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How to Customize Figure PosesHow to Customize Figure Poses

Kimm134SayaKimm134SayaHace 7 mesesAsk MFC
Upon realizing that I have hundreds of unwanted figures which are also quite difficult to sell, I decided to try customizing some into totally different characters. However, as with most cases of blindly trying for the first time, I ran into a standstill. I don't know how to change a figure's pose.

To provide a better understanding of my project, I am planning to transform ITEM #6385, which prior to this article I had no idea who or from which anime she came from, also MISB (hopefully, no one who has her in their wishlist gets disappointed), into Scathach, a demon from the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Seti1312370093.jpeg
https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/megamitensei/images/5/5b/1150253-scathach.png

As you can see, the only similarity they have is the left hand's position. The rest are way off. The reason I chose this particular figure as the base is the clothing. Since she only wears a swimsuit, it will be easier for me to just add the Scathach's clothing with clay.

I know most collectors know the hot water/cold water trick already to fix bending figures; only this time, I'm not trying to fix a bend, but purposely bending in a different position. I tried this to change the angle of the head, and it worked. For the right arm, it kinda worked, but the elbow part looked dislocated.

The more challenging part is the legs. As you can see, Scathach is in a kneeling/sitting position. I thought it will be easy with the base figure; however, despite prolonged soaking in hot water, the legs remain static and not pliable.

I'm not sure if this is due to the material. According to the base figure's page, it is made of PVC and ABS. I don't which part is which.

Do you guys have any idea how I can proceed with bending her knees?
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1pt
Kimm134Saya (Hace 7 meses) #40331648Yeah, I'll probably go ahead with the first option, despite the difficulty with painting. It's a good thing the target character has a different skin tone, so I will have to repaint everything and not just one part.
The second option is also good, but feet are difficult to sculpt.
Thanks for the info!


Looking forward to seeing your progress!
Hace 7 meses
2pt
SerpentyleTorc (Hace 7 meses) #40303218snip Yeah, I'll probably go ahead with the first option, despite the difficulty with painting. It's a good thing the target character has a different skin tone, so I will have to repaint everything and not just one part.

The second option is also good, but feet are difficult to sculpt.

Thanks for the info!
Hace 7 meses
3pt
If you're up for some sculpting/painting you can:
cut it at the knee/elbow
pin a wire through both pieces
bend it to the position you want
and resculpt the gap with putty
You'd probably need to sand down the inside of the knee a bit, so that it has space to squish on itself.
And then repaint the skin which is a whole other disaster

It may even be easier to just detach the legs and sculpt the squatting legs separately.

I would recommend buying or borrowing this book: www.amazon.ca/P... it's fairly useful
Hace 7 meses
1pt
kyoshinhei (Hace 7 meses) #40297999snip That's the alternative I'm thinking of as well. I do some sculptures as a hobby, so it should be doable. I think I'm just being lazy by not starting from scratch.
Hace 7 meses
6pt
That's a tricky thing you're trying to do.
The heating technique will only allow you to bend things up to a point. The further you deviate from the original position, the more the plastic will try to bend its way back over time.
Besides, if you strain the plastic too much it could very well crack or tear. If you want to pose her sitting like in the drawing, then we're looking at a potential 160° bend for the right calf from it's original position. The knee would need to be stretched to something like 3 times its current surface and I don't think the plastic can handle that. If you attempt it, use a lot of caution and keep inspecting for cracks.

That said, if I were in your shoes I think I would take an entirely different approach and hack the limbs off in order to re-sculpt the articulations with putty, like a garage kit. It's a lot more complicated than bending the plastic but in this case I can't see how it could be pulled off otherwise.
Hace 7 meses
1pt
If it's PVC, using a hair dryer always works for me. It makes it soft and therefore you are able to move it. I've done it with tons of my figures :))
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