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Cracking Open a Figure
A guide to safely cracking open a figure's torso and keeping the pieces intact.
(by Mint Condition Customs)   Update Tutorial

Welcome to my custom action figure tutorial. Here, I’ll be showing you how to crack open an action figure while still keeping the pieces intact. One of the hardest and most frustrating parts of customizing is trying to crack open the torso of a figure. It’s not always easy to avoid permanently destroying the figure, but it is possible. You’ll need a dremel with a drill bit, a small screwdriver (I recommend a set of Stanley brand precision screwdrivers. They’re small and perfect for this, and for removing small screws from action figures), and some Krazy Glue.

Please note that this guide can be used on any action figure with a hard plastic torso in two pieces. You can use the same techniques on the upper torso, lower torso (most action figures these days have their torso in two sections to accommodate the ab crunch), and the pelvis.

Let’s begin!

Make sure you have read the disclaimer before attempting anything mentioned in the tutorial.

DARTHGRIMM - Sunday, July 5, 2015
How do you crack open a modern Star Wars figure, I want to make a custom Samoc Farr Rogue Six In Hoth pilot gear using a female x-wing pilot upper torso, and I want to make Cinda Tarheel Rogue Seven gunner, using this same method, if possible?
NickyHavok1 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I would try not to sever the waist artic though.
Mint Condition Customs - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
You might have to get two of the same figure, so you can use the lower torso from one and the upper torso from another.
NickyHavok1 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
this isn't directly related to this tutorial but it could be it's second cousin. has anyone attempted to add an ab crunch to a figure that doesn't have one? A dc direct figure for example? I'd think it just require drilling a hole horizontally thru the abs and then cutting a |-| shape thru the upper torso after separating the two halves of the figure,then using a rod of some sort (piece of a metal hanger comes to mind) to give it the pivot it'd need.

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