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Old 05-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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vintage posing: all geared up possible?

Hiya folks!

I am about to enter my new man cave in the attic. The first time I will have glass showcases for all my collections!

With this, a question rose. I don't have much vintage figures, but I want to give them their own place.

Is it risky to pose these figures 'all geared up' all the time?
I mean, it is a constant pressure on those thumbs, when theř're holding their weapons.

Maybe a silly question, maybe posted somewhere on the formum, but I just wanted to know.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't imagine it would be a problem. All figures will deteriorate over time, but enjoy 'em while you can.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My vintage figures have been displayed for years and years all geared up
My opinion it don't do a thing to em
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Not a silly question at all - a very good one, in fact!

These toys are getting old now, and the plastic can get brittle with age. Heck, even back in the '80s, if you played with a certain figure a lot, you'd end up with broken thumbs if you're not careful (alas, my poor '85 Snake Eyes).

I love posing my classic Joes with all their gear too, when possible. Sometimes (especially the later ones) they've just got too much stuff. Other times - and this is what you might be afraid of, I think - you've got to watch out for certain figures, certain weapons, etc. Genereally, I would avoid placing gunstocks tucked under the arm, unless the grip of the figure in question has already been loosened up a bit... and I would absolutely not try to "loosen up" the grip of a vintage figure myself, btw! But sometimes we kids did it back in the '80s.

Here are a few examples:

V1 Spirit. The handle on his gun is quite thick. Unless your figure's thumbs have been "worked in" back in the '80s, I wouldn't dare put it in his hands. Even then, I'd be careful, particularly if your Spirit is nice and minty. A truly mint Spirit is difficult to find, because of those gold bands on his wrists... Be a real shame to break one that doesn't have wear. I still pose him with all his stuff, but at the "order arms" position. A bit tricky to do but better than a broken figure.

Belts, etc. On the subject of Spirit... I would be wary of any of the rubber belts/straps that figures came with, especially in '84, it would seem (e.g. Spirit's belt, Mutt's gas mask, Blowtorch's mask, etc.). They can get brittle and crack. It might be worth boiling some hot water and getting them soft before putting them on, and maybe inspecting them regularly.

Footloose's M-16 strap (and others). I've had one of these break simply because it was shouldered. I didn't think there was any pressure on it, but apparently there was... just something to watch out for. This happened to my Outback as well.

Uzis. Seems like all of these are particularly prone to handle wear. This is a lot more common on figures that have been obviously played with/handled by us '80s children back in the day. You should be fine with the '82 Snake Eyes/Steeler Uzi and '85 V2 Snake Eyes Uzi if you're careful, but as far as the one that came with V1 Lowlight/Law and Order... if the grip on those figures are tight at all, I wouldn't even use it. If you look at the handle, you'll know what I mean - you'll tear that thing up. Again, not a problem if the grip on those figures have been "worked in", but if they're like they were right out of the package, watch out.

That's what I can think of off the top of my head... If more examples come to me, I'll post 'em.

Also, not directly relating to posing w/accessories, but worth mentioning:

V1 Duke, Doc, Tripwire... and I think Zartan too, from what I've heard. Something about the boot/heel design makes these figures especially prone to broken heels, if you use a figure stand or place them on a peg on a vehicle or playset (I bought a Chinese version of Duke specifically so I could pose him with a stand - my original goes in the passenger seat of my Dragonfly).

Crotches. V1 Duke and Beachhead are particularly prone to broken crotches. Of course this can apply to any figure, but the ones used on these (and probably some others I'm not aware of) were particularly thin for some reason.
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Hiya folks!

I am about to enter my new man cave in the attic. The first time I will have glass showcases for all my collections!

With this, a question rose. I don't have much vintage figures, but I want to give them their own place.

Is it risky to pose these figures 'all geared up' all the time?
I mean, it is a constant pressure on those thumbs, when theř're holding their weapons.

Maybe a silly question, maybe posted somewhere on the formum, but I just wanted to know.

Thanks in advance!
be very careful not to push them onto whatever stands you're using too hard. there foot mix 'splode. this has been reported happening often. small joes stands are slightly tapered so they are a bit safer, but don't push down hard or... 'SPLODE!
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be very careful not to push them onto whatever stands you're using too hard. there foot mix 'splode. this has been reported happening often. small joes stands are slightly tapered so they are a bit safer, but don't push down hard or... 'SPLODE!
I've only had that happen with the figures I mentioned above.

Funny though - I have a couple Small Joes stands and the peg seemed bigger to me... maybe they improved it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Since the room is in an attic, be carefull about temperture, humidity etc, If it is finished (as I'm guessing it is.) Then heating & air conditioning should not be to much of an issue.

If it is unfinished temperture & humidity changes will were down any collection.
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Since the room is in an attic, be carefull about temperture, humidity etc, If it is finished (as I'm guessing it is.) Then heating & air conditioning should not be to much of an issue.

If it is unfinished temperture & humidity changes will were down any collection.
That's a good point, but for the life of me I wish I knew exactly what temperatures/humidity affected Joes and how.

I imagine cold will make them brittle/more prone to elbow cracks, but I really have no idea outside of that.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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be very careful not to push them onto whatever stands you're using too hard. there foot mix 'splode. this has been reported happening often. small joes stands are slightly tapered so they are a bit safer, but don't push down hard or... 'SPLODE!
HA- I had this happen with a vintage Bullhorn recently! I'd been out of the vintage Joes collecting game for years, so hadn't really had many figures posed around on stands, but after purchasing Bullhorn recently both of his heels exploded! Talked to a few other collectors and they blamed it on the heat of AZ drying out the plastic, but apparently it's not limited to my state. Just plastic growing brittle over time it seems.

BTW, I use stands from a company called Marauders, which seem better than Small Joes vintage stands for some reason. Could have just been that figure, but I didn't want to take chances on exploding the heels of my other vintage figures (some are damn expensive to replace), and have had good luck so far with Marauders. Also, their stands are modular and allow for a 'click/connect' if you want to create 'army builder' displays, etc.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Like others have said, if it fits easy go for it, if you have to wedge it in there be prepared to get fu**in 'sploded !
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