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I thought it might be good to show what it takes to do a TbLeague body swap on a Hot Toys Armor Spider-Man MK IV step by step. This will be a work in progress, so as parts come in, I will update this post. So lets get started.

Here's what we have so far. The Red body is the original Hot Toys Spider-Man body. You will notice that there are quite a few differences compared to a standard HT body. Neck, wrist connectors and ankle joints.
DSC09960 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

You will need to cut the seam on the suit to remove the body. Since Hot Toys started sewing their suit up years ago, cutting them out is the only way to remove the suits. (Boy, do I miss the age of zippers and Velcro). Anyway, cut along the Right side. This is what they do to sew the character into the suit. The stitching looks different from the other Left side and is usually space wider than the original stitching on the other Right side.

DSC09962 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

DSC09963 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Next you will have to drill out the neck and wrist pegs as the suit is tucked into them. Do this slowly. You do not want to damage the suit. Once it's pulled away, just take it out and lay it to one side. You will not need it again. WHen the Neck and wrist connectors are removed, you can take the suit off the body..

DSC09970 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

DSC09971 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

DSC09967 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

DSC09966 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

DSC09965 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Pull the suit down to the feet Expose the ankle and heel. Next you will have to unscrew the ankle from the feet. It's one long screw and a small Philip's head screw driver will do the trick.

DSC09969 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

DSC09964 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

The next thing I did was remove the red shoe feet, but learned that this is not necessary. You can leave them in the suit. I was going to just put standard feet in their place but with a little modding, the red shoe feet work and look better. I'll show this in the next pictures.

DSC09968 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Here are the red shoe feet after the mod. I took a regular Tbleague foot and removed the white ankle connector by cutting both sides to the foot to peel the heel down. The white foot connector pops right out with ease. I did a little dremeling on the red shoe foot so I could super glue the Tbleague white ankle connector into the red shoe foot. Now it will attactch perfect to to the TbLeague M32 body with ease. This red shoe foot mod can be done without removing the feet from the suit like I did. The red shoe feet attach to the soles that are on the bottom of the suit. Live and learn.

DSC09961 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Okay,well that is all for now. I'm still waiting for my M32 body to show up. Should be here any day. So keep an eye out for future post. i hope this has been helpful for your future body swap.
 

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Hey there to all that have been following on this adventure. It is finally done and here are the pictures. Hope you like them. Feel free to ask questions and I'l do my best to answer them. So let's get going....

Here is the TbLeague M32 body that I used. It is wrapped in Saran Wrap to get the suit to slide on better and not bunch up the silicone skin.
IMG_20210419_205336930 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

So far so good. The fit is tight but it is going on okay.
IMG_20210419_212441020 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

A little further...
IMG_20210419_212447678 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Okay let's skip a littler further ahead. It went pretty well.
IMG_20210419_213800053 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

The neck was going to be the next challenge.
IMG_20210419_213815968 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

SO here he is next to his buddy Scarlet Spider. He's in the suit completely, but not sewed in. There are still some minor work needing to be done on the soles of his shoes. They need to be reattached.
IMG_20210420_112225676 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

And here he is. All done. So let's strike a pose!!
IMG_20210420_134840265 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Testing articulation too.
IMG_20210420_134938580 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

How about some in the air shots?
IMG_20210420_135235165 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Lets push it now and see how dynamic we can get.
IMG_20210420_135625450 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

IMG_20210420_140003121 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Spidey-M-Town by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Spidey-Alleyway by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr

Well that is all for now.Thanks for sticking with me. Until the next custom. AFM. Peace out!
 

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Here are some more body swaps using different bodies. I will also give my pinon on the pros and cons for each with a conclusion of the best IMHO. You can choose for yourself.
From L to R, TOA Heavy Industries Synthetic Human, Phicen M32, Jaou, & another Jaou.
IMG_20210422_075439068 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr
From L to R, TOA Heavy Industries Synthetic Human, Phicen M32, Jaou, & another Jaou.
IMG_20210422_075456392 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr
Closer look at the TOA Heavy Industries Synthetic Human, Phicen M32.
IMG_20210422_075510585 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr
This is the Jaou seamless. It have great tight joints but as you can see the neck range is not as good as the Phicen but is very close.
IMG_20210422_075547397 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr
This last one is also a Jaou slim body. The Neck is raise as high as I can get is and you can see that it is lacking compared to the Synthetic Human and Phicen M32.
IMG_20210422_075611659 by A.F.M. Productions, on Flickr
Conclusion: The Synthetic Human body, by far has the best articulation which is a pro. The con, it looks more robotic and less human. Pro it is a great replace for the Medicom RAH Spider-Man. FYI the Medicom RAH Spider-Man body is made of very weak and brittle plastic and is infamous for breaking at the shoulder and hips even though it has the superior articulation. But this is useless when it keeps breaking. Alos the hands will fir the The Synthetic Human body from the Medicom Rah body. You might have to drill them out slightly.
Conclusion: Phicen M32 is the next best body.Pro is looks more human, but the articulation is not has good as the The Synthetic Human body.
Conclusion: Jaou body Ps4 Spider-Man articulation is close the Phicen M32 body. with the neck not being as good as the M32.
Conclusion: Jaou slim body articulation is close the Phicen M32 body. with the neck being even less that the previous Jaou or the M32.
Well I hope this was and maybe helpful for those looking to try this. Until a better body is made and improvements done, I will probably stick with the Phicen M32 for future Spider-Man body swaps. IMHO is looks the best and the articulation is close to what I'm look for. Thanks again for sticking with this journey. More is to come.
 
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