How to loosen tight joints?

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  1. jru42287

    jru42287 With great power...

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    Hey all,

    This isn't really TF related, but I wasn't sure where to ask. I just recently got a super-poseable Spider-Man figure from Spider-Man 2 off of ebay, and I really love the figure. The only problem is, the joint holding his head is so tight that you can't move his head up or down. I've tried to force it, but to no avail, and I don't want to break the figure.

    Does anyone (specifically you customizers out there) have any ideas on how to get it to loosen up?
     
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    Bump!

    Someone mentioned running the figure under hot water to loosen it up. Good idea or bad idea?
     
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    Hot water works, and sometimes a blow dryer will work also. For a super hero toy I think either can be a safe option. I use a blow dryer myself, but I haven't tried boiling water yet.
     
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    Just stick it under the faucet after you let the water get real hot. After about 10-20 seconds the plastic will soften and the joint should move. In my personal experience, if it's a bad joint, and it's gonna break..well it's gonna break. That's the risk you take trying to move it. I've had several newer marvel universe figures and even a GI joe's joints break on me straight out the package.
     
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    Thanks guys. I'll give it a try I guess and see what happens.
     
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    what happened in the end? did the figure move, or break? I'm having this same problem with my Beast Wars Fox Kids Dinobot at the moment. His joints are really tight and I don't want to break them, they certainly were not that tight when I was a kid playing with him over 10 years ago. I've also heard running the figure under warm water might loosen up the joints by cleaning out the dust buildup, but have been reluctant to do it.
     

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