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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2019 9:25 p.m. PST

I'd like to know how easy these are to bend, modify, and/or convert to other poses?

Since they seem to be made of a rubberized-plastic material, can they be bent, and/or repositioned, without catastrophic damage, e.g. the limbs, and/or head just suddenly snapping off?

If so, is there any way to keep repositioned limbs and/or head from moving back to their/its original position, after bending?

Seems as if cutting or sawing limbs and/or heads might be best to keep any plastic memory from wanting to make changes go back to their original starting points.

May need to straighten, and/or bend some limbs, so could use advice on doing that.

I imagine pinning is probably best, in order to ensure repositioned parts stay in place.

Might need to fill or smooth over some gaps/cracks with putty, or other materials, so could use a "plastic-friendly" material to do that too – any tips on what works?

Are there any Heroclix ranges that offer figures that are walking, or running, as opposed to the general, mainly static poses I've run across thus far?

Looking for Modern/Sci-Fi humans mainly, without masks or hats, in more dynamic, action poses both with, and without weapons would be nice (male and female figures are needed).

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Mar 2019 9:35 p.m. PST

A hairdrier works wonders. A microwave is risky.

Usually, once you bend a figure into a new position, it stays that way when cool. On a few figures, I've noticed they lose the new pose after a few weeks or months.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2019 12:08 a.m. PST

Over the years the materials used to mold the Heroclix figures have changed Early figures, were made of a harder plastic, as used in most model kits. Later figures are made from a more flexible polyethylene like material.

I've had perfect success with modelling glue, superglue with older figures. With newer figures I've used a heat source to bend and then set positions. For me is was a clamped soldering gun with a clean needle point.

As to the figures available, check any of the many, many web based retailers of clix. There'll be figures showing poses.

Or check out the Heroclix website itself.

Note that older sets use slightly smaller figures compared to later sets. And hit eBay or equal, there's always somebody wanting to get rid of several hundred figures at once time for not much cash.

Lonkka1Actual08 Mar 2019 2:45 a.m. PST

Pretty easy.
For example, years ago I added some putty and then covered the first version of Rhino with baking soda and thus achieved a less technical (Ultimate?) looking one and more original like costume.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Mar 2019 8:37 a.m. PST

I wouldn't go the bending route.

There are tons of different ones in different positions.


I tend to look for what I call an "open" pose, at least for the areas I want to change.


This shows one of the more open ones and how I used various reworking for this project.

Depending on where and how you cut, you may or may not need to smooth the joints.

For these projects, I usually sue a "both sides" approach Here's generally what I want. There's what I got. How do I meet in the middle for something awesome?

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