueable if they've deteriorated into junk by the time they become 'old' enough to be worth anything.
    That`s from them being in a totally enclosed bubble, when the chemicals mix you get that sticky feeling on them, hence the reason that classic have the air holes in them and other toy compainies leave the bottom of the bubble open so those chemiclas escape and don`t interfere the actual figure

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    I just hope the bubbles dont turn yellow
    I remember with the action man line especially bulletman where the inner rubber disintergrates over time and and lot have had to be restrung

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    I though about this as well. I don't know why but the plastic used for the vintage line seemed more durable/ resistant. I might be wrong though, cause my 200x collection stands nice. Dirt and grease from manipulating the figures seems as hard to clean as in the original figs. I'm not exposing them to sunlight, so in that point I'm cool. I am though a smoker and smoke (often) in the same room I display them so I know over time they will grow yellow/ brownish


    My vintage MotU are all nice even if a little dirty (they were all bought second hand - my originals are long gone); As for the rubber bands all are ok, except for the Zodac I got a few days ago in my trip to New York wich is quite loose, but still tight enough to display the figure standing.

    Actually, my 80's/ early 90's transformers figures are in QUITE worse shape over the years. I tried to turn Soundwave back into the cassette player after years of having him on a shelf in robot mode and his neck broke!

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    This is weird thread. It got me thinking about future. At 30 years I got addicted to these toys like a kid, but what will happen when i get my own kids? What will my wife think of me? Will I be playing attention at all to motuc in let's say 5-10 years?
    I cant imagine myself as semi gray-haired semi bold grandpa playing with Hordak, or opening some box to show my grandson very precious 40 years old toys collection!

    Seee boooy, those are your grandpa's toys, they are very important to me, even more than you are! Seee this ooone, that is He-man the most pooooowerful man in the universe! Dont touch him, he is ooooold, you can brake his leg, watch them with your eyes not your hands.

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    Funny you should mention that, because whenever I hear people say "oh, I'm gonna be collecting these forever", I tell them "yeah...and that will be until your first kid comes along, then your entire focus will (understandably) go to the kid"

    I'm in a distinct situation that even when the kiddies come along, I'm still gonna be collecting, as I'm in a distinct position to: my career is directly involved with the toy industry
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    There are quite a few people with kids here that collect MotUC, I can't see what's weird at all about that. And, unless it's economically impossible, I don't see why someone should stop collecting once they have kids. I mean, collecting figures doesn't take me that much time to begin with. I can easily see myself collecting MotUC for as long as it lasts, and keeping my collection up until I have grandchildren to show it to. That's the same feeling many would probably have when they were kids, when asked if they would keep their collections until they were adults... and guess what? Many people did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfchild View Post
    There are quite a few people with kids here that collect MotUC, I can't see what's weird at all about that. And, unless it's economically impossible, I don't see why someone should stop collecting once they have kids. I mean, collecting figures doesn't take me that much time to begin with. I can easily see myself collecting MotUC for as long as it lasts, and keeping my collection up until I have grandchildren to show it to. That's the same feeling many would probably have when they were kids, when asked if they would keep their collections until they were adults... and guess what? Many people did!

    I didn't say it was weird, I just said many said they would be and then likely won't be. Well, I didn't get specific enough: when middle age sets in and more visits to the doctor are required, and then their kids go to college, lets see if action figures are still a top priority to them, or if that money has to go to other things...

    One thing I notice about most folks here with kids...the kids are still pretty young; when they get older, families cut back a lot I've noticed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Urosinho View Post
    This is weird thread. It got me thinking about future. At 30 years I got addicted to these toys like a kid, but what will happen when i get my own kids? What will my wife think of me? Will I be playing attention at all to motuc in let's say 5-10 years?
    I cant imagine myself as semi gray-haired semi bold grandpa playing with Hordak, or opening some box to show my grandson very precious 40 years old toys collection!

    Seee boooy, those are your grandpa's toys, they are very important to me, even more than you are! Seee this ooone, that is He-man the most pooooowerful man in the universe! Dont touch him, he is ooooold, you can brake his leg, watch them with your eyes not your hands.

    You're partially proving my point, but for all the wrong reasons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingRandor82 View Post
    I didn't say it was weird, I just said many said they would be and then likely won't be. Well, I didn't get specific enough: when middle age sets in and more visits to the doctor are required, and then their kids go to college, lets see if action figures are still a top priority to them, or if that money has to go to other things...

    One thing I notice about most folks here with kids...the kids are still pretty young; when they get older, families cut back a lot I've noticed.




    You're partially proving my point, but for all the wrong reasons...
    My kids are 10 and 11 now, I`ve been collecting since before they were born, I don`t see myself stopping collecting anytime soon. I also make my action figure budget myself outside of our family budget so that`s also a plus.

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    Pretty sure these guys will need walking sticks in their old age. Arthritis of the ankles seems to be a common problem with MOTU, sometimes even strikes the very young.
    Seriously my centurions from the 80's are fine... even the misb ones I opened, that had gone slightly slimey on the surface, are cleaned up and as good as new. The vintage MOTU just have the problem with the rubber holding their legs on... something that can be fixed nicely. I don't think there is much to worry about... unless all this heating/ cooling to get things unwarped is somehow weakening the plastic???

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam03 View Post
    My kids are 10 and 11 now, I`ve been collecting since before they were born, I don`t see myself stopping collecting anytime soon. I also make my action figure budget myself outside of our family budget so that`s also a plus.


    Good, then don't worry about such trivial things as "how am I gonna look with action figures when I'm 60?"

    Y'want awkward? Ever heard of that drug Viagra? I think you know where I'm going with this. That's kinda awkward, and if those folks don't care, why should you about a hobby you love?

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