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.