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That said, even consistent quality defects like this aren't a new thing. I was a Bionicle fan back in 2007-ish when there was a bad batch of lime green parts affecting the durability of almost all joints in that color. The issue was widespread, got identified, and eventually, addressed. It's unfortunate when it happens but it's not necessarily indicative that Lego's standards have slipped—not all issues are going to be noticed before packaging, especially "invisible" ones like durability that only present themselves later. The good news is that Lego's outstanding customer service is part of how they identify and rectify the issues that do slip by. That doesn't negate the inconvenience or solve the problem immediately but it does help to ensure that those particular issues can be prevented going forward and that customers can have their defective products replaced with minimal hassle.
I'm glad to hear it's a set-specific problem, at least, rather than part-specific.