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Fixing my broken Jotaro Kujo RAH + A retrospect.Fixing my broken Jotaro Kujo RAH + A retrospect.

GioGioGioGio11個月前Tutorial
So I’m going to preface this by saying this is the first, and probably only article I’ve ever written relating to this sort of stuff so I apologise if it’s not the best read, and if I don’t explain everything to the detail some my like. With that done, to the article!

I’m a big fan of Jojo’s bizarre adventure, and ever since I laid eyes on the Real Action Hero’s line I fell completely in love. The way they capture the look of every character they made, as well as the scale of the figures, and the addition of real fabric clothing really just ticks every box for me. One of the first I bought was P3 Jotaro.

I loved him, and I’d always fiddle around with him and posing him, trying to re-create different iconic scenes from the series. However, about two years ago now I had an unfortunate experience with him.
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As you can see, he was disarmed! I’d gone to re-pose him and move both hands out of his pockets, and as I did they completely fell out of the sockets. My heart sank and I didn’t know what to feel like. An expensive figure, of a character I love so much was completely broken.

Well this past Friday I finally worked up the courage to get to work on him. I’d never had any experience messing around with figures, but at this point it’s either take the risk and do it, or never pose him again. Buying another was completely out of the question, because it’ll happen again. Seriously, check YAJ at any given time for him, there’s more than likely a broken one. The website is a graveyard for him.

As you can see from the pictures the arms actually snapped in completely different ways. One arm, the connector that sits inside of the torso and connects to the joint that sits from the arm into the body completely snapped. The other: the connecting point from the torso part to the pivot on the shoulder joint snapped.
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How could I fix this? Well, let’s see!

First up the joint connector that sits inside of the body. Firstly I had to completely dismantle Jotaro to get everything out. It was my first, and hopefully last time because getting the clothes off was near enough torturous. They’re on so tight, and it’s just not fun. To open him up you have to: remove the jacket, lift up the shirt, remove the screw protectors, and then unscrew him
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With that done, simply pull at the torso and you’ll open it up. From there, the neck joint will slip out too, leaving for a little awkward looking Jotaro head, and weird rubber chest muscles.
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Now that everything is free, we can get to the joints. As a warning, if you have a similar break I’m going to be honest; you’re in for hell. Unfortunately, but understandably Medicom DON’T want you messing with their products. So over these screws, they’d placed some pretty nasty tamper protectors.
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I’d tried several methods to get them off, but with no avail and worry about damaging the connector, I gave up and completely brute forced it out. You’ll need a strong drill, as well as small drill bits for this. Simply place the drill bit over the protector, and go to town. You’ll need a vice to hold the connector, and admittedly I’d ask someone to help you while you do it, just for extra safety. As a warning, you’ll probably nip a little bit of the surrounding plastic, but unless the arms are on show it’s not really too much to worry about.

And with that done, it’s out! After it came out, it was clear to see how the little piece had broken. Due to the age of the product (around ten years!) the plastic simply couldn’t hold out any longer, and most likely started to go brittle. Upon drilling the screw out, I found out there was a small plastic washer in there, which is perfect. Simply get a new screw, at max I’d say around 20mm, and place it through the hole you just drilled. Next, take this arm connector part and drill a similar hole in the middle here. Personally, I just drilled right through to where the opening was, but you don't necessarily have to. If you have screws that are the same length I did, you will probably have to, or you can take some little nuts and use those as spacers for the screw to go through and sit on in the first drill hole you made.
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And, tada! He’s officially got an arm back! The fix worked perfectly, and he’s back to a complete range of movement with arm one. Such a relief, and he can finally show some attitude again.

Onto the next arm: as mentioned before, this break was a little different. But also in my honest opinion, way easier! Thankfully this time there wasn’t a screw protector in sight. This time, I simply had to remove the screw, and replace it with a longer one. Again, same thing happened as to what did the previous. The plastic had just gone. Poor boy.
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However, when the screw came out it was TINY. At estimate, it must have been about 10mm, or even potentially under. Like the other arm, there was a smaller plastic washer part again. I needed to drill this, however it was so small compared to the previous one. Thankfully, with a lot of effort and small drill bits, and a little trial and error I made the hole big enough, without splitting the washer. As a warning to this, and every other part if you’ve never used a drill before or have little experience: DO NOT put it on full blast. You’ll end up drilling at an angle, and if that happens you’ll be in trouble. Take it nice and easy with light presses. It’ll take longer but it’s the only way you’ll drill a good hole.

