Mego Melts ???? green marks :(
What dolls and figures was affected anyone know ?I feel sad for anyone who collects the affected figures ... only some of my figures have melts and some green marks on the arms and feet just hope thats all that happens it would be such a shame
Last edited by Karen-bionic-fan; May 16, '10 at 10:07 AM.
Most of Mego's female 12" figures are susceptible to "melt" at the shoulders and/or hips (the rubber limbs having a chemical reaction with the plastic torso) and green/blue marks (especially at the ankles). And some of them (Moonraker's Holly, Black Hole's Kate Mcrae, Star Trek's Ilia, Candy) are prone to suffering from greying heads too. It's a shame, but these dolls can exhibit a bunch of problems.
Originally Posted by cjefferys
Iv heard you can cut the melts away or trim them a bit is this ok to do only some figures I have have this issue ......
It depends on which plastics are in reaction, how reactive,& how long they been in contact. vinyls are very reactive by nature, and can remain so for years &/or decades .
the plastic most acceptable is polystyrene, as the chemicals given off from vinyl they are absorb by the contact with polystyrene, so the chemicals will soften the plastic, and keep the plastic soft for years and travel deep with in the plastic. so cutting away might wind up cutting away a lot of the effective plastic.
the MEGO Bendie's are VERY reactive vinyl and come in contact with a styrene
will melt it and be deep soft area for years, until the chemical disapates until it looses it strength and becomes neutral.
Vinyl also absorbs dyes & pigment like crazy, from Styrene, FABRIC or other vinyl 's
and become bonded with the vinyl and run deep
Last edited by AAAAA; May 17, '10 at 2:52 PM.
What I did to mines,..ADVICE:
1) Trim away the melted parts with Xacto knife
2) get transparent flexible thin cello (used for school projects, replacing cello's from Mego boxes, etc...)
3) cut circle shapes, slightly bigger than arm socket area and with hole puncher, make holes in the middle of these circle shapes
4) With scissors, cut one slit towards inside of punched hole and place around arm socket, separating the rubber arm from the torso (might need to cut around the punched out circle to accomodate the arm socket.
5) Once done,..cut off/trim excess cello from outside the dolls shoulder.
HAS WORKED FOR ME FOR MANY YEARS AND THOSE GOTTEN RECENTLY.
...both plastic and rubber must not make contact 9with practice,..the same can be done for the hips as well.
Thanks guys , you have encouraged me to sort some boxes , so far iv managed to remove sellotape from boxes , sorted 3 windows and opened 2 boxes to re sort the inner card the last owner had put the figures on the card the wrong way up so the boxes would not stand easy lol one box had so much tape on it why do people put shiny tape on old boxes even as a young collector I new never to do this piff ....I worry too much anyway the end result looks better than they arrived
Last edited by Karen-bionic-fan; May 17, '10 at 8:10 PM.
Originally Posted by captact
Thanks I will try this do the mego woman's arms come off easy ? great tips ...
Try doing this without removing the arms,..as the melt effect may have damaged the socket already,..just remember to cut a slit in the punched circle for ease of the cello to go around the shoulder socket. Same goes for the hips! Good Luck!
May 17, '10, 10:16 PM
That's an interesting trick, I'll have to try it. Thanks for the advice Ray.
One thing that really sucks is when the "melting" rubber fuses with the doll's fabric clothing.