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At goodtogocustoms I plan to use the o-ring for some new figures,I dont think they can patent the design,it was around long before joe...they patent the names.Plus it helps them sell there product..it just cant be the same character or likeness.

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If I'm not mistaken, you can't patent the human body OR it's movements or design. Since the o-ring is used to replicate that movement, I'm going to step out on a limb and say "no".

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Even if Hasbro had managed to patent the O-ring design, patents only last 10 years and the O-ring made it's debut in the 80s. Either way it's fair game now.

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I remember other companies had done it in the past, but it's not something you see these days...

That has everything to do with cost rather than design. It is cheaper to use the solid plastic construction than it is to add in an O-ring and the requisite metal T-Bar. That's why you've seen more and more companies move away from the O-ring.

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But didn't microman started with the o rings and not Joes? So, Hasbro cannot patent the idea since they weren't the ones who came with the idea first

 

Oh yeah, before someone mentions that their 2002 batman microman or whatever does not use o-rings, I am referring the original microman from the 70's and not the current ones.

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You know...I actually had a Lanard that looked exactly like Wildcard. A bit different but I thought it was a re-release of Wildcard until I saw on the back it was a Lanard. Unless the bodies were switched with another Wildcard or something...

 

gijoe1988_wildcard.jpg

 

Bottom right figure (Lanard):

 

oldlanards.jpg

 

kndy

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Even if Hasbro had managed to patent the O-ring design, patents only last 10 years and the O-ring made it's debut in the 80s. Either way it's fair game now.

 

Right from the horse's mouth! That is so true!

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Any reason they couldn't make a t-bar out of plastic? wouldn't it be cheaper? Of course it would probably break easier, too.

 

Yep,it would break...if not from the constant leg movement then of course it would be because the little hook at the top of t-bar holds the stretched rubber band...and a plastic hook would not be able to hold that band as well as a metal one...to be honest,I'm sure it'd probably snap soon after you try to put it on.

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