Guide to 1/6th scale figures.

1/6th scale figures, sometimes referred to as “Dolls” are essentially less durable, highly detailed, more pose-able versions of Barbie or the original G.I.Joe dolls.
Military is a common theme and the level of detail in the accessories can be extreme. As an example, some of the guns will take-down exactly like the real thing, some even have individual bullet cartridges that can be loaded into the magazines.
This is a story from 2005 where Iraqi insurgents used a blurry picture of a 1/6th scale figure to make people believe they had captured a US soldier, until someone who worked for the toy company thought it looked familiar.

Other themes include television, movie and video game characters, while others are essentially fashion dolls geared towards men to dress in skimpy clothes.
While they can be put in action poses, they’re not really up for any hard play, they’re more like pose-able sculptures than action figures and the accessories can be quite fragile as well.

The bodies are nothing special to look at…. Errr, for the most part. I’ll get to that in a moment.
They’re essentially skeletons for clothing.

There are more detailed, nearly seamless bodies with silicone skin over a pose-able plastic or steel skeleton.
Some have joints at the wrists and ankles, others just have a seam where the head joins the neck and usually there is a faint seam where the silicone was sealed around the body. They can be nearly photo-real with the right painting and lighting.


So yes, in this case the body is nice to look at, it would be a shame to cover it with clothing, particularly if you spent as much for it as I did this one. If it doesn’t need to show this much skin use a regular plastic body.

While there are complete boxed figures ready for display almost everything from bodies, clothes, heads and other accessories can be purchased individually and combined however you like.
Some retailers will break down boxed figures and offer their parts separately and while most items will fit other figures others are made for specific brands of figures and sometimes even specific figures within those brands. Some bodies will be unique to a single release.

Hands and feet are often interchangeable, sometimes across multiple brands of figure. Many hands attach to other brands of figure’s “Wrist Pegs”(Removable wrist joint) but the wrist pegs won’t always attach to another brand of figure’s arm.

Clothing is a little more universal, though I have some pants which won’t fit around the waists of certain figures. One of my male figures has a considerably wider waist than the other, others are marginally different, but enough that the clothes won’t fit right.
I haven’t had too much trouble with female clothing fitting other makes of figure, though one of my more serious, less glammy female military figures seems to accommodate some of the smaller male clothes quite well.
Some don’t look right in their original uniforms if they’re not wearing certain clothes beneath them that were designed to fill them out.

There is no real set standard, if there is a set of clothing that you really want, best to find a body you know is going to fit them. Producers of accessories that do not also offer bodies will often have recommendations.
Otherwise you can buy a boxed figure with the clothes you want, or if you’re handy with a needle and thread make your own!
I find the stitching on commercially available clothing can leave something to be desired. I sometimes think I could make the stitches less visible myself.

Some heads are meant for specific types of bodies. Some attach as the base of the neck, others at the top. Thankfully, some of the third party body manufacturers have gotten on top of this and many come a means of attaching any type and have multiple size of head-post.
Here are a couple examples.


Any heads I make custom I count on throwing a little plasticine inside to keep in place, so the specific head post doesn’t matter so much, but the thickness of the visible neck might.

If you have any more questions, ask them in the comments and I’ll get back to you and/or add the answer to this article.


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