A Warning To Figure Collectors During Summer

Image: Figsoku

It’s summer! In many places, it’s hot. If you collect anime or video game themed figures, take heed. Severe summer temps can wreak havoc on collectibles.

This is especially common in Japan, where the AC is typically switched off when folks aren’t at home. Add record-breaking temps and you get bent figures—and more.

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Look what happened to this candle.

The below heatwave warning has recently gone viral in Japan, but the photo was originally uploaded on Figsoku a while back.

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It looks like a Michael Jackson dance move.

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Here are more examples of warped figures.

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Image: Figsoku
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What should you do if you figures get warped like this? According to blog Club Maccho, put the figures in hot water. Since they’re made of PVC, the plastic can be bent at high temperatures.

Screenshot: Club Maccho
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Gently bend the figures back into place (be careful!) and then put them under cold running water.

Screenshot: Club Maccho
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The low temp will cause the PVC to harden, and the figures will hopefully return to their normal state.

Screenshot: Club Maccho
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Remember, collectible figures are not cheap and can snap off the base at the ankles. Perhaps the best preventive measure is to keep them out of the summer heat!

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Even if you only have CG figures!


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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.