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    Best body available to convert female FTC figures to?

    If this seems a bit redundant after my Mary Marvel thread, I apologize, but after picking up a 1966 FTC Batgirl the other day, itís become more of a general question.

    I have a female S-Type body, and I think theyíre great, but they are problematic as several have mentioned when it comes to the feet being too big for FTC footwear, and issues with retro heads fitting properly and securely, even with the retro head adapter piece.

    While doing some research last night here on the forum, I noticed that some posters got excellent results moving the FTC 1966 Batgirl to a Mattel Retro Action Cheetah body. (I didnít even know that line existed until a couple of days ago).

    So, what IS the preferred female body to upgrade FTC figures with a direct swap? S-Type seems out. Mattel RAH has been proven to work, but Cheetahs apparently arenít as cheap and plentiful as they were a couple of years ago. Has Mego produced a better female body since their relaunch? Should I try to find an original Mego Type 2 female body? Or am I just better off waiting to see what they come up with for the 50th Anniversary Super-Gals?

    This is so confusing for a newbie. If itís the RAH Cheetah, Iíll pony up since there arenít many FTC female figures beyond Mary and Batgirl that are ďmust havesĒ. I just want to make sure Iím not wasting money.

    As always, any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    Is the Mattel retro cheetah body the same as the Janine in the Real Ghostbusters set with Samhain? I have one in the closet. And I can use the Samhain figure in my monsters.

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    yeah same body on all Mattel retro females
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    I thought it would be but I hadnt bought many of the Mattel pieces.

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    The Snapstars dolls are really close to Mego scale too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megotastrophe View Post
    Is the Mattel retro cheetah body the same as the Janine in the Real Ghostbusters set with Samhain? I have one in the closet. And I can use the Samhain figure in my monsters.
    I really appreciate the offer, but I checked eBay, and that’s a pretty pricy set. I wouldn’t feel right having you split up your set or giving you anything less than fair market value for her. I have a line on a couple of Cheetahs at a reasonable price if I decide to go that route. Right now, that’s where I’m leaning. There’s no telling if the 50th Anniversary Super-Gal figures will even be backwards compatible.

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    Unfortunately, there is no perfect option for females... but I agree that the Mattel body is the best option currently.

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    I was lucky a few years back to get the Cheetah on clearance. Those female bodies are the best out there for Remego purpose.

    About the Yvonna. When I was doing my own Elvira custom I noticed that the feet were too big so I shaved off the little toe and part of the foot. After that the boots/closed toe shoes work.
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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I have one Cheetah on the way for $33.52 shipped. Sadly, that appears to a pretty good deal based on recently completed auctions. I’m going to wait for that one to arrive and convert one of the FTC ladies over before trying to track down another one.

    I may have to get the Dremel out at some point and try monitor-ep’s suggestion on the Yvonne/Type-S feet. I feel like I would have to find a way to make the Type-S body work for FTC swaps if I continued to buy FTC female figures, but I’m trying to keep it to a minimum. I never intended to go beyond the Mego 50th Anniversary figures, but there are a handful of characters like Mary Marvel. Yvonne Craig Batgirl, Black Canary, the Atom, and the Creeper that I always wanted as a kid and that have been done by FTC. I’m not sure if any of them will be made by Mego either within or outside of the 50th Anniversary line.

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    Well, that was a fiasco. I couldn’t wait to transfer my Mary Marvel from the FTC body to the Mattel Cheetah body, but I just wasn’t crazy about the result. Although I like the Mattel body better overall, it was just too small for the dress.

    I was also having a hard time getting the Jo head off the FTC body, and when trying to heat it up, I fused a bit of the hair. Fortunately, I was able to comb it out and put the figure back together, but not the result I was hoping for.

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