1:6 Scale Action Figures and Fashion Dolls Tutorial

WARNING: Doll Nudity is necessary to show the different body types and articulation.  If this is offensive to you, please try one of my other tutorials.

This tutorial shows the dolls I use as actors in my collection.  Make no doubt, I LOVE my 1:6 scale collection and every brand in them.  I’m very grateful to the wonderful people that manufacture these figures so that they can help me visualize and express the stories rattling around in my head.  Any faults that I point out about these 1:6 scale figures is only because they many not be designed to handle the high usage that I make them endeavor, or because they can’t quite fool the human eye into demonstrating human body language.  My opinions are based solely on the view point of using them to pose as humans in photo stories and make you forget their not living, breathing beings.

There are so many reasons to collect 1:6 scale Action Figures and Fashion Dolls.  They’re all viable and personal choices.  If my collection were going to stay pristine in their boxes, or in a glass cabinet, I’m sure it would be a completely different collection.  I’d have a LOT more Barbies, and Star Wars figures that’s for sure.

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36 Comments

  1. 11-2-2013

    Wonderful tutorial. I’ve been collecting Fashion Royalties for many years now and only recently discovered 1/6 Action Figures.
    Of which I have two now and one on order.
    I miss the female action figures in your story.

    Kind regards from Holland

    • 11-3-2013

      Thanks Anne! Hi to you in Holland. Unfortunately I only have a handful of action figure females. I don’t have any clothes or shoes for them, so I tend not to use them very much. There’s a Triad girl action figure in my ‘Duende’ Mexican Novela, and I’ll be using a Kumik Korean girl or two for an upcoming Korean drama, but that won’t be until next year. Thank you for reading my tutorial and visiting my site!

      JATMAN

  2. 11-1-2014

    Great tutorial, I just bought a head and a hot toys body is on it’s way. This is my first purchase and wondered how the head would go on. Now I know. I was wondering if you could help me with where I might find a pinstripe suit for this new figure since you said with the TTM20 it’s hard to find clothes. I have the George Clooney head and I want to make a set with him marrying Amal. So a suit is needed and they often don’t state what size body the suits will fit on. I could use your knowledge and advice!
    Thanks,
    Jane

    • 11-7-2014

      Thanks so much for your comment Jane. I get my men’s clothing mostly on eBay (do a search for “1/6 Suit” and you’ll find a ton), I also use Cotsworld Collectibles and Monkey Depot a lot. Some of the outfits have come with the action figures, but most are purchased from those three sources. Good luck and thanks again. JATMAN

  3. 2-21-2015

    Very nice tutorial!

    Love all your examples! A very big help to me.

    I was hoping you would show how to remove a Ken doll head from his body. Im a little wigged about doing that.

    Thanks,
    Rabbit

    • 2-24-2015

      Thanks Rabbit-moon. I wish I could help with the Ken doll beheading… I’ve yet to do it correctly without making some minor cuts that then make the neck unusable on action figure bodies. Kens with the long necks are tricky. You’ve got to really heat him up good. Stick his head under the facet with hot water and then try using a tiny screw driver like I do to wiggle in under the rubber and dislodge it from the plastic grove on the neck joint. Hope you have better luck than me. The ones on the articulated bodies like the Hunger Games boys are much easier and can be removed just like fashion dolls in my tutorial. JATMAN

  4. 3-13-2015

    This is great! Looking forward to learning more! I’ve just rebodied a Lucy Liu Jakks doll head to a Barbie, & her neck is a little short now. Any tips? I really love all your detail! Thanks!

    • 3-16-2015

      Thanks Lila. I wish I had a Lucy Lui Jakks head, those are hard to find. I don’t know what their neck is like to give you any advice, sorry. I’ve only seen them on action figure bodies when they’re re-bodied. If I come across one, I’ll let you know. Thanks for your nice comments. JATMAN

  5. 10-12-2015

    Great information on body types ! A couple of other sites for bodies and clothing are justicefigter.com and war-toys.com.

    • 10-15-2015

      Thanks Ronald! Those are two great sites as well.

