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How to Use Custom Action Figure Parts
by Glenn Webb
Customizing your action figures is a fairly new but popular hobby that allows you to create your own unique action figure from new or by resurrecting your old figuresthat had been consigned to the bin!
In this easy to follow tutorial and video Glenn walks you through the process of creating your own Custom Action Figure parts.
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Hey everybody, it’s Glen back with the Ultimate Warrior from
parts unknown or more correctly from Toys ‘R Us. In this article, I’m going to
show you how to uprgrade a basic articulated figure into an elite articulated
figure and how to swap action figure parts in your very own customizing
So why am I doing this?
Well, by the time I finished I’m going to end up with an
Ultimate Warrior figure that’s going to be an Elite articulated the one that
doesn’t have the horrible limited articulated T-jointed hips, plus it’s going
to have chest articulation.
But what I’m about to
show you isn’t just about converting a basic figure into an elite articulated
one, it’s also just a general body parts swapping tutorial so if you just
wanted to swap one action figure’s head for another, this is how you’re going
to go about it.
And for it, you’ll be requiring a hair dryer so let’s fire
this bad boy up.
Apply the heat to the neck joint for about 3 minutes and the
head should pop right off. If you’ve heated the figure enough it should pop off
quite easily but iIf you feel like you are forcing it, apply more heat. Be
patient. And try again.
So here we have them. I’ve fully dismembered both action
figures and hopefully the various parts will still be hot enough from being
heated that I’ll be able to directly swap the parts. If not, I’ll need to heat
them some more. So let’s kick it off with the Ultimate Warrior’s head. Let’s
attach that to the Batista body. OK, good. Now let’s do the Ultimate Warrior’s
Next we need to attach the knees and lower legs and these
have a peg in them. This needs to thread into either side of the upper knee on
the Batista figure.I’m going to go ahead and heat up the upper knee on the
Batista legs. It should need to much, ok let’s see if that is enough.
Getting the peg into the hole can be the trickiest part. I’m
just going to use scissors to help push this peg up and then when you’ve got
the peg aligned with the two holes I use pliers to apply pressure to either
side and forces the peg into either hole of the knee. Then repeat the process
ith the second leg.
So that’s all there is to it, now we have an elite
Thanks to the body swapping body more movement to the hips
and of course we now have the chest joint.
But you’re probably wondering what about Batista’s trunks
and tattoos, how do we go about getting rid of those?
The first thing we need to do is sand away the tattoos from
his shoulders, belly and his and then paint over those areas.
You could paint directly over the tattoos without sanding
them away but I prefer to sand them away. It gives the surface that much more
grip for the paint and then the paint tends not to chip off so easily when he
bumps up against other action figures.
One of the most common question I get ask about customizing
is: What paints do I use?
Well, I use Citadel paints by the Games Workshop. They do
various skin tone colors and you may get lucky and find a paint straight out of
the pot that matches the figure perfectly, or you may need to add a little bit
of white, a little bit of red, a little bit of black, etc.
I used Cadian Fleshtone which seemed a decent match, so
that’s all him paintedl, front and back. Then I apply the green paint I’ve
mixed for his trunks. And voila!
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