Friday, August 28, 2015

Do You Wash Your Auction Wins? (Robotech Robolinks)

So I have an honest, no joking around at all question. Do you wash the toys you receive in auction wins? How about flea market and garage sale finds? Or even just toys you've picked up at toy shows and events? It's not the weirdest question I can think of regarding toy purchases. And I don't mean that new mint in box specimen you just gabbed, I'm talking about lots or sets of loose, used toys.

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I picked this lot up cheaply. Even cheaper than I would normally pay for these. Which in this lot would have been $2 for the solid blues and $2.50-$3 for the mixed color bots. I've been buying these long enough to know an accurate value of the things and that's what I've found. Greedy Ebay sellers and selfish band-wagon jumping collectors will no doubt disagree.

Now this lot came from a Transformers collector and was probably just bits mixed in a Transformers lot they bought. They were in pretty good shape, a little dirt and what seems like clay in some of the joints and fist plugs. Nothing major, and even without that little bit of dirt and grime I'd still wash these guys. Because I'm a bit of a germophobe.

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First step is to grab a small container for soaking and soaping. I then "open" the little guys up to allow the soapy water to get into the places it needs to.

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I use just a bit of normal dish soap to clean the toys. Sometimes I may use a disinfectant, but that's not needed in like 80% of the cases.  Then the little dudes get to take the plunge into the slightly warm soapy water.

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I let the toys soak for about 5 minutes and then begin to shake the container and agitate the toys just a bit. I then take them out one at a time and clean them up with a cloth or paper towel. I work out any tough dirt or mess with a toothpick, dipping them back into the water as needed. After all the cleaning is done, I run them under water quickly and then drop them back into the container that I have re-filled with just warm water to let them soak out any soapy residue.

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After their bath is over I grab 1 or 2 at a time and wrap them in towel and shake out the water. The last step is a dry out where I just let them sit for a few hours on a cloth. Then it's play time!



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