Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands

How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bandsI wrote a while back that I was planning to post up my GI Joe collection in this blog but had to fix the figures first because the rubber bands have already deteriorated. I wrote on that post a method to fix the broken rubber band in the Real American Hero figures of GI Joe.

Later on realized that it would be better to put up an actual post showing the procedure taught to me by my friend. Aside from fixing up old figures, you can actually use this method to kit bash some of your old figures with parts from another figure. I actually did this before by getting the legs of Bazooka and putting it in Tunnel Rat. I liked the Tunnel Rat figure but didn't like the pants that he had on... hehehe

I actually wanted to try fixing Flint first, since he's my most favorite figure. I couldn't find all of his parts yet, so I decided to try it instead on his paramour, Lady Jaye.

So the first thing I did was to remove the back screw in the figure. Its quite small so you will need a very small star screw.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: removing the back screw
Lady Jaye is then opened up and the arms and head will fall off, be sure to keep tabs on them.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands torso parts of Lady Jaye
Next I got an ordinary piece of rubber band. This was the uber-cheap type where you could get a pack for just $0.50. Thinking about it now, I think it would have been better to use those thick long office type of rubber band that are latex free.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: getting a rubber band
I then loop the rubber band between my two fingers till it becomes tight. I have small fingers and two of them together I estimate to be the distance between the knob on the torso and the hook at the legs, where the ends of the rubber band are supposed to go.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: looping the rubber band till it gets tight
I connect one end of the rubber band at the hook in the leg.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands, hooking the rubber band to the leg hook
I then get a very small long nose pliers so that I can pull the rubber band through the hole in the hip part of the figure. The type of long nose pliers I used was that used by jewelry makers to twist links to make the chain in a necklace or bracelet.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: pulling the rubber band through the hips with pliers
I then loop the other end of the rubber band to the knob on the torso.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: hooking the other end to the knob
I tried attaching the chest plate last after putting in place the arms and head but found it to be difficult because they kept falling off. So what I did was to place the front chest piece first then just push the arms and head through their respective holes. Pushing the arms and head in would cause the chest piece to open up a bit but not enough that the rubber or other parts would fall off.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: attaching the arms and head
After the arms, head and front chest piece are in place, I screw on the back screw and check if the play is just right. If its on too loose there is a tendency for the rubber band to unhook from the legs, too tight and you might have a hard time moving the joints.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: checking that its not too loose
And here we have Lady Jaye, back together again like Humpty Dumpty.
How to Fix G.I. Joe Figures with broken rubber bands: Lady Jaye Back together again