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MaulFan
10-06-2008, 11:11 AM
Since there's a fair number of folks looking into modifying this figure significantly, and some looking just to have fun posting about their figure, I thought it'd be better to have a thread for the discussion of the modifications and leave the photo thread to images and general talk about the figure.


new widening technique from toy-world:
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l170/bbqderekyabuki/010.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l170/bbqderekyabuki/009.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l170/bbqderekyabuki/TDKM.jpg
(sorry if it's been shared already)


Try to modify neck area. It Easy to do and look better.
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1921/batmod02by8.jpg

I use sand paper.
http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/2558/batmod01fh8.jpg

Curt
10-10-2008, 10:26 AM
im bumping this thread back up, so other people can see it.

Cap'n Cook
10-10-2008, 12:19 PM
Thought I would throw in what I did.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1346_640x480.jpg

This is the best place to separate to allow removal of the chest plate I think.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1347_640x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1349_640x480.jpg

Where you can see the two separate pieces here, there is some strong glue around most of the center.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1351_640x480.jpg

I sanded a lot of the chest down, a tiny bit of the upper rib, (hardly noticeable), and the clavicle area of the torso to allow more neck movement.

Basically you have to 'break' the glue area on the chest plate where I have pictured to allow its removal. Then, in the pic where you can see the separate rubber pieces, you have to slowly pull apart and as you go make tiny snips with scissors to separate the two. They are held by strong glue.

I then rolled the top half up and covered the rubber parts so they did not get covered in dust. Then, I proceeded to manually sand the pectorals away and slightly taper the side of the torso. Also sanded away the clavicle area on the torso. Could have used a dremel, but I was too cheap to buy one! When done I rolled the suit back down, stretched and re-glued it and held it in place with an elastic band as it dried. And voila.

Oh, I sanded most of his chest away. :woot:

This neck mod too.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1334_640x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1336_640x480.jpg

This is the end result:
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1370_640x480.jpg

Will have to do the head mod next!

Devil_666
10-10-2008, 06:01 PM
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1370_640x480.jpg

Awesome. Quick question: Is the cape square cut at the bottom or does it have the traditional Batman cut (like the 89 Batman Movie)?

Spliff
10-10-2008, 06:02 PM
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/toyshomeb2/HT/BATMAN/IMG_4547.jpg

looks like a pretty cool Batman cape, like the older movies.

Devil_666
10-10-2008, 06:23 PM
Yeah that's what I'd call "Traditional" as opposed to the BB, square cut cape. Looks cool. Is it like that in TDK cuz I couldn't even tell!?

Spliff
10-10-2008, 06:48 PM
it's like it is in the first movie, remember him flying around in HK?

though it's cool HT put a different cape since he's only really gliding around one time in the movie.

Agen
10-10-2008, 08:46 PM
After Modify the neck.

http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/7057/batmod03eg2.jpg

http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/3148/batmod04aa5.jpg

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3103/batmod05nz5.jpg

Devil_666
10-10-2008, 10:04 PM
it's like it is in the first movie, remember him flying around in HK?

though it's cool HT put a different cape since he's only really gliding around one time in the movie.


Oh yeah. :duh Forgot about that. lol..


http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3103/batmod05nz5.jpg

:banana:banana:banana

Awesome. The thing I've noticed is when you do the neck Mod it makes widening the head unneccesary imo. If you look at the pics Agen posted just that slight bend fattens the head enough to look perfect. It also widens the nose to look like the promo pics of the TDK cowl. Funny how a small difference can dramatically change the overall look of something. Good work Agen!!!

drunk_leprechaun
10-10-2008, 11:15 PM
Oh yeah. :duh Forgot about that. lol..


http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3103/batmod05nz5.jpg

:banana:banana:banana

Awesome. The thing I've noticed is when you do the neck Mod it makes widening the head unneccesary imo. If you look at the pics Agen posted just that slight bend fattens the head enough to look perfect. It also widens the nose to look like the promo pics of the TDK cowl. Funny how a small difference can dramatically change the overall look of something. Good work Agen!!!

Are you Bluefley on deviantart.com?

Riko
10-11-2008, 03:43 PM
Thought I would throw in what I did.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1346_640x480.jpg

This is the best place to separate to allow removal of the chest plate I think.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1347_640x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1349_640x480.jpg

Where you can see the two separate pieces here, there is some strong glue around most of the center.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1351_640x480.jpg

I sanded a lot of the chest down, a tiny bit of the upper rib, (hardly noticeable), and the clavicle area of the torso to allow more neck movement.

Basically you have to 'break' the glue area on the chest plate where I have pictured to allow its removal. Then, in the pic where you can see the separate rubber pieces, you have to slowly pull apart and as you go make tiny snips with scissors to separate the two. They are held by strong glue.

I then rolled the top half up and covered the rubber parts so they did not get covered in dust. Then, I proceeded to manually sand the pectorals away and slightly taper the side of the torso. Also sanded away the clavicle area on the torso. Could have used a dremel, but I was too cheap to buy one! When done I rolled the suit back down, stretched and re-glued it and held it in place with an elastic band as it dried. And voila.

Oh, I sanded most of his chest away. :woot:

This is the end result:
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1370_640x480.jpg

Will have to do the head mod next!

his body still has the same V-shape, so I do not see what difference your mods have made....:rolleyes:
+ you forgot to post pictures of your modified body itself...

Cap'n Cook
10-11-2008, 05:04 PM
his body still has the same V-shape, so I do not see what difference your mods have made....:rolleyes:
+ you forgot to post pictures of your modified body itself...

My mods have made the chest fit lower and closer to the body.

I did not forget at all, I just didn't bother. People aren't stupid: I sanded the chest down to practically nothing, I'm sure you can imagine what that looks like can't you? :rolleyes:

You're TDK Bats obviously looks better.

Riko
10-12-2008, 01:39 AM
My mods have made the chest fit lower and closer to the body.

I did not forget at all, I just didn't bother. People aren't stupid: I sanded the chest down to practically nothing, I'm sure you can imagine what that looks like can't you? :rolleyes:

You're TDK Bats obviously looks better.

ow okay, that is nice...but it is a pitty you did not make some pictures of the body so we see how much of the chest you have flattenend.
+ could you make a shot from the side, that would make more sense to show if you say you have made its chest flatter.

and no, when modifiying a 160-200 dollar figure, I cannot use imagination in the proces, pictures of the job are always welcome.

I already got the original costume version and have modified that one based on explanation and pictures on this board :) (for the cape + clips) pictures will follow.
And I am still not 100% convinced of this new TDK figure, but the modifications give me some hope that I can make it more accurate yess...but before I even think of buying it I wait for good pictures and explanations on this fine board :)

so once again: could you make some side-shots of your modified TDK, so that we can see how flat the chest is made now?

thank you!

pamorn
10-12-2008, 03:11 AM
I modded my batman,

I thort he looked a bit lyk he had a chicken breast and was just looked outta proportion.

I removed all armour and had to use a stanley knife to carefully sever the rubber joining the upper and lower torso.

I then completely removed all rubber wear and sanded away most of the outlying breast/pectoral area and also the side obliques(to make him look not so wide); upper abdominals and also the 'pot' belly which mine seemed to have; giving him a flatter, less fatter look.

the head/neck mod was made underneath the head involving sanding and cutting a slight dip in the front to allow his head and chin to come down more.

I found two screws of a small size and screwed both simultaneously in each side of the rubber guide in the core of the head piece which allowed his head to look a bit wider like in real life....

A few minor; improvements which makes this fig look even better than what it already is!!! my pix on cam look remarkably crap tho... I will post them soon

eighthsamurai
10-12-2008, 04:28 AM
ow okay, that is nice...but it is a pitty you did not make some pictures of the body so we see how much of the chest you have flattenend.
+ could you make a shot from the side, that would make more sense to show if you say you have made its chest flatter.

and no, when modifiying a 160-200 dollar figure, I cannot use imagination in the proces, pictures of the job are always welcome.

I already got the original costume version and have modified that one based on explanation and pictures on this board :) (for the cape + clips) pictures will follow.
And I am still not 100% convinced of this new TDK figure, but the modifications give me some hope that I can make it more accurate yess...but before I even think of buying it I wait for good pictures and explanations on this fine board :)

so once again: could you make some side-shots of your modified TDK, so that we can see how flat the chest is made now?

thank you!


dude, you have a real sucky manner to you, you know that? nice to see you're as polite here as you are at medi-world. people here are doing us a favour by posting any pics of their mods at all. so for you to be rude about people's work and demanding things without courtesy or etiquette, i just don't understand it.

hey SE, still marvelling at the things you've done. looks incredible. has the articulation changed at all after the gluing? do you get any bunching? how much do you want to do mine for me the same as yours? i'm deadly why-so-serious!

Wanderer
10-12-2008, 08:59 AM
dude, you have a real sucky manner to you, you know that? nice to see you're as polite here as you are at medi-world. people here are doing us a favour by posting any pics of their mods at all. so for you to be rude about people's work and demanding things without courtesy or etiquette, i just don't understand it.

hey SE, still marvelling at the things you've done. looks incredible. has the articulation changed at all after the gluing? do you get any bunching? how much do you want to do mine for me the same as yours? i'm deadly why-so-serious!

Give the lad a break! Its coz he's French!:lol

Cap'n Cook
10-12-2008, 10:06 AM
dude, you have a real sucky manner to you, you know that? nice to see you're as polite here as you are at medi-world. people here are doing us a favour by posting any pics of their mods at all. so for you to be rude about people's work and demanding things without courtesy or etiquette, i just don't understand it.

hey SE, still marvelling at the things you've done. looks incredible. has the articulation changed at all after the gluing? do you get any bunching? how much do you want to do mine for me the same as yours? i'm deadly why-so-serious!

