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Anonymous 07/14/14(Mon)18:35 UTC+1 No.4285563 Report

Hey guys. I just dug out some of my vintage Star Wars and GI Joe figures from the late 70's and early 80's. I packed them up over 20 years ago, and am now trying to figure out what to do with them.

Thing is, the Star Wars figures have some kind of oily sheen or film on them. What is this? Has anyone else had this issue? What's the best way to clean them?

The Joes are fine. Most just need a new rubber band.

Otherwise, vintage thread.
Anonymous 07/14/14(Mon)18:40 UTC+1 No.4285572 Report

Plasticizers leaking. Natural part of toy aging, happens to some but not others. Mild soap and warm water will clean it off. Nothing will prevent it from happening again eventually. Keeping them cold after cleaning them will delay it.
Anonymous 07/14/14(Mon)18:45 UTC+1 No.4285579 Report

Your toys are ruined.
As that other Anon mentioned, that oily stuff are plasticizers coming out of the plastic.
It'll lead to brittleness, discoloration, and pitting issues.
It was likely caused by storing them in an area that got too hot and/or humid.
Anonymous 07/14/14(Mon)19:05 UTC+1 No.4285603 Report

>Your toys are ruined.

Well, that's a bit of an overstatement. Seems that it's a fairly unavoidable part of old Kenner figures.
Anonymous 07/14/14(Mon)20:04 UTC+1 No.4285701 Report

Your toys are not ruined. They're just old. Clean them up and they'll look fine. Obviously if you give them to a three year old they'll get destroyed, but only slightly quicker now than a pristine 40 year old toy.
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