Type 2 Pullips have sturdier necks than type 1s, but they do break. They are much easier than type 1s to fix because you don’t have to make a replacement. The pictures from this tutorial are from a broken doll someone sent me, and I had it wrapped up and back in a return package 20 minutes later.
This is an intermediate tutorial: You will need to use a drill and sharp cutting implements.
For this project you will need:
- Wire Cutters
1. Unscrew the two visible screws at the back of the head and pull the head apart enough to pull the body out.
2. Remove the arms.
3. Pull the soft torso up over the neck like you would a turtleneck or a sweater. Remove the broken piece.
4. You can now see the interior mechanism. Part of your neck will still be attached to this mechanism, and part will be separate. On the back of the mechanism that holds the neck in place is 4 tiny screws. Remove them.
5. Now you have both parts of your neck free to work on.
6. Here’s the tricky part. You need to select a drill bit that is the same or slightly smaller width than the paperclip you have. This is so the fit will be tight. Drill into the center of the break going in each direction, one hole in each piece, like so:
7. Now cut a piece off the paperclip. It’s ok if it’s too long at first, you can always shorten it.
8. Stick the bit you cut off into one of the holes and jam it down as far as you can, the tighter the fit the better. (I couldn’t take a picture of this as it was a 2 hand operation)
To measure to see if it needs to be shortened, hold the pieces against each other so you can estimate how far the metal part will go vs how deeply you think you drilled.
9. Clip down the paperclip wire more if you need to. Otherwise, put a little superglue on one side of the break and push the wire into the other end, taking care to match up the break (another 2 hand operation, sorry) You should now have a complete neck piece again.
10. Now put the ball end back into the socket and replace all the screws. Straighten the neck out and pull the soft torso over it. This will put more stress on the neck than normal pullip play, so it’s a good way to see that your new fix is nice and sturdy. Just try to keep the neck straight and put equal pressure on both sides of the neck as you pull it down.
11. Replace the arms. Pull the head apart enough to slide the neck back into the neck hole. Screw the head back together.
Your pullip is now whole again, but may set off metal detectors at the pullip airport.