(apologies if this isn’t in the right forum/subforum)
Hey all. Ever since acquiring all of G1’s sets that use the Toa Mata build (which really is just Mata/Nuva/Takanuva ), I’ve toyed around with freeing up some of what I perceive to be limits to their articulation.
The first step I took was using rigid hose pieces to create neck articulation, which is a fairly common alteration that’s made to them as far as I know. I noticed that I had some leftover tube, and proceeded to replace axles in the left arm with them (for the Mata sets, this applies to Tahu/Lewa/Kopaka/Pohatu).
This lets me pose the arm without being forced into the 90 degree angles that using an axle limited me to. Some demo images are below.
Free neck/left arm articulation.
Using an Axle/Pin connector to lock the pin into place.
The gear function is still in place, though I’m wondering if I could also replace the axles in the gear function arm(s) with more hoses, though it might be redundant.
I don’t have any more hose, unfortunately; I was interested in seeing what other uses could pop up when replacing axles with rigid hoses. Has anyone else experimented with this?
tl;dr I’m thinking of replacing the Mata build set axles that are 3L and 5L with rigid hoses of equivalent length to add some flexibility for shoulder/hip articulation.
Has anyone else done this kind of modification for their Mata style builds/sets? If so, how well did it work out?