Cheers buddy, I know I can always rely on you. Plus, glad I'm not the only one who thinks he's extremely rude!

The articulation has not changed, as I merely glued the parts that were prior glued. Hmmm, I could do it for free for you ES, of course, but it is risky, would not want to jeapordize your fig though. If you REALLY want him done though, then cool just give us a shout. Plus, don't think I could do him in one day, almost gave myself an RSI with all the sanding! (Oh, I mean 'sanding that I SAY I did') :rolleyes:

darren1228
10-12-2008, 10:19 AM
Snake what kind of glue did you use? I'm afraid of having the glue eat away at the rubber. Is their a specific type of glue to use or is super glue alright? Thanks buddy!

Cap'n Cook
10-12-2008, 10:21 AM
Snake what kind of glue did you use? I'm afraid of having the glue eat away at the rubber. Is their a specific type of glue to use or is super glue alright? Thanks buddy!

Well, when I've used super glue in the past it sometimes burns through certain materials, so I used a gentle UHU all purpose adhesive gel glue. Keeps it in place fine, but hopefully not too strong to damage the rubber!

cr0w
10-12-2008, 10:24 AM
Snake, did you just use regular sandpaper to sand everything down or did you use something special?

I modified the living crap out of my TDK BB suit Bats to give him a better looking cape, but I don't know how comfortable I am doing anything this extensive to the TDK suit one, especially the removal of the armor.

Cap'n Cook
10-12-2008, 10:36 AM
Snake, did you just use regular sandpaper to sand everything down or did you use something special?

I modified the living crap out of my TDK BB suit Bats to give him a better looking cape, but I don't know how comfortable I am doing anything this extensive to the TDK suit one, especially the removal of the armor.

Hey cr0w. Just plain old regular sand paper. Well actually it was one of those small foam blocks covered in sand paper - gave more precision.

zeelhar
10-12-2008, 11:50 AM
Ok i'll admit i'm stupid where can u get that glue and can u take a pic on it or a link

ffejeromdiks
10-12-2008, 02:17 PM
I think he might of used the Sandpaper attachment on a dremel, that's what i figured he meant.

ffejeromdiks
10-12-2008, 02:18 PM
Oh..nvm, didnt see that he already answered.

Riko
10-12-2008, 02:30 PM
Give the lad a break! Its coz he's French!:lol

yeah, Belgium lies in France :)

Cap'n Cook
10-13-2008, 11:35 AM
Ok i'll admit i'm stupid where can u get that glue and can u take a pic on it or a link

I'm PRETTY sure this is the exact same stuff:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/UHU-GLUE-THE-ALL-PURPOSE-ADHESIVE_W0QQitemZ190255964885QQcmdZViewItem?hash= item190255964885&_trkparms=72%3A1350%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C 240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

zeelhar
10-13-2008, 11:51 AM
thanks snake

Cap'n Cook
10-13-2008, 11:54 AM
thanks snake

No probs. :D

kazukijun
10-15-2008, 06:39 AM
doing the mod now, thks for posting the reference pics, sure helps alot!
The beer belly is seriously bothering me.......continue to sand!

laudanum09
10-16-2008, 10:34 AM
just got my tdk in the mail this morning. so stoked. i didnt even sleep at all last night its a great day for me. selling my old laptop, using the cash to get a new hd monitor and then getting a headset finally for xbox 360, and then sandpaper and glue to do some minor mods on the fig. i havent even opened it or taken it out of its sleeve. i want to savor it until later on. once its done im gonna set up some pics. then im going to sculpt a little crowbar and then set up some shots for the final battle. woot!

vanexel711
10-16-2008, 09:57 PM
I'm not sure if this is the thread to ask this question, but I don't know where else to turn!

I received my Dark Knight figure, and the ball-bearing that connects the hand to the forearm (the tiny ball with the two knobs) broke in half. Does anyone know where I can purchase a replacement one? Thank you. Apologies if this isn't the right place to ask.

ryan.miles.campbell
10-16-2008, 10:19 PM
Why do people break thing???

vodoun
10-16-2008, 11:23 PM
Why do people break thing???

It's because they aren't careful, rush into it and snap!

vanexel711
10-16-2008, 11:38 PM
I never said I broke it. I said it broke. The ball-bearing actually came broken. I opened the clear plastic shield, and the hand rolled out of the box. And the box was SEALED. It was not tampered with beforehand, which points directly back to Hoy Toys and the manufacturing

So now that you're done coming up with reasons why people break things in a hurry, maybe you can give me advice for replacing it.

kazukijun
10-16-2008, 11:44 PM
I never said I broke it. I said it broke. The ball-bearing actually came broken. I opened the clear plastic shield, and the hand rolled out of the box. And the box was SEALED. It was not tampered with beforehand, which points directly back to Hoy Toys and the manufacturing

So now that you're done coming up with reasons why people break things in a hurry, maybe you can give me advice for replacing it.

This is clearly a manufacturing problem. I would suggest that you bring it back to the retailer you got from and ask for an exchange or contact hot toys directly for a replacement.

Hope you get something sorted out.

vanexel711
10-16-2008, 11:50 PM
Thank you Kazukijun

I already contacted Hot Toys and am awaiting their response. It's such a small piece, I was just hoping to buy it from somewhere, to save on shipping the whole package back. Is there anyone that sells these small pieces?

kazukijun
10-16-2008, 11:59 PM
No probs!

I dont think you will need to send the whole thing back,I believe Hot toys should be able to just send you the hand peg itself. Do take pictures of the damage part, so that they are able to determine how to help you.

lebedevore
10-17-2008, 01:19 AM
Why do people break thing???
Why do people answer a question with another question? :rolleyes:

Concerning the piece that broke, I would also ask HT for a replacement. Just send them some pictures...

aussieinnyc
10-17-2008, 01:38 AM
I had the same part break on me on my original suit (yeah, it was my fault, although I do maintain that the plastic in those wrist pegs can be quite brittle, and when those hands are so tight and hard to change...)

Anyway, I emailed Hot Toys twice and never received an answer. Ended up having to buy the part for waaaaaay too much money on eBay. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

aussieinnyc
10-17-2008, 01:39 AM
I had the same part break on me on my original suit (yeah, it was my fault, although I do maintain that the plastic in those wrist pegs can be quite brittle, and when those hands are so tight and hard to change...)

Anyway, I emailed Hot Toys twice and never received an answer. Ended up having to buy the part for waaaaaay too much money on eBay. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

ryan.miles.campbell
10-17-2008, 02:09 AM
This 'MODIFICATION' Is an essential... but i do agree, someone should make a 'more detailed' tutorial...

vodoun
10-17-2008, 03:22 AM
I had the same part break on me on my original suit (yeah, it was my fault, although I do maintain that the plastic in those wrist pegs can be quite brittle, and when those hands are so tight and hard to change...)

Anyway, I emailed Hot Toys twice and never received an answer. Ended up having to buy the part for waaaaaay too much money on eBay. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

...and the majority of people call these things toys when they are so fragile.

darren1228
10-17-2008, 09:32 AM
This 'MODIFICATION' Is an essential... but i do agree, someone should make a 'more detailed' tutorial...

I have to agree. I just got mine today and his gut is really sticking out:monkey4

Worse than I had imagined.

zeelhar
10-17-2008, 09:40 AM
i must have got luck mine doesn't have it

vanexel711
10-17-2008, 09:55 AM
I had the same part break on me on my original suit (yeah, it was my fault, although I do maintain that the plastic in those wrist pegs can be quite brittle, and when those hands are so tight and hard to change...)

Anyway, I emailed Hot Toys twice and never received an answer. Ended up having to buy the part for waaaaaay too much money on eBay. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Thank you for your help. Is there a specific body type I should be looking for in regards to the hand pegs?

aussieinnyc
10-17-2008, 03:44 PM
Thank you for your help. Is there a specific body type I should be looking for in regards to the hand pegs?

I just did a search for things like "Hot Toys Batman hand" and "Hot Toys Batman wrist" - some people have parted out the various figures, so you can buy the headsculpts/bodies/pegs/etc on their own. If they weren't done in black plastic it would be easier, since I think they're the same joint as you find on the new True Type bodies, but they're cast in a flesh colour and would be pretty obvious. I think paint would rub off since they're such a tight joint, so that's probably not an option.

vanexel711
10-19-2008, 12:07 PM
I just did a search for things like "Hot Toys Batman hand" and "Hot Toys Batman wrist" - some people have parted out the various figures, so you can buy the headsculpts/bodies/pegs/etc on their own. If they weren't done in black plastic it would be easier, since I think they're the same joint as you find on the new True Type bodies, but they're cast in a flesh colour and would be pretty obvious. I think paint would rub off since they're such a tight joint, so that's probably not an option.

Thank you for the additional info, aussieinnyc. I'll definitely look into those options.

Any advice for getting the remaining part of the peg out of the wrist hole? I've tried tweezers, but they just don't have a strong enough grip to pull it out. I'm thinking of just digging out the remaining piece of the peg with a small knife or scalpel.

pamorn
10-19-2008, 07:50 PM
Thank you for the additional info, aussieinnyc. I'll definitely look into those options.

