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Dark Olivia Leaning? Alert on Her FootDark Olivia Leaning? Alert on Her Foot

This post is on both asking the owners of Dark Olivia whether they are experiencing leaning issues, and also an alert to everyone regarding what i found out today when i unboxed mine.

When i grabbed her out from the plastic molds, and tried to remove all the plastic pieces wrapping her base, a slight pull and her base, which is supposed to be secured into her foot "very well" (since it's being screwed in) came off her feet.

http://i1029.photobucket.com/albums/y352/EXkuroganeII/WP_20140609_17_52_30_Pro_zpsd80b50f3.jpg

To my horror, her feet wasn't connected to the base with a metal rod. It's just glue. Yes. GLUE. The picture you are seeing above - including the peg's black paint coming off being leeched out is a result of me spamming super glue to get her back secured into the base. And now, as i prepare the props needed to do a photography of her, when i move her around i noticed she still wobbles quite a bit although the figure is (hopefully) firmly glued into the base. She is top and back heavy, and the base is also heavy, but the main structure supporting her - the leg and foot, isn't reassuring to me.

So, how many of you are experiencing her leaning backwards? If you do, please be warned there is a possibility of her detaching by itself out of her base some day after succumbing to gravity while standing gloriously on your shelf - and lands on the floor - especially if she wasnt displayed on a shelf wide enough, or an IKEA glass container, or not leaning against a wall behind.

My suggestion is to make sure the figure is in contact with the wall of your shelf behind, and not to display her too high. I'm "notoriously" known by my friends for not liking Kotobukiya's stuff due to quality control issues, and here they ruined another figure which i deem is their best to date. I have no idea what makes Kotobukiya think glue is sufficient to support a figure of this weight and unbalanced distribution of center of gravity.
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Is My Dark Olivia leaning backwards?

  • 16%No, i don't think she is leaning.
  • 8%I did notice she is leaning backwards.
  • 14%Mine didn't lean, but she wobbles easily.
  • 5%I have experienced the same thing - foot detached from her base.
  • 57%I don't own this figure.
  • 207 votesVotes are public

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51pt
I hope you're seein' this Kotobukiya.
4 years ago
26pt
ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
Her leg is made from ABS plastic which would never lean unless you heat it with a hairdryer or something. Calm down. She won't lean. However, I'd set her on a steady shelf to avoid her wobbling - if she wobbles regularly odds are her leg or base peg will break eventually.

Also, superglue doesn't hold plastic well. Better use a teeny drop of epoxy glue - make sure it doesn't leak, because it literally melts plastic pieces together.
4 years ago
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1pt
chirp (2 months ago) #41834453This just happened to me today. Picked her up to dust her after not moving her for years, and she slipped out just like yours, after a light cracking noise.
Any suggestions on types/brands of glue? I can't believe there is no metal rod on a figure this top-heavy.


I've used Tamiya Cement to fix many figures successfully so far.

There are several variants of that glue.
2 months ago
1pt
This just happened to me today. Picked her up to dust her after not moving her for years, and she slipped out just like yours, after a light cracking noise.

Any suggestions on types/brands of glue? I can't believe there is no metal rod on a figure this top-heavy.
2 months ago
1pt
Mine broke today after 4 years. I was holding Olivia and gently cleaned her with make-up brush as her feet detached from base. I searched and found this thread. Guess it's time to experiment with a glue.
4 months ago
1pt
strikeforceagent (1 year ago) #18612262Mine detached from the base a few months ago. I haven't found a fix yet, but I think I'll give your gorilla gel a try. Did you clamp/put pressure on the leg and base when it cured?

Nope. I just made sure her lower half sat still for 72 hours/over a weekend. I didn't want to scratch the base or chip the crystals. It needs a decent amount of glue, just enough to cover the peg, but be aware this stuff does melt paint off. It's the clear gel with the green cap.
The WF exclusive version didn't give me issues at all. That one had much better QC.
1 year ago
1pt
JoniVera (1 year ago) #18609382Fine actually. :) I wouldn't display her without being against something, personally. It gets warm in my room sometimes.

Mine detached from the base a few months ago. I haven't found a fix yet, but I think I'll give your gorilla gel a try. Did you clamp/put pressure on the leg and base when it cured?
1 year ago
1pt
strikeforceagent (1 year ago) #18601287How is she holding after a couple years?
Fine actually. :) I wouldn't display her without being against something, personally. It gets warm in my room sometimes.
1 year ago
1pt
JoniVera (4 years ago) #2191073I've had this issue out of the box, it can be fixed. Koto did not help me in this situation, so I had to solve this issue on my own.
I tried (trial and error) super glue, craft glue, epoxy, but Gorilla Glue gel (small container) does the trick. Dab the stuff on the peg (top and sides). Then have the base/peg and her lower half cure for 72 hours. She will be steadier than Koto's factory adhesive afterwards.


How is she holding after a couple years?
1 year ago
1pt
Well, mine just came off just like yours. Time to get the crazy glue I guess...

This is incredibly disappointing.
4 years ago
1pt
I assembled mine two days ago and she's neither wobbling too much nor falling off her base. However, she's only having her left wing since I couldn't get the right wing to fit no matter how much force I used. I think the problem is the shape of the wing-thing that's supposed to go into her back. It seems the lower part is too thick, so I'm going to try fixing it with a sharp knife to make it thinner... : / Otherwise I don't the quality was as bad as I suspected. I'm pleased overall!
4 years ago
2pt
jena ☆ mahou shoujo ☆
I must be really lucky because my Olivia figure is fine! I mean, she wobbles a little bit but it's nothing major. Mine definitely isn't leaning.

Then again, I don't understand the paint job complaints so perhaps I'm not as fussy as others. I think Olivia is amazing and she is one of my absolute favourite figures.
4 years ago
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