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    Wondering how fragile or strong the various 1/6 bodies are. I've only collected a few types of bodies but am concerned with breakages and fragile parts. Here's my thoughts on the ones I have;

    Dragon (neo and neo 3); generally strong, but the hands and feet are fragile; I had the flesh hand break trying to remove it, and heard reports of feet breaking inside boot when trying to remove.

    21st Century; Very strong, both normal and super-articulated types

    GI Joe (modern); super-articulated - proper sturdy toys; older style have weak pegs in elbow and knee which tend to pop out when rotating the joint.

    Soldiers of the World; Total crap, knee broke immediately on picking the thing up.

    BBI older and newer styles; both strong, no breakages yet

    Any similar or different experiences on these, or other makes welcome!

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    I only have Dragon neo bodies, and both gens of Soldier Story bodies. I have heard some reports of problems with the S1 bodies breaking, but all of mine have been fantastic. I actually think some of my S1 bodies look better fully geared than my S2 bodies. The later gen S2 bodies are fantastic bodies. Extremely well articulated, and very durable bodies. These are the bodies with the newer ball joint style neck, I really like them. I have never ever had as SS body break anywhere.

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    Power Team Elite figures do really well, even seen them in "blow out boxes" in secondary market places, and they are still able to to the "one foot pose" in short order 9 out of 10 times I checked.

    The last version of the 21st Superbody is a great long lasting figure, as are some of the last Hasbro superbodies.

    Had a BBi figure break at the shoulder ( Deiter Voss ) and show some really lousy seams along the backs of the legs, had some DML bodies "chest explode" and have wrist problems.

    DC Direct figures are much nicer than I might have first thought, but many times people report about the hands splitting or breaking fingers. My Joker is still rock steady, and can still stand on one foot, but the hands really need to be "babied" when putting in a gun.

    I should add, my SOTW superbodies are still holding up well, but many of the Hasbro CC bodies have gotten loose in the joints, and many of the "Old Vintage Style" repops are splitting at the knees or thighs.

    My ITPT figure bodies are still doing well.

    Many of my "Top Jake and Top Cop" figures have split in the upper arms, thighs and knees, and did so in not a very long time. Filled those areas with epoxy, and they are holding up for now, but odd to see upper arms split and shread.
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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    Triad Otaku's and Medicom bodies are notoriously fragile.
    HT Truetypes have been known to have issues with weak knee joints.
    The original Adam bodies had an issue with the chest/abdomen snapping easily. That problem was fixed with the next in the series.

    I've personally never had any breakage issues with the S2 (even after multiple shelf dives).

    The BBI G1 you can hammer nails with. The G3 is a bit more fragile but
    other than a couple cases of shoulder problems is relatively robust.

    The SSC Prometheus, while not inordinately prone to breakage, suffers from chronic loose joints.
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    BBi hands down! They don't look the best(shoulders are a little huge on the g3 to say the least), but they hold up the best. That's for sure. I g1 wrists were able to have more movement, I would use nothing else.

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    I think the most breakable bodies I've ever come acrossed are the medicom figures. Their RAH series is why I started buying 1/6 and now I would touch them. I've never had a issue with the old 21C figures, now I only buy HT; I've only had 1 knee joint issue out of the 20 or so figures.

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    Thanks guys, that's very useful.

    The early Soldier story bodies look quite similar to the G3 BBi bodies, am I right? And the later (S2) soldier story look to me in the same vein as the Hottoys truetype? I'm quite encouraged to hear that the S2 bodies are strong because they're relatively cheap and look great in pictures (never owned one -yet)

    Then there's TTL, a series I know nothing about. On first glance maybe not quite as nice looking as S2 body?

    I'm pretty fond of the Dragon neo 3's, and the earlier BBi, funnily enough.

    The GIJoe SA and the Power Team are my play-and-pose figures, I suppose you could throw them out of windows, although I was always too much of an anorak to ever do that to my own toys - sacrilege haha

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    The least breakable has to be the Hasbro HOF bodies (Hall of Fame) which were used for the restart of the 12" GI Joes and the 12" Star Wars.


    Duct tape one of those and you could take out criminals or break rocks with them...

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    Good topic!

