2012 TMNT NYCC all

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  • Starwars4J 3y

    Chinese plastic? When the head was removed, printing or no?
  • Scott Barnick 3y

    Starwars4J Looks normal to me, and my Toy Fair exclusive Captain America and Iron Man were both non-Chinese figs, so I would guess that most of the parts of this are non-Chinese as well. The head is of course probably Chinese-made because that's true of most parts with complex printing (e.g. Ninjago Serpentine minifigure heads, Toy Story minifigure heads, etc.).

    Not that I really care, as my Chinese-made parts usually have pretty good quality, and the print quality is often even better than parts made in other factories. My Skalidor minfigure's head and tail have way better print colors than the non-Chinese-made torso.
  • Starwars4J 3y

    Scott Barnick Thanks for the information! But I'm not sure what you mean about the Ninjago minifigure heads being Chinese-made? Do you have any source on that?

    As for the quality of the plastic, that has been proven to be lower for the Chinese-made figures, as has the printing. There are some great comparisons with the magnet figs showing the printing is just...well, off on the Chinese figures.

    Thanks again for the clarification though!
  • Scott Barnick 3y

    Starwars4J When explaining that the 2012 spinner sets wouldn't be Chinese-made, Mark Stafford mentioned that "I'm not saying there will be no China elements in these, some of our regular parts (a lot of the snake heads) are China made, so obviously they will be in there." Also, before the sets for 2012 came out, some pics of the snake tail elements showed up on Taobao, a site where parts that escape from Chinese factories often show up. That's what I'm basing my comment on.

    Also, on the Serpentine generals (Acidicus and Skalidor especially) there's a very visible difference in print quality, as the heads and tails have much richer print colors. And of course the painted attributes like Skalidor's spikes or most of the Serpentine's teeth are a common attribute of Chinese-made parts, like the aforementioned Toy Story minifigure heads.

    Quality of the plastic and printing have been shown to be lower many times, but I genuinely believe that it is improving, at least in that quality issues are becoming less frequent than back in the early days of Chinese minifigure manufacture when so many problems were reported with magnet packs and Minifigures series 1 and 2. My most recent collectible minifigure, the Space Marine, shows no signs of translucency even under bright LED lighting, though this may be partly due to his use of darker colors. And the printing of my collectible minifigures has almost always been top-notch except in the case of the Series 2 Lifeguard who looked like she could use another coat of yellow on her torso.

    Of course, if you have recent examples of problems with magnet figs I'm interested in seeing them, as I have almost never bought the magnet packs and so haven't seen many examples of Chinese-made figs that are meant to match non-Chinese-made ones, except a couple of the 2011 Ninjago spinner figs which were Chinese-made duplicates of the figs from the model sets.

    Something else to keep in mind is that the quality differences are pretty much imperceptible with certain molds. The Serpentine heads and tails, for instance, are thick enough that even if the plastic were more translucent than usual you probably couldn't see that from any angle. I would imagine the same would be true of the Turtles minifigure heads.
  • Okay Yaramanoglu PRO 2y

    Do you have a good picture of this minifig straight from the front? If not, do you think you could take one? I would really appreciate it, thanks!
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