A warped #179 was sent to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. by Dan A. (also known as Jet-Mech on LittleRubberGuys.com). He sent in two pictures. The first does a nice job showing the odd forward lean of the figure. However, it is the second picture which really illustrates how noticeable the lean is next to a mint #179.
What if all the manufacturing error figures came from one Bandai plant?
Editorial: Recently, during an extensive client visit, I visited several of their manufacturing facilities. The company does precision boring and has an extensive collecting of high-tech, quality control robots and machines. However, the last step is for one of the employees to make a visual inspection before packaging. He literally looks at every piece.
This same production process essentially takes place at every plant. The majority of plants have similar re-tooling and scrap rates – except one. There is one plant that has an employee that is simply savant like in his ability to visually pick out problems and defects. The plant manager is grateful for this – even if it occasionally slows things down.
What if Bandai had a slightly different problem? One plant had poorer than normal quality control. It seems like a decent possibility, given the relatively small sample of manufacturing error figures.
There are currently 13 different manufacturing error figures listed. Four of the Kinnikuman parts have multiple error figures:
Part 1 = 35, 60
Part 5 = 81
Part 8 = 1, 3, 99, 153
Part 10 = 117
Part 18 = 186, 187
Part 21 = 222, 223, 227
Given the small sample the results certainly seem to support the idea.