When I got Marvel Universe Secret Wars Series 2, Magneto was one of my wanted characters, so I was disappointed that Hasbro opted to use the Daredevil / Bullseye body from way back in the first series of Marvel Universe figures. That body is plagued by a really short torso, and any superhero-sized character will be too short when using it.
Luckily, Magneto has one feature that is going to make this really easy to fix – his big wide belt. Here’s how to do it.
Basically, we’re going to cut Magneto in half, raise his torso, and then cover the horrific surgery with that oversized belt that he comes with. Simple, right?
Stuff You’ll Need
- Magneto from the Marvel Universe Secret Wars Spider-Man and Magneto set (available for $14.99 at ToysRUs.com)
- Craft saw or exacto blade
- Filler – I used craft foam but you could use a sculpting material like Sculpey
Step One: Cut Magneto in half
Magneto’s cape and belt aren’t glued down, so they’ll slide right off. You’ll want to cut him on his waist, right where the red and purple meet up. This is easiest to do with a craft saw that you can buy at any hardware store and will come in useful for all sorts of home improvement, like cutting PVC pipe or other fun chores. If you only have an exacto or something similar, you’ll find the cutting much easier if you’ve softened the figure by dropping it in some boiling water for half a minute or so.
Step Two: Figure out how much to lift the torso
Now we’re going to see how the figure will look with the torso lifted. Ideally, you will want to use the height of the belt as the maximum you want to lift it, because we’ll be using the belt itself to hide it all.
I had a piece of extra thick craft foam that I decided to use. I cut out a octagon-shaped piece and tried it out with just a non-glued stacked view. It’d look good with that much height added, but since that would extend a little bit over the top of the belt, I sanded the foam down just a little, since I wanted to hide all the ugliness of cuts and filler under that big Magneto belt. And since I could hide the stuff with the belt, there was no reason I had to sculpt a smooth edge when connecting the two halves. This keeps it really simple.
Step 3: Assemble and you’re done!
Once you have the filler the right size, it’s just a matter of lining up the pieces and gluing them back together. I glued my piece craft foam to the bottom half first, then retested the fit. If you’re using Sculpey or some other sculpting compound, you’ll want to cure the filler first. I’d make sure the belt is on the figure now, so it’s easier to get it around his waist. You can slide it down over his thighs while you’re reconnecting the parts. When that’s done, slide the belt up and hide ugly gaps. You’re done!
Some things you could do but aren’t really necessary:
- Paint the filler purple – that way if there’s something that the belt isn’t covering, it still looks somewhat normal – I used a purple Sharpie.
- Fill in the gaps – because I used a randomly cut piece of craft foam, there’s big gaps all around it. You could use some sculpting compound to make a smooth transition from the waist to the chest. I was lazy, and since the belt was going to hide it, I didn’t do this.
- Glue the belt in place – I did this so it wouldn’t accidentally slide down, exposing my shoddy workmanship.
Good luck with your modding!