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    Unbelievable product they sell. Didn't last a whole day.

    Well I need to state this in hopes the FTC people still read these boards since I left Facebook.

    I received my CTVT order yesterday and this item I ordered:

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    Well, looking at the item STILL in the re-sealable bag I noticed the Pleather was ripped and detaching from the cloth, brand new. So I was careful not to do any more damage and carefully put it on my custom figure. Well after putting it on the Pleather started to come off more on the sleeves and soom big pieces were just falling off. Not even a day old. See for yourself:

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    I've reached out to them yesterday in hopes of them rectifying the issue, either replace product, which might suffer the same issues as the one they sent me, or give me a refund. The latter would make sense for my situation but what I don't seem to comprehend is why ship me, let alone offer for sale a product that is beyond subparb in quality. Some of their other products are amazing and great quality which I have purchased so not putting down the company. I am hoping this gets remedied and have the product no longer offered unless they find a new source to make version in better quality.

    Enough of my rant.
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    Sadly, we aren't dealing with vintage POTA-quality pleather. I've seen this happen to Barbie clothing and my 9" Aquaman shirt as well.

    I do hope, for customizers like you, that FTC can remedy this.
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    Ugh! What horrible material!
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    This happened when I ordered a jacket to use on my Amalgam Spider-boy custom. I emailed them and they replaced it and it has been fine since. But I try not to mess with it much.
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    Storing cheap pleather in FLA is a bad idea. I'm sure a lot of their stuff will be the same way. I just threw out a yard of similar stuff that was in a tub for a year or so. All cracked and peeling.
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    That makes a lot of sense. Sounds like their product should be stored in a climate controlled environment. Would explain why the material once hits our cold humid environment it starts to fall apart and turn to dust, literally.

    The Pleather mego suits I've ordered from Brian Leitner seem to come from an environment similar to where I live so they've held up very well. But also his Pleather quality is pretty high quality too.

    This would also explain why I've seen some vintage mego Pleather and EMCE Pleather suffered the same fate.
    Quote Originally Posted by thunderbolt View Post
    Storing cheap pleather in FLA is a bad idea. I'm sure a lot of their stuff will be the same way. I just threw out a yard of similar stuff that was in a tub for a year or so. All cracked and peeling.

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    My Emce Andorian tunic seems good, but I've had some blemishes where the Emce Klingon tunic touched the package bubble.
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    I recently purchased a used EMCE Klingon tunic for a pattern and it arrived falling apart as well. Didn't care as much since I took it apart.
    This one came from New York.

    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    My Emce Andorian tunic seems good, but I've had some blemishes where the Emce Klingon tunic touched the package bubble.

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    A while back I was doing some reading trying to figure out why the vinyl used in Mego POTA clothing was resilient in so many ways, particularly after so many years. It's very easy to clean and polish to a new finish, and most paint and adhesives can be removed with no damage at all. It reminds me a lot of the upholstery vinyl my dad would use when rebuilding classic cars/hot rods in the 70's and early 80's.

    There's a lot of good info out there (particularly from fabric manufacturers about different recipes used in production), but in short, the cheap pleathers (thinner, more flexible) of today are likely polyurethane based, while it's plausible that the vintage vinyl that Mego used was polyvinyl chloride based. Both are/can be harmful to the environment, but the PVC process is worse, which is a contributing factor in contemporary production.

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    My stuff was climate controlled, I don't do anything about the humidity, just the heat. I imagine the FTC stuff just sits in a warehouse and bakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleEd View Post
    That makes a lot of sense. Sounds like their product should be stored in a climate controlled environment. Would explain why the material once hits our cold humid environment it starts to fall apart and turn to dust, literally.

    The Pleather mego suits I've ordered from Brian Leitner seem to come from an environment similar to where I live so they've held up very well. But also his Pleather quality is pretty high quality too.

    This would also explain why I've seen some vintage mego Pleather and EMCE Pleather suffered the same fate.
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