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Repair severely damaged figure- please help!Repair severely damaged figure- please help!

gwendal738-2gwendal738-210 months agoAsk MFC
Hello everyone,

I've been meaning to make this post for quite a while now but life got in the way. Since a long holiday is coming up, I will finally have time to do major repairs, so I would like to ask for everyone's advice.

WARNING: PAINFUL PICTURES FOR FIGURE COLLECTORS AHEAD. I was in pain just handling this figure, so maybe you guys might find it painful to look at too lol.

The figure in question is GSC's 1/8 Anime Version of Black Rock Shooter. The reason I want to repair her even if she looks beyond salvation is because she is the very first (non-bootleg) figure I got with my own money back when I was pretty much a teen in 2010.

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Here is the overview of the damage. As you guys will see, she has pretty much broken off all of her support points. I really need help on how to put her back into one piece again. Any tips about what type of glue I can use, or other things I can do would be helpful.

Here are the pictures (gonna put them under spoilers just in case):

Actual damage overview
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Base damage
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Hair damage
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Leg damage
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If anyone is wondering, her cannon is intact:
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If anyone can give me any advice, it would be tremendously helpful! Thank you so much in advance! ToT Help me repair my childhood, pls.

(Also, the little chains and whatnot already broke off into a million pieces years ago, so I threw them away. My figure didn't come with the sticker either, which I don't mind so much. If anyone can give me suggestions on how I can make replacements for those decorative chains, it would be helpful as well!)
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ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
gwendal738-2 (10 months ago) #32471544I was wondering if epoxy glue was safe for PVC since we have some at home, now you've just eased away my worries. :D Thanks!
For the metal connector though, I've seen some people use metal paper clips in place of rods. Is that adequate if I place multiple pieces of them for better support? The problem with me is that I don't have a drill or a metal cutter so metal rods are out of the question...

Metal paper clips are not sturdy enough to support such weight, they bend. You need some unbendable stuff, brass rods or similar. 2-3 mm is best for bigger parts or her legs, it would hold still any weight when it comes to figures.

I mean, metal clips would work but they might eventually give up. And PVC is not easy to drill if you want several pins, it might be messy. It's very tough for a plastic.
10 months ago
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ponnie (10 months ago) #32450479I fixed this very figure for a friend no long ago with exactly the same break points.
Drilled metal rods into broken pegs, connected them, stays all set. Hair was also a smaller metal pin + two-part quick epoxy glue.
She's like new now!


I was wondering if epoxy glue was safe for PVC since we have some at home, now you've just eased away my worries. :D Thanks!

For the metal connector though, I've seen some people use metal paper clips in place of rods. Is that adequate if I place multiple pieces of them for better support? The problem with me is that I don't have a drill or a metal cutter so metal rods are out of the question...
10 months ago
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ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
I fixed this very figure for a friend no long ago with exactly the same break points.

Drilled metal rods into broken pegs, connected them, stays all set. Hair was also a smaller metal pin + two-part quick epoxy glue.

She's like new now!
10 months ago
1pt
CreepyOldMan (10 months ago) #32398894I am really curious what happened to this figure for it to break into this many pieces. Did you drop it like... twice?
You might wanna use some cold water to rinse it thoroughly then glue them back together. After that... You place her back into her blister/box. If you are still keeping it that is.


It's just with age. I didn't get her in pristine condition to begin with (she already had her pigtail broken off, which is why I got her at a massive discount), plus the base connecting her cannon and holding it up broke off way early on (probably about 2-3 weeks into owning her). So she's basically had... 7.5 years leaning forward precariously supported by only her leg, which is why I assume the glue had weakened because of all the weight being kept up and supported by only that leg.

Also, I will be trying the pinning method so that I can still display her. As I mentioned in the article, she is a very precious figure to me because she is literally the first figure I've ever owned, non-bootleg, that I bought with my own money.
10 months ago
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gwendal738-2 (10 months ago) #32402656Thank you so much for the encouragement! I will definitely keep everyone updated, and I'll also try to document what I did so that I can make a post about it and hopefully help everyone out here who has (or will have) the same problem as me. :D

For sure, and I can't wait to see her after you fix her up!! Bet she turns out perfect!!! :D
10 months ago
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Stacycmc (10 months ago) #32393459I think this is definitely salvageable through the pinning and glue method folks mentioned. I mean most of her breaks appear to be at natural connection points anyway so can likely be pieced back together without anyone noticing if done correctly.
I have a little drill very similar to the one you linked, and I used it to pin my pieces of my very first (and only) garage kit together when I built him. It worked great, and I'd say ..again...if done carefully, could come out more durable than before! :D
Good luck, keep us updated with how it goes, but I definitely think you can fix this! :d


Thank you so much for the encouragement! I will definitely keep everyone updated, and I'll also try to document what I did so that I can make a post about it and hopefully help everyone out here who has (or will have) the same problem as me. :D
10 months ago
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maggie (10 months ago) #32386361Yeah pin her and stick Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Pin vices should be found at hobby stores, or use a Dremel. I have 2 sets of pin vices I use constantly for figure stuff.
HolyKamineko (10 months ago) #32374573I had the same problem with her twintail and base. Drilled and pinned them and she's ok for 5 years!

Thanks so much for the tip (and more reassurance about the pinning method)! I will definitely try her out. I just ordered a pin vice off of ebay, so even if it doesn't arrive during this month, I still have another long vacation next month to try it out.
10 months ago
2pt
I am really curious what happened to this figure for it to break into this many pieces. Did you drop it like... twice?

You might wanna use some cold water to rinse it thoroughly then glue them back together. After that... You place her back into her blister/box. If you are still keeping it that is.
10 months ago
1pt
I think this is definitely salvageable through the pinning and glue method folks mentioned. I mean most of her breaks appear to be at natural connection points anyway so can likely be pieced back together without anyone noticing if done correctly.

I have a little drill very similar to the one you linked, and I used it to pin my pieces of my very first (and only) garage kit together when I built him. It worked great, and I'd say ..again...if done carefully, could come out more durable than before! :D

Good luck, keep us updated with how it goes, but I definitely think you can fix this! :d
10 months ago
1pt
Yeah pin her and stick Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Pin vices should be found at hobby stores, or use a Dremel. I have 2 sets of pin vices I use constantly for figure stuff.
10 months ago
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