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Why do your Action Figures have Sticky Plastic?

Do your action figures have sticky plastic?

Have they been stored or displayed for a long period of time?

What can you do to protect them and prevent this from happening again?

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If you have any action figures that have been kept in sealed boxes or baggies for a long period of time you may notice that they have become “sticky”or “tacky”to the touch.

This can also be a problem with figures that have been on display.

But what causes it and what can you do about it?


The cause of this stickiness or tackiness is the plasticizer that is used the manufacture of action figures. Over long periods of time this plasticizer begins to vaporize.

The plasticizer is added to the PVC, which is the main material used in their manufacture, to make it softer, therefore the more plasticizer added to the PVC the softer the PVC becomes which also means the more it is likely to sweat. 

This also means that figures that use softer plastics or PVC are more prone to this stickiness than figures that use harder plastics or PVC.

Also if their stored in sealed containers, baggies, boxes, MOC or MIB (Mint on the Card or Mint in the Box) then the plastic can’t breathe and the vaporized plasticizer cannot escape and will cling to the figure causing the stickiness or tackiness. 

Unfortunately this is a natural process and all your figures will at some time become prone to this, although depending on the materials used in the manufacturer of your figures and taking the right preventive measures they should surpass your lifetime!


So what can I do?

There are several fairly simple and basics preventative measures you can take:

1) If they are stored in bags or boxes make sure the air can circulate and the plastic can  "breathe".

2) If stored MIB (in their original packaging) make sure there is a breather hole in the "bubble".

3) Store or display out of direct sunlight OR direct artificial light as this can accelerate the breakdown of the plastic and cause discoloration and bubbling.

4) UV light/rays are harmful so anti-UV screening, display cases etc will help to protect them.

There are also a few more procedures and preventative measure you can take periodically to substantially slow down this process if done on a yearly basis:

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Well, to be honest I would say 705 of it is pure gut feeling and about 30% of it is an educated guess, however both of these are heavily influenced by my experience and knowledge of the business.

You see, I’ve been in this business for more than 15 years, both offline and online, as a trader and this “being” in touch with the grass roots collectors and consumer means I’ve had my finger pretty much on the pulse.

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 I usually have a short list of three places that I regularly buy from, depending on what I’m looking for.

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Looking After Your Figures

OK, so far we’ve looked at everything from deciding what figures you want to buying them, but what will you do with then once you get them home?

Most people either hide their figures away in some dark and dingy cupboard where they are left forgotten for eons, or put them proudly on display in the most prominent place at the mercy of the elements.

But if you had just bought a new car, sofa or TV would you treat it the same way? [ Read more...]


Storing and Displaying Your Figures

Taking care of, protecting and storing your action figures correctly is of tantamount importance if you wish them to keep their value, whether it’s a sentimental or financial value.

Loose figures are a lot easier to store than carded figures but carded figures are better protected so storage isn’t quite as problematic as it is with loose figures.

One of the most important factors to take into account when storing them is their value. 

There are many companies now, both on and off the internet that supply various ways to store and protect them.

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Cleaning Your Figures

When was the last time you cleaned any of your figure?

Is your Luke Skywalker looking a little brown around the edges, is your Storm trooper more gray than white?

Does your G.I. Joe have dirty, greasy matted hair?

Would you like to have them looking new and pristine again? 

Whether your figures have been displayed carefully in a cabinet, on a shelf, desk, or just lying loose in a large storage box the chances are that at some point, if not now, you will need to give them a clean. 

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What Causes Your Figures to Become Sticky? 

Why do your Action Figures have Sticky Plastic?

Do your action figures have sticky plastic?

Have they been stored or displayed for a long period of time?

What can you do to protect them and prevent this from happening again? [ Read more ]


How to Grade Your Action Figures?

Find out how to grade your action figures professionally and save yourself money!

Trying to find accurate grade and values for your action figures can be a minefield but if you know what defects to look for you can save yourself money when buying second-hand figures and also how to check your own action figures when valuing them. [ Read More ]


DISCLAIMER

Pleas note that all prices are for informational purposes only and are NOT a solicitation or offer to buy any of the items quoted.

When researching for these articles I use many different online and offline retailers and auctions to get an average value AT THE TIME of writing the article.

As such they will almost definitely be incorrect as the prices and values are in constant flux and change.

Please check my articles and videos on how to grade and value your action figures for up to date prices.

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