    My son and I when he was younger made a silly video of a battle with the figures, even built a base with buildings fortification and 21st century humvees moving on patrol full of troops. Then we thought we need explosions, here is where it gets interesting.

    I took these sky burst balls emptied the powder into smaller packages then used the little rocket detonators inside the packages to detonate using a toy rocket launcher. Buried them underground then we filmed a little 5 min battle scene. We went crazy blowing up bad guys, fortifications, figures flying in the air it was a ton of fun. ok back to my point.

    We used SOTW, 21st SS and older, G.I.Joe all held up really well under brutal punishment. I think the 21st SS was by far the strongest not one was bearly even scratched.

    And before anyone says something about being unsafe and all that I have been making pyro safely for many years and my son was nowhere near it. Also these were figures that I no longer have much use for so I keep them as stunt men.LOL
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    ^Lol sounds like a fun show.

    No doubt those figures held up pretty well, play-grade figures are often more durable than the more expensive figures.
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    I couldn't have said it better saiko.

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    21st original bodies and Super Soldiers are probably the strongest figures you could get.
    I've never broken a figure, but I have found that straight out of the box, Dragon figures, old and new, had loose joint issues. Older HT muscle bodies are also not the most durable.

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    I had a lot of bbi G3 bodies but three of them broke at the shoulder on the left arm.

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    ^I've had that happen more than a few times on my BBi G3/G3.5s too.

    You can fix it by drilling a hole through where the peg used to be and securing the arm to the body with a screw. It retains the articulation and is actually a bit tighter depending on how tight the screw is/how thinly you drill the hole out.
    Or send it to me, I like modding those bodies the best :P
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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    I'v never had any problems wit any BBi G3.5's, tho I have broken the hand pegs in the arms a few times.

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    Here is what I have owned/own and my experiences:

    Triad Otaku V1: Probably the least durable and biggest letdown I have had with bodies. The wrist pins have broken, and one of the shoulder joints broke. I'll end up trying to modify this body at a later date with new arms and legs from a different female nude as the torso is probably one of the most anatomically correct that I have seen (it's a female body).

    BBI 3.5 and Soldier Story S1: To me these are the same bodies. I have had problems with neck post breaking on the Soldier Story bodies (not on the BBI ones), but the BBI ones have all experienced loose joints and I have had broken shoulder joints and leg joints. Overall the body is somewhat durable, but the loose joints are a letdown.

    Soldier Story S2: I have only had two problems. One had loose shoulder joints for the horizontal movement and another had a foot that kept popping off. I swapped the feet out with BBI 3.5 feet and fixed the problem. The one thing I hate about the S2 body is lack of neck articulation. They are not good for sniper poses. I would say that they are probably my favorite bodies overall.

    Hot Toys True Type Generation 2: I love these bodies as well, and I have not had a problem with the one that I bought, but I don't like the hands at all. The fingers are way too long and not to scale IMO. I have swapped mine out with S2 hands (which are my favorite BTW).

    Hot Toys True Type Slim: Again, I love this body as well, but the one that I bought has a forearm that comes off once you articulate it to the extreme bent position (like trying to touch the shoulder). It looks like a notch snapped off inside of the arm, but for the most part the arm stays on great. I swapped out hands on this body as well with S2 hands, which don't look as great because of the wrist size being so thin, but the original hands were so long that the guy looked like he had ape arms.

    Ace Mk1 (I think that is what it is called): This is a very durable body, but I have a few problems with it. The feet on the one I have pop off all of the time when I articulate the ankle too far. I ordered some Hot Toys feet for it to see if they will work better. The other beef I have is that the butt is not proportional to the upper body at all. The thighs are also quite large which means that you had better have some large pants to put on this body. I like the hands and neck articulation on the one I have is great.

    DID (not sure which version I have, bought a bashed figure that it came with): This body is a mixed bag of emotions for me. On one hand it's very durable, but on another hand it's not very versatile. The hands that came with it were bendy and fragile (broke one of them at the wrist), you can't pop most other manufacture’s hands into it (Hot Toy's pegs seem to fit, while BBI, Soldier Story, Dragon and Ace wrist pins are all compatible with each other's bodies). The neck is limited to DID, Dragon and Hot Toys heads. Overall I'm not too fond of this body personally, but the main body (minus the hands) is quite durable. Oh, and the feet on mine are quite large BTW.

