Iron Man Figures: PVC, ABS, and Fading Paints

As seen in a couple of previous blog posts, I’ve repainted my S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark 45 due to paint fade issues on multiple parts. While that’s already done and primary caused by not-so-ideal storage locations, here’s another tidbit that Iron Man figure collectors would appreciate knowing.

Here’s a tweet from Yamaguchi Katsuhisa (@fuikitodoki), the primary sculptor of most Revoltech figures and whom the “Amazing Yamaguchi” line was named after, clarifying some assumptions people may have with their previous Iron Man releases in relation to the upcoming Amazing Yamaguchi Iron Man “Bleeding Edge Armor”, as well as a particular comparison to the S.H.Figuarts ones.

He mentioned that their figures are assumed to be inferior because they’re made from PVC when compared to S.H.Figuarts ones made from ABS. He then explained that this isn’t always the case as even those made from ABS plastic can have the same issues as well. Images of Revoltech and S.H.Figuarts Iron Man figures were also included in the tweet to support his point, both showing varying levels of damage and paint fade.

He continued the thread by emphasizing a common issue found in their previous Iron Man releases — the paint fade in the mid-section of the Sci-Fi Revoltech Iron Man Mark 7. He promises that a similar issue won’t occur in any o their future releases.

I really appreciate it when people behind the stuff we collect take time to explain bits and pieces like these during the design and production process. Kind of gives as an assurance of something amazing once those pre-orders are fulfilled, at least that’s the idea.

Amazing Yamaguchi Iron Man Model 37 “Bleeding Edge Armor”
May 25, 2019 / ¥7,200


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