You wouldn't think that taking pictures of toys inside a photo box would incur any risk, but that's where you'd be wrong. See, there's not a whole lot of risk to me, no, but there is indeed risk to my toys! The problem is the old plastic of these figures makes them brittle. And while we all know ways to avoid damaging our beloved Joes, when I take archive pics, I have to toe that line a bit. After all, if I have a figure with a rifle, I'm going to need to show him holding it, right? And of course, he should hold it as realistically as possible, with the grip in his hand, and the stock between his arm and torso.
Yeaaahhhh, about that....
Broken thumbs, the bane of my existence. Well, that and broken crotches. And excessive paint scratching. O-ring breakages aren't so big a deal to me!
Thankfully, I had a second set of arms to work with here, but I haven't always been so lucky. My Cobra and Zap figures are on the waiting list for repairs, sadly. You have to remember, we're using our own toys for these photos. And while we take every precaution we can, sometimes we're just not lucky.