    Dragon (I think mine are all old school versions circa 2003): The body for the most part is very durable, but I have had one foot that ended up becoming quite jacked up after heating the boot that was on it for removal. The only downside to this figure is the articulation (lack of) and the inability to put different heads from different manufacturers on it. I like the BBI, Hot Toys, ACE and S1 bodies for the ability to put just about any head on them with either a BBI type neck or Dragon head adapter. That is another downfall of the S2, it's limited on heads.

    I know your question was on durability, and hopefully some of what I wrote will help as well as give you an idea on other aspects of the bodies (that I have owned at least).

    Overall I would say that the most durable body I own that is also versatile is the BBI G3.5. The biggest complaint is the loose joints that can happen.

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    Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    Triad Toys Otaku - terrible, broke 5 minutes out of the box. It has put me off buying Triad bodies in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goaltendah1 View Post

    I know your question was on durability, and hopefully some of what I wrote will help as well as give you an idea on other aspects of the bodies (that I have owned at least).

    Jeff
    That's an incredibly useful post, Jeff, answers all the questions I needed to know but was afraid to ask, as they say!
    Knowing which heads and hands can be swapped is going to save a lot of trial and error.

    Vapor1 - that's a great tale about the film you made. I remember the UK comedian Rik Mayall did a renactment of a famous battle with action men and ketchup, most amusing.

    Wonder how many of us actually play with our man dollies still. This stuff is getting so expensive it's hard to even breathe on it. I'd sort of like to have a big garden battle. If I had a garden.

    Wondering about those rubber suit type figures- rubber muscle bodies, MSG and Batman ? How does the rubber hold out? One of my favourite figures was Big Jim (Mark Strong in UK) as a kid, he had rubber arms with a bicep action going on. The arms could split and discolour I seem to remember. He was the most homoerotic of the 'early' figures, with names like Big Jeff, the 70's porno sideburns and the body building fetish going on! And he was nine inches long, er, tall. That was all lost on an eight year old kid, before anyone says anything, hoho

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    Question Re: Most breakable/Least breakable 1/6 bodies

    I am personally very worried about
    the needle-thin part of ankle joints
    on recent Soldier Story bodies ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmitts View Post

    GI Joe (modern); super-articulated - proper sturdy toys; older style have weak pegs in elbow and knee which tend to pop out when rotating the joint.

    well, i got a bunch of hasbro sa bodies (indiana jones german soldier) and a couple of them had ankles just snap. really brittle. dunno if it is just this character or all hasbro sa bods, but the ankles suck! the rest is all good, no knee or elbow issues. j


    edit: the hasbro sa indiana jones cairo swordsman too. i had to just glue the foot back on. j

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapor1 View Post
    Good topic!

    My son and I when he was younger made a silly video of a battle with the figures, even built a base with buildings fortification and 21st century humvees moving on patrol full of troops. Then we thought we need explosions, here is where it gets interesting.
    So when will you be posting that video?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaztermareal View Post
    well, i got a bunch of hasbro sa bodies (indiana jones german soldier) and a couple of them had ankles just snap. really brittle. dunno if it is just this character or all hasbro sa bods, but the ankles suck! the rest is all good, no knee or elbow issues. j


    edit: the hasbro sa indiana jones cairo swordsman too. i had to just glue the foot back on. j
    That really sucks. Did you buy the figures boxed and then 'nude' them yourself or did you buy them already stripped? The risk with the latter is you never know how ham-fisted the person that stripped the figures was. The SA bodies had smaller feet than the previous CC bodies, but the ankle joints were designed with less mobility for sturdiness. If the previous owner/handler really forced the foot into positions it wasn't meant to go into or pulled the foot out of a really tight boot without using a hair dryer or boiled water technique they could have compromised the material of the joint. I've had half a dozen of the SA type bodies - but they were actually from Joe boxed sets I broke down myself - and have had great luck with the ankle joints, but I've never forced them and I always used heat when removing or inserting footwear..

