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#1 Offline King of Dust

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Posted Dec 30 2012 - 06:57 PM

So I got my Bionicles out for the first time in a few months yesterday. They had been in a suit case before that. When I got them out I noticed some of the ball joints seemed a bit loose and would flop around a bit. It was mainly on the Piraka Torso(of which it was actually the "male" part that was causing the trouble, and the Y joints that ate used on Titans and have the axil port at the end. 

 

Just wondered if it had anything to do with keeping them in storage. This ever happened to any one?


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Posted Dec 30 2012 - 08:52 PM

[font="Palatino;"]Were they cold? I've noticed that cold plastic tends to shrink a bit.[/font]
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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 09:19 AM

[font="Palatino;"]Were they cold? I've noticed that cold plastic tends to shrink a bit.[/font]

Yes. That must be why. I dont really know how i can keep them warm in winter though 


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 11:56 AM

Okay...if there is still enough room in the suit case, then put a blanket in there. But you might want to put the blanket first before putting the Bionicles in. But if they don't fit altogether well...I tried.


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 12:55 PM

Well... where are you keeping them? If it's a garage or something, try moving it indoors. If it's in your house, I'd say you have a far bigger problem.


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 01:20 PM

Well... where are you keeping them? If it's a garage or something, try moving it indoors. If it's in your house, I'd say you have a far bigger problem.

 

Its in the house, although its in the hall way where there is no radiator. Soon, when I move rooms, they will be under my bed where there is a radiator in my room. Might sort the problem


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 01:23 PM

 

Well... where are you keeping them? If it's a garage or something, try moving it indoors. If it's in your house, I'd say you have a far bigger problem.

 

Its in the house, although its in the hall way where there is no radiator. Soon, when I move rooms, they will be under my bed where there is a radiator in my room. Might sort the problem

 

Yes, you might want to try moving it into a room as opposed to a hallway.


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 01:24 PM

 

 

Well... where are you keeping them? If it's a garage or something, try moving it indoors. If it's in your house, I'd say you have a far bigger problem.

 

Its in the house, although its in the hall way where there is no radiator. Soon, when I move rooms, they will be under my bed where there is a radiator in my room. Might sort the problem

 

Yes, you might want to try moving it into a room as opposed to a hallway.

 

 

Ill do that. In all fairness I dodnt even know the cold caused them harm. Thanks anyway guys


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 01:27 PM

 

 

 

Well... where are you keeping them? If it's a garage or something, try moving it indoors. If it's in your house, I'd say you have a far bigger problem.

 

Its in the house, although its in the hall way where there is no radiator. Soon, when I move rooms, they will be under my bed where there is a radiator in my room. Might sort the problem

 

Yes, you might want to try moving it into a room as opposed to a hallway.

 

 

Ill do that. In all fairness I dodnt even know the cold caused them harm. Thanks anyway guys

 

I wouldn't be too concerned about the ball joints themselves, they'll return to normal at room temperature. However, the rubber in the Y sockets might have some problems and may remain loose.


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 03:11 PM

 

 

 

 

Well... where are you keeping them? If it's a garage or something, try moving it indoors. If it's in your house, I'd say you have a far bigger problem.

 

Its in the house, although its in the hall way where there is no radiator. Soon, when I move rooms, they will be under my bed where there is a radiator in my room. Might sort the problem

 

Yes, you might want to try moving it into a room as opposed to a hallway.

 

 

Ill do that. In all fairness I dodnt even know the cold caused them harm. Thanks anyway guys

 

I wouldn't be too concerned about the ball joints themselves, they'll return to normal at room temperature. However, the rubber in the Y sockets might have some problems and may remain loose.

 

Instead of buying new ones, Im going to try and get some of those friction adders from HF. Work a treat.


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 03:47 PM

Ill do that. In all fairness I dodnt even know the cold caused them harm. Thanks anyway guys

Plastic shrinks in cold, so the sockets and joints will shrink, but the balls remain the same, so what once fitted doesn't anymore, and snap, the sockets are broken.

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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 03:57 PM

 

Ill do that. In all fairness I dodnt even know the cold caused them harm. Thanks anyway guys

Plastic shrinks in cold, so the sockets and joints will shrink, but the balls remain the same, so what once fitted doesn't anymore, and snap, the sockets are broken.

 

 

Well if anything the sockets are too big for the ball joint


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Posted Jan 01 2013 - 05:31 PM

I think it depends. I have some old sets, and they're fine while even some newer sets have weakish joints.


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