A Warning To Figure Collectors During Summer

A Warning To Figure Collectors During Summer
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It’s summer in Japan right now! And in many places in the northern hemisphere, it’s hot. So if you collect anime or video game themed figures, take heed. Severe summer temps can wreak havoc on collectibles.

This is especially common in Japan, where the AC is typically switched off when folks aren’t at home. Add record-breaking temps and you get bent figures — and more.

Look what happened to this candle.

The below heatwave warning has recently gone viral in Japan, but the photo was originally uploaded on Figsoku a while back.

It looks like a Michael Jackson dance move.

Here are more examples of warped figures.

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What should you do if you figures get warped like this? According to blog Club Maccho, put the figures in hot water. Since they’re made of PVC, the plastic can be bent at high temperatures.

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Gently bend the figures back into place (be careful!) and then put them under cold running water.

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The low temp will cause the PVC to harden, and the figures will hopefully return to their normal state.

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Remember, collectible figures are not cheap and can snap off the base at the ankles. Perhaps the best preventive measure is to keep them out of the summer heat!

Even if you only have CG figures!


  • I have this issue with my Lara Croft (9″ from SE) – she gradually leans to the side and I have to correct the legs regularly. Same with my ’98 Wetsuit Lara, but not nearly as much.
    Haven’t found a permanent fix yet…

  • Max Payne 3 collectors edition statue is famous for this, so is the sword from breath of the wild collectors.

  • Poor quality PVC will succumb to this much more regularly. PVC melts at 60 degrees. Higher quality materials have heat stabilisers added to them.

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