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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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:iconhewhoonlyreviews:
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
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.
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
It's actually pretty easy to do. Just a tad of cutting and some minor drilling and then attaching the cails.
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:iconhewhoonlyreviews:
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
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.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Really? All you'd need is a pin vise and a drill bit. I think all together that's less than $15 not including sandpaper. Exacto knives are also pretty cheap. I think in the long run you'd wind up paying more to commission someone to do it for you than you would doing it yourself since you'd have to pay for materials, time and shipping costs to return them to you.
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:iconhewhoonlyreviews:
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
I suppose so. its just that my pay is very little since I don't work. I'm able to spend like $20-$25 a week so I really have to be careful on how I spend it.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Ahhh, good point but you'd still probably pay as much for someone else to do it. My advise would be to just buy one thing each week, look for good deals on inexpensive stuff and in a few weeks you'll have all the stuff to do it. I'd offer my services but I'm all out of chain and haven't even bought any more to modify my Battle Shell Turtles figures yet.
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:iconhewhoonlyreviews:
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
ah I see
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:iconbleachanimefreak1980:
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.
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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.
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:iconbleachanimefreak1980:
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.
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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.
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:iconbleachanimefreak1980:
K, thanks again!
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Any time. ^_^
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dragonsRawesone Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, lucky! I only have Raph. :#1:
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Yeah when I first found these I bought just one thinking I'd pick them up once a week maybe but, after seeing how good one wasI went and got them all right away, lol.
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dragonsRawesone Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol. ^^
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:iconlicra:
licra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
umm.... question what's the name of the weapon Donatello is holding?
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
It's a three sectioned staff or a sansetsukon I believe it's called.
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:iconlicra:
licra Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you ^.^ i appreciate the help :)
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T-babe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Now there's some real fan commitment.:) Excellent. :#1:
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Ha! Thanks. It's really not much compared to some though. I've seen some wonderful repaints.
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GeekGemLadiesman11 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm nicely done here.
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dymira128 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Workin' on fixing mine up, thanks for the info (those plastic chains be horrendous :chainsaw:)
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Right? Great toys, but those chains are horrible. I mean they don't RUIN the figures but they are a let down. Real chains work SO much better. Glad this helped ^_^
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dymira128 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthumbsupplz::iconcoolguyshadesplz:
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kurokittin89 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they look so cooooollll me and my sister love what you did with them!
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Well thanks! I highly recommend the upgrade. They look so much better with real chains.
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:icongeekgemladiesman11:
GeekGemLadiesman11 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow dang that's cool man. Can't bevivie I missed this really.
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ShakkaiMoon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's cool! I'm gonna definitely do that! :D Thanks! :)
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Always glad to help ^_^
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MirrorwoodComics Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool idea, they look way better.
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thanks! I've been seeing a lot of upgrades for chains on these modern figures recently. I think the bails I picked are easiest way to connect the chains to the weapons so far but there's been some clever solutions I've seen.
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MirrorwoodComics Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I thought that would be the only way to do it?
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Nope. I've seen several methods using plastic cord and a few different methods of using chain that I honestly thought were too tedious. Stuff like drilling a 4mm hole into the end of the chuck, then putting the chain into the hole and putting a thin metal rod through the side of the chuck to secure it in place. WAY too much hassle there. Another was cutting off the chain but leaving one link, drilling a hole through that and attaching the chain to the end of the plastic. It looked nice but it won't be as tough as the bails I used.
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MirrorwoodComics Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think the bails sound like the best bet.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Precisely. I had remembered them from some Palisades Army of Darkness figures I had where they secured some fine chain to some weapon accessories and just needed to find the right chain to do it myself. Works great.
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missuny Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Cool.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thanks!
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missuny Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Welcome!
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FoxKid1302 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Genius... Pure genius...
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Lol, I'm not that smart. XD It's just trial and error. I figured out how to do this ages ago with some older TMNT toys but I used to use black rubber wire. I started doing the chains later. Figured some fans might wanna know how to do it XD
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AprilONeil1984 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
oh cool! :D I love what you did to the ninja turtle weapons!
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thanks! ^_^
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:iconapriloneil1984:
AprilONeil1984 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
you're welcome!
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
The weapons really do look so much nicer with real chains on them. Thanks for the step by step instructions! :)
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Hey, no problem. ^_^ I had to figure all this out the hard way back in '88 with the originals XD I used to use rubber wire...not that t had wire in it, but it wasn't a tube either. It was just solid rubber. I think I gaffed it from another toy of some cyborg that had this black wiring all over it and they figure was broke so I used the rubber wires from it to fix my original Mikey's chucks XD Worked well and still on the toy to this day. Now I just use chain like this so I figured you all might wanna know too. XD
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