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]