Any advice for getting the remaining part of the peg out of the wrist hole? I've tried tweezers, but they just don't have a strong enough grip to pull it out. I'm thinking of just digging out the remaining piece of the peg with a small knife or scalpel.

use your back teeth to lock around the upper part of the peg careful not to bite away the grooves for tightness; and pull! comes out cinch

Spliff
10-19-2008, 07:52 PM
I've found that squeezing the hand while it's connected to the peg helps A LOT to pull the peg out from the forearm.

darthCipan
10-19-2008, 08:07 PM
Just to be safe, I use the boil and pop method. Its a hassle but I rather go with this route rather than feel sorry later on for breaking the peg

vanexel711
10-19-2008, 10:13 PM
Thank you for all your recommendations. The teeth method would usually work, but the remaining piece of the pin is stuck within the wrist, so there isn't enough room to get my teeth in there.

What is the boil and pop method?

creecher
10-19-2008, 10:24 PM
It's when you submerge a part/pieces in boiled water. Some prefer the hairdryer. For wrists, I prefer the boiled water due to its ability to get within the joint, whereas hot air can sometimes be deflected by surrounding parts.

aussieinnyc
10-19-2008, 10:46 PM
When I had to do it, I ended up digging at the post with a pin until I was able to lever it up high enough to get a good grip with the tweezers. Basically stuck the pin between the post and the side of the hole and eventually got it out.

On the plus side my stupidly expensive replacement eBay wrists came today. Yay!

Darth_Fatso
10-20-2008, 12:24 AM
Just out of curiousity, has anyone thought about making a bodysuit out of a mesh fabric then cutting out the armor peices and glueing them on the bodysuit? I love the figure HT gave us but the one thing that has annoyed me a little is the mesh material looks like rubber and not real fabric (at least from all the pics I've seen). If I had steady hands, I'd almost be tempted to do this once I got the figure in hand.

intothevoid
10-20-2008, 02:54 AM
Just out of curiousity, has anyone thought about making a bodysuit out of a mesh fabric then cutting out the armor peices and glueing them on the bodysuit? I love the figure HT gave us but the one thing that has annoyed me a little is the mesh material looks like rubber and not real fabric (at least from all the pics I've seen). If I had steady hands, I'd almost be tempted to do this once I got the figure in hand.

It annoys me too, specially the fact that Medicom seem to have that very accurately done. But I would not dare attempt doing something like that myself, I think i'll get over the slight inaccuracy. Also, I think HT made a concious decision not to go with the armour plates over fabric route because it would have limited poseability. And with extreme poses the armour plates would probably have popped off.

vodoun
10-20-2008, 05:21 AM
It annoys me too, specially the fact that Medicom seem to have that very accurately done. But I would not dare attempt doing something like that myself, I think i'll get over the slight inaccuracy. Also, I think HT made a concious decision not to go with the armour plates over fabric route because it would have limited poseability. And with extreme poses the armour plates would probably have popped off.

The DC version suffers this, the arms can't keep tight positions close to the chest and such, the legs/arms pop back to almost straight.

uscmhicks
10-20-2008, 11:34 AM
got the figure today , I hate how it looks ( unmodified ) with the cowl on as I think the upper body looks too beefed up , it just seems to me like the legs look uneven with the body.
So , I simply have it stood him with the bale sculpt on and to me the body doesn't look so uneven. I am definitely considering modifying the body and I do think its necessary but for now I'm hoping someone will make a " really really clear tutorial on how to do it " since I will most likely break the figure. :lol

Anyway other than the little annoyance of the body being not to my taste everything else seems awesome ! :rock
At the minute hes stood next to the takara bats fully cowled so I do have a full batman there with cowl.

Custom Workz
10-20-2008, 01:14 PM
I also received this batman from a regular customer 2 days ago to get it modified. He complained that the chest is 2 'big' and it also have a 'belly' which spoil the whole image of the figure but he did not mention to modified the neck. Funny??? So I removed all chest parts and the rubber suit slowly and file the chest and stomach area flat then sand it smooth. The suit is also quite big and loose so I cut up the back of the rubber suit and pull it tighter than glue back again carefully. These are pics of the modified area and I hope these help those who wanna slim down the body so that it looks perfect when putting on the chest armour. On top of that, my customer also requested to make a Dark Knight helmet so he can pose the figure with Christian Bale's head and holding the bat cowl/helmet on his hand. So I used the same head and make a mould then cast it out in good quality resin. Of coz, I cut out the eyes and mouth area then painted it black. Anyone interested in this TDK bat helmet can PM me, thanks!!!

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-1.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-2.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-3.jpg

Regards,
Jon

intothevoid
10-20-2008, 01:35 PM
Wow. I would definitely be interested in that cowl! Once I receive my figure though... great work.

Thrustmaster
10-20-2008, 01:47 PM
wow, cool helmet. pm sent. :D

BrooklynWolf X
10-20-2008, 02:17 PM
I also received this batman from a regular customer 2 days ago to get it modified. He complained that the chest is 2 'big' and it also have a 'belly' which spoil the whole image of the figure but he did not mention to modified the neck. Funny??? So I removed all chest parts and the rubber suit slowly and file the chest and stomach area flat then sand it smooth. The suit is also quite big and loose so I cut up the back of the rubber suit and pull it tighter than glue back again carefully. These are pics of the modified area and I hope these help those who wanna slim down the body so that it looks perfect when putting on the chest armour. On top of that, my customer also requested to make a Dark Knight helmet so he can pose the figure with Christian Bale's head and holding the bat cowl/helmet on his hand. So I used the same head and make a mould then cast it out in good quality resin. Of coz, I cut out the eyes and mouth area then painted it black. Anyone interested in this TDK bat helmet can PM me, thanks!!!

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-1.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-2.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-3.jpg

Regards,
Jon

oh wow, i didn't know you can take the suit off THAT way. but...won't it stretch? is the opening big enough?

uscmhicks
10-20-2008, 02:22 PM
taking it off that way wouldn't require takng off the glued part would it ?.
Or am I wrong ?

Do you mind telling us what glue you used customworkz ?.

Also ( sorry for all the questions ) isn't it possible gluing the suit down tighter might make it wear away faster ?.

Awesome photos !. Thanks for the help !. :rock

Custom Workz
10-20-2008, 02:31 PM
Oh of coz u have to be very careful when removing the rubber suit. One arm at a time. Tighten down the suit will not wear it down, no worries and it's still having great articulation. I am using a very strong bond liquid glue(imported from Japan) that can glue almost anything!!! I tried gluing resin parts, wood, stone, fine metal sheets, vinyl parts, leather, rubber, etc... I am selling these glue at my workshop too! Anyone interested in this glue can also PM me, thanks!!! :D

Regards,
Jon

Custom Workz
10-20-2008, 02:35 PM
Oh yes! Taking the suit off this way will sure removed all glued parts at the waist area. That's y u have to removed the glued section 1st then pull the suit downwards. After the modification, u will have to glued them back to match the suit design too. The glue I used sticks very strong and will not melt the rubber suit.

Regards,
Jon

zeelhar
10-20-2008, 02:50 PM
i can't see the beer belly on mine maybe i got luck or just can't see it
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/zeehlar/100_0686.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/zeehlar/100_0687.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/zeehlar/100_0688.jpg

uscmhicks
10-20-2008, 03:21 PM
Oh yes! Taking the suit off this way will sure removed all glued parts at the wait area. That's y u have to removed the glued section 1st then pull the sit downwards. After the modification, u will have to glued them back to match the suit design too. The glue I used sticks very strong and will not melt the rubber suit.

Regards,
Jon

Thanks for the replys ! :rock :D

uscmhicks
10-20-2008, 03:23 PM
i can't see the beer belly on mine maybe i got luck or just can't see it
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/zeehlar/100_0686.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/zeehlar/100_0687.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/zeehlar/100_0688.jpg

I wouldn't say the " beer belly " as its been nicknamed is in fact a beer belly , for me and as you said you its not visible from the side much unless you look very carefully. Its like the stomach area is looser than the rest and a little more chubbier since this is the hip area on the body underneath.

Darth_Fatso
10-20-2008, 06:13 PM
It annoys me too, specially the fact that Medicom seem to have that very accurately done. But I would not dare attempt doing something like that myself, I think i'll get over the slight inaccuracy. Also, I think HT made a concious decision not to go with the armour plates over fabric route because it would have limited poseability. And with extreme poses the armour plates would probably have popped off.

Just out of curiosity, how would a mesh fabric material limit the poseability. I always assumed it would give the figure more posability over rubber. It's not that I don't belive you (I do) I'm just wondering. And what about using a stronger adhesive like an epoxy instead of glue to prevent the armor pieces from falling off.

Spliff
10-20-2008, 07:02 PM
he meant limited the poseability because depending on how Medicom does the plates(hard plastic or softer material) bending the joints and stuff could cause the plates to come off.

The Medicom TDK suit is my most anticipated figure and I really hope they deliver on it. :(

intothevoid
10-21-2008, 12:02 AM
he meant limited the poseability because depending on how Medicom does the plates(hard plastic or softer material) bending the joints and stuff could cause the plates to come off.

The Medicom TDK suit is my most anticipated figure and I really hope they deliver on it. :(

Yes that is exactly what I meant.

I will also pick up the Medicom one if they deliver on the proto pics. They look too good to be true.

vodoun
10-21-2008, 07:18 AM
I love how some forget the fact how fragile Medicom's stuff is.

Spliff
10-22-2008, 01:44 AM
i've had more breaks on my HT stuff over my Medicom stuff.

jocal62
11-02-2008, 09:40 AM
Newbie here. Hope I can get the HT TDK in December when it comes out here in Canada.

And thanks to all of you who posted the mods. I'm sure to do it immediately when the figure gets here.

xbibox
11-02-2008, 09:58 PM
Hi guys! First post.

