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JediTricks
10-12-2006, 05:06 PM
I just took notice at this figure, it's not one I pay a lot of attention to, I put it firing out of the Republic Gunship since it has an action pose anyway, but I just went over there to add a SA CW Clone and discovered that the torso on that Padme figure had yellowed considerably.

It seems to be only the white plastic, the white paint elements have remained colorfast so far. It's never been in a smoke environment and it's facing away from direct sunlight, and if it were the interior light in the room that only hits part of it because the Gunship ceiling cuts out about half. I just checked again, the yellowing seems to be on the crotch as well which is a separate piece but also white plastic. The white plastic legs have fared a little better, but I can see it's coming in there too.

So, anybody else have this issue as well?

pbarnard
10-12-2006, 05:41 PM
I just took notice at this figure, it's not one I pay a lot of attention to, I put it firing out of the Republic Gunship since it has an action pose anyway, but I just went over there to add a SA CW Clone and discovered that the torso on that Padme figure had yellowed considerably.

It seems to be only the white plastic, the white paint elements have remained colorfast so far. It's never been in a smoke environment and it's facing away from direct sunlight, and if it were the interior light in the room that only hits part of it because the Gunship ceiling cuts out about half. I just checked again, the yellowing seems to be on the crotch as well which is a separate piece but also white plastic. The white plastic legs have fared a little better, but I can see it's coming in there too.

So, anybody else have this issue as well?

No, but all white plastics eventually will. It's just the gradual oxidation of the polymer. Unless you can store all white figs like Stormies, that Padme, GI Joe Stormshadow and Snow Job, etc under an inert atmosphere, the problem will persist.

Some speculation I've seen on other sites is that Hasbro has been using cheaper and cheaper plastics which are much more prone to envrionmental effects.

JEDIpartner
10-12-2006, 06:42 PM
Yeah... it's kind sad. I don't have that issue with mine, but I do have some Stormtroopers from days gone by that have turned some interesting colours.

Slicker
10-12-2006, 10:07 PM
It's probably just like the vintage Stormies (i.e. 1977) where the torsos are completely dingy yellow. I've seen tons of them like that.

JediTricks
10-13-2006, 04:08 PM
I have a dozen loose stormtroopers that have been all dusty and nasty for 11 years who aren't yellowed like this.

Bosskman
10-13-2006, 05:15 PM
My Padme is yellow as well, as are some of my Stormies and Ceremonial Leia.