I have noticed a strange inequity between the poseability of girls and boys dolls. Most of the female dolls have stiff arms and legs which permit them to do little more than model clothing. To rectify this, I will attempt to turn a very cheap Dollar Tree girls toy doll into a fully poseable action figure.
Step 1: Materials
super glue (also $1 at the Dollar store)
hot melt glue ($1)
florist wire ($3)
hot melt glue gun
pliers for bending and cutting wire
very small drill bits (as thick as or smaller than the florist wire)
optional: hot knife for cutting plastic
Step 2: Disclaimers and various warnings
When cutting plastic with a hot knife, make sure a window is open and there is good ventilation. Better yet, do that part outside, the vapors are probably not good for you.
Step 3: Knees, ankles, elbows and wrists
The following sections might be disturbing to little kids, so you might want to do the doll surgery when they are not around...
Using the jeweler's saw (or a hot knife), separate the doll arms and legs into sections at the knee, ankle, elbow and wrist. Try to create the knee and elbow lines symmetrically so they line up evenly in the final assembly.
Using the pin vise, create a starter hole in the center of the leg. Then use the hand drill to slowly drill out a hole about a half inch deep in the center of the lower and upper leg and lower and upper arm.
Do the same for the feet and hands, but make the hole only a quarter inch deep.
Go slowly when drilling the forearm and ankle. The plastic is very thin and it's easy for the drill to get off center and go out the side instead of straight down.