Anyway, another small gripe about this figure is that the garters attaching his shoulder pads to his chest plate are merely stuck on with glue. The moment I saw that, I thought "Well THAT can't be good...". So while I was raising his arm, one of them snapped of. I tried supergluing it back on to no avail. I have it secured now with some pretty strong tape but I still have to be careful with posing.

Just another warning guys :D

This is my first Hot Toys figure and I have to say, that garter thing kinda disappointed me. Hot Toys, to me, has always been one of those unbelievably great toy makers. Add that to my dad hyping up those Appleseed figures, my expectations for the Dark Knight toys. I figured they'd be flawless all throughout.

Still, this figure's amazing. It's totally awesome and I'm so glad I got it.

QUICK MAINTENANCE QUESTION: I heard somewhere that the rubber might end up cracking in the future, and I think that's a high possibility here where I live (The Philippines) where it can get pretty hot. Could any of you please recommend a kind of spray or something that'll keep the rubber nice and elastic?

Devil_666
11-02-2008, 11:22 PM
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-3.jpg

um.. suit looks better but what's up with the giraffe neck!?

Sachiel
11-02-2008, 11:39 PM
I've been modding a different True Type body. I sanded the front flat and I also sanded the area between the neck and shoulders down. Haven't had the guts to take the suit off. Mostly because I don't know what glue I should use. Don't need the rubber eaten away.

I'm looking more forward to seeing how Medicom's turns out. It already seems it will be larger so it should fit in well with HT. Maybe even use the HT head on it.

I wish HT had gone the fabric route with the armor on that. Would have payed a bit more, too.

Devil_666
11-02-2008, 11:44 PM
Maybe even use the HT head on it.


If the final product looks anything like the proto you shouldn't have to since the Medicom prototype cowl looks more accurate than the HT version imo.

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j59/skywalker5/Batman-1.jpg

Same with the suit. It just all depends on how close to the prototype the final product comes. Hopefully it won't disappoint like the Medicom Two(many pieces of bubble yum splattered across the burned side of the)Face figure. :D

MaulFan
11-03-2008, 04:47 AM
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p192/customheroes/TDK_custom-3.jpg

um.. suit looks better but what's up with the giraffe neck!?

The armored neck is made solely for the Batman cowl head, the Bruce head doesn't even fully sit on the ball joint, and even on there, looks horrible as you can see.

Devil_666
11-03-2008, 09:18 AM
oh ok.. so the head is probably just levitating on there, huh? lol.

xbibox
11-03-2008, 10:55 AM
I just added a nice touch to mine. It's not for any posing or picture-taking purposes, mind. It's just a personal touch for when your playing with it. I ran over the area around his eyes with a small-point felt pen, making it glossy and as if he actually has black facepaint over them, seeing as it's initially the same color as the mask itself.

mpchi
11-03-2008, 01:19 PM
I just added a nice touch to mine. It's not for any posing or picture-taking purposes, mind. It's just a personal touch for when your playing with it. I ran over the area around his eyes with a small-point felt pen, making it glossy and as if he actually has black facepaint over them, seeing as it's initially the same color as the mask itself.

I sort of did something similar, mainly to paint out some of the corners of the eyes, mainly because the eyes are really too wide and too much pink on the sides. Tiny bit of black made the eyes narrower, and more realistic when there are less pink. But all the paint and markers I tried made the eye socket too reflective/glossy. Very distracting. So have to add some black pastel around the eye socket to minimized the gloss. So now, mine has slightly smaller eyes, different black on the eye socket, but without being too glossy. The over glossy marker can make Batman looks like he is crying or sweating under the cowl. :lol

vodoun
11-13-2008, 08:24 AM
Seen this... probably might not if you're not a registered member. It's more than modified. Brave guy.

Looks really nice though.

http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/showpost.php?p=801235&postcount=87

blakus939
11-13-2008, 08:34 AM
gotta sign up, can you post em here?

vodoun
11-13-2008, 11:16 AM
I've picked the best clearest ones. There's originally 9.


Hey Guys, I wanted to share some PIcs of what happens when a DC Direct Body suit and body armor are cmbined and bashed with the Hot Toys version. The results look more movie accurate in my opinion but feel free to look for yourself. Basically DC black body suit ( refitted with Fabric glue) guantlets wer cut out to see through slits, Hot Toys leg armor was cut and glued to body suit, real elastic bands on upper arm armor and chest, DC abdominal armor glued to 1/8 black elasic bands, added new cape made from a micro sued material and larger. Enjoy. I could not be more pleased. Even has better articulation than HT rubber suit.
David in FL

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2779/img3791ed7.th.jpg (http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2779/img3791ed7.jpg)http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/6874/img3793bn7.th.jpg (http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/6874/img3793bn7.jpg)http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/8849/img3786zb5.th.jpg (http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/8849/img3786zb5.jpg)

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2930/img3787ry6.th.jpg (http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2930/img3787ry6.jpg)http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6198/img3789oy1.th.jpg (http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6198/img3789oy1.jpg)

cr0w
11-13-2008, 11:32 AM
That looks alright, I guess. I don't know, the HT one still looks better to me. I don't like how glaringly obvious it is that the DCD one is two separate suits, you know what I mean? There's too much visual disparity between the body suit and the armor for me...plus it looks too toy-like, for lack of a better term.

vodoun
11-13-2008, 12:00 PM
Yeah, I know what you mean. The cuts don't quite look machine cut. The DCD suit is all shiny plastic. As you said because of that the toy look appears.

Thats one thing I love what Hot Toys has done, it's all matte because it is rubber.

He has also given the impression of action man now with that drastic mod.

Cap'n Cook
11-13-2008, 12:51 PM
I really like the look of that actually.

Thanks for posting them.

vodoun
11-13-2008, 01:08 PM
I think the Batman craze is over now, seems to be all Joker related.

Cap'n Cook
11-13-2008, 01:28 PM
You're right there!

mpchi
11-13-2008, 04:42 PM
Great effort on that mod, but it didn't quite fix the short comings of the HT, while introducing new issues from the DCD suit. It looks good, but not so much an improvement. More like a different take, with the now shiny srmor pieces that look more separated and layered on the under suit, but less of an ideal fit compare to the rubber suit HT has, since its all molded together. Nice to see this mod regardless.

blakus939
11-13-2008, 07:24 PM
Yeah thanks for posting, that does look pretty damn cool. I dunno but, you can kind of tell it doesnt all go together somehow.

drjedisith
11-13-2008, 11:55 PM
this thread is great! i may be taking the task on if medicom doesnt come thru with what looks to be a SPOT ON CAPTURE of TDK. received the HT version and is way bulky. looks like hes gonna get posed on the batpod :)

Devil_666
11-14-2008, 12:22 AM
I remember someone mentioned possibly doing that mod, well now I can see for myself it sucks. I don't like it at all. It actually makes the figure MORE bulky especially in the legs! Then there's the problem with the gloved hands: since he used real mesh/fabric for the body it makes the HT hands (which is ALL sculpted plastic) look completely out of place. Almost like Batman has on some latex doctor gloves. I appreciate the skill and creativity that went into that mod but I'm not feeling the end result.

LockJaw
11-21-2008, 02:34 AM
does anyone know how this guy might have modified his figure?

http://www.toy-world.com.hk/forum/viewthread.php?tid=9915&extra=page%3D3


i can tell he made the head wider
but i wonder what method he used

i can't read the writing obviously and i don't have an account there

love his mod, i want to duplicate it

Cap'n Cook
11-21-2008, 10:55 AM
That looks very good ineed.

vodoun
11-21-2008, 11:06 AM
i can't read the writing obviously and i don't have an account there

love his mod, i want to duplicate it

Use the google translator. http://tinyurl.com/59mxvo

Devil_666
11-21-2008, 11:09 AM
I think that's the guy who shaved down the chest/rib cage and yes almost the entire ass to make everything slimmer. He modified the neck so the head could lean forward more. He put some paper in the legs (I believe around the calves) so they would be bigger and wider and then finally he put a screw in the head (on the inside) to widen it. Check out the TDK Mod thread or the other TDK figure thread that got locked. All the photos and english translation of the mods are in there.

The Ringer
11-21-2008, 11:11 AM
Talk about Nip and Tuck.:lol

Agen
11-21-2008, 11:33 AM
This is the Best Batman pic i have seen so far.
His batman look slimmer than mine batman. I guess he mod the neck and chest or something else?
http://img356.imageshack.us/img356/3584/tdk2tinvf3.jpg

yongkykun
11-21-2008, 11:48 AM
That batman is the 2nd batch batman. You can tell from the chest piece size. But some people went to a lot of trouble by taking the costume pieces off and sanding the base body, especially in the chest and abdominal area, to get the figure look better.

Devil_666
11-21-2008, 12:29 PM
That's actually a first wave Batman yong. Tin modified the hell out of that figure.

yongkykun
11-21-2008, 01:28 PM
You don't say... wow...

LockJaw
11-21-2008, 02:37 PM
did anyone find out what that material Tin used to make the head bigger?

it looked like pieces collected from a green sponge

Devil_666
11-21-2008, 03:35 PM
Last I heard it was a screw.

LockJaw
11-21-2008, 04:16 PM
oh i thought Tin was the guy who's pics are in the locked thread

those pics show some odd looking green thing

aussieinnyc
11-21-2008, 04:16 PM
did anyone find out what that material Tin used to make the head bigger?

it looked like pieces collected from a green sponge

To me it looked like one of those plastic anchors that are used for holding screws in masonry.

LockJaw
11-21-2008, 04:21 PM
Use the google translator. http://tinyurl.com/59mxvo

thanks for this
it's kind of a bad translation
i didn't catch how he fixed the head
is this the same screws in the head guy?

mpchi
11-21-2008, 06:46 PM
thanks for this
it's kind of a bad translation
i didn't catch how he fixed the head
is this the same screws in the head guy?

