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Re: A few questions...

Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:59 am

Kailryu's right: Mezco's Heroes Niki figure had hoop earrings that I pulled off and saved to add to my Buffy Kendra figure, but they would NOT stay glued on. That whole run of figures has had serious plastic degradation issues.

I actually have a headless Willow from that same series that is super sticky and oily next to me right now because I just can't put her in the trash, even though there is no use for that oily, nasty body. I don't think I've EVER thrown away a figure!
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Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:00 pm

I thought this was just my figure that started to disintegrate, never realised it was a common problem!


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Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:40 pm

Thanks for the ideas on the earrings. I am currently swamped with work and ran into some larger issues on that project so it has been slow going.

Thinking ahead to my next project. How compatible are Legends and Black series figures. There seems to be a major size issue for one of my projects (Magneto's unmasked head on an Imperial Officer body) the thing is massively large for the body. My hope is this is that instance and not a major scale issue.

I was hoping to use the Netflix Elektra body with arms from a Black series Rey. I have yet to source those pieces and decided to ask prior to sourcing them in case there are issues again.
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Re: A few questions...

Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:04 am

I was wondering if someone would mind giving me some details on adding magnets to my Spider-man figures. I swear there was a tutorial on FigureRealm but I cannot locate anything. I imagine you get magnets and glue them into the peg holes and it is that simple. I do not know details though. What magnets, glue, etc. work the best.

Thanks again for any input you may have!
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Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:25 am

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Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:40 pm
Thanks for the ideas on the earrings. I am currently swamped with work and ran into some larger issues on that project so it has been slow going.

Thinking ahead to my next project. How compatible are Legends and Black series figures. There seems to be a major size issue for one of my projects (Magneto's unmasked head on an Imperial Officer body) the thing is massively large for the body. My hope is this is that instance and not a major scale issue.

I was hoping to use the Netflix Elektra body with arms from a Black series Rey. I have yet to source those pieces and decided to ask prior to sourcing them in case there are issues again.
In general, the comic ML figures are much bigger than SWBS figures, but the MCU/Netflix MLs are a little smaller, so they might be compatible. I know the BS figures scale with the Hasbro Ghost Busters well, because I took an extra Tarkin head and threw it on an extra Ray I got when Amazon had mistakenly listed a single figure as a wave (for the price of a single figure) and I jumped on the off chance of cheap fodder.
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:27 pm

That is exciting news, thank you for the response SalemCrow. I managed to snag a Rey from eBay for $1.00. It is the Starkiller base one and I was mainly scoring this one for the base pieces but figured sourcing this arms at the same time would work. Now to score a Netflix Elektra, granted the price on this has increased significantly since I last looked. I might be able to use Claire Temple as a base instead.
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Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:02 pm

Can arms from the Marvel Legends teen girl body be removed by just boiling and popping? Or do you need to crack the torso?
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Re: A few questions...

Tue May 11, 2021 1:01 am

I am hoping to solicit some ideas as I embark on yet another new custom project. I have so many pans in the fire...

I am hoping to make Gamora in her recent comic look (I will try to include an image below). I have got some good pieces in mind but am coming up short on the upper torso. Any suggestions compatible with current Legends would be greatly appreciated.

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Any suggestions for her head would be appreciated as well. That I don't imagine will be as hard as something close to that armor on her torso.
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Tue May 11, 2021 5:55 am

Arms on the female teen torsos have been boil and pop up to this point.

First thing that came to mind was the recent Omega Sentinel but you will need white arms and the shoulder sockets maybe kind of wide from those robot arms.
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Second is the Endgame Valkyrie.
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As a last ditch, there is always Dagger for a white upper torso.
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Mon May 24, 2021 7:37 pm

I am working on the Gamora custom. I have some parts from the MCU Wasp that I am painting black but the detail, that "waffling" in the sculpt is getting lost. I was thinking of maybe using a paint wash to bring it out. I am a bit uncertain on what color would work well though. The mesh under the armor should be black and I want a wash to simply help highlight the detail without lightening the look of the mesh. Any suggestions?
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Tue May 25, 2021 1:12 am

Professor wrote:I am working on the Gamora custom. I have some parts from the MCU Wasp that I am painting black but the detail, that "waffling" in the sculpt is getting lost. I was thinking of maybe using a paint wash to bring it out. I am a bit uncertain on what color would work well though. The mesh under the armor should be black and I want a wash to simply help highlight the detail without lightening the look of the mesh. Any suggestions?
You could make a thick wash of grey and wipe away the excess from the high points.



I've only ever picked out recessed detail with full on paint for a panel lined look. In that scenario, I use the smallest brush I can to put it in the lines and then come back in with the main color to clean up any rough edges.



However, with that texture you're talking about it may be much harder to do it that way so my best suggestion for making the details still stand out is to hit all the black with a matte topcoat. The reason you can't see the details as clearly is likely because the paint dried a bit glossy and all the spots where the light catches are hiding the sculptwork. Hitting it with matte will firstly, keep the shine down and secondly, add a more professional feeling and clothy look to your figure. As clothy as you can get without using cloth that is.




It will really help if you seal your armor pieces in glossy white as well since matte and gloss contrast well, as do white and black. Having it be contrast on two fronts of color and finish will look REALLY cool.



As for a matte spray, I use Rustoleum Matte with the gold trigger and red band on the white label. NOT the 2X stuff, they call it matte but it always, for me at least, comes out a bit more satin. Alternatively the Rustoleum Universal Advanced Formula Dead Flat that has a more gun shaped cap that works as a handle/trigger for less finger fatigue is pretty much the exact same finish, it's just easier on the fingers to shoot and has a fan spray.



For smaller pieces where spraying is too tight or would alter another finish, Vallejo makes brush-on varnishes that, while I personally have never used yet, I cannot vouch for Vallejo enough. They are my absolute favorite brand of paint.




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Re: A few questions...

Wed May 26, 2021 12:35 am

Thanks for the advice. I will try utilizing the different finishes. I guess I got excited about washes as I just recently did my first.

I am working on a Ghost Spider (not Gwen) and used a light blue wash on the skull and it made the details in the sculpt pop out.
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Wed May 26, 2021 2:19 am

Professor wrote:Thanks for the advice. I will try utilizing the different finishes. I guess I got excited about washes as I just recently did my first.

I am working on a Ghost Spider (not Gwen) and used a light blue wash on the skull and it made the details in the sculpt pop out.
Absolutely. Happy to help.



That sounds awesome! Washes are really useful.

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