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    HELP!!! My GI JOE Needs Repair!

    This is my childhood GI JOE from the 1970s. It looks like he was blown up on the battlefield!! Actually, he was just stored in my parent's hot, humid attic, and when I finally retrieved him, his head, and arms have fallen apart, but surprisingly his legs are still attached (for how long I don't know).
    I want to put him back together again. Is this something I can do myself?? What tools do I need?
    I tried Googling, "repair GI Joe," but the only thing that comes up are the smaller 1980s action figures.
    Does anyone have a tutorial for this? Or can recommend a doll repair shop.
    How much is this going to cost? I don't want to pay too much. I'd rather just buy a new one if it's going to cost me "an arm and a leg!"
    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    this is a muscle body joe and the rubber used for the arms and neck breaks down over time. you will never find an unrestored one not in pieces. they are relatively easy to repair. Cotswold sells a repair kit, which I believe comes with instructions. there are also people on ebay who do the repair for a fee, I have not been collecting Joes in several years so not sure what the going rate is on it

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    fyi

    to buy an already restored MB Joe tends to be expensive

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    I repaired my Bulletman using Cotswold kits. I spent some extra money getting a rivet press, but it made the results look very professional, so I felt it was worth it.

    I think there is also a method using elastic, but I'm not familiar with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    I repaired my Bulletman using Cotswold kits. I spent some extra money getting a rivet press, but it made the results look very professional, so I felt it was worth it.

    I think there is also a method using elastic, but I'm not familiar with it.
    Is a rivet press required? I don't have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonnyG View Post
    Is a rivet press required? I don't have one.
    no it is not. I never press the rivets in the elbow joints. unless you are playing with them, the rivet will not fall out. I have rebuilt at least 20-25 MB Joes. but I never tried the elastic method drquest mentions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgiabuff View Post
    I never press the rivets in the elbow joints. unless you are playing with them, the rivet will not fall out.
    Not finishing the rivet would make my OCD go off lol.
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    Dr. Quest, thank you for linking the elastic method. That's how my vintage Torak is repaired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    Dr. Quest, thank you for linking the elastic method. That's how my vintage Torak is repaired.
    It's very simple and very cheap... The Joes stand and pose very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    ... I spent some extra money getting a rivet press, ....
    I have several KO figures that could use re-riveting of their knees or feet, come to think of it maybe even a Captain Action or two. Any recommendations for one or will they pretty much work the same?

    Edit: I've looked into these before and just took a quick look again. It's difficult to determine what's appropriate for our use by looking at these. I don't want to get anything larger than what I would use it for.
    Last edited by KOMonger; Aug 4, '18 at 4:55 PM.

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