There are a bunch of guys that did the head mod over HK (bbq, Tin to name a couple out of my head...) They pretty much just find a spot, and screw in 2 screws at a certain angle to expand the head sideways. not much tricks particularly, as long as you screw them at the right angle. However, I don't recommend that mod myself. The modded heads look very bloated. The TDK head looks narrow in some early pics, but it actually look very good in person. So widening it is not necessary, while it makes the eyes way too centered in the middle. Here is one of qqb's pics in the picture thread after his mods, scroll down to the middle:

http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1193611#post1193611

For the rest of the body, just look through the mod info on bbq (think he use qqb on this board). Pretty much everybody followed what he did as he modded it first and did a tutorial. Though I feel that he slimmed down TDK's waist way too much. From almost all Movie pics, Bale's waist is very straight under the TDK suit. So when you sand the body, take out a decent amount on both sides of the ribs. But add a little padding or stuffing on the mid waist sides (the section causing the beer belly). You'll then get a very nice straight waist, slimmer, but without being too narrow or 'girly' on the mid waist. Don't really need to sand down arms, as it does little to improve the look (I tried).

LockJaw
11-21-2008, 06:54 PM
i actually love the modded heads
they really make it more accurate, imo

i wonder what size screws to use, or what kind in general XD
too big would make the head fat, too small would most likely not make any drastic changes to the head

mpchi
11-21-2008, 07:14 PM
Here is the Toy-World thread form HK that has the most info on the TDK mod, started with bbq's tutorial, as well as the results of a bunch of other guys that chimed in later. Even if you can't read Chinese, the pics should help a little.

http://www.toy-world.com.hk/forum/viewthread.php?tid=8407&extra=page%3D4

Magnuz
11-27-2008, 04:48 AM
Alright, finally got it done. Not perfect but, it's as good as i can manage, and i think it's pretty damn good personally:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/hthkb1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/hthkb2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/hthkb3.jpg

Poseable and swappable with the cowl head.

Devil_666
11-27-2008, 05:01 AM
Looks great from the front! Nice mod. Obviously the back looks a little jarring since there's obvious cuts but since the main view is from the front I like it. Good job.

vodoun
11-27-2008, 12:39 PM
What are the head sculpts made out of, is it a form of plastic resin?

Magnuz
11-27-2008, 01:22 PM
The head sculpts are made out of most likely a PVC plastic, which is softer and more flexible, while bodies tend to be the harder more rigid ABS plastics.

The bruce headsculpt is pretty soft and mallable once you get into it, i had to remove the existing socket and then gut the crap out of the inside and put the socket back in so the head could sit lower on the bat neck, and also go over it a bit so it can sit right.Thats why the back and base of the headsculpt are cut off and different.

Devil_666
11-27-2008, 01:37 PM
Just add some hair and it'll hide all that.

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/6970/dk0012hr1.jpg

yongkykun
11-27-2008, 01:44 PM
Did you paint the costume as well? The armor plates on the abdomen area are black on yours.. Or is it because of the lighting?

lforigno
11-27-2008, 05:45 PM
Can anyone tell me how to swap out the cape on this one for the takara cape. I dont want to rip or break anything. thanks

uscmhicks
11-27-2008, 06:23 PM
Can anyone tell me how to swap out the cape on this one for the takara cape. I dont want to rip or break anything. thanks

I had to. Theres not really a way to make this costume look accurate with the takara cape without some modifications as far as I know.
I simply cut the middle of the cirular part opening that goes over the takaras head/neck then glued either side into the two spaces on the dark knight suit where his normal cape goes.
Its much easier to take the chest armor ( if thats one way to put it ) off and glue it on then put it back on.

lforigno
11-27-2008, 06:53 PM
Yeah i bet it is I am just nervous about taking the chest armour off because I dont want to break it. Also I want to slim the body down and I have seen all of the posts but I really dont know how to take the suit off either.

Magnuz
11-27-2008, 07:07 PM
Having just worked on mine to do some tightening of the chest armor i can describe how to get it off and to get to the chest.

The simplest way with the armor is to pop out the underarm straps, those pieces of plastic which are part of the front of the armor peg into the back or the shoulderblades of the armor. Slight pulling and prying with careful tension can pop them out of the shoulder blades, once both sides are popped off they are flexible enough to bend out from under his arms and then pull the armor off (with the head already off).

Once thats done you have the figure without the chest/shoulder armor on it, just roll the very large open collar down over the shoulders, the suits very flexible and is preshaped so it will go back to its original form even if its been rolled down over the body. BUT note that the sleeves are glued to the elbows to keep them in their proper place, so dont go to far with the sleeves, i just rolled the suit down to his abs, i did it with rolling the suit down and outward so the inside of the suit was exposed, so that any debris or mistakes wouldnt hurt the outer suit.

Then you do what you want with slimming, dremelling the pecs etc. I ended up trimming the under arm straps to be shorter, and then reglueing them to tighten the chest armor, because fact is even if you slim the body the chest armor is already preset to a certain size so you have to tighten it, so i just cut some size off the ends of the plastic straps and then sized and got it how iw anted then put the armor back on and carefully glued them on. It's not easy but its the only way i know, since its what i just did.

lforigno
11-27-2008, 07:36 PM
Thanks buddy. Now I decided that there is no way of modding my figure myself without messing it up. My question is anyone that has done this be willing to do this for me for a price of course. And if so can you shoot me a PM thanks

lforigno
11-28-2008, 11:49 AM
I decided to work on mine myself today and it actually turned out well. I even decided to put the hot toys original batman cape on it instead of the stupid short one. And it looks much better.

Magnuz
11-28-2008, 07:15 PM
Ok i think i'll stop messing with this figure now, i dont think theres much else i can do with it:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods3.jpg

The pecs were dremelled down, and the chest armor was restraped tighter to his chest to flatten it down more. Then the obvious previous mods the new cape, the neck mod and the bruce head mod, he's as good as he's gonna get now i think.

The Ringer
11-28-2008, 07:17 PM
Looks good Mag!

I really like how you modified that Bruce portrait.:clap

mpchi
11-29-2008, 02:15 PM
Ok i think i'll stop messing with this figure now, i dont think theres much else i can do with it:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods3.jpg

The pecs were dremelled down, and the chest armor was restraped tighter to his chest to flatten it down more. Then the obvious previous mods the new cape, the neck mod and the bruce head mod, he's as good as he's gonna get now i think.

Magnuz, care to show where you cut & shortened the under arm strap on the chest armor? I have been thinking of shortening it for a while, so that the chest armor hugs the body tighter and lessen the chest bulk even more. But wasn't sure where is the best spot to cut it and reglue. So would be great if you can share how you did yours as an example. Thanks in advance.

eighthsamurai
11-29-2008, 02:17 PM
that is a seriously fantastic modded batman, magnuz - i love it. would love to see some front-on pics on your latest upgrades when you get a chance!

Magnuz
11-29-2008, 07:23 PM
Ok here's more pics and i'll try to explain what i can, first the armor strap:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods4.jpg
The left is before, the right after, you can see the strap spreads out wider then connects to the shoulder blade on the original, and theres a groove on it. I basically cut most of that spreading end off, and then reguled the end into teh notch of the shoulder blade where the strap originally pegged.

FIRST AND FOREMOST i must say be CAREFUL, remove the armor pop the straps and then test test test fit the crap out of them, seeing how tight you want them. Honestly you can tighten the chest armor without even dremelling the chest, its already that loosely designed. I originally intended to do just this, but in cutting i ended up with straps just a hair too short to be securely glued back, so i dremelled the chest armor so i could tighten the armor down more. Its like the old saying, measure twice cut once. These figures aren't cheap so always be careful.

Now just more pics to show more of the body size and shape now:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/magx2/tdkmods8.jpg

His width is not changed very much just because the armors width is preset by the size of the pecs, the sides of the suit could possibly be sucked in but i didnt want to do that, i prefer a straighter look not the hourglass shape ive seen some people do and i didnt want to try glueing the suit to the body and possibly damage it or lessen his poseability.

It should be noted that if you have the figure in hand you can notice that the chest armor is moveable on the suit its overall loosely fit, mine now re strapped is tight to the suit, and snug, it doesnt shift or move, and i prefer this, but its to your own taste when you mod him.

blakus939
11-29-2008, 10:27 PM
that looks sweet man, but i just dont think i have the courage to go messing with such an expensive figure :p knowing my luck, i'll screw it up

Valfar
11-29-2008, 10:36 PM
With that last head on pic..i can't see any difference in the figure from stock...the chest on your figure looks the same as my unmodded one..you got first batch Batman right?.

laudanum09
11-29-2008, 10:58 PM
hey guys, the left knee joint of my TDK bats has gotten loose. There are two joints, one connecting the knee joint to the calves and one for the upper legs. The one connecting to the upper leg is loose while the other remains more rigid. Is there any way to solve this or tighten the joint somehow? Any advice would be much appreciated thanks.

Oh and I haven't dropped him or over posed him or anything, it was just like that when i took it out of my case the other morning. Very strange.

mpchi
11-30-2008, 01:52 PM
hey guys, the left knee joint of my TDK bats has gotten loose. There are two joints, one connecting the knee joint to the calves and one for the upper legs. The one connecting to the upper leg is loose while the other remains more rigid. Is there any way to solve this or tighten the joint somehow? Any advice would be much appreciated thanks.

Oh and I haven't dropped him or over posed him or anything, it was just like that when i took it out of my case the other morning. Very strange.

