All credit for thinking this up goes to Darkwynter of the Joe Customs board.
I was like most people...reluctant to take a mallet to my figures to seperate them, even though that is how the Hasbro team demonstrated it at Joe Con. I know it works...but I've also heard horror stories of smashed figures...so I was reluctant.
This past Saturday...I asked for an on-hand demonstration of 25th Disassembly. I figured if I can watch it firsthand...maybe I will give it a shot. Millsy (of JC boards) demonstrated how he does the mallet technique. It works...but its not very controllable. You are trying to hit a rather small area with all the pressure...with the head of a mallet.
Then...Darkwynter pulls out some tools...and shows us how he does the disassembly. I have copied this method only one day after learning it...and have taken two figures apart already...so I am happy with it.
Enough rabble....here it is....
You will need:
A decent sized set of Channel Locks
A socket...I used an 11 mm, 1/4 drive socket as it had a nice curve to it that fit in the torso below the arm socket.
A piece of cardboard to cover the upper set of jaws on the Channel Locks
Duct tape...for securing the socket and the cardboard
Gallon size plastic bag
Here you can see the curved area below the arm sockets on the torso...this is where you want your socket to sit at.
When applying the pressure...you will hear a crack and pop. The crack is the factory glued seal...coming apart...the pop is the pieces flying out of the torso.
Keep in mind...these upper torso's are FACTORY glued together....during disassembly...some pegs may break off depending on if the peg had glue on it. Some pegs should remain yet, but you will have to glue the torso back together during final assembly.
Here is the upper torso of Roadblock broken down:
As stated before....this is an alternate method to disassembly. The mallet trick will work...but I feel that this method allows more control than hitting an area less than 1/4" with a mallet head.