MarkG wrote:Last time I had a look at my Yak he had a slight tinge on yellow to his body...and he's been in a acid free bag, in a box for the last 25+ years...
Poor Chewbacca was getting green limb syndrome 20+ years ago... so it's possible some figures are more prone to it too.
Age gets the better of us all anyway... so our 'toys' are aging with us..
I'm sure you're probably quite right about some figures being more prone to it, or at least some COO variants of some figures (not that I could tell you which ones!). Chewie famously had his 'green-limbs' variant at least back in the 90's, and possibly earlier, and that surely must simply be discolouration / degradation rather than a bona fide plastic colour difference between the shade Kenner used for his torso and that used for his limbs. Why the hell would they deliberately make a Chewie with green limbs, for god's sake? Even back in the early 90's when some collectors started banging on about the green-limbs Chewie I wasn't interested; it was clearly degradation then, and it still is today... Of course you could argue that if only one or two COO Chewbacca variants are the ones whose limbs turn green through degradation, then perversely by definition, a green-limbs Chewie genuinely is a true variant!... It's just not one that I personally want.
Mind you, most of us are quite happy to stick a purple-smocked Ugnaught in our cabinets, when they almost certainly are simply blue ones which have decayed / discoloured / degraded over time (I don't recall ever seeing a purple smocked Ugnaught carded, so perhaps it's an oxidation process in his case?). And some (most?) Squid Head cape colour variants may very well be caused in a similar way. My point of course is that some colour degradation 'variants' are actually treated as mainstream variants by most collectors... I just don't count unevenly yellowing Prune or Yak Faces as being ones... Or green-limbed wookiees
Sadly of course if colour degradation is, as I suspect, ultimately the fate of almost all Star Wars figures, then enjoy them as they look today... they'll never look as good again
. It also makes the current trend for rocketing prices doubly eyebrow-raising, given that you could spend a fortune on a pristine loose figure today, only to have it turn yellow before your eyes within a few short years like almost every POTF coin card bubble has (my own formerly crystal-clear POTF carded Romba's bubble is looking decidedly brown and sorry for itself these days
). So love your figures today, for tomorrow they might make you hate them