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Transformer toys are, to put it bluntly, not meant to last forever. They are marketed to a fleeting and transitory age group, with the notion that if they survive a few years, their work is done. Thus collectors who have retained Generation One toys for many years can find some unexpected surprises as their toys age, regardless of how carefully the toys have been stored. Among the most common problems are:
 
Transformer toys are, to put it bluntly, not meant to last forever. They are marketed to a fleeting and transitory age group, with the notion that if they survive a few years, their work is done. Thus collectors who have retained Generation One toys for many years can find some unexpected surprises as their toys age, regardless of how carefully the toys have been stored. Among the most common problems are:
 
* plastic discoloration {{m-}} see ''[[Photodegradation]]''
 
* plastic discoloration {{m-}} see ''[[Photodegradation]]''
* cracking of [[rubber tires]] and the rubber tubing on [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave]], also known as [[Wikipedia:Ozone Cracking|Ozone Cracking]]. Damned organics.
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* cracking of [[rubber tires]] and the rubber tubing on [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave]], also known as [[Wikipedia:Dry rot|Dry rot]]. Damned organics.
 
* deterioration of the [[Pretender Monster]]s' rubber Pretender shells
 
* deterioration of the [[Pretender Monster]]s' rubber Pretender shells
 
* chrome flaking, a problem common on the [[Transmetal]] toys {{m-}} see ''[[Vacuum metalizing]]''.
 
* chrome flaking, a problem common on the [[Transmetal]] toys {{m-}} see ''[[Vacuum metalizing]]''.
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