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Old 03-22-2016, 03:30 PM   #421
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I'm trying to head swap my Aprils but I can't seem to get the Space April head off. Can anyone that's done this successfully (keeping articulation) explain how they did it?
Have you dunked it in boiling water to soften the plastic?
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:34 PM   #422
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Have you dunked it in boiling water to soften the plastic?
Nah didn't try that one. I thought about it but wanted to see if there was another way first because I'm leery of ruining the figure... Never done the boiling water trick. How hot should it be exactly?
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:52 PM   #423
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I'm trying to head swap my Aprils but I can't seem to get the Space April head off. Can anyone that's done this successfully (keeping articulation) explain how they did it?
Here's the page of this thread where gunstarheroblue posted a pic found on a Facebook group:
http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/sho...56#post1543056

Also, this type of question might be a good fit for the "How does this toy work?" Catch-all thread I started:
http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=54409
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:14 PM   #424
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Nah didn't try that one. I thought about it but wanted to see if there was another way first because I'm leery of ruining the figure... Never done the boiling water trick. How hot should it be exactly?
Literally boiling, it won't hurt the plastic at all. Have some tongs to pull the figure out and prepared, it will be hot. Though I have just used my hot tap water, but then again I installed a new hot water heater and the water gets scalding hot.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:01 PM   #425
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I have been thinking about customizing my own TMNT figures as well. I don't know when I will try this, but I know it won't be soon. Maybe I could add some extra articulations, extra paint, etc. Maybe also get a 3D printer to make my own figures. You know, figures for characters like Chrome Dome, Ms. Campbell, Creepweed, etc.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:58 PM   #426
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Duzmachines84 only makes it look easy, trust me. As for 3D printing, the technology isn't there to make anything of real comparable value/quality to the official releases, & it won't be for several years. Not to mention you would need years of 3D modeling under your belt to even attempt at something poor, let alone decent.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:07 AM   #427
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The technology is here, it's just hella expensive. The printer I have is the XYZ Da Vinchi 1.0 3D printer, and it costs $500 (shipping was $600 extra...) and it's very grainy and at the moment is broken down. I managed to fix the first breakdown, but this one is a doozy and customer service is near non-existent.

My partner have made 1/4th scale weapons and almost finished a fully articulated 1/4th scale ball-jointed doll before it broke down, but to get the stuff smooth you have to by hand sand it down which is a lot of work.

You can work in a 3D program and have it printed by a 3D Printing company, but depending on how big the model is and how many parts, and material it can be very expensive.

The forums on The Fwoosh have a few 3D Printer guys that have made som awesome stuff like extra hands for SH Figuarts Mario/Luigi, and even fully articulated Ness and Ganondorf, and one of the guys have a Shapeways store where you can purchase 3D printed weapons, 6" figures and 7" figures, his skeletons looks amazing (you have to paint and assemble the figures yourself)


But soon. Mattel's Thingmaker printer will come on the marked as a 3D printer for kids costing iirc $300 which is an amazing price, it was shown at Toy Fair. So unless it's restricted to Mattel's pre made pieces you can print and do your own stuff, this might be the one to wa it for. Or get a printer that costs around $1000-$3000.

Plus you do have to have some knowledge and skills with a 3D modeling program, and have a basic understanding of action figure articulation, and if you want to print the joints or buy ball joints on eBay.

Start small, I never got to the printing process myself when I tried to make action figures out of the video game models from the Out of the Shadows game, cause the models are monstrous patch works of meshes, and it's not easy figuring out how to cut out articulation on finished made models.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:04 AM   #428
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The forums on The Fwoosh have a few 3D Printer guys that have made som awesome stuff like extra hands for SH Figuarts Mario/Luigi, and even fully articulated Ness and Ganondorf, and one of the guys have a Shapeways store where you can purchase 3D printed weapons, 6" figures and 7" figures, his skeletons looks amazing (you have to paint and assemble the figures yourself)


Do you rebember the name of his Shapeways store?
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it's very grainy and at the moment is broken down. I managed to fix the first breakdown, but this one is a doozy and customer service is near non-existent.
That's the kinda sh*t I'm talking about, though. You have to put in a crap-ton of legwork just to get it smooth, & even then the pieces are often imperfect, inconsistent with production-grade plastics, or otherwise flawed. The technology to print something that is immediately as good (or close) as a Playmates figure is not quite there.
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Do you rebember the name of his Shapeways store?
yup, been planning to buy some of his stuff myself.