If nothing breaks and simply just plastic wear on the joint, looping and tying knots with dental floss will inbetween the loose gap will fix it, adding tightness back to the joint. Its not hard to do that for the HT knees. Did that for a few of my other HT figures.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpchi/DentalFlossTrick.jpg

However, since its Batman, with the suit concealing the body, its a bigger operation to at least undress him entirely, which take a little work on separating some glued spots on the chest armor(under arm strap to back), as well as the rubber suit itself (elbow to body, waist suit on suit). And when taking the rubber suit off, be very gentle and try not to rub the surface much. There are a lot of painted surface (even though hard to notice). Some rubbing can slowly wear off the matte paint finish on the rubber suit, like all the panels on the thighs.

laudanum09
11-30-2008, 07:11 PM
ah, fantastic. Really appreciate the help. I've modded him a bit already so i shouldnt have too much trouble. i think a lot of the matte has rubbed off for me but i dont mind too much. he still photographs well and to my human eyes i can't tell too much of a difference from when i first pulled him from the box. thanks again.

Devil_666
12-02-2008, 12:18 AM
Hopefully this quick chop and paste I did will illustrate what I've been talking about. On YOUR left is an unmoddified TDK Batman posted by -=LoneWolf=- and on YOUR right is the same exact pic with the following: I made the chest armor smaller and touched up underneath it to make the normal chest armor less visible. I didn't slim it up or anything like that. Same exact pic and you guys can do the same thing with a photo manipulation program to see for yourselves.

http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/2210/hhhzw9.png

To me, imo, just simply decreasing the width in the chest slims down the figure considerably. The abs and waist look smaller. The arms look smaller. Just overall it makes for a sleeker look. With the normal chest width.. THAT'S the problem. Wider chest = arms looking bulky, abs/waist looking bulky, etc. Like I said.. Hot Toys had this right on the proto. The chest was a lot smaller in width. But when they "fixed" the problems people complained about (cowl, shoulder pads, leg armor/lower pants and the paint scheme) for some unknown reason they widened the chest!?

Basically you can mod that figure as much as you want and make the armor sit as flat as it can be. It'll only solve the side profile problem. But from the front it'll still look exactly the same but the chest armor is solid and the width can't be modded.

Hope this shows what I was saying. If not.. blah. :D

LockJaw
12-02-2008, 12:40 AM
Having just worked on mine to do some tightening of the chest armor i can describe how to get it off and to get to the chest.

The simplest way with the armor is to pop out the underarm straps, those pieces of plastic which are part of the front of the armor peg into the back or the shoulderblades of the armor. Slight pulling and prying with careful tension can pop them out of the shoulder blades, once both sides are popped off they are flexible enough to bend out from under his arms and then pull the armor off (with the head already off).

Once thats done you have the figure without the chest/shoulder armor on it, just roll the very large open collar down over the shoulders, the suits very flexible and is preshaped so it will go back to its original form even if its been rolled down over the body. BUT note that the sleeves are glued to the elbows to keep them in their proper place, so dont go to far with the sleeves, i just rolled the suit down to his abs, i did it with rolling the suit down and outward so the inside of the suit was exposed, so that any debris or mistakes wouldnt hurt the outer suit.

Then you do what you want with slimming, dremelling the pecs etc. I ended up trimming the under arm straps to be shorter, and then reglueing them to tighten the chest armor, because fact is even if you slim the body the chest armor is already preset to a certain size so you have to tighten it, so i just cut some size off the ends of the plastic straps and then sized and got it how iw anted then put the armor back on and carefully glued them on. It's not easy but its the only way i know, since its what i just did.



what kind of glue did you use?
i got my Batman in but his right strap on the back, near the shoulder blade, the glue came off, came like that

and how did you get your cape to fit? my cape came loose, and when i put the tabs in, they are poking out, so he has these sharp looking shoulders
everyone else's capes in these TDK Batman threads look great
what am i doing wrong?

uscmhicks
12-02-2008, 12:58 AM
I still think its the cape that adds alot of bulk to these figures.
Mine looked alot less bulky once I swapped capes.
I've posted this in about every other thread except this one ( which is ironic since this is probably the correct one to post it in :lol ) but here it is again.


http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l448/uscmhicks/DSC02733.jpg

http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l448/uscmhicks/DSC02734.jpg

http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l448/uscmhicks/DSC02730.jpg

Obviously it still looks " big " but I do think it looks much smaller.
This may sound stupid too but if it bothers you that much its worth a try. When you have the closed fists it gives off the impression his tensed up and showing off his muscles . :lol
Try switching to some regular hands so his ribs come back through his skin . :lol:lol

Thrustmaster
12-02-2008, 08:06 AM
Finally I had the heart to modify the neck:

http://futurama-area.marcel-spohr.de/tdk1.png

http://futurama-area.marcel-spohr.de/tdk4.png

He looks so much better with the head looking down. And btw, now I really need a better cam. :D

mpchi
12-02-2008, 01:10 PM
Hopefully this quick chop and paste I did will illustrate what I've been talking about. On YOUR left is an unmoddified TDK Batman posted by -=LoneWolf=- and on YOUR right is the same exact pic with the following: I made the chest armor smaller and touched up underneath it to make the normal chest armor less visible. I didn't slim it up or anything like that. Same exact pic and you guys can do the same thing with a photo manipulation program to see for yourselves.

http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/2210/hhhzw9.png

To me, imo, just simply decreasing the width in the chest slims down the figure considerably. The abs and waist look smaller. The arms look smaller. Just overall it makes for a sleeker look. With the normal chest width.. THAT'S the problem. Wider chest = arms looking bulky, abs/waist looking bulky, etc. Like I said.. Hot Toys had this right on the proto. The chest was a lot smaller in width. But when they "fixed" the problems people complained about (cowl, shoulder pads, leg armor/lower pants and the paint scheme) for some unknown reason they widened the chest!?

Basically you can mod that figure as much as you want and make the armor sit as flat as it can be. It'll only solve the side profile problem. But from the front it'll still look exactly the same but the chest armor is solid and the width can't be modded.

Hope this shows what I was saying. If not.. blah. :D

Its a valid point that the chest armor can be narrower to be more accurate & fitting. But so are a number of other things that can be changed to make it more accurate. Waist can be straighter, arms can be slimmer, face can be slightly modified...etc. But these are not something we can mod, due to the sculpt and limitation of the body & material. We can only work with whats there on the figure. But given the mods you can do to the figure, it still improves it a lot. I know mine did.:D Thanks to Magnuz's tips, the chest armor is hugging very tight and slimmer on the chest.

Cap'n Cook
12-02-2008, 01:34 PM
It was strange how HT made the chest piece larger.

Thought I'd post mine in the correct thread too:


Put the Takara cape on mine:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1760_800x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1756_800x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1757_800x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1743_800x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1748_800x480.jpg

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1750_800x480.jpg

LockJaw
12-21-2008, 02:33 AM
hey does anyone know how to mod the cowl like this?

<a href="http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/?action=view&current=BatmanRealSuit2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/BatmanRealSuit2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

<a href="http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/?action=view&current=BatmanRealSuit16.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/BatmanRealSuit16.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

the back of his head is too flat, drives me nuts sometimes, gives his head an odd shape
i want it to be more rounded like the real cowl
i'm thinking the screw method might work
but idk what size screw would be best, mostly because i want to use that screw method to make the head wider
but i would need a small screw to place in the back of the head to make it more round
but it'd have to be a smaller screw so it won't make the head look atrocious

thanks

vodoun
12-21-2008, 02:55 AM
Can't be done. Well it can but unless you can get the same rubber, make a mold based on the neck detail and it's flexible that then follows the head movement. Giving that curved effect. It would have to be a fake one piece look. Or a sleeve cleverly camouflaged. Otherwise the head and neck will always remain separate giving that flat look.

LockJaw
12-23-2008, 01:56 AM
hey if anyone can give me a few tips here
i'm heavily thinking of making my own custom Batman fig
i modded my TDK head with the screw trick and i'm really proud of it
but there was something missing about it
so i found this pic from DeviantArt that i remember seeing, it was a drawing of the TDK suit but with the panther neck look of the BB cowl

<object width="450" height="535"><param name="movie" value="http://backend.deviantart.com/embed/view.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="id=79259455&width=1337" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://backend.deviantart.com/embed/view.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450" flashvars="id=79259455&width=1337" height="535" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/79259455/">Dark Knight Batman</a> by ~<a class="u" href="http://antmanx68.deviantart.com/">antmanx68</a> on <a href="http://www.deviantart.com">deviant</a><a href="http://www.deviantart.com">ART</a>

so then i remember that the DCD Dark Knight figure has a MASSIVE neck on it, the panther neck but in the style of the new neck
so what i'd like to do, or if anyone knows someone who can do this professionally
is have the BB cowl cut like the TDK cowl, so it has the motorcycle helmet look to it
and then have it place on the DCD neck but also has the neck modded enough to allow the same movement as the HT neck
and if possible, have the BB ears shaven down to be as short as the TDK ears
i love the shorter ears
oh and before anyone asks, i want to use the BB cowl because it as finer detail to it, like a more angry expression, more defined eye sockets and the chiseled jaw line

thanks

aussieinnyc
12-23-2008, 02:04 AM
Great pic. I think you'll have a hard time getting everything you want, especially getting that look and keeping the articulation. Maybe a good place to start would be an old Takara BB head, since that is the cowl you're looking for but already cut for articulation?

