What figure [body] are you using? Don't be afraid of it unless you're using one of the early brittle plastic SoldierStory bodies or the aftermarket BBi G3/.5's Even then a little plastic weld or duct tape can fix that.
If the joints are too stiff, and feel like they're going to break [early soldier story hands/wrists] then heat it up a little first. If its too loose and floppy, tighten the screws, wrap the joint with masking tape [thanks LG], or dab a little superglue in the joints and then move connections as it sets and dries, then it should be stiffer--but don't accidently glue it stuck!
Look at some pictures and try to replicate their stance and posture as best you can, otherwise, go nuts!. Otherwise, it can't be called an action figure.
simple tips for posing (from somebody whos broken dozens of bodies.....) These tips are helpful only if your permanently mounting the body onto a base.
Keep poses simple if they're simple, the figure wont fall over or break.
If you want a running or falling pose (ive done various experiments) the body needs some slight modifications, being careful around the joints. form a rough pose of what you want, and carefully set it down as to not disturb said pose. With a wire coat-hanger,bend it to shape, and tape it onto the figure (several wrappings of narrow strips of duct tape hold it tight), make sure a piece of the wire extends a few inches past the foot contacting the base. You will need to drill a hole in the shoe. Drill a hole about 1/6th inch smaller than the wire in the base, and twist it in place. The base will need to have a counter-weight. it will stand as you posed it, but gravity may bring it down just a bit.
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