If you have to do this and your washer does split, you can filter a little bit of glue down the split, or you can put just the screw in without the washer if you really want.
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Next up, was drilling a hole into the shoulder pivot. Upon closer inspection, there’s actually a screw in either side of the arm here, so my initial worry was about the screw not fitting deep enough. However, I pushed on and drill the hole to match the screw size. I did hit the screws that were in the arm, but you’re not going to drill through those so don’t worry too much, just stop when you feel it/hear it.

Depending on how big of a screw you’re using, and how deep of a hole you put in you might meet some complications like I did, with the screw not going all the way in. However, a quick remedy like mentioned before is to place a little nut in there for your screw to sit in, to space it back a little, and works like a charm.
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There’s only one thing left to do…
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And without further ado:
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He’s done! Fully posable and back to life, Jotaro Is back! Simply sit the connectors back in their areas in the torso, fit the neck in, close the back on, screw it in, put the screw covers back on, and you’re done! ….But getting the clothes back on is going to be a worse hell than you could ever imagine.. Good luck!

Here are some photos of Jotaro now:
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After so long, Jotaro is finally back to form and I couldn’t be happier. You always see broken RAH such as L who came from an age where Medicom figures were made in a certain way that the plastic simply won’t last, but you never expect it to happen to you. It’s the worst feeling, and if it has then you know what I mean, especially if you’re not actively into figure modification. You can feel like all that money you spent was a big waste, and that at times you can even blame yourself for being too heavy handed with it.

Please remember, that is not the case. I know the first thing a lot of people jump to when you talk about how your figures have broke is that you ham handed it, or were too forceful, when In reality no, that isn’t what happened. RAH are perfectly capable of some insane poses, and you can put the arms into about any direction you want them to be in. However, the one thing that nothing can beat is father time.

Over time, these joints can just crumble and sadly it’s notorious with older RAH. It feels horrible when it happens, but you can fix it. The joints are a little different to L era ones, but the fix can still be done all in the same, I’d say.

Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of everything in the process, so I deeply apologise if some things are a little hard to follow, but I did my best to fill in the gaps. If this has ever happened to you, or yours is currently broke, let me know, or even if you fixed yours in a different way, let’s talk about it!

Thank you, and Stand proud!
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Senbei (11個月前) #53869710Same, my Mista has been standing around in the same pose for like, 3 or 4 years now hahaha Yeah you're right about Weather :O I never realized till now that his is a one piece... kinda actually makes me super curious how they even managed to put clothes on him

I don't blame you, mines in a sort of shooting pose but admittedly I dread trying to take him out of it at any point in worry he breaks ><, although I guess i'm a little more confident with that happening after fixing Jotaro :P
I was actually talking about that with a friend, we came down to that they must have done the body and then put the suit on with the back open and then sewn the back up as there's a stitch line down the middle of the top part. So I guess if needs be you could probably try to pick the stitching if you could get in there, or just cut it open if you unfortunately had to and sew it back up, although that would look pretty bad still. Weird that he's the only one that doesn't seem to be able to strip down for a lack of better words :P
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GioGio (11個月前) #53805270Yeah a lot of mine just kind of stand there now and I refuse to change their poses, like I think most of them have been the same way now for at least 2 years haha! Mista is a super nice RAH though, so it'd suck if he broke, hopefully yours stays fine! Although I think when I was looking at all mine the worst breaks for the Jojo line would be Weather, because there is absolutely no way to get him jumpsuit off from what I could see besides just straight up cutting the back and sewing it back together.
Thanks a lot! :D


Same, my Mista has been standing around in the same pose for like, 3 or 4 years now hahaha Yeah you're right about Weather :O I never realized till now that his is a one piece... kinda actually makes me super curious how they even managed to put clothes on him
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FixedCamera (11個月前) #53854765My Giorno is still mint in his box lmao. I'd die if something like this happened.

