Requesting a little help on Leader Ironhide's head

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  1. Dinobot747

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    The other day I picked up Leader Ironhide at TJ Maxx and, to my dismay, found it to be on of the Ironhides with the head glued in place. I have been trying to simply turn the head loose, as others have done, but have gotten absolutely nowhere. I was about to try the hairdryer trick, and was wondering how long to heat the area so the plastic doesn't get too soft and permanently warped or something. I will also take any other suggestions on how to break the glue.

    Side note: the main reason I am doing this is to remove the battle mask. (And, obviously, to give him head articulation).

    EDIT: Hallelujah! His head is freeee! Now to separate his head...
     
  2. Soundblaster1

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    Just turn it. It won't break.
     
  3. Pun-3X

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    Actually it can. Some have broken the glue without trouble, some have stressed the plastic. Mine wouldn't go at all. Best to get a knife or flat screwdriver behind his head under his neck and gently pry underneath at different spots until you get the glue loose, then turn.
     
  4. Dinobot747

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    When you say "behind his head under his neck", do you mean pry above the grey piece, directly below the black part of his head, right? (Does that make sense?)
     
  5. jru42287

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    I'd just use the hairdryer. Probably not even for that long, say 30 seconds ought to even do the trick. It won't do any real warping.
     
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    Woah, this is news to me...His heads glued into place?!?!

    Checked mine and thankfully he can look left and right.
     
  7. Dinobot747

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    Yes, from what I understand the later batches are the ones with the glued heads.
     
  8. wildfly

    wildfly Right notes. Wrong order.

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    Head on mine is glued, and it's one of the early ones.
     
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    It took me a while to get my head to turn. I didn't use a hair dryer, just kept going back and forth, wiggling a little, and applying just a tad more pressure each time, nice and slowly...
     
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    just turn the head all the way until it snaps. this is what most of us have done.
     
  11. Onslaught24

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    i got mine free by simply twisting it. it wasn't easy but i got it (though it was my only option since i don't have a hair dryer)

    P.S. if you do get the head free, i suggest doing this
    Ironhide Mask Removal - YouTube he looks a million times better IMO
     
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    I tried the turn last week, but he's tough to budge, and I don't want to break mine. I'm going to do the hairdryer this weekend, and try it myself.

    Then again, I also have a lot of futuring of joints to do since he's a little loose in places that screw tightening can't help. Great figure, but he just flops under his own weight.
     
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    Use a hair dryer on a hot setting and keep at it until the glue has melted away, then just turn his head. I was patient and it paid off, so his head turns and I didn't break it. Go with the hair dryer trick, no other tools needed.
     
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    Yep, Peaugh's is the one I intended to go off of.

    I might try the hair dryer trick. I'm just nervous about cooking him too long and warping something.
     
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    just use for 10, maybe 15 seconds, then try twisting, and keep doing that till it pops out
     
  16. Dinobot747

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    OK, so I got his head unstuck! Now, are the two halves of his head glued together or something? I can't seem to get them apart. How do I do that without breaking the pieces?

    EDIT: Is it possible to remove the mask without separating the head?
     
  17. daimchoc

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    The mask can be taken off in two ways.

    1. Cut it off.
    2. You have to open up the head. There's a spring mechanisms as well as some electronics in the way. That lever thin is one piece together with the mask.
     
  18. Dinobot747

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    Success!

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    Now then, I want to know- did I break something? Is that little grey piece supposed to be attached and, if so, how important is it?

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