I’m not afraid(although slightly ashamed) to say that I’ve been slacking off in terms of photo taking lately. It has been raining for the last few days and I’ve also been sewing for Tamaki and Kagura a lot, but the truth is that I’ve just not been doing much, and without the photos I usually rely on, I’m scraping the barrel for posts. But the good thing is that I actually like scraping the barrel every now and then. Not only does this allow me to stretch my imagination and venture out of my comfort zone for new content, it hopefully gives you all something different to read. So today I have a special post in line. A post about…glue?
That’s right, glue. Whether they have bad luck or just really big hands, those who collect regularly are eventually brought face to face with the misfortune that is a broken or loose figure and the sadness that comes with it. I’ve run into this problem several times within my collecting life, and after finally procuring the glue needed to fix my many breaks, thought it would be fun to show just what’s broken over time and celebrate that it’s finally fixed. So I hope you enjoy this tidbit from the bottom of the barrel!
The glue came in a pack of two, and if you think you’re getting a lot, that’s not really the case because inside of each tube is a smaller tube and needle(for poking a hole in the tube and preventing the glue from drying out). It may look like a tube of lies, but the glue is very strong, so just a little goes a long way. Like my kindergarten teacher said, “One drop does a lot!”.
See that “All purpose” banner at the bottom of the tube? Well, Krazy glue is certainly worthy of that tagline because it is extremely powerful. Once a layer is applied to plastic, it’s pretty much impossible to remove without damage. It also sticks to skin very easily and can release a little bit of heat when applied(I experienced both of these XD), so if you decide to use it, know what you’re dealing with and be careful. Respect the glue!
With those words of caution out of the way, let’s start gluing!
The first candidate is figma Kirito’s sword, Elucidator. Elucidator is flawed in that it is very weak around the handle, and I know from comments that I am certainly not the only one to have to deal with it breaking! The difficulty in gluing Elucidator was that the break was on a very small point(no wonder it broke =_=) on the handle. I had to make sure to only get glue on the point, and then place the blade back on quickly and straight since nobody wants a crooked sword(Oh no, that doesn’t sound right).
Elucidator was able to be glued back together, but glue is probably not the best solution in this case since it broke again afterwards, and multiple re-gluing attempts results in a layer of glue which does not look very good. If you do glue it, be extra careful with the sword afterwards as it will not be as strong as before it was broken.
Next is figma Kuroyukihime’s folded parasol. Like Elucidator, this broke almost right out of the box as it was very weakly held together. But it was thankfully much easier to put back together since the break left me with a little compartment to glue into. The hold is much stronger too!
Here is something that was really my fault: a broken bow on Chouyuusha Haruhi’s boot. This break happened a year or two ago when I was figma body swapping. I wanted to put Luka’s head on Haruhi, and while trying to pull her head off, applied pressure to the ribbons which caused one to snap off. But the break was such that it fit back into the boot and only came out again when moved a lot. Still, this restricted Haruhi from outdoor photo shoots and forced me to always keep an eye on her. Now with the ribbon right where it needs to be, Haruhi is ready to take on the world!
Figma Nozomi’s bra also happened to break. I had been displaying not Nozomi, but a plastic skeleton who used to sit in the Wagnaria restaurant wearing the bra. He looked very good in it, but when I tried to take it off of him one day, the strap broke. The strap has now been glued back ,but the skeleton will probably not be wearing it anymore.
Casual Saber’s sword stayed together for a long time, but finally came apart one day when I was trying to pry it out of her hand. After gluing, it held together nicely since the break was over a large area.
I loved figma Saber Bride, but was upset that the hand on mine came off almost immediately. It’s like there was never any glue! So I remedied that with my own glue. I no longer have to worry about losing her hand in the grass(again).
Unlike the others, figma Kiritsugu did not require gluing. The cigarette and face are intended to be separate pieces. The problem was that the cigarette had a very loose fit in his mouth which resulted in it being almost lost several times. Searching carpet for a microscopic cigarette is not fun, so I figured it would be better to go ahead and save myself some grief and time by gluing it in.
figma Yui Hirasawa’s guitar broke because of…a factory defect? No. It fell from the top of the shelf? No.
The guitar broke because I stepped on it =_=
I’d been poorly keeping it together with some sticky stuff, but now the hold is much better!
As for stupid things I broke stupidly, this is the worst. A few months ago, I took Momohime outside for some review photos. I also grabbed her alternate arm pieces so that they could be swapped out and photographed. After removing the sword hand, I realized that the hand and sword were stuck together. Surely this was from her having been in the same pose for too long, right? So I pulled on the hand a little bit, but it wouldn’t come off! So I pulled some more and it finally came off. But there was some nasty paint transfer like you see in the picture above. I figured this was just a small problem to be noted in the review, and continued with what I was doing in spite of having a nagging suspicion that something wasn’t right. It was not until I went inside and looked at Momohime’s box and instructions that my suspicions were confirmed. The sword and hand were supposed to be stuck together because they were one piece(emphasis on were).
And with all of these breaks behind me, I can continue playing with my figures like nothing ever happened! But maybe just a little more gently…
What about you all? Whether it be an accident for unfortunate factory mistake, have you ever had to deal with or fix a broken figure?