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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2017, 03:21:59 PM »
I have never encountered this problem before could it possibly be oils released from the moulding process?


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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2017, 03:32:22 PM »
My Papo spinosaurus is sticky too, but I donīt know why  :'(

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2017, 03:48:58 PM »
That is caused by the plasticizer that is used in the manufacture of action figures. Over long periods of time this plasticizer begins to vaporize, direct sunlight will accelerate this process.

Preventing this is relatively easy: Donīt keep your figures in direct sunlight. If thatīs not an option, Id suggest adding a layer of matte, clear varnish to the figure after thoroughly cleaning it. This way the plasticizer wonīt be able to leave the figure.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2017, 04:56:01 PM »
My Papo Spinosaurus has the same problem. Never heard about it happening to Collecta figures though, that's a troubling bit of info...

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2017, 06:37:35 PM »
Never had that happen before with any of my figures. Got a Nessie one time that was oily when removed from the packaging. When I tried to wash the grease off with soap the paint started coming off. I was very frustrated. But I think that's different than what's happening here.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2017, 07:21:42 PM »
Never had that happen before with any of my figures. Got a Nessie one time that was oily when removed from the packaging. When I tried to wash the grease off with soap the paint started coming off. I was very frustrated. But I think that's different than what's happening here.

I'm not sure that isn't the same thing. I think the process of plastic degradation, sufficiently advanced, will begin to take the paint with it.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2017, 07:32:14 PM »
Never had that happen before with any of my figures. Got a Nessie one time that was oily when removed from the packaging. When I tried to wash the grease off with soap the paint started coming off. I was very frustrated. But I think that's different than what's happening here.

I'm not sure that isn't the same thing. I think the process of plastic degradation, sufficiently advanced, will begin to take the paint with it.

So from what I see are unfortunately deteriorating these three figures. You have to apply matte.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2017, 07:46:09 PM »
I'm not sure that isn't the same thing. I think the process of plastic degradation, sufficiently advanced, will begin to take the paint with it.

I think the paint rubbing off through use before that happens is way more likely. Besides, colors degrade a different way:
http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Photodegradation

I also think that we can be glad that golden plastic is not used when it comes to our kind of figures:
http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Gold_Plastic_Syndrome


Interestingly I have some JP figures where the stickyness seems to vary. Sometimes they are less sticky. Probably has to do with the climate.

Oh and another hint: Be careful with lamps, depending on how much heat they produce.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2017, 08:00:37 PM »
I have a mechanical koi that was sticky and the rubber was tearing and falling off just from sun damage.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2017, 09:34:42 PM »
plastic going bad...the bane of toy collectors, whether they are dinosaur figures, action figures or dolls.
the only animal figures Ive had that had it were 3 British Museum marine reptile figures(the painted ones), I figure they were pretty old. Had a few dolls have it too. Ive had success rubbing alcohol on them but its a process youd have to repeat again as the plastic will just keep degrading.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2017, 09:45:35 PM »
The fact that it is already happening to some Jurassic World toys does not exactly predict a positive future for those.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2017, 10:25:32 PM »
The fact that it is already happening to some Jurassic World toys does not exactly predict a positive future for those.

The sooner they turn to dust the better.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2017, 10:31:48 PM »
Expect for the Basher & Biter Indominus Rex, I hope. I own that one.
It also means that unbroken samples will be expensive to obtain for future collectors.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2017, 11:20:42 PM »
Expect for the Basher & Biter Indominus Rex, I hope. I own that one.
It also means that unbroken samples will be expensive to obtain for future collectors.

I just realized that I also own an Indominus. Maybe she can be the exception.

I donīt think the JW toys will be as sought after as the old Kenner figures in the future, especially once Mattel gets going with the license.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2017, 01:45:39 PM »
What do you guys exactly mean with sticky? I have my Papo Spinosaurus which in fact leaves a different feeling than my other Papos when touched, but I don't know if I'd say it is sticky. My Papo Baryonyx also seems to be like that, but maybe it's just the shiny finish?
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2017, 02:05:09 PM »
Sticky as in if you ate candy and did not wash your hands after that.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #36 on: January 19, 2017, 02:32:59 PM »
Ok, so it's not like that cause I don't have to wash my hands after I handled my Spinosaurus or any other model I own. Even though I touch my figures rarely and not for so long, admittedly.

To prevent any damage I suggest not to expose them to direct sunlight, as said before. I also don't display my figures in the hot season, my room gets particularly heated so I put them in a storage box and keep it in the coldest room of the house until the end of the summer.
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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #37 on: January 19, 2017, 05:14:44 PM »
Perhaps it's not just sunlight involved.  By chance, earlier this week I happened to open a box in which I had stored my toy farm and zoo animals - mostly Britain's scale models - that I had as a young child.  So they will date from the mid to late 1960s I guess.  My parents packed them away years ago and eventually delivered them to my house.  I hadn't opened them since.  Then a few days ago I bit the bullet and opened the box, as we're doing a lot of decorating and clearing.  I had two giant pandas - I noticed one of them was slightly sticky to the touch.  Also I had several trees (again Britain's).  They had gone very sticky indeed and I threw them out. Sadly the sticky trees had damaged the stable block - so I threw that out as well.  The other animals seemed unaffected.  Just trying to decide now whether to store them in the loft - or be brave and take them to Oxfam!!  The box hadn't been stored anywhere warm.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2017, 05:24:45 PM »
Perhaps it's not just sunlight involved.

That is true, the plasticizer will vaporize no matter what, sunlight only accelerates that process. If the figure is boxed and doesnīt get much air, the vapors have nowhere to go and will stick to the figure even more.

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Re: Certain figures are sticky. What is the cause?
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2017, 05:35:53 PM »
Yes, I'm sure you are right about vapours in a confined space.