Cobra Hurricane Color differences

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    Cobra Hurricane Color differences

    Made an interesting discovery that everyone else may already know about, but I didn't see it mentioned in the database.

    I picked up an incomplete Hurricane on Ebay for fifteen bucks just to get the engine nozzle that mine was missing (PS - I'll be putting the now nozzle-less one back up for sale ). When I opened up the box I realized it's a different color of blue than my other one.

    At first I thought it was just due to age/UV discoloration, but the incomplete one is perfectly and evenly colored a slightly more greenish-blue with no "shadows" of the original color compared to the other. They both have 1990 date stamps, and as far as I know the Hurricane wasn't available as a mail-away (which often wound up colored slightly differently).

    Has anyone else noticed this?

    I took a picture but the camera doesn't do a very good job of picking up the difference - though you can still see it. When I use a color picker on the picture, it does indicate the top Hurricane is closer to the green on the color wheel when compared to bottom.

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    The greenish blue is very likely discoloration, I have seen many like that including one I owned since new that was not greenish when I got it. This plastic discolors perfectly even on the surface, and will also be this color on the inside if taken apart or beneath removed stickers. I don't think it has anything to do with sunlight or temp since by the time this came out, I was collecting Joes more than playing with them and neither of mine ever went outside or got above 75 degrees. I believe its simply breakdown of the cheaper grade of plastic Hasbro was using by then. I will say the one of mine that discolored did so years ago and once it got a tiny bit greenish it has stayed and not gotten worse in all the years since, while the other is still fully blue. When I bought them they both were the exact same color of blue plastic. Oddly enough one of the pilots turned a bit yellowish as well, while the other is still very gray. I can't say which one came with which vehicle since I usually displayed both in one vehicle with the window open, while the other beside it was empty with the window closed.
    Last edited by Net-Viper X; 03-27-2016 at 12:43 PM.
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    That makes sense - chemical breakdown of some sort would certainly explain the consistency.


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