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Wutzwagg Public Profile - Updated by Wutzwagg   
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

eBay User Name: Wutzwagg
Favorite Series: Marvel Select
Currently Collecting: Marvel Select
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Masterkief Public Profile - Updated by Masterkief   
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Current Projects: Gotenks, Janemba, SS4 Goku, SS3 Vegetto
Favorite Figure: Amazing Yamaguchi Revoltech Carnage
Currently Collecting: SHF, Revoltech
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Star Wars Collectors Series 12in Topic - Added by Thehairydoc   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Hello! I was wondering if anyone had a rough estimate how much a full collection of the 1st Gen collectors series would go for?...[See More]
johntsau Public Profile - Updated by johntsau   
Monday, August 13, 2018

First Figure: Lady Death - Dark Alliance Series
Collection Size: 7in
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Kili the Dwarf Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Sephjet Jpsall Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Monday, August 13, 2018

A Jedi Knight part of a rescue mission to Geonosis, that ends in a battle between the Jedi and the Separtist forces, becoming the first battle of the Clone Wars....[See More]
Egghead Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Monday, August 13, 2018

A villain of the 60s Batman TV series, he must not be confused with Elihas Starr, the Marvel supervillain with the same codename and similar looks....[See More]
Captain Argyus Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Senate commando Captain Argyus assists in the transportation of captured Separatist leader Nute Gunray. A member of the Senate Guard, Argyus fights the battle droids that have attacked the ship in an effort to free Gunray. But Argyus has a secret agenda that will jeopardize the successful completion of this important mission....[See More]
IG-Lancer Droid Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Programmed with advanced piloting routines, these droids use their energy lances to cut down enemies fromt he backs of speeder bikes.
IG Lancer droids are deployed by the InterGalactic Banking Clan on the planet Muunilinst to serve as a homeworld security force. Durge leads an army of IG lancers into battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi and his clone troopers during the Clone Wars....[See More]
Major Panno Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Major Panno is a Dressellian tactician who works with General Crix Madine to plan commando strikes for the Rebel Alliance. He assists Madine in planning the shield generator strike on Endor that helps destroy the second Death Star....[See More]
Moonlit Stones Public Profile - Updated by Moonlit Stones   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Favorite Series: Transformers
Collection Size: Average
Currently Collecting: Transformers CHUG figures
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CrossedCollector Public Profile - Updated by CrossedCollector   
Monday, August 13, 2018

Favorite Figure: Ripster
Favorite Series: Street Sharks / TMNT
First Figure: Toxie
Collection Size: Considerable
Currently Collecting: Street Sharks, TMNT Playmates classics
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Rot Lop Fan Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rot Lop Fan is an inhabitant of a planet without light, and is blind because his species doesn't need sight. Katma Tui tried to recruit him for the Green Lantern Corps, but Rot Lop Fan couldn't understand her because he didn't have the concept of color (green) or light (lantern). Katma found an unorthodox way to recruit him by turning him into F-Sharp Bell, and telling him that he could turn his thoughts into solid forms....[See More]
Sub-Mariner Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Born from the depths of the ocean, Namor, the avenging son, is Prince of the noble underwater city of Atlantis. The hybrid offspring of a human and an Atlantean, Namor's quest for adventure brought him into contact with the surface world and it's inhabitants. Although sometimes at odds with the actions and agendas of the land dwellers, the Sub-Mariner often lent his incredible strength and exalted heroism towards the fight for justice and humanity....[See More]
How to make figures more customizer-friendly Topic - Updated by Henchmen4Hire   
Monday, August 13, 2018

In the Action Figure Chatter section I posted about how I was disappointed with a recent Kickstarter focusing on making blank human figures for customizing. Everyone who makes these kind of figs never seems to address the problems with customizing them. So, instead of complaining some more, I wanted to post ideas for how to rework figure joints so they're more customizer-friendly.

First up is how to make hinges easier to disassemble. These are found at the elbows, knees, etc.

On the left you can see what a typical current hinge rod looks like. On the right is an idea for how to reshape the rod so it can be pushed in and out more conveniently, without the need for heat.

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Another common problem is paint scraping off where the bicept swivel meets the shoulder piece, because the arm slightly engulfs the shoulder (socket swivel). We have a similar issue at the ankles.

This is very easily fixed with these new ribbed pegs and holes since you can now fine-tune the gaps at the swivels.

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This one is really obvious and easy to fix, simply make the rings in hinges smaller to create a small gap to eliminate paintrub.

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Here's an alternate way to make the hinges. The major benefit is that now there's no need for separate pins so money is saved on molds and materials. Also, no more ugly pinholes in the sides.

The elbow piece would be made of ABS, or something equally rigid. It makes it easier to pop in and out of the softer arm/thigh/etc. piece plus keeps the joint from warping sideways, as usually happens to figures strapped into a package with twist ties.

The star shapes would of course be less aggressive, they should have much smaller "teeth".

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Surface Texture
Another way to make customizing figures easier is to give the surface of the plastic a subtle texture so paint can grip it better. The texture will simply disappear after the figure is painted and sealed since it will be "filled in".


Type of Plastic
This is something that's beyond my understanding. I think figures should use a type of plastic that will accept enamel and/or lacquer paints so we can use those more durable paints straight from the bottle. (Although this isn't necessary if the aforementioned improvements alleviate paintrub completely.)


Tolerances
Keeping a figure's parts at a set distance from each other after being mass produced and assembled is tough to do. If there are some parts that are even 1mm off, then they're going to cause paintrub issues. I think a way to combat this is to use a stiffer plastic, or maybe even ship the figures disassembled so parts don't warp in a package.

While it would be ideal to eliminate paintrub problems entirely, I think it's more realistic to do all we can to minimize them so the customizer has less frustrations while working on the figure.

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Ivory Towers -
Monday, October 23, 2017
Seconded, good sir!
LuvNidleness -
Monday, October 23, 2017
And this is the exact reason that I prefer Mattel Elites as my base and then add in Marvel legends elbow joints and lower legs. The Mattel joints are customizer friendly.
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Added another pair of pics