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How to prevent leg bending on PVC? (leaning, ankle twist, etc.)How to prevent leg bending on PVC? (leaning, ankle twist, etc.)

Hey all!

I recently got these figures by Alter and one by Alphamax. They have these weird/unique poses and it could potentially harm them over time. The way they are posed, along with their weight really scares me sometimes. I know for sure that they will bend over time. So, I'm asking MFC about their insights on preventing the bending issue!

I apologize in advance for having such crappy photos. I only have my phone as my tool. :P

For instance, let's take a look at Yagyu Jubei here.
What scares me about her is her weight while being in this pose!
As well as the weight of the sword. It might bend the wrist.
(The ribbon is attached back btw! It was taken right after it broke off.)

http://i58.tinypic.com/mtpa15.jpg

Another one is Alisa. Same issue with the weight and the awesome pose is a threat to bending her shins.

http://i59.tinypic.com/339mzci.jpg

I'm not really worried about the metal piece on Hanzo. However, I'm worried about Hanzo herself. I'm afraid the metal might be digging inside her and over time, it might just poke a deeper hole without me noticing it!

http://i62.tinypic.com/2a4zhq9.jpg

I really admire the poses on the Strike Witches by Alter. Especially on Hartmann. However, I also see this as a potential threat to bending their Strike Unit!

http://i57.tinypic.com/2iiu26p.jpg
http://i60.tinypic.com/6p69fb.jpg
http://i62.tinypic.com/9ixymv.jpg

SO! Long story short, I want these figures to sit on their shelves for ever. But they have the potential to have bent joints if I don't do something about them.

I don't mind doing tedious things to prevent the bending.
However, I don't know any methods of prevent it.

What kind of methods do you guys do to prevent the bending? I really don't want to do the "hairdryer" or the "hot water" method to fix them.
What I'm really trying to prevent is to get to the point where I have to fix them at all.

Should I put them in their box once in a while? If so, how many times do I have to do it annually?
What should I do during the summer where it turns above 30 degrees Celsius?

Every MFC words and wisdom are welcome. :)

Thanks for reading!
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yokha (4年前) #2382873If the legs have metal planted inside there's nothing to worried, try to test it with magnet, or figures from good company often mixed their material, they often used more hard plastic for legs, if the legs was the only balance the figure have, and this is alter figures so I think the figures will save from leaning problem, I'm not sure for alpamax, but I've heard their figure always on great quality.

I built a lot of garage kits in the past and always wondered if anybody had the guts to drill a leg and insert a sturdy metal rod to prevent leaning. I'm actually interested in a figure that has a well-documented leaning problem and I think I would try to give is a shot.
4年前
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yokha (4年前) #2384353the leaning on asuka not because the figure material, the problem was on the pegs, mine doesnt have leaning issue since the day i got her 2012, i displayed her on my room with air conditioner.

Mine too, but I have saw soo many Asukas leaning.
4年前
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CaioIncau (4年前) #2383014Max Factory is good as Alter, yet Asuka has leaning issues :(
the leaning on asuka not because the figure material, the problem was on the pegs, mine doesnt have leaning issue since the day i got her 2012, i displayed her on my room with air conditioner.
4年前
0pt
aigis (4年前) #2383005most high-profile (?) companies usually engineer their figures well enough that leaning really shouldn't be a problem anymore. they'll make their figures with harder plastics and have a metal "frame" within them to keep any weak points reinforced.
if you're really that worried, maybe cut some small metal rods to size so you can support them at additional points? of course, sanding the ends or covering them with a bit of rubber or plastic to prevent scratching.

EXkurogane (4年前) #2384176Im not really worried about leaning if they are newer figures (since year 2009-2010), they have acrylic and ABS plastic "frame" inside of these PVC figures, pretty much the same kind of plastic seen in Gundam kits. Those kind of plastic is pretty rigid. I heard some even had metal rods. Well, unless your figures are often exposed to a room temperature above 30-32 celcius (86-90F) i'd recommend sending your figure into the freezer for 5 minutes each figure, do it once a month to restore the structural integrity of the material.
Room temperatures are usually lower than that unless you live in a very hot country (and interiors of closed display shelves have lower temperature than room temperature by a degree or two due to insulation from environment).
And if's figures by Alter, GSC, Max Factory, Orchid Seed, i dont think you should worry too much, reputable companies have methods to prevent leaning, like the ones i mentioned in the first paragraph. The only exception i had was Max Factory's Miku Tony version, due to the no brainer weak foot peg design (a design flaw) coupled with the rather dynamic pose of the figure. I used a figma stand (with the claw like clasp) to support her from the weight-bearing side.

