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    Ack! Saga and Newer figures yellowing badly

    I just went over to my setup with my Republic Gunship (to attach the turret pod), it's pretty much my only purely Ep 2 setup. I get in there, and first I notice that my POTJ preview Clone Trooper's feet has completely stuck to the floor and footpegs he's on. As I'm working this out, I look over and see Saga Arena Escape Padme and her torso is FULLY yellowed, horribly so in fact. Then I look behind her and the Clone Wars realistic line Clone Trooper's torso is also yellow!

    I have a couple more of those Clones handy, and 1 of them has also got his torso yellowing, while the 3rd barely has it starting. Due to the fact that the less yellow clones aren't in the Gunship, I can only conclude that the gunship itself is what's turning them yellow. Maybe it's a coincidence, but it's not the sun because there's another clone in there facing the lighter side of the room who doesn't have yellowing, and the yellow figures have it evenly.

    I guess this was bound to happen. I wonder if in another 5 years we'll be noticing the same problem with Ep 3 and The Clone Wars figures as well.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    Same thing happened to my 3 CW realistic Clones (basic white) as well. I had them in my CW Gunship. None of the blue or yellow or green Clones I had with them had that problem. I sold the yellowing ones on Ebay earlier in the year, along with the cursed Gunship.

    My Saga Commander Cody yellowed similarly, albeit worse. His torso went light yellow-green, in sharp contrast to his limbs which were still blast white. I gave him away to the 6-year old son of one of my wife's friends.

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    DANG! I wish you hadn't said that about Cody, I just checked mine, he's starting to yellow in the chest as well, that's a bummer. It's not as bad as my Phase 1 Clones.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    I have read on various GalacticHunter articles about possibly wiping this stuff off with a wet towel, but it sounds like what's being discussed is the plastic itself, not some film that has been mentioned on there. It could be worth a shot, though.

    Either way, I've seen this too, particularly on arena Padmé. Some of the older clones are not holding their color as well as the newer ones, but as JT said, we'll see about that in a few years. It seems like they switched to a different, whiter plastic a few years ago, but who knows.

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    Cody is a pretty new figure and was quite a bright white when I got him, it doesn't bode well for any shiny white plastic figures.

    There was someone recently who formulated a fluid that took it out, but I'm always nervous.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    My Cody seems fine, and I've had him in direct light for most of his life.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Maybe it's a coincidence, but it's not the sun because there's another clone in there facing the lighter side of the room who doesn't have yellowing, and the yellow figures have it evenly.
    Yellowing is caused by heat and UV exposure... and I swear, the effects seem to be totally random when it comes to Star Wars figures. There can be a lot of variation when it comes to the mix of plastics used on figures like clones, so sensitivity to temperature and UV can vary significantly.
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    Well, heat and UV are worse on the other side than the one that yellowed, so it is very confusing. And that side has one of those SA clone wars ms Clones next to another preview Clone.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    My Cody is also fine, as are pretty much all of my post-2004 clones. The repacked AOTC clone that came with the Darth Vader carrying case in 2005 is a little more off-white than the several other figures from the mold I've bought since 2007. Arena Padmé's chest is quite yellow, but everything else - even in the gunship - is fine. When I unpacked my stuff from their boxes and baggies last year, my Jabba Glob was secreting something nasty, but it wasn't the "glob" itself. I know this stuff wasn't made to last forever, but most of the vintage line has seemed to hold up, so hopefully the modern line will be good for a while.

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    I actually checked my Cody thoroughly a little while ago. Not a single spot of yellow anywhere on him. Just a teeny-tiny pinhead.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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