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Buyer beware: Quality control issues. Breaks easily. Not for casual posing.
on June 17, 2014
McFarlane was at the top of their game in the early 2000s, releasing figures from huge licenses such as Terminator, Aliens and Robocop. Sadly, these lines were plagued with various quality control issues, resulting in the breakage of legs, joints and arms. I bought 2 of these Robocop figures back around 2003 and sadly, neither of them survived. I removed one of the Robocop figures from the package, only to have the leg break off about a week after purchasing. I don't "play" with my figures, although I gently pose them in a permanent position while making sure to avoid over-moving their arms and legs, which can compromise the integrity of the figure's joints. In all fairness to McFarlane, they are not the only toy company to suffer from these problems.
Ironically, I left the other Robocop figure in the package and hung it on the wall, where it stayed for 6 years. In 2009, I woke up one morning and noticed the figure's leg had fallen off and was loose in the packaging. The packaged figure had never fallen and was not thrown or shaken, so there was no excuse for this problem. By this point, McFarlane had stopped producing the Robocop figure and there was no way I could return it to the store or seek a replacement from McFarlane's customer service team. At that moment, I remember my wife cynically joked, "some of these McFarlane figures have self-destruct mechanisms."
Having purchased figures from McFarlane since his company's early years with the Spawn collections, it seems counterproductive for them to not address quality control issues in a competitive collectible action figure market. Action figures of a high quality as boasted by McFarlane should be capable of withstanding a) being stored in the original package and unopened and b) casual posing when opened.
Trivia: McFarlane could not secure the rights to use Peter Weller's likeness, so they acquired the licensing to use Robocop's likeness from the 1990s TV series, which was filmed in Canada. His suit in this series was virtually identical to the one in the motion pictures, although it had a blue tint to the metal.