Ball-joint question

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  1. wrecker

    wrecker Particle man

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    I recently purchased an Allspark Landmine and the head is very loose.


    When closley inspected and compared to other "head type" ball joints, It seems like the ball is to big for the hole it goes into. It does not snap in like it is supposed to. With very slight pressuer it pops off.



    Has anyone had problems with this before on any other figure or transformer?


    How is it fixed?
     
  2. Ashstar

    Ashstar Liberator of Toys

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    Whoa my Landmine had the same loose head that pops off without trying much.

    Is the ball too small or too big for the socket? If is's too small you could always try coating with clear nail polish/superglue/future floorwax to get a tighter fit.

    Let us know how it goes!
     
  3. Ramrider

    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    Yeah, sounds like your ball's too small (or your socket's too big, depending on how you look at it).
    Most common solution is to put a thin layer of clear nail varnish or superglue round the inside of the socket.
    Another is to put a small amount of superglue in and pop the ball back into the socket, keeping the ball moving till the glue sets. This'll pretty much guarantee a good fit straight off, but you need to keep the ball moving, otherwise the ball and socket will stick together (as is the way with superglue :p ).
     
  4. Razorclaw

    Razorclaw Are ya gonna draw pistols

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    Way to go Hasbro, screw us over again.
     
  5. Basketball Jones

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    It's a QC problem, although Hasbro probably should be keeping a closer eye on their QC, if only for their own sake.
     
  6. TENIME_art

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    Great, it's bad enough I can't find him, but now I'm gonna have to deal with this if I ever do!?
     
  7. Necrophon

    Necrophon Speaker of Death TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yeah, I'm beginning to open the figures lately thinking "let's see what's wrong with this one."

    Oh and I too have the same problem with Landmine.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    It's no big deal, people. My Landmine had the same issue, but a single coat of nail polish fixed it perfectly - it's a MINOR problem with a SIMPLE fix.

    Every TF collector should have a bottle of clear nail polish lying around, it goes with the territory. You will need it eventually.
     
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    Agreed; especially as figures get older. I've had Beast Wars figures that have had tight joints when I put them back in their packaging, but have been loose when they came out.
     
  10. Foster

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    My G1 Whirl SUCKED until I clear-coated his shoulder joints. My Landmine's head popped off when I first transformed him but I reattached it and it holds poses now just fine.
     
  11. lookinglasself

    lookinglasself 1.21 Jigowatts

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    Mine has the same problem. I need to get around to fixing it.
     
  12. Primus00

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    Nail polish does work wonders on ball joints. But what about non-screw joints? Examples of those are headmasters like Krunk and Cerebros.
     
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