Wait a second… haven’t I done this review before? Why yes, yes I have. Here’s the deal: I’ve got a story to tell about a somewhat common issue that plagues action figure collectors. And that issue is BREAKAGE!
Toys generally are made out of plastics, and one of the important things to remember about plastic is that it isn’t indestructible. Plastic can suffer from some serious wear and tear. Depending on the type of plastic used for a figure, breakage can be a rareity or an inevitability. Most importantly, as figures become more and more detailed, and gain more and more articulation, they are more and more likely to break.
I am no stranger to toys breaking. When you own well over 2000 action figures, you tend to get really familiar with the idea that they aren’t always built to last. When I was a kid, my dad had a box on his desk where I could place my broken action figures. Every month or so, he’d sit down with a tube of apoxy and repair them to the best of his ability. For the most part, it was simple stuff. Arm joints broke. A head might fall off. Easy fixes. But, as the toys got more and more complex, they became more difficult to fix. My first real experience with an un-fixable toy came when I was about 12 years old. I had just gotten the Marvel Legends Series 9 Nightcrawler. I was so thrilled! But, not long after opening him, I was showing him to my dad and I dropped him. It wasn’t a big fall, maybe 3 or 4 feet. Regardless, his head came clean off. Due to the nature of the neck joint, there was no fixing him. He was broken, what could you do. Not too long after, my Dad felt bad about it, so he bought me another one. He was a $7 figure, so it’s not too much of a loss, but it still sucks.
So, where does Striker Eureka come into this? Well, Striker is a really cool figure, but he’s also a master of the “Shelf Dive” where a figure takes a tumble off of the shelf they’re being displayed on. Striker did this a few times to no ill effect, but one day, I picked up Striker to take some photos with Cherno Alpha, and off came his leg, right at the hip. I closely looked at the brake and noticed that the hip’s swivel joint had split in two. All the pieces were still there, so I figured I could probably fix him without any frozen joints. It took me a few hours of careful work, but I got him put back together. And back on the shelf he went. For, a few months, he sat there, no issues. Then a couple weeks ago, I was doing some cleaning before a few friends came over, and down he came again. I picked him up like I had lots of times before, and went to put him on the shelf. Then, I noticed his arm was missing. Yep, it was lying on the floor. I looked at it and quickly diagnosed it was a lost cause. The weight of the arm and the small size of the broken peg meant there was no way to fix him. Since Striker’s a fairly popular figure who comfortably sells for north of $60, I wasn’t going to rush out to get a new one. So, Striker sat armless on my desk for the past few weeks.
Yesterday afternoon, I was walking through my local Toys R Us, and I came across another Striker, sitting on the shelf alone. So, I picked him up, happy to find a replacement at the retail price. I guess things worked out, huh? Sure, having a non-broken Striker means he effectively cost twice as much as the other figures in the line, but I guess it could be worse. Regardless, I’ll definitely be more careful with this one!
If you’d like to read my actual review of the Striker Eureka figure, go check it out here!