So I managed to get one of these for MSRP and it is super high quality for an amiibo. Legs are articulated, but I was thinking of attempting to upgrade it by adding a swivel to the "neck" and possibly going as far as trying to replace the eye with an LED.
The neck has a flat, circular mold gap between two little cogs, so I think taking the head off would be as simple as using an x-acto knife and a razor to carefully lop that shit off. After that, hollowing it out should be just as easy with some knife and file work.
So once I get that far, what should I do? I'll need:
- Some kind of epoxy/resin/clay? Something that air dries, naturally.
- A swivel, which I suppose could be as simple as a small metal rod/high gauge wire
And if I go all the way, I'd need some kind of LED rig that can be embedded in the modelling material. The figure's body could be hollowed out to make space for a battery at the top, and even a controller if need be but I'd definitely need someone else to plan it because I have no experience with electronics.
Sort of have three options for the light, then:
- Just one red LED activated by turning the head forwards, using the swivel in the neck to activate the switch (probably going to do this since it would take minimal effort and work well enough, plus the thing could be turned off by just putting a non-metal support in the neck)
- An RGB LED activated by some kind of clusterfuck contraption
- Go absolutely all the way maximum tryhard, cut apart the figure at all moldlines, dremel all of the areas with red paint and replace them with transparent resin and then rig the entire figure up with RGB LEDs (not going to do this, but throwing the idea out there for anyone crazy enough to try)