Sometimes a new product or idea comes along that collectors of GIjOEs (and vintage toys in general) only have to look at for 1 second to realize that it holds numerous possibilities for their hobby. Plastimake is one such product. As soon as we saw the company’s video demonstration (shown below), we realized that we’d stumbled upon yet another solution to the age-old toy collector’s dilemma of missing or broken plastic parts.
Wassamatta? Can’t afford to hire a professional sculptor to recreate that missing plastic tow hook or other odd part? No problem. Can’t afford one of those new-fangled 3-D printers that require CAD software knowledge or scanning technology? No problem. Is your missing or broken part so small than these expensive solutions seem like taking a sledgehammer to kill a mosquito? No problem! Plastimake or its competitor, Thermomorph, may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Bottom Line: This information is all so new that we don’t know much more than you do at this point. But hobbyists who prefer to “make their own” 1:6 scale miniatures and work with their hands will DEFINITELY find these new products appealing. It’s looks similar to working with Play-Dough, and the fact that it’s infinitely reusable means you don’t have to worry about wasting $. If you goof up, simply reheat and try again. And AGAIN! It doesn’t take a genius to envision hundreds of ways these products could be utilized for the GIjOE/Action Man/Geyperman hobby. There are many videos about this subject already posted on YouTube, but we suggest you start with the following. (You may be seeing your future!)