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  • Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
    Manufacturer flaws to me don't count as not perfect. Sure it's disappointing if they're not as detailed or great as you wanted but to me perfect means not broken, good condition, seal in tact and such matters. And yes that's a requirement for me when buying new. Box should also look perfect.
    However huge visible paint smudges, chipped off paint parts to me are bothersome. That counts as damage to me.
    Seamlimes however are fugly but not less perfect just less enjoyable if you get what I mean.

    With some manufacturers I expect more than others and I know which ones deliver flawless quality like alter for example. But prices are steeper for those too so depending on what's more important to you, price or product itself and you know you're nitpicky, I'd say go for alter, max factory or native.
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    Honestly, I feel like figures are not always going to be perfect. Some may have some minor flaws (like scuffs) which that is okay. However, when it comes to major stuff like a part broken off or a major paint mishap then that is a problem. Still, buying new figures is a bit of a gamble because one has no idea how it will be once they get it even when it is a well-renowned company like GSC or Alter.
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    I think you're setting yourself up for failure if you're looking for the most minor of imperfections - due to the nature of the product, it's highly likely there will be some bit that is slightly off when you're looking up close like that.

    When I'm doing an inspection of a figure for flaws I ask myself "will this bother me still after a couple of weeks on the shelf?" and that decides if I do anything about it or not.
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    For me, I like to inspect every figure that I get. However, I'm often willing to overlook minor flaws, particularly if the figure was inexpensive. Same thing goes for boxes that may be slightly damaged or even non-essential missing parts (if buying used). Also, if it is a medium level flaw (say a larger blotch of paint than a spec) and it is largely hidden due to the display angle (say in the back or obscured), then a flaw like that is nothing to worry about either.

    If I'm paying $30 for a figure, then I don't mind minor flaws at all as long as they aren't very noticeable. Most of the time, cheaper "prize figures" have numerous minor painting flaws. I've even gotten broken or slightly damaged prize figures that most likely got damaged in shipment that I simply fixed myself. It makes little sense for me to spend the money shipping back a $30 prize figure when I can fix it myself and have the damage be unnoticeable from a normal viewing distance.

    I'd say that most of the scale figures that I've bought new for $50-100 have exceeded my expectations in terms of quality (any flaws were unnoticeable from a normal viewing distance). For higher priced scale figures ($100+), they have met my expectations in quality (however, I expect more so if I find flaws due to bad QC even if they are unnoticeable I de-merit the manufacturer in my mind). This was the case with one of my Rem figures made by Phat! that cost me about $120-ish. It had a largely unnoticeable place where they missed painting the figure so while I didn't send it back, Phat! got a demerit in terms of me purchasing future products from them. The more recent Phat! figures I've purchased have been largely flawless so me having one "bad QC figure" by Phat! doesn't seem to representative of their overall production quality. But, if I had gotten a few bad QC figures from Phat!, I would have stopped purchasing their figures.
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    A figure’s QC should reflect the price that you paid, imo- a $15 prize can be expected to have more paint errors than a $300 scale, generally speaking.

    If there are huge paint errors, large chunks of PVC missing, big scuffs, or things that can be seen from a distance, sure, that’s an issue. But like other people have said, figures are mass-prduced, and going over every figure you get hunting for specks of paint out of the lines will make you hate this hobby very quickly.

    Personally, I don’t mind figures with a few dents and dings as long as they can’t be seen when on display. The only thing I’m really picky about is the face, since I buy figures for the character they represent as well as their aesthetics, but I have quite a few pre-owneds that had a tough life before I got them, and I don’t love them any less. (My ITEM #810198 in particular has major issues with the backs of her twintails- it almost looks like the PVC was melted in places- but I can’t see it from the front, so I’m totally fine with it.)

    I see people on here complaining about a small speck of paint or a tiny dot out of the lines, especially on the backs/shoes/non-focal points of their figures, and it’s a little baffling to me. Enjoy the figures you have, (minor) imperfections included, or you’ll soon grow to hate this hobby, and it’ll end up causing more stress than it’s worth to find the “perfect” figure.
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    Honestly I don't think it really matters as long as you can't see it from a distance. Ive had figures come in with minor scuffs etc but once I put them in my cabinets, they're untocibale so I see no point in looking for a "perfect", undamaged figure. If it's a very obvious QC error than sure, but some of the stuff I see people complain about on here is a bit ridiculous, most of the time I can't even see what they're talking about and yet they go through so much drama trying to get a replacement. Not worth all the hassle imho.
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    Scones2 månader sedan#80327860The average figure by now, at 15-16k yen in price, IMO, should be delivered upon in terms of quality, but not spotless. Some "perfect" figures exist, but since it's more of an ideal than real condition, a minor flaw or few is OK-ish. However, unless I really like the character and overall figure's appearance and caliber, messy painting in just one spot or a misaligned pattern will still sting, haha. Nevertheless, I gloss over such issues when factoring in the art style of the figure and the character.
    The price paid dictates the margin of error. Kotobukiya figures are fairly inexpensive, and because of that, they don't have to be perfect or even "great" in anything but their own right. Meanwhile, Aniplex, with their overpriced figures, need to up their game. However, I shop at my own discretion. As much as companies marking a simple 1/8 up at 16k should be damn well making a top 1% figure of its scale, that just doesn't happen often. So, overall, it's the price, personal preference, track history of the manufacturer (making things relative), and just avoiding tangoing with shitty companies.


    Well said
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    Jenthehen2 månader sedan#80327990I'll tell you now, this is a good way to drive yourself crazy and to never be satisfied. Figures are mass produced and the manufacturers can never guarantee that each figure they put out will be 100% completely flawless. They aren't meant to be gone over with a fine tooth comb searching for minor paint / production errors. They are meant to be appreciated on display (i.e. looking from a reasonable distance!) So many figures that people complain about being "poor quality" look GREAT on a shelf, to be honest.
    Even the highest tier figure makers will sometimes put out a figure with an error.


    Well said I'll try to control my bad habit from now on lol
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    Jenthehen Otaku at Law
    I'll tell you now, this is a good way to drive yourself crazy and to never be satisfied. Figures are mass produced and the manufacturers can never guarantee that each figure they put out will be 100% completely flawless. They aren't meant to be gone over with a fine tooth comb searching for minor paint / production errors. They are meant to be appreciated on display (i.e. looking from a reasonable distance!) So many figures that people complain about being "poor quality" look GREAT on a shelf, to be honest.

    Even the highest tier figure makers will sometimes put out a figure with an error.
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    galablue2 månader sedan#80327960I've only ever had QC issues with one figure, and it was a Kotobikuya figure. It's one of the reasons why I am willing to pay more money, I suppose, however I think at any price point when you recieve a figure, wether it is a scale, Koto, or 400USD, I think it should be as advertised. Less QC is expected at a lower price, but I think if I am paying 80+USD for a figurine, it should have gone through QC, should not be dirty, and should not be defective.
    I have a question then. I did just buy a figure it came today in the mail and on the back you can see there's some PVC that chipped off would you consider that reasonable enough to try to get a replacement figure from amiami? side note it looks worse in the photo but it's pretty small if you actually look at it in person but it's still there nonetheless and it kind of bothers me. Price of the figure was 130$ shipping was 40$ and the company is Emontoyshttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/07/13/2474538.jpeg
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