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Hasbro to Remove Plastic From Toy Packaging Starting in 2020

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3 hours ago, mako said:

I just can't wait till someone figures out that 99 % of the plastic in your average ML packaging actually belongs to the figure inside it.

Coming Soon!!! Marvel Legends, the paper doll wave!

By this point in history the human race should be the smartest its ever been, but God help us, every day, in every way, we get just a little stupider.

You have to realize there's a difference between plastic designed to end up in a landfill and plastic that's designed to be a functional product, right? You're offering an extremely disingenuous argument because you think the downsides here for collector's outweigh the benefits for the environment, and it's okay to be annoyed about the downsides of this sort of change. But we're only a little more than a decade from irreversible environmental catastrophe, and companies taking any steps to abate that should be commended for their efforts, however inconvenient those steps might be for us.

Obviously it would be better for the environment if Hasbro stopped making toys altogether. It would be better if I stopped buying them. Nobody is saying anyone should have to completely change their way of life, and sacrifice everything they love that contributes to carbon emission, but anybody who plans on living on planet Earth in 11 years or so should really start thinking about the small sacrifices they can make. If you're not ready to give up meat, maybe you can stomach biodegradable packaging on your action figures?

6 hours ago, mako said:

Wait, wait. So, to help the environment, Hasbro will no longer be using plastic in the packaging of their PLASTIC toys and games. Gotcha.

Of course this will necessitate a move to more paper, metal, and cardboard products; thus INCREASING the amount of natural resources used. Gotcha.

Increase consumption to help sustain what we already consume.

This is just as disingenuous, and you know it. Switching to biodegradable and/or recyclable packaging inevitably decreases resources used, and can keep anything bound for a landfill from just sitting in a hole for all time. And their press release even explicitly mentioned the program they have for recycling old, unwanted toys. Resting on willful ignorance is a pretty bad look for a guy who's calling people stupid for wanting to do their part.

4 hours ago, hellshock138 said:

To save materials?!? This is the same Hasbro that ships me two complete Legends waves in 12 separate boxes? 

This is a really good point. I wonder if corporate knows what's going on in the shipping department.

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1 hour ago, memocromatico said:

I'll assume you're being serious.

There are different kinds of plastic. Some can be reused and recycled, like most PET bottles. Sadly, most other packages can't because of the composition of them (they have some numbers "hot stamped", for lack of a better term, to determine which kind they are), I usually identify them as the ridiculously thin but not flexible plastics. Some can be latter repurposed, like I just read Hasbro's doing with old toys, but packages in particular CAN'T. They're just garbage, literally. 

We're gonna keep consuming plastic for as long as we can, if we can extend the life of plastic luxuries and accessories by minimizing the amount of plastic garbage we make... shouldn't we?

Maybe I read your comment incorrectly, but the plastic in marvel legends packaging is marked with a 1 for PET, just like water bottles.  It's the most frequently and easily recycled plastic in the world. 

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I have been reading reactions about this in the Transformers fandom and my thoughts there remain the same here and that's how will the toy be displayed without a window, maybe they'll go with just the box and open display with no windows but then wouldn't that make it easier to steal BAF pieces for example. They also could just go and completely box the figures with just the art and that's it but how will you be able to inspect the paint, molded details, etc. on the figures.

Will be Interesting to see how all this unfolds.

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Interesting. Hopefully there not using this to up the prices on them. My collection is growing pretty quick and at the same time my storage space for all there boxes is shrinking so i could go for some non essential packaging. I also buy a lot of my figs out of package anyway so not a big deal really. they will most likely use a more biodegradable "plastic" that degrades in 20 to 30 years. collectors should be fine. I don't remember what they were but i seem to remember some figs in cardboard blisters in the past. if they did that with just a thin biodegradable window that could work well.

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10 hours ago, Satam said:

And when was that?  Because there is a huge contingent of people who refuse to buy sight unseen.

Pretty much since the '70's and beyound, their were a lot of toys (granted mostly vehicles, playsets and larger figures) that were just cardboard boxes with pretty pictures

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13 hours ago, Satam said:

Maybe I read your comment incorrectly, but the plastic in marvel legends packaging is marked with a 1 for PET, just like water bottles.  It's the most frequently and easily recycled plastic in the world. 

Nope, you read correctly. I stand corrected, thank you!

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