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  • aldybee1 day ago#85059702Yep, this is also me... Most of my scale figures are from Alter (and I have high expections from them) but I've noticed there are minor flaws or imperfections when I inspect them up close. I think my Salter is by far the worst, followed by my Scathach bunny which had loose fishnets on her right foot, as well as a singular black hair that got stuck in between the gap where her shoe is glued to her foot. Stuff like this REALLY gets to me and it makes me reconsider figure collecting as a hobby. I guess I just have to lower my expectations with figure collecting. Maybe figure companies that hail from Japan (looking at you Alter...) should stop manufacturing/mass producing their figures in China and have them done inside Japan instead, or is that asking too much?

    funny story, i while ago i ordered this item ITEM #83306 which was listed as new off yahoo auction JP via a proxy. the figure's condition was absolutely appalling. the coat was FULL of these light scratches, her body had a ton as well. here is a gyazo of her coat gyazo.com/36eb5...

    one of the coat arms was also broken/detached. at the time I was so pissed thinking it was some scum selling a used as new (and this could have very well been the case), but now in hindsight there is a very real possibility that the figure was indeed new and i was just the unluckiest bloke alive. Maybe the Chinese workers just bashed the figure againts the wall or had not cut their nails in a year and scratched the hell out the figure.
    1 day ago
    MeleeHell1 day ago#85059426i have learned my lesson that figures will just sometimes come fucked up with these scratches. I am kind of OCD and i would regularly inspect my new figures for imperfections and i would see these sometimes. It got to the point where i almost just stopped collecting because it was so frustrating, i expected a new figure to come, well new with no imperfections. Unfortunately thats just not the case and sometimes you will get the shit end of the stick with these "light scratches" to my knowledge there is no reliable way to get rid of them, ive gotten rid of light paint transfers or scuffs with magic eraser but these are different, the red ring of death of figures lol.
    if you have general knowledge of card collecting and grading, sometimes you will get an extremely rare and sought after card but the centering will be fucked up, or the corners will be dinged, therefore ruining chances of a PSA 10 and its just completely out of your control, its kind of the same with figures. i think it shouldn't be considering their high prices but what can you do i guess.
    Yep, this is also me... Most of my scale figures are from Alter (and I have high expections from them) but I've noticed there are minor flaws or imperfections when I inspect them up close. I think my Salter is by far the worst, followed by my Scathach bunny which had loose fishnets on her right foot, as well as a singular black hair that got stuck in between the gap where her shoe is glued to her foot. Stuff like this REALLY gets to me and it makes me reconsider figure collecting as a hobby. I guess I just have to lower my expectations with figure collecting. Maybe figure companies that hail from Japan (looking at you Alter...) should stop manufacturing/mass producing their figures in China and have them done inside Japan instead, or is that asking too much?
    1 day ago
    i have learned my lesson that figures will just sometimes come fucked up with these scratches. I am kind of OCD and i would regularly inspect my new figures for imperfections and i would see these sometimes. It got to the point where i almost just stopped collecting because it was so frustrating, i expected a new figure to come, well new with no imperfections. Unfortunately thats just not the case and sometimes you will get the shit end of the stick with these "light scratches" to my knowledge there is no reliable way to get rid of them, ive gotten rid of light paint transfers or scuffs with magic eraser but these are different, the red ring of death of figures lol.

    if you have general knowledge of card collecting and grading, sometimes you will get an extremely rare and sought after card but the centering will be fucked up, or the corners will be dinged, therefore ruining chances of a PSA 10 and its just completely out of your control, its kind of the same with figures. i think it shouldn't be considering their high prices but what can you do i guess.
    1 day ago
    Thanks for the replies. I think I’m just gonna put up with it since it’s almost unnoticeable when she’s in my Detolf. I bought her brand new from a local seller and Alter doesn’t help anyone outside of Japan so I’m out of luck with getting replacement parts anyway.
    1 day ago
    If it's brand new and it bugs you too much to display it, you can contact the place you bought it from and see if they'll do a replacement, or the manufacturer to see if you can return it to them in exchange for one without this issue, since it seems like a manufacturing error rather than anything that could be caused by rough handling during shipment. I'm not familiar with Alter's practices when it comes to factory defects, but it could be worth a shot.
    2 days ago
    kyoshinhei2 days ago#85001295It's not easy to tell from the picture but this is likely the matte finish that got scratched somehow. The paint underneath looks OK.
    It can be fixed but it's a bit tricky.
    You would need to mask all the parts that have a different finish (hair and eyes) and then spray some matte top coat over the cheek. However there's always a risk that the top coat doesn't exactly match the original finish of the figure and you then end up with a different shine on each half of the face or with a nasty separation line where the masking was.


    I think it is this. I've had similar scratches on other brand new figures that I call "micro-abrasions". Micro-abrasions are scratches that are on the surface finish but haven't pierced the painting beneath. They are irritating since you don't want a new figure to have them, but somehow the figure got scratched on her face. Could be poor figure box packaging (i.e., another part could scratch against it while being transported). Could be from the factory. I don't know of any easy fixes. It one of those things that collectors will probably encounter a few times because packages can get jarred around/rattled pretty badly while being transported so any packaging flaws can end up leading to figure damage.
    2 days ago
    aldybee2 days ago#84995880Apart from that scratch does the sculpt and painting of my Saber’s head look identical to yours? In particular the eyes and the texture of them? Kind of, i mean from your picture the right eye seems fine, so on mine they are just both like that. I also bought mine brand new but it came with paint flaking off the base, and others had trouble with the sword falling down, so as much as i love this figure, you're not the only one who noticed issues unfortunately
    2 days ago
    I have already had the same kind of shiny mark on another figure's hair. No idea what it is, but I suppose it appeared during the manufacturing process. I didn't manage to remove it when washing the figure and I didn't try anything else. So if someone has an answer, I'm also listening!
    If that's a problem with the matte coat like said below, you must have skills with paint and varnish
    2 days ago
    It's not easy to tell from the picture but this is likely the matte finish that got scratched somehow. The paint underneath looks OK.

    It can be fixed but it's a bit tricky.
    You would need to mask all the parts that have a different finish (hair and eyes) and then spray some matte top coat over the cheek. However there's always a risk that the top coat doesn't exactly match the original finish of the figure and you then end up with a different shine on each half of the face or with a nasty separation line where the masking was.
    2 days ago
    That's a scratch on Salter's cheek. No way to fix it.

    I don't own her, but the eyes look fine. Different companies use different types of seal coating for their figure's eyes to protect the little decals from coming off. Some are glossy, some are flat.
    2 days ago
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