One of the most frequent questions I get asked is will buying figures a few years down the line mean a better or worse paint job than the initial run. Recently, I had a handful of issues undergo damage, and I have replaced them, so i thought I'd do a quick comparison and offer an insight into this.
Now, it's impossible to know exactly when a particular figure was painted, but the certificate numbers of the 3 replacements were nearly 10,000 higher than the originals so we can assume that they were at least put together later down the line. The bottom line, I believe, is that buying a figure years and years later would appear to not make any difference.
I actually think the newer Quicksilver is better than my old one, but not by much. The paint all over is pretty much identical, with the odd wavy line here and there. The only exception is the beard. The original run Quicksilver has one big brush stroke going across the chin to resemble his beard, whereas the new one is much more detailed.
No changes here whatsoever. Both figures are identically painted, with no difference in quality, transfers or colours.
Quicksilver was better, Coulson was the same, so it's only right that Scarlet is worse. Not by much though. In fact, the only difference appears to be her lips, which were perfectly shaped on the original figure, but a little slap-dash on the new one 3 years later.
So, would buying Issue 1 today mean you get a better Tony Stark head? I'm inclined to say no. Whether you get a better or worse one is complete luck of the draw, and buying the figures years later is no different to having a few variations to choose from on a newsagents shelf. I hope this was helpful :) -mmcfan
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