All the toys are ready to be spray painted right when you get them, but I did use an exacto knife to remove the soldiers' stands and a hack saw to cut the animals bodies in half. I then sanded them a bit to make them smooth in the areas where I cut them.
Next, I spray painted some gold and silver, left a few of the colors I liked the same and super glued tiny magnets to their bodies. This part can be a little difficult since the magnets are very small and they need plenty of time to dry, I waited about a day to finally put them to use.
Overall, they were fun to make and are great little gifts for the house.