Hi, I've had this question on the backburner for a long time.
Three of my vehicle drivers from 1988 have had their t-shaped metal pieces mysteriously break apart. Despoiler Destro exploded in my hands when I was a youngun, and that left an emotional bruise for a long time after. I first assumed the rubber band had broken, but it was the hook. Armadillo did the same thing years later-- when he got shot by some Cobras, his waist flew up and over him into space, and his legs flew straight at the shooters. I was never so fond of him, so on the upside it was an amazing way for him to go out. Still more years later I picked up Ghost Rider by his right leg and just looked at him, and a moment later the rest of the figure fell in seeming slow-motion, away from the leg onto the floor. By this time I'd bought some spare Battle Corps figures for rubber-band and metal-piece transplants, so he was back on his two legs in no time.
So what I want to know is was it just my lousy luck, or is there something to this? Any similar anecdotes out there? Is their metal extra-brittle or are their rubber bands extra-strong? From my autopsies, both theories are credible. What say you?