If there is one thing I want to say about figmas then it is that they are rather delicate, especially for action figures. Sometimes even with good care one can accidently break the joints, like the picture above with broken ponytails for Fate (ouch), which belongs to ToysDaily forum user 小櫻 (Sakura). Let's have a look how he repairs the breakage then.
One solution would be to use Kotobukiya's MSG (Modelling Support Goods) plastic ball joints. These are usually used for custom modelling (e.g. gunpla), but can also be used for other hobby items, and in this case figmas too.
This particular 'kit' comes with ball joints with 5 different diameters (4 each).
In this particular case, the diameter for the ponytail joints are about 3mm. A test fit here with the MSG 3mm joint (peg 2mm wide) on the head seems to work just fine.
Now that the ball end is ok, it's time to work on the peg end. As mentioned above the peg's diameter is 2mm wide in this case, so we need to have a hole that is 2mm wide on the ponytail itself.
While we need a 2mm hole at the end, don't jump in with a 2mm drill straight away! Start with something smaller, and work your way up slowly. As long as the peg can fit in the hole snugly at the end then it's just fine. Just don't overdrill it (i.e. if the peg is too long then cut a bit off the end, and for this case this does not seem to be necessary).
Once the pegs fit in firmly the repair is nearly done. According to 小櫻 the new joints are even firmer than the original ones!
Put the ponytails back in... (do paint the joints beforehand though unlike this picture)
... And tada; Fate is back in good shape again~
While this is not the only method to fix a broken joint for a figma, it's still a neat method with little material needed other than the MSG parts. It's cheaper than buying a whole new figma afterall. Putting some effort into things you like will get you to appreciate the your own hobby a bit more than just buying the merchandise I suppose :o
One way or the other I do hope that this post will help for those who collect and play with figmas, it may also apply to other similar action figures like mobips. As I have mentioned above this is not the only method to fix a joint, so maybe I will post another method like pinning etc if I see any good examples out there.
Source by user 小櫻 from ToysDaily forum
Original blog post here from 小櫻與愉快的朋友們的網上日記
I thank 小櫻 (Sakura) for his kind permission to share his content and method on this blog. If you want to share it out too please give a link back to his blog too.