Need Help Making a Limb Work
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Need Help Making a Limb Work

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This isn't exactly a customizing question but I figure it's the best place to ask since you guys take apart figures all the time. What is the best way to make a joint work that won't budge? My problem is I got a Rocket Raccoon BAF and one of his arms won't bend at the elbow. I've applied a good amount of pressure trying to get it to but I'm afraid I'm gonna break it. Would the hot water trick work here or would it simply make it more bendy?

Posted by knightfall
on Monday, December 16, 2013
User Comments
Patraw -
Friday, December 20, 2013
Unfortunately, sometimes joints on toys are just permanently stuck, no matter what you do. I've got a ML series 9 Bullseye figure whose left hip ball joint is absolutely immobile--nothing, not heat, cold, force, etc. has ever been able to make it budge, and trust me, I tried and tried. So, if you can't get it to work with the freezer trick and/or heat, it's probably a lost cause.
knightfall -
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Well, I tried (left it in the freezer for over 1 1/2 hours) and didn't do the trick. I'm starting to see the white strain marks on the joint connecting the arm, too. Afraid if I try anymore I'll simply break it.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
indubitably! Although I would try 20 minutes or so first.
Truwe 316 -
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Heating it would loosen the plastic and probably warp it when you try to bend it. Freezing is the way to go.
loosecollector -
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Just do what Pock said bro. You'll be glad you did .
knightfall -
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Wouldn't trying to bend the arm after freezing it make it more likely to break or am I missing something here?
pock63 -
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Try putting the arm in the freezer for a couple hours then take it out and see if you can get it to work.
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