Yeah it's the scariest thing honestly, but at least they still look absolutely beautiful in their boxes as Medicom do a really good job on their packaging of these beauties!
11個月前
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maggie (11個月前) #53849534Sure here are a few of her articles
BLOG #41207
BLOG #40548


Thanks! :)
11個月前
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My Giorno is still mint in his box lmao. I'd die if something like this happened.
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GioGio (11個月前) #53804497I actually initially contacted Medicom about my Jotaro about a year ago and they told me to send it to them, but when I asked if I should send him in his box they told me no, which I thought was super weird? So in the end I declined that because I don't really know if they grasped I didn't live in Japan, and i'd worry about him breaking even worse.
Yeah L is one of the most notorious ones for breaking from what i've seen sadly, which is a real shame because it's a really nice RAH considering it's age :(
Ooo i'll have to go and have a look around for them as admittedly the only stuff i'd seen about fixing these bodies was on a different website, but it'll be nice to see other peoples methods!


Sure here are a few of her articles

BLOG #41207


BLOG #40548
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Senbei (11個月前) #53781330I love my RAHs but for my peace of mind, they never change their pose.... kinda of defeats the point for movable figures but I would be devastated if my Mista RAH broke D;
I'm glad you were able to get Jotaro fixed! He looks so good! As good as new! :D


Yeah a lot of mine just kind of stand there now and I refuse to change their poses, like I think most of them have been the same way now for at least 2 years haha! Mista is a super nice RAH though, so it'd suck if he broke, hopefully yours stays fine! Although I think when I was looking at all mine the worst breaks for the Jojo line would be Weather, because there is absolutely no way to get him jumpsuit off from what I could see besides just straight up cutting the back and sewing it back together.
Thanks a lot! :D
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maggie (11個月前) #53780918I love RAHs and I’m prepared to have some breaks soon in my older ones (though I was lucky enough that Medicom replaced the body for Roy, and I have some extra naked bodies), but I’m not looking forward to it. I did get an L rah off eBay some time back and he crumpled at his hips, then arms so I sent him back. I’m mildly wishing I didn’t and I just fixed him. The plastic does discolor over time as well.
Another user on here posts entries of her fixes all the time! You guys are so industrious!! I hope when that day comes for me I feel capable of fixing it.


I actually initially contacted Medicom about my Jotaro about a year ago and they told me to send it to them, but when I asked if I should send him in his box they told me no, which I thought was super weird? So in the end I declined that because I don't really know if they grasped I didn't live in Japan, and i'd worry about him breaking even worse.
Yeah L is one of the most notorious ones for breaking from what i've seen sadly, which is a real shame because it's a really nice RAH considering it's age :(
Ooo i'll have to go and have a look around for them as admittedly the only stuff i'd seen about fixing these bodies was on a different website, but it'll be nice to see other peoples methods!
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Nyangire (11個月前) #53748155So far i have managed to remove the but flap thing on one leg.. but not on the other, its either easy or stupid hard, so until i do that i dont know how to fix it as the breakage happened right at the connection point of the two legs.
It really is a shame. Not only are they stupid expensive, they are also my favorite figures, my holy grails that have been obtained and nothing will surpass em.
I fiddle around with them so much, but they break regardless if u move them or not (the one i rarely ever move is the one that broke 3 times)
I really wish they were reissued as my rahs are 8+ years old (obtained last year tough!)


Yeah if it's happened right at the connection of both legs then that's probably going to be a little annoying, although it's gotta be possible. Just keep tinkering with it i'd say and you'll probably find something :)
Yeah unfortunately I think if you don't move them too often then their joints get stiffer and stiffer, which can lead to it going to the condition it needs to snap, unfortunately. It's a weird one, but it's the same with a the Killer Queen and White snake stands that they did, if those sit in a box for years then their gold paint just completely fades into a disgusting green. I had it happen with my Killer Queen, but thankfully my White snake was fine. RAH's really do have some weird problems sometimes, considering the price but they really are a beautiful product regardless.
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I love my RAHs but for my peace of mind, they never change their pose.... kinda of defeats the point for movable figures but I would be devastated if my Mista RAH broke D;

I'm glad you were able to get Jotaro fixed! He looks so good! As good as new! :D
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