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Plastic Warping in Old Lego Parts
I was working on my old #4095
set the other day and finally built some thing with it after fixing it. However, I was having problems actually attaching certain pieces. Some pieces still fit but no longer click, instead they are very hard to attach and feel quite spongy when pressing them down. When I was building the head of the robot dog build, the whole thing was uneven and trying to twist apart. It wasn't until it had some bracing that it finally stayed straight, but those pieces took considerable force to attach and made loud snaps when they connected. (nothing broke, it was just the pieces finally connecting under great strain)
I did play with this set allot as a kid, is this something that happens just with normal wear and tear or is this something that legos do when they get old? It was stored assembled on a shelf in a corner for years, could that have done it? Is there anything I can do about it? Will they just straighten out naturally if I build different things, or are they permanently messed up now? As someone who wants to eventually get into collecting vintage LEGO when I get the means to do so, this is a legitimate concern for me.