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I recently bought my first 1/6th scale action figure. I found a Takara Keberos Panzer Cop Midori Washio (German Grey if anyone cares) for a solid deal on ebay, bout half the going rate shipped from Japan. It was used, but from the description and photos I figured there wouldn't be any serious issues. Unfortunately I immediately ran into an issue where the leatherette clothing is deteriorating. Apparently this is a known issue for Takara models, and there's simply not much to be done about it.

I figured that's fine, can't be that hard to replace some clothing right? Worst case I can get some black fatigues and tailor them a bit to fit a female figure a bit better. Grab some jack boots and glue on the armor pieces and no one will be the wiser. That at least so far seems to be correct... but the leatherette on the boots are degrading too.

Which leads us to issue two. I've seen these models posed with bare "skin" hands and feet. Those either aren't included for real or simply weren't available or part of my kit. I assume there's some universal interfacing on boots for these types of figures where appropriate, but most of what I'm seeing on ebay appears to be set up for figures with actual feet.

So now I'm completely at a loss. I could probably return the figure, but I do rather enjoy it, and did want to own it. I'm okay spending some more cash since I paid under market any way, and the accessories are all in good shape. (The armor, weapons, etc.)

Unless there's a resource I can't find easily that's essentially the island of lost toy parts where I can get the poor girl some lower legs and feet, it strikes me the easiest thing to do is to do a body swap and keep the head sculpt and just move on from there. Unless it's possible to purchase boots that are designed for the peg insert system Takara seems to use. Which would hopefully be cheaper still, and certainly would be a lot faster.

Very open to suggestions. I know literally nothing and have only browsed a few ancient threads on this particular figure, so if you've got relevant experience or advice I'm happy to read it. Right down to suggesting which body swap to purchase at which skin tone. (Interestingly the current body she came with doesn't actually color match the head sculpt... kinda annoying if I'm honest.)
 

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I'd like to note separately that while the body swaps I've found on ebay, Phicen, etc, which does have a muscular build that seems like a good fit, are fairly expensive from what I can see, it strikes me if I go that route that I'm still paying less than I would have for a current full price model, and the full steel skeleton, seamless body, etc, is probably a rather solid upgrade to the figure as is. Is my thinking somewhat on track? Again, I have no idea what I'm doing, just trying to muddle through and rescue this figure.
 

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Well I sent them a message. Hopefully someone else has suggestions on body swaps or something if they don't turn back up. Not sure I have the patience to "skin" her outfit then paint it till it's functional again.
 

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I'm working on finding some very thin leather so my wife can do just that! I have a couple options for under clothes including normal black fatigues which I've seen in other Keberos figures.
 
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