LockJaw
12-23-2008, 02:14 AM
thanks, not mine, was done by antmanx68
i think it can be done, of course i would need to have the DCD figure in hand to call that
or find some good personal photos that show off the head and neck
actually the cowl i plan on using somehow would be the HT Original Suit sculpt
i already have one, but i would just rebuy the head alone for this mod
i have 2 extra TDK bodies, one of them came damaged with the figure
so i bought a body off ebay
but i'd probably sell the damaged body on Ebay to pay for another non-damaged body
it's not damaged, the shoulder strap came undone and the exposed glue looks hideous
but modders can easily reglue it, and in the process tighten the straps
i didn't want to reglue it because i didn't want to mess it up

Devil_666
12-23-2008, 04:51 AM
Lock Jaw, is this essentially the look you're going for?

Mock Up:
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7084/mockup1hw2.jpg

Looks almost like the original HT TDK Prototype imo. The biggest problem you're gonna have is fitting the DCD neck into the neck slot on the HT TDK armor. It'll have to be modified to fit, since that neck is bigger.

zidane
12-23-2008, 10:49 AM
I have a Takara Bats that for all its faults still is a great figure. The posability is beyond compare and I don't have any problems with the rubber or anything else. I would however like to switch out the boots for a pair of HT's and I think I've seen a pic of it somewhere. Any ideas how to go about this?
Also, as we all know the Tak has a substantially slimmer body. I would really like to figure out a way to widen him up. Any ideas like what glue to use, technique for cutting the suit, and most importantly, how exactly to increase the midsection of the body?

Thanks for any help!

LockJaw
12-23-2008, 01:09 PM
Lock Jaw, is this essentially the look you're going for?

Mock Up:
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7084/mockup1hw2.jpg

Looks almost like the original HT TDK Prototype imo. The biggest problem you're gonna have is fitting the DCD neck into the neck slot on the HT TDK armor. It'll have to be modified to fit, since that neck is bigger.

yeah, that's is pretty much the look i'm aiming towards

oh yeah, i noticed that the neck hole might need to be wider
so i examined it, and the only thing i think would need to be removed, is that rubber collar he has
i can see that the collar comes off real easy, just by pulling it off slow and easy

casper
12-24-2008, 03:27 AM
yeah, that's is pretty much the look i'm aiming towards

oh yeah, i noticed that the neck hole might need to be wider
so i examined it, and the only thing i think would need to be removed, is that rubber collar he has
i can see that the collar comes off real easy, just by pulling it off slow and easy

but the dark knight original costume batman still has a longer ear (not screen accurate i think)
the takara batman begins is the most accurate i guess.
i don't know, just my opinion :)

The Drizzle
12-24-2008, 03:34 AM
I even decided to put the hot toys original batman cape on it instead of the stupid short one. And it looks much better.

I did that today, too! I do so agree. Much better.

Agen
12-24-2008, 03:49 AM
I did that today, too! I do so agree. Much better.

Post pic please, If it look Much better I will do the same thing.

blakus939
12-24-2008, 04:23 AM
yeah pic for sure :D

LockJaw
12-24-2008, 04:28 AM
but the dark knight original costume batman still has a longer ear (not screen accurate i think)
the takara batman begins is the most accurate i guess.
i don't know, just my opinion :)

well the original cowl did have longer ears and a long sharp nose
the Takara one has shorter ears and a short nose, kinda makes it look dull and lifeless
whereas the HT cowl has more definition to it
this isn't really a screen accurate custom wish, more like a "i like it better like this, hope they fix it this way for the 3rd one" kinda custom
a kitbash of the original suit and new one essentially, but with just the cowl and neck

The Drizzle
12-24-2008, 08:46 AM
yeah pic for sure :D

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z128/Drizzle-Pix/Toy%20Photos/batcape.jpg

Here go!

Sachiel
12-24-2008, 03:42 PM
<object width="450" height="535">


<embed src="http://backend.deviantart.com/embed/view.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" flashvars="id=79259455&width=1337" allowscriptaccess="always" width="450" height="535"></object>
Dark Knight Batman (http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/79259455/) by ~antmanx68 (http://antmanx68.deviantart.com/) on deviant (http://www.deviantart.com)ART (http://www.deviantart.com)



The mask reminds me of the Bandai Movie Realization Batpod set Batman.

yongkykun
01-02-2009, 03:11 AM
but how I like it. With the slim neck look of the new costume, batman doesn't look as intimidating as his original costume. Batman is all about presence, I think. So I dig that fanart, coz imo, that's how the neck piece should look.

LockJaw
01-02-2009, 04:12 AM
yeah, that panther neck really had an impact on his presence
i wish they could have kept it and make it functional
so i want to mod with the DCD neck
and have the chest piece modded as well
i drew up what i would want it to look like, i'll scan it soon and post it here
but basically, take out (sand down probably) that black bar on his chest that has that emblem
and replace it with the BB chest symbol, it just seems more Batman
this would also eliminate that bra effect on his chest
again, i'll post the sketch i have

Spanbauer
01-02-2009, 01:14 PM
his is the best place to separate to allow removal of the chest plate I think.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u31/The_Dark_Knight_photos/100_1347_640x480.jpg
Odd question, but were those tabs glued to the armor on everyone else's Dark Knight? Mine came disconnected out of the box and I always thought it was supposed to be that way.

Cap'n Cook
01-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Pretty sure they are meant to be glued, as the chest piece is supposed to be non removable.

Perhaps if it is a second wave, HT did not re glue the newly modded vers?

LockJaw
01-03-2009, 02:45 PM
okay, here's what i want to have done to the chest piece
basically remove the chest symbol from the Original Suit and put it on the new piece
get rid of that black bar with the small symbol
and also repaint black over the gray pieces on the suit
i like the idea of him looking like a giant black bat
much like the original suit

<a href="http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/Custom%20Batman%20Figure/?action=view&current=Picture.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/Custom%20Batman%20Figure/Picture.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

vodoun
01-03-2009, 04:22 PM
You have two figures of each? or going to attempt to carve up both?...

LockJaw
01-03-2009, 04:57 PM
i own both figures
but i already have plans to get new bodies
my HT TDK came with a loose shoulder strap that was hard to reglue but i managed it
i ordered a new body off ebay
that's for the custom i'm planning
and i actually want to see if i can get the body of the HT Batman Begins figure
the emblem and armor just looks much better to me

vodoun
01-03-2009, 05:44 PM
i own both figures
but i already have plans to get new bodies
my HT TDK came with a loose shoulder strap that was hard to reglue but i managed it
i ordered a new body off ebay
that's for the custom i'm planning
and i actually want to see if i can get the body of the HT Batman Begins figure
the emblem and armor just looks much better to me

I meant if you own two figures of each costume thats not so bad. You'd then have two non tampered figures to fall back on, but if you screw this heavy modification up with only one of each. You've just destroyed two good collectables. Is all I am saying. :)

I don't know what your modeling skills are like, but I hope you pull it off without destroying them. Still it's a shame one will still get wrecked when the logo is cut out.

Why not find some similar rubber material and trace the logo for cutting. So nothing is wasted.

jinwolves
01-03-2009, 08:11 PM
Hi everyone!! I also plan to customise my own dark knight figure

CelticPredator
01-03-2009, 08:57 PM
Ok....you going to say how? Or just leave us hanging?

blakus939
01-03-2009, 10:50 PM
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z128/Drizzle-Pix/Toy%20Photos/batcape.jpg

Here go!

looks good!

LockJaw
01-04-2009, 09:25 PM
here's what i'm aiming towards with the repaint

<a href="http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/Batman%20related%20art/?action=view&current=blackbatman.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/Batman%20related%20art/blackbatman.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

so it looks like he sprayed it all black to be more animalistic
all that's missing from this is the panther neck and the chest piece i want to mod

vodoun
01-04-2009, 09:54 PM
Just like the DCD, no grey. I like the part on the DCD normally where it would be like carbon it's shiny black.

I think the neck is so much better on the DCD.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3214/3157741028_1422a83a51_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/3157749600_b8dd2199a2_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/3157741046_7cbbd168bb_b.jpg

When will you be starting this process, LockJaw?

LockJaw
01-04-2009, 10:08 PM
how big is the head compared to the HT sculpts? since this is a 13 inch fig
i'm hoping it will make the neck appear thicker

well i first i need to get the body suit and armor
i want to duplicate the process dctrainer did over at one sixth warriors
but he hasn't PMd me back, contacted him for a more detailed walkthrough
anyone know how to contact him?
maybe he has an account elsewhere? maybe here?

LockJaw
01-05-2009, 04:51 PM
<a href="http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/Custom%20Batman%20Figure/?action=view&current=CustomBatman2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa302/DanielDDJ/Custom%20Batman%20Figure/CustomBatman2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

here's what i'm hoping the figure will look like with ALL the mods complete (^obviously the emblem won't be THAT dark^)
that includes:
- the chest piece and having the DCD neck
- body suit with armor and rubber leg armor from the HT figure
- repainting the gray parts with a flat black tone to match the rubber pieces and chest
- and also repainting some parts to make it SLIGHTLY glossy
if you look at the proto shots of TDK figure, you know what i mean
parts of the neck, part of the gauntlets, and making the boots more shiny
but i think i'd also make the emblem a little glossy too, like it was in BB on the suit

jinwolves
01-08-2009, 05:55 AM
Hi, i plan to cast out a mold from takara head and also cast the bale head tt i bought in ebay. then combine the head of the mold and the chin of the bale head into new dark knight head.

Miss.Harley.Quinn
01-08-2009, 11:49 AM
Ok this is bugging me and I think this miiight be the place to post about it.
(If not tell me to go away! haha)
But is it possible to actually take the suit off The DC Batman Figure?
Because if I'm not mistaken, there's a zip on his back...?
But I'm mainly working towards taking all the rubber pad things off.
As on the DC figure they're like all attached to each other and away from the black body suit underneath.
Some parts are glued. But I would like to cut and seperate most of the rubber pads and then glue them to the suit to make it more like the suit in the film.

