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Repairing the Princess

Postby Crumm » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:24 pm

Hi all.

The Princess Leia Organa figure I have had since I was a kid is in really good shape. However, when I moved the arms back to take off the cape her body opened up a little bit on both shoulder seams next to her neck. When the arms go back down she can be pressed back together again.

It's not massively bad, but I would like to repair her before sending her in for grading.

I am thinking superglue on the end of something like an unbent paperclip just to get some into the joints when they are open.

Does anyone have any experience here on materials and technique? Should I do it at all or just leave her alone?

Cheers guys.
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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby poncho » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:54 pm

superglue?

good luck with a grade on that :lol:

post a picture and thats have a peep fella

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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby poncho » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:56 pm

if you had the figure as a kid why on earth would you want to grade it tombed up

display it proud on a starstand/protech stand! or if you like but put in a gw acrylic sliding loose figure case and you can handle as you please

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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby poncho » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:58 pm

leave the figure be my friend :)

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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby Crumm » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:06 pm

I am doing a graded first 12 run and wanted to use her as part of it (also have Luke and Stormtrooper to use as well). They will be something to pass on to my son eventually, something he can remember me by when I am dust and bones (or sell them if he wants the cash :D )

Anyway, if I repair the figure with the utmost care and no glue is showing at the seam, would this affect the grading process?

I am new to all this. I will try to upload a pic of the damage, it's not bad as such, but I would prefer it fixed.
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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby SublevelStudios » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:12 pm

Poncho is right mate, leave it as it is.

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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby spoons » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:10 pm

No grading company would grade it glued, so best leaving as is
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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:23 pm

Keep your childhood toy as is for sentimental value and if you want to grade one for a loose first 12 run for your kid buy another and get it graded. As spoons said they won’t touch it if it’s been glued, repainted or touched up in any way.
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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby Crumm » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:49 pm

Ok.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby Crumm » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:19 pm

Pics attached. worth sending in or would it not be graded?
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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby Mini99 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:16 pm

They will grade it, but I suspect very low.
If you really want to grade it why not send UKG an email and picture, I have always found them quite approachable.

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Re: Repairing the Princess

Postby pizzathehutt » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:46 pm

Just to pre warn you, I’m not sure what’s going on inside but it could be the arm sockets are forcing something inside that they shouldn’t, if you glue her closed you could risk snapping the arms from the sockets if forced
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