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Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« on: February 02, 2016, 04:27:49 PM »
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Hey guys!  I hope everyone is doing well!  I've been working on these guys for a bit, and wanted to share what I've learned.  Be warned, lots of pics ahead!

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I really love the articulated ponies (especially since I'm a sucker for dioramas, and they're so much more expressive with joints).  Here, you can see G1 -> G4 Tickle and Wind Whistler hanging out on a (not quite finished) diorama getting ready for a picnic!  :lol:

I've dismantled several different articulated ponies and taken lots of pictures, so the tutorial will be broken down into three major sections: Basic articulation (the non-"action" releases of Coco Pommel, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle -- I have taken one of each apart, and they are very similar, so I will be showing only one off), Action ponies (the kicking, etc. releases of Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Applejack -- this tutorial shows Rainbow Dash, but Fluttershy should be the same.  I have not touched Applejack, but I'm sure she's quite different), and Re-tailing (this shows off the modifications I had to make to give them a new tail, as well as showing off how I put in a new tail, though the method is very similar to how I normally give a custom a new tail anyway).  Each section is under a spoiler tag, as there are quite a few pictures!

A couple last notes and warnings: this is definitely more complicated than normal customizing, so if you are new to customizing I would suggest starting with a couple of basic ponies before moving on to this.  The methods to get these guys apart involve very sharp objects, so please be careful and don't hurt yourself!  Lastly, I don't recommend trying to dye these guys -- the head and main leg pieces (as well as the wings if applicable) are all the traditional vinyl, but the body pieces and the joints are hard plastic.  As such, what would work on one would not work on another.  Someone more familiar with dyeing vinyl/hard plastics may have more to say about that than I do, but this guide doesn't cover that.

Basic Articulation

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Action Ponies

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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 04:57:19 PM »
Wow, thanks for the detailed tutorial and exhibit! I don't think I'm going to try to customize any of these, but I'm always interested to see the insides of unusually built ponies like these so I know how they work. :) Your own customs are gorgeous, as well. :D

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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2016, 06:32:11 PM »
wow!  So much good info!  Thank you!!

and your customs look great!
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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2016, 01:08:36 AM »
The Action Ponies are a little new to me. It looks like moving the wings together activates the mechanism, but what does it do? Does it make the front legs move? And are those magnets in the front leg joints?

Cool teardown, I like seeing how these work, it's actually fairly intricate for what it is. And I love your pictures, these look like a lot of fun to take photos of.

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2016, 01:34:20 AM »
Is that.. magnets in the front legs oO?
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2016, 11:52:31 AM »
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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 03:33:10 PM »
Thanks for the comments, guys!  They certainly look like magnets in the front legs, but I was never really able to tell.  If they are, they're very weak ones!

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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2016, 11:23:01 PM »
So awesome!!!! Thank you tons for all your hard work and for sharing! Amazing!! Love that Wind Whistler!! :D

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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016, 01:56:36 AM »
Those customs are great! Thanks for the tutorial!
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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2016, 02:07:48 AM »
Maybe I'll get an articulated pony or two, these pictures makes them look so much better!
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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2016, 04:23:06 AM »
Wow, thanks for posting this!  I think the articulated ponies are really cool but I wasn't thinking of customizing one...this makes it seem do-able  :biggrin:
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2016, 05:10:17 PM »
Woow thanks so much!! maybe ill make  one!! AWESOME!!
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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2016, 06:36:55 PM »
thank you for making this tutorial! I don't think I'd attempt a custom of these (as im a bit clumsy and would easily break the tiny bits :P) but it's always great to see tutorials for the gimmicky ponies like BnGs and BBEs, since they're so tricky!  ^.^

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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2016, 10:53:28 PM »
I can NOT get my Coco open... I might just need to get a new one, which makes me sad.
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Re: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial!
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2016, 10:13:26 PM »
I can NOT get my Coco open... I might just need to get a new one, which makes me sad.

Aww, I'm sorry to hear that!  Some of them seem pretty easy to pry open, and some much harder.  You really have to jam your cutting tool into the seam line, then kind of wedge it open.  My Tickle custom ended up with some pretty bad damage to the plastic under her tail in the process, because she definitely didn't want to cooperate!

 

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