How I Straighten Spidey Out

Hey, true believers!

My behavior may seem obsessive to some of you out there. But, attention to detail is important for a customizer. Today, I’m writing about how I deal with Spidey figures that have crooked legs. If you’re new to customizing, you may not know this: when you put a Marvel Legends figure in boiling water, the arms and legs become very flexible. Spidey will just flop around!

I’m very conscious of a figure’s posture. And, I don’t like legs that bend in at the knee-joint. This happens often in packaging.

Spidey Boil Before & After

Here’s how I fixed it:

Step 1

Drop Spidey BoilFigure in Boiled Water

I usually leave my figures in the water for about five minutes. That’s plenty of time to soften them up. Of course, you won’t be able to just reach in and grab the figure. So, you’ll need to use something to get a hold of it. I always pop the head and hands off, at this point. They will most likely be replaced. Also, I usually work all of the joints through their complete range of motion a couple of times. They can be pretty stiff right out of the package.

Step 2

Spidey BoundStraighten Legs and Wrap with Rubber Bands

While the figure is still soft, I straighten the legs and feet. With both feet together and the hips square, I wrap the ankles with a rubber band to hold in place. Then, I place another rubber band around the thighs to prevent a bow-legged look (The same process works for bowed legs as well).

If you put the figure in boiling water and just shake it around a little bit before it cools,  that will usually straighten out any major deformities. The plastic tends to return to its original mold shape. But, I want to make sure it’s perfect. So, I give it a little help.

 

Step 3

Allow the Figure to Cool

Once I have everything just the way I want it, I will usually put my figures in the freezer. They get stiff pretty quick that way. But, it’s probably not necessary. When the figure cools, the limbs will stay that shape.

That’s all there is to it. If your figures don’t look quite right to you, it’s easy to fix. Even if you’re not customizing, don’t worry about the paint. The stuff they put on at the factory is on there to stay!

Same Fix for Butterfly Joints

The same solution also works for butterfly joints. These can be problematic, and one side often sits further in than the other. This makes the torso look uneven and affect functioning of the joint. Here’s an example that was obviously defective from the factory, because it didn’t even get the proper paint application. I just wrapped the arms in a way that spread the shoulder joints apart. It was shoved in pretty far, before. Now, it looks just like the other side.

Spidey Shoulder Side by Side

Excelsior!

 

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