Irwin and Jakks are almost all I ever customized. Kibito is one of those characters that is difficult to boil and pop, because his torso is made of very hard, thick plastic and he likely has a very thick peg inside him that is glued and helping hold him together. You have to put him in boiled water, let him soak, put on gloves and eye protection, and use an x-acto knife to slowly stab him apart at the seams. Which basically involves stabbing him carefully multiple times until you have stabbed through every area of his torso. Then you can hopefully pop him apart. I must caution you, that method is fairly dangerous to both your hands and everything else, because if you snap the blade in half it could go flying.
Another option is boiling him then hammering a sharp, thin screwdriver into his crotch and shoulders. You'll have to have him held in a vice or something similar so he will stay still. I don't recall if Kibito has waist articulation or not, but if he does, then the upper torso has to be popped first before the crotch/hips can separate. I'm pretty sure I popped a Kibito one time, but I'm not 100% sure.
Post by starfirebarrage on Dec 13, 2018 19:21:20 GMT -6
Hey everyone... I'm working on a custom and had a quick question. Anyone have any ideas on how I could make the SHF Nappa figure's shins longer? I'm taking a look at it and it seems more difficult than something like the basic Goku or Vegeta style body, but he's got these stubby little shins that I just can't stand, and since I'm already going to work on him I thought I might try to fix it. Any thoughts?
Post by starfirebarrage on Dec 14, 2018 1:18:18 GMT -6
The problem I'm having is how sunken in this joint is and how much harder the plastic is on Nappa's shin than on most other figures. It makes me worry there's important mechanics I'd knock loose if I sawed the shin in half (which I'd basically half to do with how tough it is, no finer cutting implement would work). So what I think I might try to do...
I cut off the uh, rope-ring thing around his boot, and I think what I might do is just try to pull that joint right out of the socket... and hopefully, embedding it in some milliput will be enough to keep it solid when I extend the leg.
My experience with milliput has been that it's pretty dang solid. Hoping it'll work out... I just hope I can actually find a way to get this joint out of the leg.
Well, I can't speak specifically to Nappa or Figuarts, since I never customized those specifically, but what I always did to lengthen shins on Irwin and Jakks figures was sliced them in half with my x-acto knife (or sawed them with my dremel) and then I would cut a glue stick (for a hot glue gun) to the length I wanted, and I would epoxy or super glue that between the parts of the leg. Then I would use apoxie sculpt and fill in the gap and blend. I don't know if super glue sticks well to the plastic Figuarts are made of, if it doesn't, then you'll have to use epoxy. Nothing worse than moving a leg and having all your hard work snap in half. Epoxy was always the solution for Irwin and Jakks figures. For Bandai products like the Ultimate Figure Series (UFS) though, Super Glue was a better hold, as epoxy would not stick to whatever plastic Bandai made their arms and legs from. And I always use Loctite Super Glue, which can be purchased at Walmart, for my super glue of choice. My epoxy came from Hobby Lobby and is this: www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Model-Kits/Paint-Brushes/5-Minute-Quick-Cure-Epoxy/p/146626 Trying to just let Apoxie Sculpt or milliput provide the hold is a bad idea. It isn't that good of an adhesive. It's better to have a good, strong, bonded structure underneath the sculpting work. A hot glue gun stick isn't the most ideal for strength... I often used pieces of plastic I had cut off other figures instead. But glue sticks are very easy to cut, and cut STRAIGHT. So they are a lot more user friendly than using a plastic chunk you cut off some other figure's leg or arm. Plus, you don't have to sacrifice some other figure's arm just to lengthen a custom figure's legs 1/4 inch.