Editorial: Why I Care About Minutia


#228 (Example #2)
Indented Left Leg

Originally this post was going to be about some Warped Figures and Manufacturing Error Figures, but some of the pictures were too blurry. I still wanted to post something for Tuesday so I considered just posting the single useable picture – an error 228 figure. The picture will still be added to the archive.

Anytime I get a second example of a Warp or Error I double check. I make sure it is a new figure and not just the result of a new owner. Well, it’s a new figure and it got me thinking, “After collecting pictures since 2009 are there any trends?”

Very quickly some things started to jump out at me:

  • Figure #228 comes from Part 21
  • Part 21 has nine poster figures and six of those figures have documented errors
  • Part 21 also includes Satan Cross which has two documented errors
  • Part 21 contains all of the Beta figures

Satan
Cross

Black Hole
Sunshine

Spinning Head Ashuraman

Dr.
Bombay

What if Satan Cross and the Beta figures are simply the result of needing to reduce the number of errors?

Part 21 figures came from 4- and 10-packs. It seems more than coincidence that exactly four sculpts are Beta figures from Part 21. Blocking a few figure molds may have helped the flow of plastic.

Or…maybe it is the other way around? Perhaps blocking a few figure molds hurt the flow of plastic and resulted in more errors.

I am inclined to believe Satan Cross holds the answer. Because we see errors with both Color figures (e.g., Green #223) and Flesh figures (e.g., Flesh #224) plus Satan Cross the blocking likely took place later – after Satan Cross and the Beta figures. However I’m not an injection molding expert. Perhaps someone else could speak to the impact blocking molds would have on flow and/or errors.

Minimally a new error #228 has been added to the archive. At most an interesting, and potentially leading explanation, of the Beta figures has been discovered. Collectors sharing information, to hopefully learn together, is how UofM should ideally work. Being able to have a data-based conversation like this one is why I care about minutia.

What do you think of the theory?

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