(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
You will need:
A classic G.I.JOE action figure, with the inner rubber band broken
Tweezers (or anything for grabbing the rubber band, like a paperclip)