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Fixing Super Powers


I recently purchased a loose lot containing a Green
Lantern who's power action was barely working. I thought I would try my hand at seeing what the problem was and fixing him.

Here are the tools I used.

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Upon opening him I noticed the metal tension wire was a bit corroded and the screw type cam was caked with white gunk, most likely old wax lubrication. It is interesting to me that it seems the tension wires on older figures are held in place with a separate plastic peg, while some of the later figures use some type of thick setting glue. Whenever I attempt to fix a later figure I will probably have to drill out the glue and secure the wire with a custom peg.


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I removed all the pieces and began by scraping the tension wire and cleaning it throughly. I then bent it back on itself a bit to increase the amount of tension. I then cleaned the screw cam and lubricated with the Super Tech. Some other type of wax or oil might work as well but this is what I had on hand. I went ahead and cleaned the rest of the figure too with soap, water, and an old toothbrush,

Once I assembled him I realized that he was working better but not great. The left leg that controlled the power action was a bit loose and hindered full arm movement. I disassembled him and decided to pack a small amount of green stuff epoxy into the joint of his left leg. This will provide greater leverage for the power actions. Green stuff is very durable when set and will accept paint.


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For all my trouble I now have (really good) fully functioning GL that I can use to customize a Jon Stewart. Feel free to email me with any questions!

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Cool. Thanks for sharing. I have been meaning to work on customs for months and never did it. Maybe this weekend.

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Looks like you did a great job!

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Thanks! Here is the completed Jon Stewart custom with sculpted mask. I like the beard of the newer style but also wanted to include the old school mask.

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Thats a very good looking Green Lantern. Thanks for sharing.
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Great job! I love custom super powers.
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He turned out really cool!

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Thanks everyone!

I am in the middle of working on a simple Black Adam custom and wasn't happy with the way Shazams power action was working. The mechanism is similar to some of the others so it shouldn't be too hard to clean it up and get it working smoothly again.

Can you guess what the figure is pictured in the top left of this image? Little guy snuck his way into the shot. LOL

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Hi! This post is the only thing I've found on fixing SP power action, and the ONLY pictures I've ever seen of their interior, and I've been searching quite a while. Thank you for that.
I've bought a moc Robin and opened it, and his power action was barely working or not at all (he needs a lot of help to barely perform a slow-mo, 3mm movement karate chop), sticky as hell. Im having a lot of doubts on attempting to repair him: he has one of the best, flawless paintjobs I've ever seen on a SP Robin, with a good expression on his face and all, he's THE Robin to be on display. But I know he's in pain (nah), he's broken and I could repair it, but I fear his good looks could get ruined in the process. Did you boiled those figures to get them open more easily, or to pop out their limbs? Or was it just scalpel right on? Are their torsos GLUED together or kinda melted together? I imagine cutting thru all the torso is not an easy task, and one to end up leaving dents and paint chips. Do you use glue to assemble them back together or what?
Since we're at it: I've been doing my research on how the SP were manufactured; I think I've got all the process covered (I was lacking the inner part, and now it's solved thanks to you!), I'm only missing one part; the symbol/decal application. I have no idea how they would do it. I'm positive it's paint, not a decal, and I suspect is not applied using masks. Maybe you could shed some light on the matter?
Excuse me for all these question, Im just taking my opportunity, lol. Thank you!
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HI FrederickFlash - On the last page of the "Inside Super Powers" thread is a tutorial for opening Super Powers. It is much easier to boil them.

I believe the figures were sonic welded together in production. I used super glue to put them back together being careful not to glue the mechanism:

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The symbols were tampo or pad printed in production.

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I use water slide transfers for customs. You can print your own:

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