  6. 11-22-2015

    Thanks so much for this tutorial – it is exactly what I was looking for! I am trying to discover which action figure clothes and shoes will fit FR Homme. Do all action figures use replaceable foot pegs as ‘shoes’ or do some have actual shoes that fit in their feet? I have seen some Dragon In Dreams shoes and boots I really like the look of and the length of foot looks like a match for FR Homme, so I was wondering if they would work? Also, do you know if any of the action figures pants fit FR Homme? The Hommes seem to be the tallest guys on the block and so far I have found only Barbie My Scene Boy clothes to fit but I’m not always keen on the style of those (trousers all seem to be wide legged flares!! 😳) Thanks again – I’m following you on Flickr and love your doll stories! (Dolldiva67)

    • 11-25-2015

      Most of my action boys have feet with the exception of my one Enterbay basketball player who’s feet are his shoes. I have more action figure shoes than I can count and all the Hommes shoes fit them. My three go-to places to get action figure clothes which usually come with shoes are Ebay, Cotsworld Collectables and Monkey Depot, but there are plenty of other on-line stores. Google ‘1/6 action figure’. Ken doll shoes are too small for most of my boys unfortunately. I hope that helps. Thanks again! JATMAN

      • 9-28-2016

        So sorry to have missed your reply – I have been away from doll activity for some time and only just returned. I have now found some lovely action figure clothes and shoes for my Hommes, so they are very happy! I still find it bit hit and miss on the sizing though, given the variability of action figures physiques and height etc.!

  7. 3-12-2016

    I am new to the work of 1/6 figures. I purchased a Kumik body and I am building a Wolverine. Figure I purchased an outfit with shoes that require removing feet. I cannot seem to get the peg to seat in the shoes. Size looks right. Not sure how much pressure these will take. Need help about how to do this. Any help will be MUCH APPRECIATED!

    • 3-17-2016

      Shoes with round peg holes can differ depending on the body type. The EnterBay older body shoes and the newer Bruce Lee set of shoes only fit the Enterbay body it came with. I like shoes that go over the feet of the action future much better, I can use them with just about any kind of body type or manufacturer. Try boiling a cup of water for 3 minutes in the microwave, drop the shoes in the water to soften them up, then try putting them on the pegs. If that doesn’t work, those shoes are not meant for that body.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for your post! JATMAN

  8. 5-31-2016

    Great blog! This is my first time seeing your blog. I love 1/6 scale action figures, but my collection is very small. Your collection is very impressive! You mentioned that you don’t possess many female action figures. Several years ago there was definitely a dearth of female action figures and accessories, but because of great companies such as Hot Toys, Sideshow, Phicen, Kumik, etc. the selection has increased so much. Also, with the new figures there is a more diverse selection of clothing, shoes, etc. that a person can pick from — thank goodness! When you get a chance check out blogs onesixthrepublic.com onesixthscalepictures.blogspot.com for new releases. Also, check out onesixthwarriors.com which is a forum that has a wealth of information regarding everything from customization help, sharing, contests, product releases, etc.

    • 6-2-2016

      Thanks Lu!

  9. 6-10-2016

    Hello, will you make a tutorial about how to remove head, hands or feet? I got the Pique ZC World player and it seems that it does not have feet, rejust the sneakers attached. I have some spare ZCWO feet but no sure if they can be installed in the new soccer player action figures from the same manufacturer. Thank you!

    • 6-16-2016

      Hi Leo,

      I won’t get my ZCWO Pique for another week or two (he’s in transit). So, until I see the body, I’ll hold off on any instructions. I’m not sure what kind of hands and feet they have. I will try to update my Action Figures tutorial with some of the new bodies I have gotten in the last year or so. So I will get to it. Thanks for the suggestion! JATMAN

  10. 7-24-2016

    Thank-you so much for taking the time to do this! I have looked in 1/6th forums and asked friends, but I was really still pretty confused and unsure of what brands were compatible. I have two Sideshow figures that I bought complete, but there are some wonderful head sculpts that I’d love to get to make other characters. I just can’t afford some of them as complete figures. I thought I’d try putting them on less expensive bodies and buying 1/6th scale clothes for them, but I quickly became confused about all of the different body types, which brands worked together, etc. At one point, I thought it would just be easier to fork over $400! After studying your tutorial, I was able to find the right body and pegs and such. Now I just have to decide on which head sculpt to get first. I’ll be back for more information many times, I’m sure. Ronda

