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Sweetums eyelids closeable?

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Farron, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Farron

    Farron Active Member

    Did not get into getting any of the Palisades figures at the time of release and only started looking into them more recently, and one that I found on ebay was of Sweetums. Got him all sealed and new in the box, but supposedly his eyelids are meant to be closable? At least accoring to a few reviews I've seen but try as I might I just can't seem to pull them down.

    The right eyelid (his left) comes down a bit, but it can't come all the way down as it is attached to the other and that wont budge at all.

    Anyone else had experience with this and was able to somehow fix it? Just a bummer when you pay around $70US on a brand new unopened figure and I'm finding that it isn't working the way it seems it should.
  2. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    as silly as this sounds, put the figure in the freezer for like 20 minutes, the gently try to work the stuck point of articulation while it's still cold. This is a pretty standard trick for freeing up stuck joints.
  3. Farron

    Farron Active Member

    Thanks, tried that after you said (even for longer). Was so hopeful it would be the solution, but something in the head is holding his eyelids down tight. :(

    Makes me think there was an earlier or later release that didn't have movable eyelids and it isn't as though it was a selling point as I can't find any mention of it on the box but just on a few reviews around the Internet.
  4. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Yeah, on my Sweetums the right eye only comes down a tiny bit, but can't go down more because the other eye is held in place. When you try to pull it down it seems like it isn't really a joint and that if you were able to pull the eyelids down, I think the eyelids would completely break off.
  5. Farron

    Farron Active Member

    ^ yeah, same. I have been pulling so hard, just hoping it would give a little. Have already scratched some of the paint off behind his eyelash. Am actually surprised a little I haven't ripped his eyelid off totally.
  6. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    My sweetums figure actually DOES close his eyelids. They close a little more than half way, and I didn't have any trouble getting them closed.
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Hmm, that's kind of odd that some Sweetums figures have eyes that can close easily, and others stay in place. I wonder if some of the original Sweetums had closable eyelids, but then for some reason they quit making his eyelids able to move?
  8. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    I wonder if the figures were assembled with wet paint on the eylids which fused some of them? Or if it's the plastic breaking down over time and becoming very sticky at a point of articulation that's difficult to begin with?

    just curious...Those of you who have stuck eyelids...did you get Sweetums when he was first released or as a collector decently afterwards?
  9. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    My Sweetums eyelids close pretty much all the way down but, if I really correctly, when I first got the figure at the time of his initial release, it did take some tugging the first few times.
  10. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I think the wet paint theory is the correct one here. I can only recall one Muppet figure that has a sculpt variant (some of my regular Fozzies have their mouths open wider than others) but for the most part the molding process got nailed down and then stayed the same.

    My Sweetums is fine, but I've had several Animal figures that I've disassembled/customized, and I've seen frozen Animal eyelids before. Unfortunately, even if you get it pulled free, the extra paint on one half and missing paint on the other will still make a friction point.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum from freezing it, you might want to dip the head in warm water for a few minutes to make the plastic more pliable.

  11. Farron

    Farron Active Member

    My Sweetums is finally fixed! Not sure if your suggestion had much to do with anything Dearth but i had him under hot water for a couple of minutes. Removed him tried pulling his eyelid down again and it didnt seem any different but then i just thought to get a small spoon and to really try hard to dig in between his eyelid and head. I was seperating it to an extent where i thought id probably end up with his eyes popping out but in doing it his eyelids were coming forward as well, kept doing it until i thought i had gone far enough, and just tried pushing and pulling on his eyelid until it was free. So yeah.. Now all is well apart from a few small scratches on his previously stuck eyelid!

    J3h - I only got Sweetums last week from a seller on eBay who was selling quite a few of Sweetums still sealed in the box.
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Hmm, Muppet Wiki says he was released in 2004, so I probably got him about 2005.
  13. Depends on the figure..... I own most of the Muppet figures and my Sweetums eyelids do open and close. Maybe they were limited edition and not many were made. Let me know what information you have.

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