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    MAttel Retro Action Black Manta Body ONLY

    Hello!
    Looking for a Mattel Retro Action Black Manta body, in pieces is fine, no head, no costume , no hands even.
    Just the arms, Torso, butt and Legs with Feet.

    Will purchase or Trade for it , just let me know.
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    I have one I will open for you, because I want everything but the body. (I have a lot of Cheron parts...)

    But I need to think how to remove the head without damaging the torso--normally I just crush the torso and pluck out the head lol.
    WANTED: Dick Grayson SI trousers; gray AJ Mustang horse; POTA Fortress signal-flasher--top mirrored portion or mirror sticker; POTA Forbidden Zone prison doors, walls, bar; minty Wolfman tights; mint Black Knight sword; minty Launcelot boots; Lion Rock (pale) Dracula & Mummy heads; Lion Rock Franky squared boots; Wayne Foundation blue furniture; Flash Gordon/Ming (10") unbroken holsters; CHiPs gloved arms; POTA T2 tan body; CTVT/vintage Friar Tuck robes, BBP TZ Burgess Meredith glasses.

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    PNGwynne - I think i remember heating up the head and body and squeezing the sides of the torso with some channel lock type pliers to get heads off of Mattel bodies with minimal damage. I would wrap the ends of the pliers with cloth as well. Pretty sure that worked 9 times out of 10; but it has been a while since I have used one of those bodies.

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    Thanks! I think I have 2 Mantas, so I could still crush one to get an intact head. You can heat the styrene torso and squeeze it without cracking it?
    WANTED: Dick Grayson SI trousers; gray AJ Mustang horse; POTA Fortress signal-flasher--top mirrored portion or mirror sticker; POTA Forbidden Zone prison doors, walls, bar; minty Wolfman tights; mint Black Knight sword; minty Launcelot boots; Lion Rock (pale) Dracula & Mummy heads; Lion Rock Franky squared boots; Wayne Foundation blue furniture; Flash Gordon/Ming (10") unbroken holsters; CHiPs gloved arms; POTA T2 tan body; CTVT/vintage Friar Tuck robes, BBP TZ Burgess Meredith glasses.

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    It has been a little while. I was dismantling the bodies for parts. I actually like the torso and arms on those; just hated the wonky pelvis. Legs were ok.
    I would put the torso/head/upper arms in hot water for half a minute or so, then squeeze with the pliers and the sides of the torso would split. Some times a bit more than others, but I recall that working pretty good to get the head out with the hard plastic bit that was in the neck post.

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    There may be some discussion of that archived in the re-mego section. I know most folks just destroyed the bodies and took the heads and hands.

    edit - that sounds like some sort of terrible poaching sort of thing. Mattel poaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rche View Post
    I know most folks just destroyed the bodies and took the heads and hands.
    Mea culpa, though I liked the upper-body design.
    WANTED: Dick Grayson SI trousers; gray AJ Mustang horse; POTA Fortress signal-flasher--top mirrored portion or mirror sticker; POTA Forbidden Zone prison doors, walls, bar; minty Wolfman tights; mint Black Knight sword; minty Launcelot boots; Lion Rock (pale) Dracula & Mummy heads; Lion Rock Franky squared boots; Wayne Foundation blue furniture; Flash Gordon/Ming (10") unbroken holsters; CHiPs gloved arms; POTA T2 tan body; CTVT/vintage Friar Tuck robes, BBP TZ Burgess Meredith glasses.

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    I've simply boiled and popped as normal the Mattel Martian Manhunter, Hal Jordan GL, John Stewart GL, Ghostbusters Peter, without cracking the torso.
    I would imagine Manta would be the same? the only piece lost in this procedure is the little plastic "stem" used by Mattell to keep the heads inside the torso.
    The heads them selves have the Mego style plug, so I don't know why they even went with these. I followed the tutorials from fellow member Jase25 here on restringing:
    http://megomuseum.com/community/show...Tutorial/page5

    works great.
    In any case let me know PNG, but if all possible please don't crack the torso severely if you can help it.
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    No, I'll try boiling and let you know. I've used boiling water on other projects successfully.
    WANTED: Dick Grayson SI trousers; gray AJ Mustang horse; POTA Fortress signal-flasher--top mirrored portion or mirror sticker; POTA Forbidden Zone prison doors, walls, bar; minty Wolfman tights; mint Black Knight sword; minty Launcelot boots; Lion Rock (pale) Dracula & Mummy heads; Lion Rock Franky squared boots; Wayne Foundation blue furniture; Flash Gordon/Ming (10") unbroken holsters; CHiPs gloved arms; POTA T2 tan body; CTVT/vintage Friar Tuck robes, BBP TZ Burgess Meredith glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    (I have a lot of Cheron parts...)
    Scott, you have any extra black vintage bodies to sell?

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