Animated Arcee Leg Mod

Way back when I first got Animated Arcee, I did a The MOAR You Know post about her, but didn’t mention the mod I did for her leg.

The lower part of Arcee’s right leg just wouldn’t close up at the knee for bot mode. The left was fine, but there was too much plastic on the right one.

Originally I was waiting to see if other people were reporting the problem, and I posted a very quick guide on the feedback thread on tfw2005 for it.  It’s probably still an excess plastic variance issue, but quite a few people have complained about it.

For instance, Luke’s Arcee had an issue at first, but after he pushed a little harder it worked fine after that. On my Arcee there was too much plastic to the point that forcing it either wouldn’t work or might have broken something.

But as the feedback thread on tfw2005 still has people complaining about it, it looks like the issue is there even with the running change for Arcee’s plastic color.

So if you happen to have an Arcee and it has this problem, here’s a quick guide on how to fix it.

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If one of your Arcee’s calves won’t fit into place in bot mode, it’s because the tab has extra plastic. Both holes are the same, but one tab has extra plastic on the top. This doesn’t seem to effect all Arcees, so it’s probably just a molding issue.
The fix is very simple, and you don’t have to carve out a bigger hole or anything drastic. Just take a sharp blade and press it down the top of the tab towards the base, shaving off a thin layer from the top. Do this a few times, going slow about it, until the calve locks in snugly just below and behind the knee.
This does not effect alt mode. The reason is that the bottom of the peg, not the top, is what provides friction against the other tab in order to lock it into place.

If one of your Arcee’s calves won’t fit into place in bot mode, it’s because the tab has extra plastic. Both holes are the same, but one tab has extra plastic on the top. This doesn’t seem to affect all Arcees, so it’s probably just a molding issue.

The fix is very simple, and you don’t have to carve out a bigger hole or anything drastic. Just take a sharp blade and press it down the top of the tab towards the base, shaving off a thin layer from the top. Do this a few times, going slow about it, until the calve locks in snugly just below and behind the knee.

This does not affect alt mode. The reason is that the bottom of the peg, not the top, is what provides friction against the other tab in order to lock it into place.

 


That picture was taken after the tab had been trimmed.

This problem only affects Arcee’s right leg. The left leg has much more space on top of the tab because it is lower down to allow it to lock onto the other leg’s tab in alt mode.

~Matt Booker

6 thoughts on “Animated Arcee Leg Mod

  1. Arcee leg mod… and not a horny Sideswipe to be found.

    You disappoint me. This is almost starting to look like a real, honestly helpful sort of blog.

  2. You keep saying “effect” instead of “affect” and I’m going to be exiled as a Grammar Nazi, but I think you at least ought to know. =P

    I haven’t an Arcee, so I can’t comment on this really..

  3. Thankfully I haven’t had to worry about this problem on my Arcee, but I did have to shave a little bit of plastic off the sides of her sword handles to avoid her thumbs from eventually snapping off.

    That’s not good.

  4. great mod, though i don’t remember my arcee having this issue.

    *goes to check*

    nope. good mod anyway though, even if Luke does have a point…

  5. Luke, hopefully the next post is to your liking.

    Bitter Cold, I’ll correct that on there. Effect and Affect are like Cannon and Canon in that I often get them mixed up.

    Detective Barricade, the thumb thing does indeed suck. I’ve read about a few reports of people that were aware of the Arcee thumb issue and checked when they first opened the figure and found that the stress marks were there even before they put the swords in. It looks like the swords can cause them or the pegs for alt mode can cause them because they’re much bigger than the sword handles and are a pretty snug fit.

    legendhiro, that’s the reason I didn’t post this initially. I thought about it again after seeing someone else complaining about it on the feedback thread at tfw.

    And yeah, the blog’s been more on the helpful side of things lately, but I’ve got a lot of figures stored away because my wife and I moved into a better apartment and town recently, and I haven’t got everything unpacked.

    In addition to that, I’m still working on my book. It looks like I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year, but CiW has become much more than what it was last November and is nearing the ‘editing’ stage.

    ~Matt Booker

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