December 13th, 2009

Vintage Star Wars action figures--points of articulation

I'm looking for information on the ways that vintage Star Wars action figures would have been articulated.

Scenario: Somewhere around 1980/1981, in the UK if that matters. Someone is posing a small-head Han Solo and a Bespin Luke figure in various...suggestive ways. I need to know how I could plausibly bend them.

I can tell from the various images I've found that the figures have both hip and shoulder joints, which is good for my purposes. Obviously there aren't any knee or elbow joints, since those would show in the pictures.

Questions I still have: Are there wrist joints? Do the figures swivel at the waist? It looks like the heads move, but do they just swivel left and right, or is it possible for them to be tilted up and down?

I've Googled and Google-Imaged various combinations of "star wars," "action figure," and "articulation" but haven't been able to figure it out definitively. I did find a picture of one of the rare figures my dad sold in the 90s, though. :) I also poked at the only vintage figure I own--an Imperial Guard, who does not have wrist or waist or even head articulation (due to the funky-shaped mask). However, some of the articles I found indicated that Imperial figures generally had fewer points of articulation than their Rebel counterparts, so the questions remain.

I would pose the question to my dad, since he once worked at Kenner and tested these very toys, but calling him up and saying "Hey, how difficult would it be to pose two classic action figures having gay sex?" is just a little awkward...

Anatomy/shrapnel wound question

This is a little detail that has gotten me stuck - I can't proceed with the story until I get this answered.

What I need to know is this: I have a character that crash-lands on a planet and ends up with shrapnel in either her back, her hips, or her side somewhere. It needs to be not immediately fatal, and she doesn't notice it right away until the adrenaline wears off. Also, four people meet her at the crash site, and they don't immediately notice it either. She only notices after several minutes when the adrenaline wears off, and she collapses to her knees. It also needs to be able to be removed by someone who isn't a professional without said removal killing her. Her species of human have some regeneration ability (the wound will heal without a scar in a day or so once the shrapnel is removed) but otherwise have normal human anatomy and reactions.

I Googled various things like anatomy, shrapnel, and non-fatal wounds, and got too much that wasn't what I was looking for.

Thanks in advance!