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    Just to add to some of these post. The soldiers story bodies I have put trough the test putting tight boots on and stuff and surprisingly they have held up well.

    Also I have not found a body yet that cant be repaired. If I have one break I always beef it up where it broke and it's stronger than before.

    As far as the video goes I know it's on a old video camera we don't use anymore and I would be to embarrassed to even show it. It is by no means any kind of great production.

    It would be fun to put a little time and effort into making a cool video. Let see I have:

    3 21st century R/C humvees the real BIG ones!
    3 new bright H2's
    2 LSV's not R/C tho

    5 21st century humvee's the ones that are not really 1:6 scale probably wouldn't use them.
    Then 2 Rhino jeep's

    And about 400 figures. Yeah we got the stuff to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 38oliver View Post
    That really sucks. Did you buy the figures boxed and then 'nude' them yourself or did you buy them already stripped? The risk with the latter is you never know how ham-fisted the person that stripped the figures was. The SA bodies had smaller feet than the previous CC bodies, but the ankle joints were designed with less mobility for sturdiness. If the previous owner/handler really forced the foot into positions it wasn't meant to go into or pulled the foot out of a really tight boot without using a hair dryer or boiled water technique they could have compromised the material of the joint. I've had half a dozen of the SA type bodies - but they were actually from Joe boxed sets I broke down myself - and have had great luck with the ankle joints, but I've never forced them and I always used heat when removing or inserting footwear..
    thats the thing, i bought them boxed instore, and was very gentle in the removal of the boots and used hot water to soften first (im always careful removing boots and putting them on).
    i still like the bodies though, shorter, and good articulation. worth the couple of pounds i spent (they were on sale...)j

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapor1 View Post
    I have not found a body yet that cant be repaired. If I have one break I always beef it up where it broke and it's stronger than before.
    A bit of 'Milliput' Epoxy resin putty comes in handy for fixing. It dries rock solid. It may be called something different outside the UK, I don't know.

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    Very true Hottmitts. If it's a big repair I cut up small pieces of fiberglass mix it with some resin apply dry then sand you never even know it was broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmitts View Post
    A bit of 'Milliput' Epoxy resin putty comes in handy for fixing. It dries rock solid. It may be called something different outside the UK, I don't know.
    Great point. i've used epoxy putty to fix even tough-to-repair parts such as the knee joint of a HT TrueType. If the thin plastic supporting the joint breaks, you can use putty to mend and reinforce the damaged joint. of course you'll need to dremel out a big of the thigh or calf (depending on which end of the joint broke) to accommodate the extra thickness from the fixed joint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmitts View Post
    Then there's TTL, a series I know nothing about. On first glance maybe not quite as nice looking as S2 body?
    Maybe not as nice looking as a S2 body but I like these better! Very sturdy IMO.

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    I think the worst bodies I have picked up are the triad bodies, the Otaku is in a plexi glass case, and the Omega broke in shipping. The HT TT body I have is almost as bad. The knee broke taking a pair of pants off.
    I like the BBI G3.5, but the bicept joints tend to break. Volks Neo guy bodies are pretty tough, but you pay for what you get there. As far as almost in destructable, I would say vintage Joe and 21C bodies top the chart.
    I have vintage Joe bodies that I've had since the late 60's that are still playable.

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    Mixed bag for me.

    Dragon: Hit and miss with them however I've had my fair share of snapped off legs, wrist pegs breaking into the arms, and broken neck joints. Oh and these were for both their Adam and Eve bodies. The bodies that come with Cyber-Hobby figures seem to be worse since out of all my Cyber-Hobby figures I've owned, half have arrived broken.

    BBI: I've never used the G bodies so I can't comment on them, however their Cy Girl bodies were just as strong and resilant. Haven't had one break on me yet.

    Hot Toys: I just started using HT TrueTypes and haven't had a problem yet. Knock on wood so experience is lacking for me to effectively give an opinion.

    Triad Toys: Otaku bodies were horrible; easily broken in mere seconds to minutes have handling. Hoping the Evas are better but if they suffer from the same breakage, well can't really say I'll stop buying bodies from them since I've already have.

    TTL / ACE / Soldier Story / DiD: Lack experience to give an opinion.
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