And just wondering... Am I the only who thinks the DC figure, looks more like a doll you could pick up at your local toy store for like a tenner?
Tad dissapointed.

Jokes & Bats
01-08-2009, 11:53 AM
Ok this is bugging me and I think this miiight be the place to post about it.
(If not tell me to go away! haha)
But is it possible to actually take the suit off The DC Batman Figure?
Because if I'm not mistaken, there's a zip on his back...?
But I'm mainly working towards taking all the rubber pad things off.
As on the DC figure they're like all attached to each other and away from the black body suit underneath.
Some parts are glued. But I would like to cut and seperate most of the rubber pads and then glue them to the suit to make it more like the suit in the film.

And just wondering... Am I the only who thinks the DC figure, looks more like a doll you could pick up at your local toy store for like a tenner?
Tad dissapointed.


Yeah the DC direct batman is awful in my opinion i was really disapointed when i got it. in one of these threads there is actually a set of fotos where someone has cut the DC direct suit to bits and stuck it on to the Hot Toys batman. its didnt look great because the DC suit is plastic - i wudnt risk wrecking your 100 hot toys.

Josh!!

Jokes & Bats
01-08-2009, 12:01 PM
If you go to page 9 of this thread the pictures of the DC direct Hot toys combo are only a few scrolls down!!

LChinoz
01-08-2009, 12:01 PM
Ok this is bugging me and I think this miiight be the place to post about it.
(If not tell me to go away! haha)
But is it possible to actually take the suit off The DC Batman Figure?
Because if I'm not mistaken, there's a zip on his back...?
But I'm mainly working towards taking all the rubber pad things off.
As on the DC figure they're like all attached to each other and away from the black body suit underneath.
Some parts are glued. But I would like to cut and seperate most of the rubber pads and then glue them to the suit to make it more like the suit in the film.

And just wondering... Am I the only who thinks the DC figure, looks more like a doll you could pick up at your local toy store for like a tenner?
Tad dissapointed.

Taking the armor off batman shouldn't be hard at all. They are mostly connected by rubber tabs that push into holes in the armor, then attach to other rubber pieces which are attached in the same way. It works kind of like a button system. Then unzip the mesh and there ya go, huge DCD buff body. And I agree, the DCD DK figure is way too buff and has a pinhead, but it is slightly better quality than Barbie and Ken and the armor idea actually works nicely. It is a HUGE improvement over their BB figure...ugh.

Miss.Harley.Quinn
01-08-2009, 12:02 PM
Ohh dear, I'd never do anything like that!
I'm just trying to make Mr.Batman look a tad nicer and erh.. More worth the money!
Any ideas how to remove the plastic pad (pain in the neck) things??
Haha I've had friends literally laughing at me for putting him up on his wee stand beside HotToys Joker.
They don't think my Batman is shelf worthy :(
But I want to change that!!
:D

vodoun
01-08-2009, 12:11 PM
DCD stripped down. http://www.flickr.com/photos/69563799@N00/

http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/showpost.php?p=801235&postcount=87

Miss.Harley.Quinn
01-08-2009, 12:11 PM
Taking the armor off batman shouldn't be hard at all. They are mostly connected by rubber tabs that push into holes in the armor, then attach to other rubber pieces which are attached in the same way. It works kind of like a button system. Then unzip the mesh and there ya go, huge DCD buff body. And I agree, the DCD DK figure is way too buff and has a pinhead, but it is slightly better quality than Barbie and Ken and the armor idea actually works nicely. It is a HUGE improvement over their BB figure...ugh.
Thank you!! :lol I'm stupid! haha
Still having major problemos with the stupid belt.
On the HT figure.. Is his belt made of silly flimsy rubber too? :(

Miss.Harley.Quinn
01-08-2009, 12:24 PM
O_O oh my pod.
I think I've just broke my Batman.

Cap'n Cook
01-08-2009, 01:14 PM
Good, will give you excuse to get the HT one.

Miss.Harley.Quinn
01-08-2009, 01:41 PM
Good, will give you excuse to get the HT one.

:rolleyes: Spose...

But :horror SHHHHHH*****!!
His feet are now stuck in his boots, which are on the shelf...without Batman!
And I can't seem to remove his head to get the rest of his armour off!

:rotfl I'm going mad :rotfl

jinwolves
01-08-2009, 09:58 PM
O_O oh my pod.
I think I've just broke my Batman.

If your DCD armor spoilt, sell it to me :)

jinwolves
01-11-2009, 05:06 PM
Hi i want to make a sonar lensed dark knight head, but what the color of the eyes actually? Blue or red?

jinwolves
01-11-2009, 05:07 PM
Oops sorry.. is blue or white?

Devil_666
01-11-2009, 05:11 PM
I would say white. But when they're illuminated they look blue.

uscmhicks
01-11-2009, 05:14 PM
Oops sorry.. is blue or white?

you can edit your posts at the bottom right of them. :)

jinwolves
01-11-2009, 05:34 PM
you can edit your posts at the bottom right of them. :)

thanks thanks... now still figuring how to put the light into the head....
think of using enterbay concept

Thrustmaster
09-27-2009, 03:09 AM
i think it's better to post my modifications to the TDK Batman here then in the DX-thread, so here it is

now with lou's cape:

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale2.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale3.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale4.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale5.png

Cap'n Cook
09-27-2009, 03:11 AM
Great improvements!

Valfar
09-27-2009, 03:28 AM
i think it's better to post my modifications to the TDK Batman here then in the DX-thread, so here it is

now with lou's cape:

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale2.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale3.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale4.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbale5.png

This looks very good, besides the cape mod and gun mod..anything else?..the head looks better for some reason.

Thrustmaster
09-27-2009, 04:25 AM
This looks very good, besides the cape mod and gun mod..anything else?..the head looks better for some reason.

Thanks snake and Valfar :)

Yes, the head is indeed different. Changed the mouthpiece with the Takara one from the Begins figure. That was the majour change on this figure. And I'm glad you like it.

Jokes & Bats
09-27-2009, 07:22 AM
that mouth piece improves the figure 10 fold! for some reason it makes the suit look better as well - great work

lforigno
09-27-2009, 07:25 AM
I love the mods you did, turned out great man.

vodoun
09-27-2009, 09:28 AM
Indeed! Makes it look like the head is a two piece part. As if you can actually take the cowl off revealing the Wayne head.

The more vibrant colour adds all the more realism to it. It makes Hot Toys mouth piece look ill. Plus Hot Toys mouth piece looked extremely flat with a big chin.

blakus939
09-27-2009, 11:14 AM
It really looks like Bale's mouth. Such a great job, makes the whole figure look heaps better

kdoty1
09-27-2009, 07:28 PM
This has got to be one of the best dark knight mods I have seen,great work

Thrustmaster
09-28-2009, 01:17 AM
wow guys :) never thought to get so many positive feedbacks on this mod :) thanks so much

took some more shots with the pod

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod2.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod3.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod4.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod5.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod6.png

Thrustmaster
09-28-2009, 05:05 AM
Sorry for posting so many pics, but I'm happy because i can look again at him. :D Have played with the idea of selling him. Have the Medicom Bats here and waiting for the DX plus having the OC would be too much Bats and he just doesn't looked that well, but now I'm happy with him, but maybe I'm still going to change that head afterwards with one head of the DX. :monkey5

Would love to change the mouthpiece of the OC but it's much bigger on the OC than on the Takara, so it would look weird to have so much space free on the cowl. Now if I only had one OC-head for testing :monkey3

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee2.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee3.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee4.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee5.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee6.png

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee7.png

Jokes & Bats
09-28-2009, 05:10 AM
Looks fantastic! I can't believe how the mouth somehow improves the entire figure. Love your poses as well - very realistic and natural

agonistes86
09-28-2009, 06:38 AM
Look very cool, I'm glad you could put the Takara head to a good use. :)

Cap'n Cook
09-28-2009, 09:37 AM
It is amazing how drastic an improvement that has made. Great idea and great execution.

vodoun
09-28-2009, 09:53 AM
I thought the cowl was drastically off. Maybe it's been the mouth sculpt thats been mostly off with a small percentage of the cowl itself. The cowl looks stunning face on there.

Simply stunning, Thrust! Great photos.

http://www.futurama-area.de/tbod3.png

It's great with lforigno's capes. Creating the solid black down to the feet. No daylight peeking through at all. I love that look.

http://www.futurama-area.de/tdkbalee3.png

Devil_666
09-28-2009, 01:08 PM
Looks fantastic! I can't believe how the mouth somehow improves the entire figure. Love your poses as well - very realistic and natural


It is amazing how drastic an improvement that has made. Great idea and great execution.


I thought the cowl was drastically off. Maybe it's been the mouth sculpt thats been mostly off with a small percentage of the cowl itself. The cowl looks stunning face on there.

Simply stunning, Thrust! Great photos.

Yeah WTF!? One little change (well two including the cape) and the entire figure looks different and dramatically improved. :lol:lol:lol

Great job Thrust. :rock

Pennyworth
12-13-2009, 11:51 AM
Don't ask me why, but I'd yet to try the "neck mod" on this guy. Rainy day today so I took out the dremel and started shaving him down. It went real easy and now he can better give that ticked off look. Snapped some quick shots in the kitchen:

http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/7748/tdkneck.jpg

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2715/tdkneck2.jpg

I still have some reservations on this figure, but surprising enough, I like it more now. :woo