WanderingWastrel (4年前) #2383894I still think we should study the concept of acrylic embedding to provide the ultimate in protection to our figures. Encased in solid blocks of clear plastic, there will be no leaning... no dust... no moisture or mold... just completely protected perfection!
Of course, there's the problem of casting the acrylic in the liquid phase to get into all the nooks and crannies, especially around things like billowing hair and up schoolgirl skirts... then there's the probability of the paint bubbling with the heat of the curing process... And the additional expense per figure will probably be quite high...
Ah, never mind. Forget I mentioned it... silly idea... must be off my rocker again... I'm too old for this stuff... why'd I start this hobby again...


You guys have eased my mind. :) Now all I have to worry about is dusting my figures! Which is pretty easy to do. There are lots of tutorials about that.
A big thanks to you guys. I really appreciate your time to help and provide information. ^__^
4年前
1pt
Im not really worried about leaning if they are newer figures (since year 2009-2010), they have acrylic and ABS plastic "frame" inside of these PVC figures, pretty much the same kind of plastic seen in Gundam kits. Those kind of plastic is pretty rigid. I heard some even had metal rods. Well, unless your figures are often exposed to a room temperature above 30-32 celcius (86-90F) i'd recommend sending your figure into the freezer for 5 minutes each figure, do it once a month to restore the structural integrity of the material.

Room temperatures are usually lower than that unless you live in a very hot country (and interiors of closed display shelves have lower temperature than room temperature by a degree or two due to insulation from environment).

And if's figures by Alter, GSC, Max Factory, Orchid Seed, i dont think you should worry too much, reputable companies have methods to prevent leaning, like the ones i mentioned in the first paragraph. The only exception i had was Max Factory's Miku Tony version, due to the no brainer weak foot peg design (a design flaw) coupled with the rather dynamic pose of the figure. I used a figma stand (with the claw like clasp) to support her from the weight-bearing side.
4年前
1pt
I still think we should study the concept of acrylic embedding to provide the ultimate in protection to our figures. Encased in solid blocks of clear plastic, there will be no leaning... no dust... no moisture or mold... just completely protected perfection!

Of course, there's the problem of casting the acrylic in the liquid phase to get into all the nooks and crannies, especially around things like billowing hair and up schoolgirl skirts... then there's the probability of the paint bubbling with the heat of the curing process... And the additional expense per figure will probably be quite high...

Ah, never mind. Forget I mentioned it... silly idea... must be off my rocker again... I'm too old for this stuff... why'd I start this hobby again...
4年前
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Wildstar (4年前) #2382846Still, there is no easy fix for this. You just have to use something elsewhere to distribute the weight better, be it a stack of books (!), Lego bricks (XD), wood, metal, styrofoam... Ideally some kind of transparent acrylic piece or even glass.
There's no way to dodge the laws of Physics.


This would be my line of thought aswell, there's basically nothing that can be done bar immediately adding your own supporting item/frame.

I don't think putting them back in their box periodically would help extend the time it takes to bend, it'd really just delay it by however long it's in the box.

It does sound like a good idea to store them in their box when it gets warm/warmer however to counteract the fact the material becomes more pliable when warm.
4年前
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KumaChopper (4年前) #2382861Alter never disappoints.
I considered doing that method. However, I also thought about how the paint will just rub off from distributing the weight by using those materials. Maybe if I use glass, will the paint not rub off as much?
And yes. You're right. Can't beat physics. xD


Max Factory is good as Alter, yet Asuka has leaning issues :(
4年前
2pt
aigis kuso teitoku
most high-profile (?) companies usually engineer their figures well enough that leaning really shouldn't be a problem anymore. they'll make their figures with harder plastics and have a metal "frame" within them to keep any weak points reinforced.

if you're really that worried, maybe cut some small metal rods to size so you can support them at additional points? of course, sanding the ends or covering them with a bit of rubber or plastic to prevent scratching.
4年前
0pt
yokha (4年前) #2382873If the legs have metal planted inside there's nothing to worried, try to test it with magnet, or figures from good company often mixed their material, they often used more hard plastic for legs, if the legs was the only balance the figure have, and this is alter figures so I think the figures will save from leaning problem, I'm not sure for alpamax, but I've heard their figure always on great quality.

This is really reassuring! Thank you so much for the info! (*´∀`)
I don't think they have metal inside them. Hmm.. The only metal part I see are the metal stands.
4年前
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