Issue with Brainstorm leg

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  1. Fuzz

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    So I bought a Brainstorm body on eBay to fix up. Overall, he's in pretty good shape. However, one hip joint turns very easy, and the other is extremely difficult to turn. Unfortunately, the way he was designed, you can't really remove the upper part of his legs from the torso.

    I googled this and saw a few others complaining about same issue. Is this a common problem with all Brainstorms, or should I look for another body?
     
  2. GAUGE

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    is it held on by a screw or metal pin?

    It's always possible it could be corroded, rusty, full of dirt. meh, just a guess.
     
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    You mean he hasn't fixed himself whilst hanging upside down and blindfolded and started bragging about it? I don't think you've got a real Brainstorm.
     
  4. Fuzz

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    There's a metal rod that goes through from one leg to the other, with two metal washer type things holding everything together on each side. Doesn't look like there's a way to get them apart without seriously ruining the figure.

    Here's a pic of what I'm talking about:

    http://www.unicron.us/tf1987/figures/brainstorm.htm
     
  5. Fuzz

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    Well, I watched a couple of reviews on youtube, and most seem to complain that the hips are extremely stiff. One guy didn't even wan't to transform the figure for his review. It must just be a design flaw.
     
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    Yeah, they tend to get really stiff with age. the one I bought several months ago had both hips completely frozen. After I gave the toy a good scrubbing with warm water, a bit of dish soap and a toothbrush I noticed that the hips would actually turn. They were still stiff, but after a cranked them back and forth a few times they worked really well. Maybe they were dirty or maybe the soap got in there and acted as a lubricant. Not sure. They still work though.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I was actually thinking of trying to work some DW40 in there somehow hoping it would loosen it up a bit.
     
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    WD40 might ruin the plastic on your toy.

    be very careful.
     
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    Really? Ok, maybe I'll try some model train oil then.
     
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    molybdenum grease is also ideal if you can open him up to get it in there.
     
  11. The Crooked Man

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    A drop of WD40 on the metal discs and pins on each hip did the trick for me. Let it seep in around the edges. No ill effects on the plastic just yet.
     
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    My Brainstorm has exactly the same problem. Feels like I'm breaking him when I attempt to transform him, and he's not engineered to be opened. Gonna have to try some lubrication.
     
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    Well, the WD40 trick worked like a total charm after only a few minutes. Night and day. Amazing. Good luck. Was careful to keep it away from the cockpit in case that's the polycarbonate that hates WD40.