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Cleaning with tooth brush and soap vs magic eraser & wants

Hello again! ^^ Since joining, I have seen a few discussions about the best way to clean a figure. Some people argued for the old fashioned toothbrush and soap and some argued for the magic eraser. Personally, I was a bit worried about using a magic eraser on my figures. The only experience I had had with a magic eraser was the time my mom tried to remove a mark from the wallpaper and it removed the wallpaper print! O: Therefore I've only used a toothbrush and soap on my figures until now. However I recently got some extra figures in a lot and many of them were super dirty. I used a toothbrush and soap on them, but it hardly made a difference on some of them. Since I figured they were basically ruined anyway, I decided to take the plunge and try the magic eraser. I thought others might be interested to see the results so they can make up their minds for themselves! Results below the cut!



So unfortunately I did not think to take a picture before I used the toothrush since there was quite a bit of time in between using that and the eraser, but the results still speak for themselves. The before pics are AFTER using the soap/toothbrush method. You can click for the full size pics (where you can see the dirt a lot better).

Sorry about the horrible phone pics! My phone didn't want to focus on the figures and I did resize a few of them, so quality is not perfect.

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Meganium looks much better after the magic eraser! Look at the antennae and head in particular! The only bad thing that I found is that the magic eraser can take off some of the gloss coating. I rubbed a little mineral oil on it afterward (not pictured) and was able to bring back a lot of the shine, however.

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The magic eraser works the best on the matte kids figures. Chikorita looks loads better now! The magic eraser did clean extra paint rubs off some of the figures, but not all. So I guess it depends on the paint.

Well, I hope that helps if you were hesitant about using the magic eraser. My advice: stick to matte surfaces unless you're okay with potentially losing that glossy top coat. :) Overall, a good solution for really old/filthy figures.



And now for the Wants!

Unfortunately I did not have any luck with my last wants post, so I am expanding my search! I am looking for Ampharos plush and figures that I am missing. The petit plush (non-pastel) and moveable figure are still my top wants, but I am looking for everything! If you are willing to part with any (non-flats) Ampharos items, please let me know! More info under the cut!

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I would prefer M/MWT, but am interested in all! Please let me know condition. :)

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(Not necessarily in order)
1. Petit Plush
2. Moveable Figure
3. Large Poncho Plush

4. Poncho Plush Keychain
5. Pokemon Center Plush
6. Clear kids figure
7. I am missing the base for the museum figure
8. Zukan
9. Tomy Figures (looking for the whole line, but Ampharos has priority)
10. 2001 Metal Pic Coin
11. Battle Coin
12. Chupa Surprise Pokeball Figure
13. Petit Pastel Plush


Thank you for any help! :)
Tags: ampharos, kids, tomy, wants
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