toys often employed rubber cords or springs inside their arms, legs and heads to
facilitate articulation of these joints. These components are often broken, or
have lost their elasticity. To make toy more displayable, these components are
often replaced. This repair is not visible and does not affect the toys grade if
the toy is extremely important. A totally repainted toy cannot be graded higher than
poor no matter how impressive the restoration. A totally restored toy should be
identified as such. Minor restorations should be identified.
those who insist that, to reach a mint grade, the toy must have its original box.
We disagree since determining the original existence of a box is nearly
impossible in most cases. Sometimes toys were shipped in individual boxes while
at other times the same toy might be shipped in large crates with many other
toys. It depended on how the toy was to be marketed.
if a toy has its original box, the box's grade does not affect the toy's grade.
You can have a near mint toy with its original, but poor box. Having its
original box does increase, sometimes dramatically, the toy's value. Old toy
boxes are very rare and desirable.