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    Why rubber bands for the legs?

    What is the benefit of these over other alternatives? Why couldn't they just plug in like the arms and rotate (maybe rotate at an angle)? MOTU was of course not the only ones who had that or a similar kind of kind of system. You don't see this anymore on modern toys either--they usually have a simpler (at least it looks it to me) and more effective ball joint or other kind of joint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by He-bro View Post
    The Later wave of He-man figures, many of them did end up using Ball Joints.
    What wave was that?? I don't remember any that were band-less....

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom1592 View Post
    What wave was that?? I don't remember any that were band-less....
    TC Skel and FF He-Man; LP He-Man and LL Skeletor; Blade... probably some others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    TC Skel and FF He-Man; LP He-Man and LL Skeletor; Blade... probably some others.
    Also snout spout.
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    Dragstor and Blast Attak also lack the bands. The legs seem to age much better and have less parts and materials....the band's seem like added cost for decreased benefit.
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    Bands are more flexible and therefore more fun to play with. Also they are easily repaired - my Snout Sprout has very loose legs (barely stands) and I can't fix it.
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    At the time it was probably cheaper and would eventually allow figures to sit on horses and such with less hassle. It was 1981, they probably had yet to figure out ball joints, and the "pass through" limb connection had been common on lines like Star Wars, Johnny West, etc.

    TMNT was MOTU done right, replacing them with ball joints.

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