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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Transformers toys are often partly or wholly painted. Die-cast metal must always be painted if a tarnished gray finish is not wanted; plastic parts, commonly molded in color, can also be painted to highlight detail or add visual interest.

These painted areas, or paint applications, on mass-produced Transformers toys, are applied by spraying through a paint mask, in cases where total paint coverage is not wanted.

Paint limits

There are limitations to what can be painted on a toy. Some plastics used in the Transformers' construction cannot hold paint properly, so they must remain wholly the color they were cast, unless a sticker is used.

Also, the number of paint applications is often given a maximum "do not exceed" number to keep costs within a certain range. This number is usually predetermined on the basis of size class. For instance, every Deluxe sized figure of a given line will have the same number of paint applications as all the other Deluxe figures. And it may take more paint applications to cover a part than at first thought: simply painting the outer surface of a cylinder may take two to four applications, and then another for the ends, if desired.

Trivia

Some people, with nothing better to do, repaint figures themselves, usually ending in great victory or disaster and the kicking and screaming of a four year old. Trust us. Some of our users have probably done this before.

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