wash your hands before handling them
Hello hand-washers! Let me say something.
Legos are (or were) produced mostly for kids. Now imagine 9-year old (or whatever) boy who gets back from the outside, and then grabs his awesome minifig of a pirate from Creator. About half a year he doesn't want it anymore. Why? Because minifig's awesome gold decals are completely gone. Pirate looses about 50% of his awesomness. And he just played it with quite clean hands.
Now - pirate from 89' - He can play with him many many years and the gold decal of his belt is not fading away.
Newer one cannot be washed by water, older can.
So why older ones are better? Because they were made from better plastic and paint. Because lego cared abbout playability.
And most important - those minifigs are designed for kids, not forelders, who always wash rheir hands and play in gloves!
And one more thing - i can understand why silver/gold decal of sword is fading - because I played it a lot, and it just snaps NOT fades. And it takes about two/three years. Quite impressive, huh? Now - I taken pirate in pencil case twice. Nothing happened. It was standing near the stearing, standing on the deck, carrying indiana jones bag.
And after half'a year... gold trimmlings gone.
Remember governor's daughter? Her upper gold decals got worse - now they're bronze. Funny thing that the lower part ("dress") doesn't changed. Because it's regular lego brick. So now i have governor's daughter with bronze and shiny gold belt. Looks awful. Now I got creator pirate with almost faded gold decals (even in the back), now I got pirate with faded three buttons and two faded in the back. And of course two Imperials with faded buttons. One - with regular backpack - still has gold decals on his printed bag on the back.
Stored in normal room, with air conditioning, regular lightings, stored sometimes on the air, sometimes in plastic container. And nothing changed till this moment. They faded away just like that.
LEGO I don't know you anymore. What kind of paintings you use nowadays?