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2nd Broken Nendo Joint

Well on a certain Sunday, Feb 20th, I had some pretty bad luck. In particular, I broke my 2nd Nendoroid joint. The unfortunate Nendo was Saber Lily, my 3rd Nendoroid.

How did that happen? Well I was moving Saber Lily’s head when I noticed that it was very loose, exactly the same as Kureha & Dynames. I suppose that it was wear & tear over time.

Either way, it needs to be fixed. I have gotten people asking, as well as searches asking, how to take the broken joints out of the Nendoroid. Here is how I do it:

Take a thin, pointy knife of somekind and simply try to wedge it out using the sharp side. As much as it looks like I just stabbed the tip of the blade in, don’t do that if possible. You may want to buy a new blade afterward. And I recommend having eye protection in case the blade breaks.

Of course, if you wedge out something like this, the collar of the Nendoroid will get a little damaged. You might be able to avoid it by having a piece of tissue under the blade or something (which I didn’t do).

How here is the more trickier part, the ball section instead of the peg. You’d better hope that the joint is not too tight. If it is, then take the blade, slide it in the middle of the joint, and turn it a couple times to maybe loosen it a bit.

To actually take the joint out, then a little damage to the joint is inevitable (the joint is broken anyways). With the exact same method, try to pry it out. Make sure to do it on the side with the peg in the Nendoroid (in my case, it was the side with the :) face).

If you successfully took the broken pieces out then congratulations. Next I would take the Nendoroid joint from another face part and use it. I would not advise you to glue the joint back and use it again. There is a high probability that it will just break once more. Good Luck~

Now that was my method. Here is another method shown on Mikatan’s Blog, if you have the those proper tools that is (pin-vise, metal rod, pliers).

[All photos were taken on the D5000]


14 responses to “2nd Broken Nendo Joint

  1. bd77 April 13, 2011 at 19:10

    Guess what, I am now a member of the broken nendo joint club… Yui’s sad face head’s joint just gives when I tried to tilt the head. T_TT

  2. Yoshii-kun April 14, 2011 at 07:37

    Lol. That happened exactly to my saber lily too. ^^”

  3. Q April 14, 2011 at 12:22

    I have very few Nendoroids so I can’t help too much on it, but have you tried the pinning method? Mikatan apparently has shown one in the English blog. Maybe it is worth a try? :o


    • FlawlessExa April 15, 2011 at 16:01

      You probably didn’t see it but I already mentioned and linked to Mikatan’s blog at the end of the post.

      I’ve not tried it and will not, not only because I don’t have the tools but also because I change my figures’ poses from week to week. A joint that can’t move is rather inconvenient.

    • Q April 16, 2011 at 03:48

      The link at the bottom of your post doesn’t pop out in my eyes so I overlooked it completely. My fault for that completely.

      Repairing does require a lot of motivation and initiative to do, and I admit it looks daunting. The method shown in Mikatan’s blog does do the pinning right in the middle for stability’s sake I think. I remember a co-worker had broken his Miku too. After looking at several brands of custom replacements joints (mainly for modding) there is no simple solution other than using anther joint from a spare face as you said, unless one is willing to use epoxy putting to thicken up pegs for replacement joints.

      Hope this will be your last time to break a joint; it’s always heartbreaking to see breakages and not being able to fix it :(

    • FlawlessExa April 16, 2011 at 11:43

      Yeah, I need to make links pop out more. Alot of people doesn’t seem to be able to see the links.

      Thanks. I do have epoxy putty but then I would need to paint over the puttied parts, which I can’t really do.

      I’m sure as time pass, more Nendo joints will break. So far no Figma joints broke yet and very luckily, nothing on scale figures. ^ ^

  4. divinelight April 14, 2011 at 18:25

    Well that’s sad to have the broken joint. Got many cases on gunpla, the recent is my BB Unicorn’s leg joint, I really want to buy another one again >_<

  5. Nekomimi036 April 15, 2011 at 02:24

    Mikatan posted some time ago some pic on her blog about “what to do, if I brok some of parts”.

    This not good, poor saber… after 2 years buying figures I got one broke part of figure, lucky this is only a parts of the base of figure.

    • FlawlessExa April 15, 2011 at 16:04

      For some reason, no one ever seems to see links in my post?

      That’s rather good for 2 years. After all it is only a matter of time, especially since I fiddle with my figures often.

      Let’s do our best to keep the figures intact! ^ ^

    • Nekomimi036 April 17, 2011 at 13:15


      Oo yes, Let’s do our best! ^ ^ Since I'm planning to go out with some of my figure soon to take some pic ~ Finally have some free time… hard to get some… still soo busy with my work.

    • FlawlessExa April 17, 2011 at 13:25

      That’s great to hear! I know exactly what you mean, I haven’t had much time either. T^T

      Good luck and be careful~

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