Strangefate's store
http://www.shapeways.com/designer/strangefate

here is also a thread with printed Nintendo figures.
http://thefwoosh.com/forum/viewtopic...3156&start=225
Ganondorf looks awesome.

Thingmaker's app have been available since last year and you can print out the action figures you designed intended for play.
http://thingmaker.com/design

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That's the kinda sh*t I'm talking about, though. You have to put in a crap-ton of legwork just to get it smooth, & even then the pieces are often imperfect, inconsistent with production-grade plastics, or otherwise flawed. The technology to print something that is immediately as good (or close) as a Playmates figure is not quite there.
True, but that also comes from that Playmates figures are mass produced from molds, that was made from printed figures that have been cleaned up.

But the legwork is worth it, when you have a one-of a kind custom item, and you can print duplicates.

As long as you have a trustworthy printer of course, which XYZ da Vinchi 1.0 is not.

And of course have a better goal then trying to make your first 3D printed Action Figure from this mess...

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Old 03-23-2016, 12:17 PM   #431
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That's the kinda sh*t I'm talking about, though. You have to put in a crap-ton of legwork just to get it smooth, & even then the pieces are often imperfect, inconsistent with production-grade plastics, or otherwise flawed. The technology to print something that is immediately as good (or close) as a Playmates figure is not quite there.
Not true as I've been doing a lot of research for some personal projects of mine. Between the research and countless conversations with professionals the technology is there. Hell playmates prototypes they receive from Varner are 3D printed. I'll agree with you that the plastics aren't there but you can print in resin which is expensive but just about lossless with quality from the original 3D model.

Edit: if there is serious interest in custom figures. Who does everyone want most? I'll see what I can get done through some of my connections. Human Disguised Krang?
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:56 PM   #432
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Not true as I've been doing a lot of research for some personal projects of mine. Between the research and countless conversations with professionals the technology is there. Hell playmates prototypes they receive from Varner are 3D printed. I'll agree with you that the plastics aren't there but you can print in resin which is expensive but just about lossless with quality from the original 3D model.

Edit: if there is serious interest in custom figures. Who does everyone want most? I'll see what I can get done through some of my connections. Human Disguised Krang?
Hell yeah that would be awesome!
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:42 AM   #433
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Wow, that looks sharp! Now I have to buy two April figures. Playmates is run by evil geniuses.


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Get some customizer to give that a weathered, metallic makeover and a more Metalhead-lookin' head and it would be awesome.


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The Fugitoid ship... obviously way too small.
I hope to get this, instead:

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Playmates Classic line not dead.
Ok, I've been up to my ears in work recently, so please forgive me if this is old news.
Today I have these.

Secret of the Ooze Turtles from Playmates.
Essentially wave 4.
They boast an incredible array of extras, most notably the heads.
I know the PM classic line hasn't been everyone's cup of tea, but I like them for what they are: pretty articulate Turtles
in a decent scale for display.

On a personal note, I finally snagged the two 11" DX Turtles I needed to complete that set, so all in all, a mist satisfying Turtles day for me .
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:13 PM   #435
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Why can't playmates capture the likeness of the Henson turtles?
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:22 PM   #436
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Boy, Playmates suuuuuuucks. It's a great concept (multiple heads & film-related accessories) but so poorly executed... Their faces are abysmal. & why the hell are these obviously Secret Of The Ooze based figures skin colored coded? Even if their head sculpts were decent, that'd still strip them of their appeal.

Once again, these will bomb, & Playmates will think our market simply doesn't exist, rather than see/accept that the fault is theirs.

Nonetheless, thank you for the update, DVD.
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I agree the head sculpts are meh but I love that Mikey comes with Combat Cold cuts
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:40 PM   #438
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I knew in advance that these wouldn't get much in the way of praise. Haha.
When I first saw the delivery, I thought it was an early release of the Neca/Bandai set...
I'm still up for these. Cost to me was just over £10 a figure.
I'll disappoint further, with more pics later !! Hahaha.
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Thank you, Shanghai, for sharing that photo!

If the NECA quarter-scale figures weren't on the horizon I'd probably get these, if only to have someone custom-paint them for me.

I might anyway. Turtle fandom is a sickness.

But I also suspect I'll buy quite a few figures from the Out of the Shadows series, and on my budget, something has to give...
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I'm addicted.. Or something like that, for Turtles figures.
This new set might have to get cracked open and added to these guys, on a bigger shelf.
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