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TMNT 2012 Custom Weapons Upgrade by Police-Box-Traveler TMNT 2012 Custom Weapons Upgrade by Police-Box-Traveler
Hey guys,

So this year is a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series and of course, the inevitable toy line to go with it and for a change Playmates has hit this one out of the park. These new figures are some of their best sculpting and articulation we've gotten from them, and no, I'm not counting the NECA Ninja Turtles or Playmates JUST released classic line of turtles. NECA isn't Playmates and the classic figures were just released with these.

Thing is, just like many of their previous figures the weapons are a bit of a miss. Mikey's chucks have molded chains again and even though the weapons are all color molded in the more or less appropriate colors they aren't painted. Well, I can't help with the paint part but the molded chains, OH YEAH! That gets fixed.

So what do you need for these chains?

First you need some bails, for making jewelry. I bought these: [link] They are exactly perfect in size being 4mm x 8mm.

Next is chain, you can get it at Michaels according to some people but I wound up ordering it online. You want a 4mm diameter chain like this: [link]

You won't need much.

Last, you need a drill bit that's thin and luckily Dremel makes a set of precision bits, the smallest of which is perfect: [link]

Only other thing you need is an exact-o knife, some sandpaper and patience.

Just cut the chains off, then sand the spot where you cut the chain from with 320 grit paper, then drill your hole in the center. thread in a bail. You'll notice the edge of the hole will turn white and mushroom out a bit, that's fine, just thread the bail in all the way, then take it back out and sand the end again with 600 grit. I myself also followed up with 2000 grit but it's not necessary really. Once that's done, take a clean light colored t-shirt and literally buff the end that you sanded. No really. Because the plastic has a waxy sort of consistency it will smooth out all the sanding marks and erase them like they were never there. Then just thread your bail back in. As for the chain, just open a link on the separation line where they made the link, slip it onto the bail and then close it with a pair of pliers. Done. How many links you want to use is up to you. I used seven for Mikey's chucks in the end though I started with five and for Donnie's three piece bo I used three. For that scythe looking weapon Mikey has, the kusari-gama, I started with 25 and then added another 10 for a total of 35.

The only other mod I made was to Donnie's bladed staff. I replaced the blade with a spare short blade I took from one of Leonardo's swords. I did that because i got a horrible stress mark on the base of the blade when I was taking the swords out of the package. I missed that there was a clear elastic holding it in and wrenched it a bit. So I modded it onto Donnie's staff. Looks nice I think.

Anyway, there's the mod guys. This mod can work on just about any TMNT figure from the past as well or anything you want to add a chain to really.
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hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
I seriously love the alteration you have done to them. I myself could never do that. Be damn awesome if I could find someone skilled like that though.
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
It's actually pretty easy to do. Just a tad of cutting and some minor drilling and then attaching the cails.
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
yeah but I don't have the cash to get the tools I need for it. Probably be easier for me to pay someone to do it by sending the piece I want upgraded to them.
I've looking to do something like this myself. Wasn't too fond of how Mikey's and Don's weapons got the stiff crap. Was hoping by now they would make the weapons better. Great job will probably end up using your guide myself.
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Yeah they don't seem to be too interested to do much with the weapons at that scale in terms of real chains and such. Hopefully this will indeed help you. I think most of the auctions I linked to are still active too so you should be all set.
what kind of drill is that with the bit in the picture? Trying to find the best tools possible. I'm still fairly new to the customs scene.
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
No problem, actually you'll want what is called a "pin vice" which is basically a bit holder that you turn by hand, you can see mine in the picture. You should be able to find one on ebay for cheap I think. But I wouldn't use an actual power drill or dremel tool or anything with a serious motor. Reason is because the type of plastic is pretty soft so it's unnecessary to use anything like that. Just make sure you use something that can hold as small a bit as the one I recommend using, which is pretty darn thin.
K, thanks again!
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Any time. ^_^
dragonsRawesone Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, lucky! I only have Raph. :#1:
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