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Clear Plastic Premier Spacemen

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Doc Atomic recently contacted me regarding a couple clear plastic Premier spacemen he purchased, where the seller sold them as "mold purge" figures.  Questioning Doc I learned that clear plastic was often ran through the molds to clear/purge the previous color in preparation for a new color.  As a collector I know the clear Premier figures are fairly rare and his information may explain why; does anyone have record of the clear figures being sold as a set or part of a set?  I still have to go through my archived files but thought I'd put it out there for others to chime in.

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Brian..

That makes sense: run transparent plastic through a mold to remove all trace of a previous color. A solid color would hide much of the earlier plastic and could lead to contamination for many subsequent pressings. I guess the company wouldn't dream of boxing up these shots to nothing. As waste, they might easily find their way out of the factory for the employees' kids. Fascinating.

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Tinman

Well I looked through my files and didn't find anything new; "Blast-Off!" shows a clear example on page 103 but had no additional information.

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dratomic

Brian -- Exactly. Opaque colors aren't really suitable for mold purges, though I HAVE heard of white being used. Which, I don't know, seems kind of risky for the same reasons. But clear was definitely the preferred color for exactly the reasons discussed. 

 

I haven't received the toys yet, so I haven't given them a really close look. But from the photos it seems like the color isn't evenly distributed like you'd find with intentionally translucent colored plastic. I think there's a lot of credence to the idea of them being mold purges. 

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