I love the space collection. That's one I had as a kid, with the rubber suits. Really want to get another outfit. Very hard to come by the rubber suits. Did they have the same issue as the frogmen diving suits?
Post by thequartermaster on May 9, 2019 21:58:09 GMT
Keep them away from UV light, moisture, heat, and air. But do not keep them in an air tight container either. Rubber omits its own gasses over time which is part of the breakdown process. Storing in airtight containers only accelerates this process. Also keep your oily fingers of them. Overall there is not much you can do. I have a mint one still in box from the salesman auction. It's remarkably still like new. Having been untouched, and in a dark box that can breath has obviously helped it stay in great condition. My loose one is still very good but is starting to show very slight signs of degradation. They seem to be holding up better than diving suits though. I've bought the diving suits in near mint condition over a decade ago but they are all now starting to go unfortunately. One of them sadly is now knackered. It's heart breaking. Even the ones still sealed on cards have signs. Once it starts, there's no stopping it. Same goes for the rubber Special Team hoods. They are all hardening.
I noticed this the other day, probably been picked up countless times before; but the concept rubber suits look AMAZING, compared to what was actually released. Realistic wrinkles in the suit, although judging by all the pictures being an identical pose, i would guess this is the original sculpt or a cast of it in solid blue resin or the like for promotion as opposed to actual rubber like the released ones