Picture of Fix a classic G.I.JOE figure (using a condom)
(This is the last instructable before my artistic residence in the AIR program of Instructables in San Francisco. This is for Mai Soulfire and Adolfo Chaparro. You gave me your friendship in one of my loneliest hours and I will be always grateful about that.)

Last saturday I was invited by a couple of friends of mine to their home. They have an awesome collection of classic G.I.JOE action figures. Some of them were damaged because the inner rubber band that put them together was broken. Luckily, the keep the parts. Then I took one of the apparently good figures and... accidentally I broke its rubber band. Now I have in my hands the legs, hip and chest of another dead JOE.

Ashamed with my friends, they told me I didn't need to blame myself. After all, it was a normal age damage on the classic JOEs. Maybe one day the would buy some rubber bands for the action figures. Or maybe not.

I didn't want to leave without make amends for my fault. But what could I do? I didn't have any rubber band, neither my Dremel or my Sonic Screwdriver. So I use it something everybody has: a condom. It worked so well my friends asked me for fixing other figures and I'm posting the instructable. It's a simple solution and you can give a new life to your old G.I.JOEs. Even, you can reuse expired condoms.

And here I am, using condoms in near Valentine's Day, repairing some old toys...

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
You will need:
  • A classic G.I.JOE action figure, with the inner rubber band broken
  • A condom
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers (or anything for grabbing the rubber band, like a paperclip)
  • Small screwdriver
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eahmadi36 months ago
HeH nice
with condom
M.C. Langer (author)  eahmadi34 months ago
Thanks eahmadi3!
Brilliant - a clever (and cheeky) solution to a common problem. And really nice work on the actual post: very professional!
Thanks a lot Actionfigure!!!

I think you will like one of my last instructables:

klover2k2 years ago
Yes, well done old chap, but rubber o-rings from the plumbing section at a hardware store is more practical. Using a condom is a very clever field expedient method. Improvise adapt, overcome!
This is a plus one on the rubber o-rings - at least in terms of durability and "offical-ness" but gotta give the man credit for ingenuity. :o)
edo42 years ago
I am such a child of the 80's.... Whenever someone mentions O Rings I think of the space shuttle Challenger and of bracelets....

I'd also stick with rubber bands or o-rings though, unless I had several expired condoms.

And just think, if you cut it nicely, the rest of the condom can be used as a sleeping bag for the Joes... or maybe a trash bag for Barbie and family.
kemobiggus2 years ago
You ROCK! Never thought of this. I have quite a few "dead joes", so I will definitely use this to bring em back into the fight. Thanx man.
M.C. Langer (author)  kemobiggus2 years ago
Thanks to you Kemobiggus! I hope you bring back all your JOEs from the death! :-)
This is pretty resourceful. I gave several of my old GIJoes to my son and they all needed replacement rubber bands. I work as a mechanic and found that there a several a/c system o-rings available for a few cents apiece that are nearly identical to the original rubber bands used in the GIJoes.
I NEVER thought of that one.
I like the black 5/8 o-rings the best for this repair.
nice thats how i fixxed my joes that broke
M.C. Langer (author)  troopersmachine2 years ago
Thanks! and great idea!
onrust2 years ago
.....and knowing is half the battle!
Kuberkoos2 years ago
Thanks goodness! For one moment I thought the "item" was to protect G I Jane!
M.C. Langer (author)  Kuberkoos2 years ago
LOL! :-)
imperio2 years ago
condoms .... used to limit births! You use them for rebirth!
M.C. Langer (author)  imperio2 years ago
Thanks Imperio!
M.C. Langer (author)  rejectameric2 years ago
Thanks a lot, Rejectameric!! :-)
lime3D2 years ago
Oh man, now I know I am getting old. Not because of any of the condom references, but because when I read "classic" G.I. Joe, I thought you meant a real classic G.I. Joe.

Mine broke when I decided to make him "fly" by tossing him across the yard. My mom fixed it with a piece of elastic.

wrand lime3D2 years ago
Now that is the classic G.I. Joe I remember. I still have one from childhood with burn marks on his face and missing one arm.
M.C. Langer (author)  lime3D2 years ago
LOL!! Sorry! I'm talking about "classic" 80's G.I.Joe action figures. Thanks!!
jackfaciale2 years ago
You have to make a choice with what your gonna play :)
CementTruck2 years ago
Finger Cots could work too I think. They're basically just "mini" condoms anyway.
I thought about that to when I saw this.
wazzup1052 years ago
meh.. feel free to use a used condom.. recycling is THE thing to do .. call it upcycling !
sergiu982 years ago
using condom to fix a toy....MY MAN !!!
M.C. Langer (author)  sergiu982 years ago
Thanks Sergiu98!
formellini2 years ago
I used to use dental braces rubber band
M.C. Langer (author)  formellini2 years ago
Good idea!
Good use for an expired condom. Remember to keep more on hand for replacement though, they breakdown in a year or so.
M.C. Langer (author)  MissouriVillian2 years ago
Thanks a lot Missouri!!
Jayefuu2 years ago
Creative fix! Does your condom say "Hot Action Warning" on it?
M.C. Langer (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Thanks Jayefuu! Well, I'm not sure about the "warning" thing...
Handy things condoms, I once used one to make a "temporary" repair to a carburettor diaphragm on a Kawasaki Z250 not only did it work but it lasted for about 12,000 miles.
M.C. Langer (author)  Nostalgic Guy2 years ago
Awesome!!!! :-)
Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Its true!! Condoms save lifes, even Toys lifes!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Oh yeah!
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