Aubrey arms are not perfect, should I keep or email Nevin?

I bought an Aubrey kit that is first quality. The arms each have a little something wrong with them and though they can probably be used just fine it kinda bugs me. To me they look like seconds. The left arm has a speck in it. The right arm has a mark that looks like a crease or scratch in the vinyl only it is very smooth and not raised or uneven at all. In fact, it is hard to photograph. What do you think? Am I being overly picky?

Well I guess you need to decide that. The black speck will not cover with paint. I have gotten plenty of kit’s with that I call skid mark and they do seem to cover with paint.

The black speck in not where you can put a vein and cover it so I think it should be replaced. As for the crease I’d hold it up to the light and see how thin it is - it could be a problem if someone squeezed the arm it is pretty long. Also it’s in the area where beads go and that is a consideration. And if if they are replacing one I’d go for two.

That’s true. I went ahead and emailed Nevin.

My concern is that the speck will get worse once it is heat set. I don’t think I have ever tried reborning a piece with a speck in it.

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My concern is that the speck will get worse once it is heat set. I don’t think I have ever tried reborning a piece with a speck in it.

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I think half of the kits I buy end up having a speck or two somewhere and I have never had one get bigger so I bet it will be okay Angie…but the crease on the other arm might worry me.I would be afraid it may split there in the oven…

Most of my kits from BB have been like that too. The black speck doesn’t get bigger when I heat set the paint. One of my Robin arms had a crease in it like that and it was fine, it didn’t split open when I baked her. I think the kits get crease like that in them when they pull them out of the molds.

I have quit using the acne cream because it can turn the spot yellow once it is heat set. I have had that happen to me twice now when using the acne cream so I don’t use it if I am going to use Genesis. This is a speck in the vinyl though and won’t bleach out I am sure.

I tell you another thing I have thought about…if I were to try to sell this kit to someone on this board as a new first quality kit they would swear I was duping them with 2nds arms. Not that I plan on selling the kit, but given the recent issues with folks getting what they thought was seconds on a first quality trade, this has made me more concerned that I want my kit to look first quality when I pay for it just in case I ever did want to sell it down the road.

I just ordered an Aubrey kit, I will inspect it well & let you know if I find problems, if so it may be the whole batch.

Luv…Marlene

I just got an email that BB is replacing them.

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I just got an email that BB is replacing them.

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That’s good. I had no doubt that they would do that for you.

I just opened up my Aubrey & sad to say the limbs have problems. One leg has that “fold” or pointed shin, I don’t know what to call it & one of the arms has bubbles on 2 of the finger tips, I also see a few black specks.

Yuck, I hate to have to return it. But don’t think I could sell the reborn with these imperfections.

Luv…Marlene

I just check my aubrey I got while out of town last week. No specks however one limb looks like the one pictured above and my legs ( the shin area is really really prominent going all the way down the leg from knee to foot…instead of a smooth round leg, it is like the shin bone is tremendously prominent if that makes sense. I never inspect first quality kits as I am never ready to do them when they come in. Will I have to pay for shipping to send it back to BB?

it is a very prominent shin bone…i am too wondering if it will split when backed? the left leg is a lot more prominent than the right leg.

I don’t think that they are inspecting them as close as the use to! I had a problem with a couple of legs from a kit a while back too. I showed them pics but my pics weren’t very good and they couldn’t see how my legs had some deep gouge’s in them. I just kept them. It wasn’t worth the trouble.

I have gotten legs that looked like that from being squished into the box. Once they are heated they seem to pop back to normal and also being stuffed. I think it will be okay.

Yes heavenly-bliss you will have to pay the shipping to send them back. That’s why i just kept mine. I had to use another set of limbs that i had.

I got the new arms today and the new right arm has the exact same mark in it and there is one on the left arm too that you can actually feel a little bit as it is more of a crease/indention. At this point I assume this is something wrong in the mold and I am just going to go with it and see how it looks after painting. Like I said before, they look like seconds and I have used seconds before with no problems but it does seem like the quality of the pieces are not quite as reliable as in the past.

Usually the long weird looking marks on the vinyl should be okay. I usually just take a piece of the super fine auto body wet sand paper and lightly wet sand that area. It disappears pretty well doing that. The black specks you are seeing is a flaw. It is a piece of burned vinyl or a piece of just contam that is left in the mold and is picked up with the next wet batch of hot vinyl that is poured in. I took a pin and dug in the black spot on a defective part, and it is a hard chunk of something in there.