My action figure customs

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  1. Revell-Fan

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    Howdee fans,

    15 years ago our local Woolworth received a huge box of POTJ and SAGA action figures and sold them for 1.99 € a piece. I grabbed the ones I didn't have and even got a tray variant of Kit Fisto which up to now has not been documented in the web. I bought the standard issue twice, one to put into storage and one to play with ;) . He comes with a real metal hilt and a detachable green blade which is very cool. However, the rest of the figure did not look as good as it could and should have. It is more a statue than action figure, the leg joints are rather useless:

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    Last year I had the idea to update my collection and to get a "good" Kit Fisto with joints that actually fulfill a purpose and which would look more like a real Jedi and less like a cartoon Ninja.

    Two versions would be suitable for the task: The ROTS or the Vintage Collection Kit Fisto. The latter can't be obtained for under 45 € and was eliminated from the list. So the ROTS figure was the one to go. It is almost super-articulated, only ankle joints are missing. The colour is all wrong but that can be changed later.

    I found a nice-looking figure bundle on ebay (Kit Fisto / ROTS, Yoda / ROTS, Mace Windu / ROTS & Obi-Wan Kenobi / TAC) and gave it a try. Luckily the same seller offered a SAGA Obi-Wan Jedi Duel figure which came with a blue saber, stand and Jedi robe. You must know that I am a huge fan of soft goods and I want all my Jedi wear robes. That makes them look much more valuable on the shelf. The Yoda from the bundle could become handy for another mod, the rest was "cannon fodder". ;)

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    A few weeks later the items were delivered. To my surprise I discovered that the figures were genuine Hasbro figures and no fakes (I suppose they were factory rejects). Some joints were loose (nothing a drop of white glue couldn't fix) and the Jedi Duel Obi-Wan did not come with articulated wrists (it looks like it was kitbashed from two figures of the same line). The quality of the robe was top-notch though.

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    The robe fit like a glove on Kit's body. Equipped with the lightsaber of his SAGA counterpart he really came out great.

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    Onto ROTS Obi-Wan. At first I wanted to tranfer his articulated ankles onto Kit but then I put him in the robe, too...

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    What a difference! I decided to leave him this way and added him to the collection.

    Next was Mace Windu. An action feature rendered most of his appearance - really ugly. But with the robe on...

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    ... you get a bad-azz Jedi! He even looks like Samuel L. Jackson! Alright, he too went into the collection. I ordered two more Jedi Duel Obis, stripped them off of their robes et voilà:

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    The whole Jedi gang was completed.

    Not bad for just a few bucks. :cool:

    The rest of the Obi-Wans went into the parts bin.

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    Next I'll tackle that Yoda. :)
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  3. Revell-Fan

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    Thank you! :)

    It's nothing too fancy but it makes a hell of a difference. The upcoming Yoda will require some more "surgery" though. ;)
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    cylongirl Galactica lives in Germany

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    Ich verfolge Ihre Ergebnisse mit Spannung :)
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    :)

    I almost forgot that I did a little custom 15 years ago, POTF2 Slave Leia with real metal chain:

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    I simply cut off the horrific plastic rendition of a chain at the base but I left the base intact because it was supposed to hold the new chain.

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    I went to my local jeweler and bought the cheapest chain with the smallest chain links available. 20 - 30 cm will do. It is best to take your action figure with you. And no, my jeweler did not mock me because I showed up with a half-naked slave action figure. :D ;)

    Then I had the collar base hole-punched by my local shoe maker (for free). This is a very delicate task because you need a hole that is large enough to hold the chain but not too large so that the base breaks. That's not easy, so work carefully and apply pressure gently.

    Once you have a hole you take some metal foil and "adhesive milk" and put it on (silver on the collar base, gold on the collar itself). This worked surprisingly well and still holds up today.

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    Then you fiddle in the chain. Use the closing ring to put through the punched hole first. This will enable you to fasten the chain (it would be too small to get through) and avoid the chain from protruding horizontally from the body.

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    The chain fits well and even goes through the holes in the cyclops heads of vintage Jabba's throne. :)
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    These look AMAZING!!!
  7. Revell-Fan

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    Thank you. :)

    But I haven't really done anything ... YET! ;) :)