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Breakability of Figures

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Hubert, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I dunno if anyone's ever created a thread about this (there probably has been), but I thought it might be nice to talk about the fragile aspects of some figures and how easily some seem to break. Figured this might be a nice reference for people to choose which figures might be the most durable choices to buy, as well as what figures to be careful with when handling. And for the rest of us to amuse ourselves over-analyzing figure breakage.

    One that immediately comes to mind for me is the Vaudeville Statler and Waldorf. My first set of them came out and worked fine, and later their legs broke. Any more sets that I've bought since seem to break the second I get them out of the packaging.
  2. crazy chris

    crazy chris Well-Known Member

    i see broken janice's on ebay all the time... i dont know what people are doing with these figures to break them? besides giving them to the kids to play with... leave em on the card... or display them... too nice to be gnawed on by the kids or dog...lol

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  3. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Janice's legs break off really easily, I have too broken ones. You don't necessarily need to give it to a kid or dog to break them, simply trying to display them or even too roughly getting them out of the packaging make them break.

    While on the subject of EM legs, Floyd's legs break off very easily as well.
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  4. ncchuck

    ncchuck Well-Known Member

    my floyd's hand broke just getting him out, I only have him dr teeth and link opened so 1 out of 3 broke just getting it off the card
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  5. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Hm, interesting, I've never had a problem with Floyd's hands, only his legs. My Dr. Teeth had a hand problem, but I think that was actually my fault and not something that usually happens,
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  6. ncchuck

    ncchuck Well-Known Member

    i didnt really pose them, i had an extra floyd and dr teeth but the bubbles were yellow so i opened them and put them on my shelf, but the 3 i have is the only loose ones i have ever had. i am more of a moc collector because i hate to see them break
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  7. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Half of my Clifford's mustache kept falling off, and I ended up losing it because it was so small. So I have a Clifford with half a mustache. ;)
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  8. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    My Cabin boy Rizzo's tail snapped off I'm gonna super glue it back on soon
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  9. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    I understand that this isn't necessarily a figure, but awhile ago, I bought a Swedish Chef Hallmark Keepsake ornament. Almost immediately, all of the lobsters snapped off. I have glued them back on since then, but unpackage that think with caution!
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  10. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Vaudeville Statler and Waldorf have a very fragile piece of plastic for their 'pelvis'. It's too brittle and too thin-walled, and I have actually seen them broken IN the package before they were ever opened.


    I've done some successful 'hip replacements' on them by cutting a thicker piece of wooden dowel to replace the plastic.


    This requires some dremeling of the inner portion of the legs, to accept a larger post, but once reassembled, the modifications are invisible.



    Janice tends to break easily due to how slender her limbs are, which meant they had to experiment with very small posts inside her shoulders and hips. They used a clear plastic for this, which is unfortunately too brittle.

    I have yet to come up with a good way to reattach her limbs and retain all of her poseability. Sorry.


    When opening a figure for the first time, I recommend snipping the wire-ties around them from the back side of the blister with a pair of nail-snips.

    As you move their points-of-articulation for the first time, the places that tend to break the most often are hands or other things that have a post that inserts into another part of the body.

    This can be caused by paint which was still tacky when the figure was assembled, and has dried for YEARS in that one position. (Ironically, they'd have been easier to move if you bought them when they first came out, so there's something to be said for opening your toys after all.)

    When moving the hands for the first time, if you encounter resistance, STOP applying torque, and definitely do NOT tug it away from the arm. You're actually just twisting the hand off its own internal post.

    Try pushing the entire hand TOWARDS the lower arm as you gently try to rotate it.

    You might also want to consider heating the arm with some warm water or a hair dryer to make the plastic slightly more rubbery, which will also make it more forgiving.

  11. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tips, Dearth. Very helpful and informative. ;)

    I have one as well. :p
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  12. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    This is great, but I have Gonzo with the cannon and kids 2-5have not broken it
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  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Breakability of Figures?

    Very Yes!
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  14. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Let's see...the side of Floyd's red shirt has come apart. It seemed to have been held with very poor-quality adhesive. Tuxedo Rowlf's right ear came off (mom used crazy glue to put it back in permanently).
    Janice's left arm and leg came off. My Newsman figure's right arm came off as well. And a lot of the accessories are fragile, too (the hatrack, for one).
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  15. Rhys

    Rhys Well-Known Member

    Hello I have had problems with my scooter, I only display my figures but the popcorn carts leg came off which was easy to repare But I had to glue scooters torso because I posed him and it broke
  16. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    Yes, but super glue has been my friend.

    I've super glued legs onto Janice, Robin, and Sweetums, as well as Gonzos arm. I've also had to reattach Bunsen's glasses and put Lips' trumpet back together. I haven't had any problems since doing this

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