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  • I think a lot of people get too hung up on small flaws. There is always some deviation in the finished project; it's just the nature of a mass produced product. Good QC means lower occurrence of flaws, not flawless figures. Some people will get a perfect figure, some people will get a tiny error. I've even seen GSC refuse to send a replacement for a small paint flaw since it was within their accepted error deviation.

    Also realize that these figures will degrade somewhat with time. Paint transfer is inevitable if you display the figure as intended although it's not usually visible until you take apart the figure (i.e. remove accessories, head). I say make peace with small defects now.

    The figures I consider bad are the ones who are either priced too high for paint/sculpt quality (as in level of detail, not number of flaws) or ones who don't live up to the initial prototype. Those are the ones I can't stand.
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    Everlast2 månader sedan#80366735DuskXIII2 månader sedan#80348981
    I made a comment on this thread on page 2 if you could take a look at it and give me your opinion on whether I should try to get a replacement that's if you didn't already look at the post or implied that into your comment
    My bad, I had not seen that comment and my opinion on said matter was somewhat touched on in my original post. Cost, if it would be more of a hassle to get a replacement that to keep it I generally keep it or toss it (though I've never had anything arrive in horrible condition quality wise), if it's damaged I am competent enough to attempt small repairs, if it's too much for me to handle I'll try to get a replacement or at least a partial refund.

    Still, this is all based on my personal cost, quality, desire ratio so I can say there have been two instances where I simply; gave up on trying to get a replacement on a limited edition figure and attempted a repair (failed) & tossed a damaged figure because I didn't want to deal with the seller.

    All that aside, I do a lot of research before I buy figures nowadays. Skipping the potential headache is a lot better than dealing with the aftermath.
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    DuskXIII2 månader sedan#80348981
    I made a comment on this thread on page 2 if you could take a look at it and give me your opinion on whether I should try to get a replacement that's if you didn't already look at the post or implied that into your comment
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    rococorose2 månader sedan#80344241Maybe if I ever get one of those crazy $1000 figures I might inspect it with a flashlight, but for a normal $150ish figure its whatever. Unless it comes with the head snapped off or a massive paint streak down the front, it doesn't matter enough to stir something up overIf you think $1000 is the point when you should expect some degree of quality assurance for brand new items, I would like to point out ITEM #219470, ITEM #75579, and ITEM #549576.

    The first two are dirt cheap and still well made for what they cost, the last one is somewhat pricey for a 1/12 scale but still falls within the overall quality range of the first two.

    A huge sum of dosh isn't and shouldn't be the benchmark for a decent figure.
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    Yes, within reason... You pay for quality is a very true statement in the figure collecting hobby. Manufacturer, sculpturer, distributer, all these play a part in the potential quality of the final product.

    That being said, I am willing to forgive a few imperfections in a figure given the cost, personal interest, and visibility of said flaws. I do have standards, I'm not gonna tolerate a shoddy half assed mess if a figure that can barely be set in it's stand due to poor sculpting, terrible glue/paint overflow at the seams, terrible ease of use for cast off figures.

    Saying something is "only $100" is not a feasable excuse when purchasing a brand new figure. I've bought figures for $20 that seem to have far more effort put into them than a couple $200 plus figures.

    TL;DR this is very much a cost vs risk hobby, you will more than likely buy a dud figure the longer you continue said hobby. But you shouldn't allow yourself to have laissez faire when it comes to quality control, do your research, look at preview photos, really put some forethought into your purchases.
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    Maybe if I ever get one of those crazy $1000 figures I might inspect it with a flashlight, but for a normal $150ish figure its whatever. Unless it comes with the head snapped off or a massive paint streak down the front, it doesn't matter enough to stir something up over
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    Well, I think at a certain price they should be "perfect", but almost none of them are. I can take care of paint smudges, scratch marks and stuff like that - no problem. But if you spend around 200 bucks on a figure and it doesn't stand well or the additional parts don't fit, it's just disapointing. I wouldn't buy any other figures by some manufacturers because of that.
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    Angel_Vivaldi Metal is life
    Cant say i take a flash light to it by any means but i do inspect new figures when i get them. If i find some paint transfer or blemishes i'll try to fix it but if i cant i just throw it in the display case. Not the type of guy to raise some hell over a paint smudge thats crazy. Nothing in life is ever perfect and that includes figures so im just happy to be in a position to be able to recieve these things in the first place.
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    I'll let you in on a little secret. Alter is considered by many to be the best company out there. You are likely to find the word perfect used to describe their figures. I have several Alter figures. Every damn one of them has some issue or another.

    So no, perfection cannot ever be expected, as we don't have the ability to control the placement of every atom that makes up the figure. At least, not without spending billions or trillions of dollars. And even if we could, once it gets touched, packed, shipped across the world, subjected to extreme temperature changes in transportation, flaws will emerge. It is still perfectly reasonable to expect a higher level of quality as you spend more on the figure, but also remember that we are in a period where the standard prices of figures are rising higher and higher, meaning that "high quality" figures are closer to $200 now than $100 or even $150.

    Of course, I still look over my figures when I get them, and will gripe if paint is too messy, or something is broken. But I also have reasonable expectations. If I can fix it myself, I don't worry about trying to get a replacement. As for most paint flaws or slight irregularities in the sculpt, I've found that once I detach my eyeball from the figure, and hold it at arm's length, I don't even notice it anymore.

    The only time I did contact AmiAmi to get a replacement was with Darkness Lala, because the star piece on her chest was missing. And honestly, the hassle of shipping her back, getting refunds for shipping, waiting for the replacement to be processed and shipped really was more trouble than it was worth for me. It wasn't "hard" or anything, just annoying. I was more hoping for maybe a $10-20 point refund from AmiAmi when I sent the email, but they decided to go the replacement route instead.
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    Everlast2 månader sedan#80327988I have a question then.

    To be honest, no. I think this comes with the territory of figure collecting. Not every figure you get is going to be perfect. I think the only time to ask for a refund or a new figure is if something is clearly wrong or broken.
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