|01-04-2009, 12:44 AM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Hi All, First off I'm a newbie here. I'm really impressed by this site and it's members. I'm really looking forward to being a part of it!
Now for my question. I've been collecting 25th figures for over a year now and recently started collecting some extra figures for my kids to play with in a year or two. Do you think the new line is as "playable" as the old line was. I think the 25th line is awesome but then again I've only really looked at it as a display or moc collectible. Sometimes I look at the older joes with their simpler articulation and wonder if I should go that route. Any opinions?
|01-04-2009, 02:41 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2003
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The older figures are predominantly constructed of hard plastic. Some of mine have broken off thumbs and crotches. They also have rubber O-rings which the 25th figures don't have, but can wear out over time. None of mine have worn out, but it has happened to other fan's figures, and it is disappointing that it might happen. I hope it doesn't happen to my figures and will be disappointed if it eventually happens. There are no worries about this on the 25th figures.
With all of this said, a vintage figure is more likely to break when hitting a floor, than a 25th figure. Since the 25th figures are made of softer plastic, the problem of stuck joints can occur with the wrist pegs, which can lead to them shearing off as stated earlier. The older figures with harder plastic do not have this problem, however in general, the older figures are more prone to joint looseness over time.
I think the 25th figures are better for kids provided the stuck joints are freed up(if stuck). You can do this by shoving the figure in the freezer for a few minutes, then slowly trying to get the joint to budge and unstuck. So long as you tell your kids to be careful with the web gear and bandoliers, they should be alright. When I was a child, I had a number of joes with broken thumbs and crotches, from getting them to do ninja poses and just placing weapons in their hands! I also twisted the torso of my General Hawk w/jetpack too many times, I thought the spinning action as a result was AWESOME until I saw the entire torso jump off as a result of a broken O-ring.
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|01-04-2009, 02:48 AM||#3|
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Personally, I don't think the 25th and up line is as "playable" as the original. Three, four and five years old kids could play with the originals and be pretty rough with them. Sure, they might pull the o-ring apart, but a little rubber band action and it's good as new for a little one.
The 25th line is pretty easily broken if put through the rigors of being played with. I've always thought that the more articulation a figure has (EXCLUDING McFarlane toys), the more stress on the joints that have the articulation. More parts that move, more parts that break.
Just my two cents, but I'd let the kids play with the rougher condition older toys. No thumbs? Who cares! Broken crotch? SO what? It's not like they are going to be using them.
|01-04-2009, 03:37 AM||#4|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
The 25th line is clearly not a toy for kids! Kids are better off playing with the old school Joes for the sake of playing without regards to damages.
|01-04-2009, 03:50 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Jose, CA
I have 3 boys, ages 5,6, and 7 and while they take care of their joes pretty well, I would say the biggest issue I've seen is "wobbly leg syndrome". They keep the joes stored in a container, but over time many of the figures have very loose legs and don't stand on their own too well - I'm not sure if there is a fix to this problem, but other than that the 25th line of figures has been pretty durable!
|01-04-2009, 03:51 AM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2008
I would say if you can find a lot of vintage figures on ebay go with that. Other then finding a lot of vintage joes I would go with the 25th line for the sake of availability. Lots of figures on the pegs to pick from and when I was a kid part of the fun was going to TRU to pick out a new figure.
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|01-04-2009, 04:39 AM||#7|
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|01-04-2009, 12:25 PM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2008
IMO I think you'd be best off getting your kids the Valor Vs Venom stuff at the dollar stores, Great characters, soft plastic and more playability than the 25th. A lot less stuff to get lost as well.
|01-04-2009, 12:51 PM||#9|
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Join Date: May 2008
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I learned the hard way that VvV is the way to go...I'm still finding loose hands and heads when I clean his room after buying him some 25th figs...His mom just bought him the Crimson Guard TRU 5 pack, and I have yet to find stands or packs!
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