  11. 9-7-2016

    Hello-
    I stumbled upon your great site while looking for answers to a 1:6 scale question. I’m just getting into the 1:6 scale figures and head sculpts. I purchased a Kumik head sculpt (on eBay) months ago. I also bought a body the seller assured me would fit the neck . The body came with multiple pieces and the head (and very long neck) did not seem compatible. It’s never stayed on the neck area. I’m wondering which body style is best with the Kumik heads as I just purchased two more Kumik head sculpts. I’m also a huge Kdrama fan as well. =)
    Thank you for your time!

    • 9-8-2016

      Kumik heads tend to have a loose ball area in the neck where the round neck post fits into it. My Jimmy-Rig method… take a small piece of masking tape, wrap it around the neck ball, then snap the head/neck on top of it and you’ll get a much tighter fit, plus the head will be articulate and not flop around. This works for any body you put them onto. They also fit on the taller COO bodies I like to use, also needing the masking tape to make the ball a little bit bigger. I hope that helps. Thanks for you post! JATMAN

  12. 10-7-2016

    I purchased a pair of female boots on eBay. They have built in feet but the peg looks like it should have a slot to connect to the boo
    Any suggestions
    Great site

    • 10-13-2016

      Thanks for your post Boby. Your question was cut off, so I’m not sure how to answer it. Type it again and I’ll give it a try to answer. Thanks!

  13. 11-12-2016

    Excellent Tutorial! I agree with you about the advantages of Mattel clothing. A question. Would a Hot Toy head fit on a Ken Harley Davidson body?

    • 11-17-2016

      Thanks for your comment Alexis! I’ve never tried removing y Ken Harley Davidson head to see what kind of neck joint it has, so I can’t give you a definitive answer. I’m guessing probably not since Mattel’s neck joints are so different from Hot Toys. I’ve seen pictures of other collectors who have put the Harley Davidson head on an Integrity toys Homme body, so I’m guessing the neck joint is a bigger version of the female Barbie round disks. I hope that helps. JATMAN

  14. 11-29-2016

    I just came across your tutorial and am gobsmacked! This is the absolutely best and most informative tutorial that I have found anywhere. I’ve been collecting articulated fashion dolls for dioramas but am now trying to get action figures precisely because they are so much more articulated.
    I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to put this together. The information is invaluable.

    • 4-3-2017

      Thank you Joan! Sorry for the late reply, just found your comment in the wrong box. You’re so sweet, I truly appreciate it!

      JATMAN

  15. 12-24-2016

    This is a great tutorial. Just wondering if there is any way to remove the neck peg on that Guardians of Galaxy head? Thank you

    • 4-3-2017

      Hi Derrick, running the neck under hot water is my favorite because it gets down into the neck and round post and loosens everything up, they you can just pull things off. Really hot tap water works, so does wrapping the head in a heading pad, then gently pulling out the neck post. I hope that helps! thanks again, JATMAN

  16. 7-12-2017

    hi there I have purchased a hot toys steve rogers doll and I have a truetype body at home but for the steve rogers doll (look at pics) has a neck piece attached to it and I was wondering is it possible to remobve the neck and place the head on the true type body?

    • 7-21-2017

      Emailed you. Good luck with your very good looking Chris Evans head sculpt. JATMAN

  17. 8-7-2017

    Where do you get the little people articulated bodies?

    • 8-10-2017

      Both my toddlers are Mattel Kelly heads on Obitsu 11cm Mini Doll Natural Skin Color bodies. The bodies are available on the Obitsu website as well as eBay. Thanks for your post! JATMAN

  18. 9-6-2017

    What 1.6 scale male body is compatible with this male head sculpt (see below for link):
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-6-Scale-Male-Head-Sculpt-KUMIK-F-12-Hot-Sideshow-Toys-TTL-HT-Body-KM13-65-/142068858884?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368
    The body has to be able to connect with the head and also be a close skin colour match (if possible). Any help with this matter would be useful.

    • 9-8-2017

      Emailed you with a link for a body. Good luck! JATMAN

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