This might not be the right place to post this, but I really wanted some insight, and input on something that's plagued me for years. From 2001 up to 2006 I had no problems with parts, LEGO system, or BIONICLE, breaking, but now I'm noticing that my parts break so darn frequently that it's becoming ridiculous.
I know what thew first response is "the parts are just old", and "You're maybe being too rough with them" or even "you're stressing the parts." While the last one may be two MOCs of mine, I can assure that I've been immensely careful with my parts, both new, and old. Let me give some written examples.
Some time in 2016 I rebuilt Metru Matau with some sockets that were fresh buys from BrickLink, even "New", and he's been sitting on my shelf ever since. However, up until now I never really looked at his sockets, but after having done so, EVERY, SINGLE, ONE has massive cracks, and chips going through the whole thing to the point if I disconnected one it would shatter. Example number two, I built Mata Tahu last year towards the middle months, and have only acquired his mask a couple months ago. He's been on my shelf for a little over a year, and after having seen Matau's sockets, I decided to pick up Tahu to look him over, and one of his feet is getting a crack on the front of the socket.
I hear people talk about their figures they've had built since 2001 at the earliest, and 2007 at the latest from recollection, and they say they have had to replace only hand pieces, or they've had no need to replace parts, yet for years I've had a problem where even recent sets, and CCBS bones, no matter how careful I am, no matter what I build, no matter where I display them, if I have anything built for over a year, most of the sockets are cracked badly, or completely broken.
Am I the only one with this issue? Because it sure as hell feels like it. I haven't had a proper MOC built, and on my shelf for longer than a few months because parts, both old, and new, keep breaking even if I don't touch them. Is there some kind of solution for this?