Recipes - Kitsune Rangers
One of the easiest customs you can make with the Kitsune series is by combining those parts with Mythic Legions "ranger" figures. In fact, the "hooded" heads were designed specifically to fit inside the hood parts of these figures. Here's how you can make your own Kitsune Ranger.
Step 1. Choose Your Ranger
The pre-painted Kitsune heads come in 3 colors - orange, black, and white. These heads were designed to work with the Elf Ranger, Shadow Elf Ranger, and Thallyn Frostbow figures specifically. The recipes here will utilize these combinations. So Step 1 is choosing which ranger you want to create:
Orange set + Elf Ranger
Black set + Shadow Elf Ranger
White set + Thallyn Frostbow
Note that Thallyn does not come with a "hooded" head, so if you want that look, you will need to utilize some additional parts. We will address this in a subsequent step.
Step 2. Paint the Neck
The one bit of painting you will need to do is on the neck of the figure. Don't worry, this is an easy task, and since the neck is mostly covered by the head, the part you have to paint will have minimal exposure. Feel free to use lower cost acrylic paints from your favorite craft store or hobby shop.
For an orange head, you will want the neck to also be orange, or you could use white since the bottom of the Kitsune's head is painted white on the orange version. For the black head, simply paint the neck black and for the white head the neck should be white. This is all the painting you will need to do for this recipe. We do suggest you "pop" the neck out of the torso before painting so you do not get any paint on the torso piece.
Step 3. Add the "Regular" Head
The "regular" head is the one that is a full sculpture, not the insert meant to go into the hood. The neck opening on this head is much larger than what you will find on a Mythic Legions figure, so you will need to use something to attach the head to that neck. We recommend a small bit of "Blue Tack". This putty-like substance is easy to use. Simply break a small piece off and put it onto the neck ball. The putty is stretchy and sticky, but you can also easily remove it if needed. Nothing is permanently attached with Blue Tack, so feel free to uses as much as you feel you need. You can always add more or remove extra if you have to! You can buy Blue Tack here.
Pop the head onto the putty-topped neck and the stickiness should keep it in place. Adjust the amount of Tack as needed to get the head to sit the way you want on the neck.
Step 4. Add the Tail
The tails are meant to be inserted into the port in the pelvis area of Mythic Legions figures. The rangers all come with a small plug inserted into that port, so you will need to first remove the plug by pulling it out. It is not glued in place, so a small bit of force should remove it.
Next you will plug the tail in. Note that sometimes these tails stay in place perfectly on their own, but more often than not they require a small dab of glue to get them to stay as desired. Feel free to put a small amount of glue on the tail peg before inserting it into the pelvis port. Be careful not to force this peg, as too much pressure could snap it off.
Step 5. Optional - Using the "Hooded" Head
If you want to use the head insert that is meant to go inside the Mythic Legions hood piece, you will first need to remove the existing head from that hood. These heads are glued in place and were not meant to be removed, but you can get them out with a little heat and pressure. Be aware that this optional step is slightly more complex than the rest of this recipe.
First you will want to heat the hooded head to soften the plastic. You can do this with either hot air or hot water. For hot air, simply use a hair dryer to heat the head. Just be careful not to get too close to the plastic and to not keep the air in place for too long. For hot water, you will want to microwave a mug of water for about 2 and a half minutes, making sure to use a mug that you will NOT use later for drinking! Drop the head in place and let it soften in the hot water for a few minutes before removing it with a spoon. Be careful! Water will sneak into the sides of the hood and you do not want to burn your hands when removing the piece.
Once you have the softened head in your hands, you will want to careful work to remove the head piece inside. It is glued in place, so you are trying to pull it apart from the glue. Some of these heads pop out very easily, while others require a lot more work. Feel free to reheat the head as needed, just be careful not to damage the hood in the process of removing the head. Take it slow and be patient and it will pop out.
Once the head is out, you can insert the Kitsune piece into the hood. We find that it looks best if you "squish" the hood down a bit once the head is inside. You do not need to glue the new head into the hood. It should stay in place as is, although if you want a more permanent attachment, glue will work.
Attach the cape that comes with your ranger figure using your favorite method and then add the hooded head to the figure.
Note that the Thallyn Frostbow figure does NOT come with a cape and hood. If you want your white fox to have a hood, we suggest using the blue cape and hood from the Raveana figure.