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A brand new OLD figure?A brand new OLD figure?

Hello MFC!
So, I am planing to buy a brand new figure. That figure is very old (around 10 years old) from a shop (not individual seller). For a shop, let's take Solaris Japan as an example and ITEM #41779 as the item I want to buy.

Condition says that is brand new.
Figure we took as an example is from 2011.
My question is:
Will this brand new figure be sticky?
As we all know, if figures and in there boxes for a long time, they became sticky. They start letting plasticizer out. The chemical used while manufacturing for easier sculpting.
Do, brand new old figures, maybe get opened and taken out of the box by workers in the shops to get the figure aired? Or do they have eny other way of preventing plasticizer comming out?

You are probably saying:
"Oh, plastisizer is not a problem. You can wash it off by some water and soap!"

BUT, what if a figure is very coomplex like figure I took as an example? It's easy with a nendoroid, but what's about about tiny places on the figure I can't wash? Tiny cracks and sculp designs? And most important, complex and big hair?
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Poiyudachi (2 meses atrás) #66609158Ohhh that's a nice figure!
Okay, so I also bought a brand new old figure from Solaris Japan early last year, ITEM #8939 to be exact. For being almost 9 years old when i bought her, I didn't notice anything wrong with her.
Hope this helped !


Well, then everything should be okay, thank you!
2 meses atrás
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Outside of figures, I also collect 80s toys. They're much older than most of the figures we look at here. The exact same toys can age differently from each other, even if they're both MIB forty years later. There's no way of knowing exactly how well a figure has aged until you've got it in your hands.

If you're planning to display her without touching, a little stickiness shouldn't be too much of a problem. Just keep her protected from dust.
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I opened 2 Koto statues from 2013 (Muv-Luv ones) this year, and they were not sticky. I have heard many people say that Koto is a manufacturer that requires you to air the figure, but after 6 years in the box, they seemed fine.

So my guess is that it comes down to where it was stored, mainly the temperatures. I suspect that in a very humid and hot room, there is likely to be issues while in a cooler setting, its probably ok.

I would just go for it, if its a statue you really like.

EDIT: I got mine from AmiAmi, so I cannot comment specifically on Solaris. But I hear they are good, though shipping is a bit overpriced.
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I got a Figma Megurine Luka for a friend about 8~9 years ago. Unfortunately our relation turned bitter before I manage to gave it to her and had her tuck away in my attic since released.

Found her in my attic and bust her open 2~3 months and nothing. No shiny spot, stickiness or anything. I can only imagine GSC/MF products are quite, hardy because my attic is actually very hot during the summer.

If you like it, I think you should definitely get her.
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Ohhh that's a nice figure!

Okay, so I also bought a brand new old figure from Solaris Japan early last year, ITEM #8939 to be exact. For being almost 9 years old when i bought her, I didn't notice anything wrong with her.
Hope this helped !
2 meses atrás
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Just a bit of personal experience with old figures, my first one was an older Kotobukiya figure from 2006 and a few years back discovered the plasticizer problem, only soap water didn't work well and using a brush lightly revealed the paint had delaminated completely. Keep in mind she had been displayed on an open air shelf that would get some sun each day, which probably was the culprit for the paint delamination.

So, storage and care is very key for figures 10+ years old, heavy YMMV caveat to them. I'd buy used and verify through pictures before trusting the condition that a store kept a box in storage for over a decade.
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SkaylerOtakuCat (2 meses atrás) #66598964Thank you for responding! I have actually thought about buying BRS the animation 1/8 scale. If everything is ok with your black gold saw, it should be with the brs as well
I have the other BRS that was made a few months before the one you have in sights and although I can't tell from experience since I haven't kept her in the box, I'm still pretty confident that she shouldn't be prone to stickiness and in all likelihood, it's the same for the animation version.
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kyoshinhei (2 meses atrás) #66580313Whether a figure gets sticky or not depends more on the manufacturing quality than on how it's stored. Top tier manufacturers like GSC and Alter are often less prone to stickiness (even after 10 years) than say Griffon for example. For GSC I'd say the turning point when they started refining their process enough to avoid stickiness was around 2008 but don't take my word for it.
That said, stickiness can still happen on some figures, if you're interested in one in particular you could ask on its item page to get feedback from other owners.
If the figure is complex with big hair, etc. you can still wash it by submerging it completely in a sink (or a bathtub for he biggest ones). Just let the water/soap do its work without scrubbing and use a hair dryer (not too close) after rinsing. If the nooks and crannies are still sticky, wash again using a soft toothbrush.
Here's GSC's take on the subject. mikatan.goodsmi... It's for small figures but there's no reason it wouldn't translate on bigger scales
SebastianLover (2 meses atrás) #66580343I actually got this figure brand new from Ninoma about 2 months ago. I didn't feel any stickiness on mine despite it being sealed for so long. Either I'm lucky or the material GSC used was more durable. I was pretty surprised as around that time I had also gotten a pre-owned 2012 Griffon Flandre Scarlet that was fairly sticky from sitting in her box for too long. I actually got all 3 GSC BRS figures and none of them were sticky despite being sealed.
To answer your other question, shops won't normally open a sealed figure even if it's better for the figure condition. That would basically make it pre-owned and they'd have to charge less.
About stickiness in general, the figure isn't normally 100% sticky, but is only sticky in certain places i.e. the hair. My sticky Scarlet only has sticky fire accessories and funnily her bloomers.XD


Thank you for responding! I have actually thought about buying BRS the animation 1/8 scale. If everything is ok with your black gold saw, it should be with the brs as well
2 meses atrás
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kyoshinhei (2 meses atrás) #66580313Whether a figure gets sticky or not depends more on the manufacturing quality than on how it's stored. Top tier manufacturers like GSC and Alter are often less prone to stickiness (even after 10 years) than say Griffon for example. For GSC I'd say the turning point when they started refining their process enough to avoid stickiness was around 2008 but don't take my word for it.
That said, stickiness can still happen on some figures, if you're interested in one in particular you could ask on its item page to get feedback from other owners.
If the figure is complex with big hair, etc. you can still wash it by submerging it completely in a sink (or a bathtub for he biggest ones). Just let the water/soap do its work without scrubbing and use a hair dryer (not too close) after rinsing. If the nooks and crannies are still sticky, wash again using a soft toothbrush.
Here's GSC's take on the subject. mikatan.goodsmi... It's for small figures but there's no reason it wouldn't translate on bigger scales


Oh, I didn't know companies are actually using pvc of a diferent quality. Thank you for the suggesting how to wash it if it will actually be sticky
2 meses atrás
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I actually got this figure brand new from Ninoma about 2 months ago. I didn't feel any stickiness on mine despite it being sealed for so long. Either I'm lucky or the material GSC used was more durable. I was pretty surprised as around that time I had also gotten a pre-owned 2012 Griffon Flandre Scarlet that was fairly sticky from sitting in her box for too long. I actually got all 3 GSC BRS figures and none of them were sticky despite being sealed.

To answer your other question, shops won't normally open a sealed figure even if it's better for the figure condition. That would basically make it pre-owned and they'd have to charge less.

About stickiness in general, the figure isn't normally 100% sticky, but is only sticky in certain places i.e. the hair. My sticky Scarlet only has sticky fire accessories and funnily her bloomers.XD
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