As mentioned earlier, I broke my new toy almost immediately after taking it out of the box.
The barrel of the gun was not straight and I thought, let’s just apply a little pressure and straighten it out. As you can see, that didn’t work. So it’s time to get out some stuff and make a repair.
I tried some Gorilla Superglue and it didn’t hold at all. Then after some research I discovered somethings I didn’t know. CA glue (superglue) can lose effectiveness over time and definitely after being exposed to air. I did not know that. Apparently, a year is about the life span of superglue, even when unopened. So I went to the hobby store and picked up some, figuring they’ll go through the stuff faster than the home center or drug store. Worked like a charm.
It was a pretty clean break and I debated between make it like it was versus make it like I want. In the end I ended up with a little bit of neither; it’s not straight, it’s not as off as it was. It’s better and it’s back together, I’m calling that a win.
So without further rambling, here’s Buck.
From the Manufacturer
ReelArt Studios is proud to present Buck Rogers, Philip Francis Nowlan’s seminal hero who first appeared in the novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. in the 1928 issue of Amazing Stories. This 1950’s version of Buck is sculpted by Tony Cipriano and paint mastered by Joy & Tom Studios. It depicts Buck in action with blazing guns and rising on a cloud of smoke from his jet pack.
Buck came in six pieces (base, right hand, left hand, 2-translucent rods, and buck himself) and went together with no trouble. Each of the hands is holding a gun and have a magnet to hold them to the main figure, which rests on the base with a peg and two translucent rods that go into the jet pack. The top of the cloud is translucent as is the fire from the gun, which makes for a cool effect. I’m tempted to figure out a way to add a couple LEDs to really make that pop, but I don’t know how I’d do it.
This thing is more than 15-inches tall and seems very solid and sturdy. It’s a very dramatic pose and definitely captures the old Buck Rogers vibe. I think the paint could be better, as it lacks some crispness and there’s a bit of bleed between some of the lines, but overall, I’m very pleased with the whole and it looks very nice with the Battle Cruiser from Cool Rockets. This one is #118 of 500.