First attempt to restore my Yotsuba missing hair

It has been some time that I wanted to do something about the missing hair of my Yotsuba toy. One of the solutions was to redo the missing part with clay. I saw some soft clay on sale at Daiso in one of my shopping trip and I was way over my head when they have clay that matches Yotsuba's hair color. I thought to myself this could be God sent!


I do have some experiences in molding Play-Doh and plasticine but I was not so sure about with clay. What is this Soft clay? I started reading the package prints for answers.


It also come with printed instruction of how to use it.

It look easy and so I started to mold...

Taking reference of the right hair to make the missing left hair. I tried hard to get it to fit on the hair but the clay was too soft. And when I try to leave it there for it to be hard, it started to crack. It's like I can never to get anything done.


After close to an hour and a half of struggling and wasting much clay, I threw in the towel. :(


After cleaning up, my options are:

1. Contact revoltech for another spare part...(but how? Do they read English? Anyone tried before?)
2. Get another Yotsuba owner to lend me the left hair to do cast and remold it (Need the owner to lend and someone who is experience to do the remoulding).
3. Get another Yotsuba (not economical and worst rob another person their chance to get a Yotsuba).

So anyone can help my Yotsuba?

Comments

moemoekyun said…
try it email the kaiyodo sometimes it working with goodsmilecompany but I don't know with kaiyodo
chrismandesign said…
;(((((( well, if u hav that problem, living near to Japan (at least u have some choices...) i dunno what i can do if i have such problem with any of my pieces... myb i could cry out & then calm down, that’s all... is too hard to buy again that nice Kaiyodo girl ??? probably is the best u can do, though is not an economical solution as u said...
LEon said…
@moemoekyun
I don't know which email to send to... Not found in the box too. :(

@chrismandesign
I don't stay near Japan and worst I don't know japanese so I am very much like you. So now I am asking for HELP! :(
chrismandesign said…
pal... i mean, Singapore is closer to Japan than Colombia, believe me... that’s the reason i hav to pay 2 even 3 times the price u pay for the same collection figure & if i hav a complain or want a change in any piece, all i can do is to talk with the hand... on the other hand, the problem is that this figure is made in PVC (if i’m not wrong) or something like that, so to get the same characteristics in other material will b a nightmare as u could prove with that clay... i dunno if epoxi could b an option (obviously without the same softness, nor the weight...)
LEon said…
@Chrismandesign
Yes I need an expert or experience personnel to help me with that. That is why I said I needed help and I am calling out for it as I came to the end of my resources at the moment. :)
cosmicbaby said…
Give it another try with some REAL putty (eg: Tamiya Epoxy Putty approx S$6), there is a reson why modeling material cost the price they cost.
Remold-ing/recasting is sum thing easier said then done. The casting & RTV material cost alone will enable you to buy 4-6 more brand new Revoltech.
desmond said…
To me, I just remove the other tail and leave the figure as it is. No point spending time to look for a loose part and I believe you can't find it on ebay as well..
Faris said…
Why don't you leave her with one hair?plus she looks cuter hahaha
Sad panda man! Sorry to hear the failure trial.
LEon said…
@cosmicbaby
Thanks for the tips. Apparently I still have not much experience in that...Can help> :P

@desmond
I have thought of that if it is the last thing I can do.

@Faris
Ya. Maybe I should really consider that but I am still hopeful...maybe...just maybe...

@Dennis
At least I tried. :)
cosmicbaby said…
Leon, google "how to use epoxy putty" or "epoxy putty tips" & you will be able to find loads of helpful stuff! If all fails... just make a cube of putty about the size of the hair, & cut away all the parts thatz dont make up the hair & sand it smooth & paint it. Practice makes perfect!
rockleelotus said…
poor Yotsuba, you should replace it with a real clover leaf :P

hmm i know that if you have problems with figmas you can contact goodsmile japan support, so maybe best bet is try emailing revoltech support? i think they do read english, because GSC japan does also. good luck!
chunky B said…
LEon,

I have an idea. Once you find the email. Write that you are missing the part in english, then take a photo of the toy missing the part and draw a sad face on it, pictures sometimes speak volumes when words fail you.

Make sure you include your mailing address.
LEon said…
@cosmicbaby
Thanks! I will look into that. :)

@rockleelotus
Apparently I couldn't find the contact email of revoltech...I searched but I may have overlooked. Can search for me the email? Worst come to worst I may need someone to write in Japanese for me. Anyone can help?

@chunkyB
That's a great suggestion! Now I have to find the email first...Any clue?
David John said…
This a though one... man.... for a moment I did try to find the contact details for Kaiyodo... but failed miserably...

Maybe you can post this in Danny Choo Figure FM and hopefully Danny Choo or anybody else can help you...

by the way I linked you today...
LEon said…
@David John
Thanks for the suggestion. I did the same linking you too. :)
Juliana said…
Hi LEon,

How much is this toy now when brand new? For me I would usually buy an extra of my most favourite toy. You can also consider getting a loose piece complete with the accessories. But then again, the price and whether hard to find or not will matter too...
LEon said…
@Juliana
I got this years back for SGD$30. Brand new one vary from US$20++ and above. Now I just need the replacement part.
Lylibellule said…
I've never done this myself but you can create a mold using other Yotsuba quilt and cast a special latex inside. Shape done, you just need to paint it :)
Thanks for visiting Lylibellule. I visited you already with the post dedicated to Shin Chan :)
LEon said…
@Lylibellule
That's the general idea but I have no casting experience. :)

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