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2nd Issue Talking Action Man Commander Back on Duty Again..

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  • 2nd Issue Talking Action Man Commander Back on Duty Again..

    I found this sorry looking Action Man Talking Commander specimen at a boot sale some years back (2013) for only £1 (current conversion $1.34), it was really filthy dirty and looked like it had been in someone's loft/attic for many years.. the flock was covered in dirt and embedded fluff (I forgot to take a picture of it in that state). In the first photo the figure is shown after a really good clean up, I used a non abrasive toothpaste and soft toothbrush to remove the dirt and grime, with a final wash with soapy water. The pins were rusty so i removed them and gave them a good clean with 1600 grit rubbing paper (wet 'n dry paper) The flock on this Action Man is all complete and looks factory fresh now. The legs were very floppy so i restrung the figure, which is very easy to do. I've only ever had to strip down and restore 3 Action Man figures like this over the years, normally they only need new gripping hands, or a quick wipe over with a soapy cloth and a slight flock brush up. I couldn't restore the talker box on this particular Action Man, it's a bit beyond my scope. This restore work was carried out back in 2013..

    This AM was found with limb parts missing and floppy, I was determined to get this one restored. Here's the figure after being cleaned up, plus the replacement parts, including new replacement elastic:







    Back on duty again, I also repainted in new eyebrows with Citadel acrylic paint.. I kitted the figure out with a mix of original/vintage and reissued items as a "Basic Soldier", the SLR rifle weapon is an original/vintage item, including the boots, knitted rugged jersey and pants, the cap, belt/holster and scarf are AM 40th items. The figure is the one with the red arrow below it:

    Last edited by amwic; 06-09-2018, 01:57 PM.
    Fall in A, fall in B, fall in all the company!
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    Niiiiiiice! This is the shape about half my figures come in damaged dirty and a challenge to fix. Cleaned up very well! Amazing what hard work can do!

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      Thanks Neutron-X. It'll be nice to see some photos of your figures after being fixed up.
      Fall in A, fall in B, fall in all the company!

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        Funny I rarely used to take pics of this. Recently this has become part of the fun. Rather than just being concerned with the end results I am beginning to document the process and enjoy the journey. Right now I am working on a lot of 5 Big Jim figures I just picked up and they should be done this weekend. A friend wants some, so they are first. I have a lot of beater Joes that are very very rough. They are real time eaters. I hope to get to them soon. Many joints are broken and drilled out with wire and electrical tape used for repairs. Great for custom projects and repair experiments.
        IMG_0863 (2) by edtime5, on Flickr
        Last edited by Neutron-X; 06-14-2018, 12:26 AM.

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        • #5

          Those Joes definitely look like they had a punishing life and played to death.. you have a very time consuming task on your hands in the future. I'm sure the bottom right Joe's split face can be fixed..There's a well respected Action Man restorer on another forum called Sparklebudgie, who specifically went out of his way to purchase really damaged Action Man figures to fix them up and save money, I think he dealt with a few cracked faces like your Joe? Through his dedication he managed some brilliant restorations and reflocks.. it was some while back now.. here's the forum where i think he used to post: http://www.actionmanhq.co.uk
          Last edited by amwic; 06-14-2018, 09:32 PM.
          Fall in A, fall in B, fall in all the company!

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          • #6

            Originally posted by amwic View Post
            Those Joes definitely look like they had a punishing life and played to death.. you have a very time consuming task on your hands in the future. I'm sure the bottom right Joe's split face can be fixed..There's a well respected Action Man restorer on another forum called Sparklebudgie, who specifically went out of his way to purchase really damaged Action Man figures to fix them up and save money, I think he dealt with a few cracked faces like your Joe? Through his dedication he managed some brilliant restorations and reflocks.. it was some while back now.. here's the forum where i think he used to post: http://www.actionmanhq.co.uk
            Thanks! for the link I will look up his stuff and see what he has come up with. The lot was a buy it now of $35, too cheap to pass up on the fun. I love minty pieces but have fun with beater figures too.

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            • #7

              I love this stuff, I enjoy fixing up old Joes, I also like to document the process, mostly via YouTube Videos, just got this talking commander and got him talking loud and clear, I reflocked him last night, but this is how I got him

              GI JOE Adventure Team by The Skull, on Flickr

              New pics will be up later

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              • #8

                Here's the before

                GI JOE Adventure Team by The Skull, on Flickr

                After reflock

                GIJOE talking commander by The Skull, on Flickr

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