Relocating a Minimate Joint

Have you ever been working on a Minimate custom that required you to move a Minimate head or shoulder joint someplace else? This has happened to me a few times, and I wanted to share a tip with you on how to make the relocated joint stronger.

If you cut the joint off at the base, and glue the peg someplace else, it will not be a strong bond. I did this on my old Brood custom, and the relocated joints broke off very easily.

A better way to do it is to retain some of the supporting material around the peg. This flat part is already molded to the peg, so it is already supporting the joint. I used a belt sander to quickly remove most of a Minimate chest block until I was left with the piece below, but you can also use a strong hobby knife.

Now that you have this piece, you can glue it wherever it is needed, and you could even sculpt around the base to hide it. Remember when you glue it to scratch both pieces with a hobby knife before gluing them together. This will create a stronger bond.

If you relocate your joints like this, they will retain full poseability without the risk of breaking. Good luck!

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2 Responses

  1. Brian Felgar says:

    You know your hobby may have taken over when you say “custom” and “belt sander” in the same sentence… 😀

  2. Jatta Pake says:

    When you have 2000 Minimates with another 1000 in parts, and a portion of your garage dedicated to customizing Minimates, it is no longer a hobby. It is a lifestyle.