What are the best articulated figures to use in stop motion.  They can be from any brand just what are the best figures to use for stop motion that have a lot of movable points and joints?

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Tie downs are screws that come up through the table into the feet from underneath to clamp the puppet securely to the stage - it's the only way a puppet can stand up or balance on one foot (or on two for that matter). 

Even easier than making a metal block and drilling a hole and tapping it, is to just put a nut in the puppet foot.  I would probably want to do that with an action figure to keep the foot on the ground from skating around, even if it also needed a rig to support it.  I would use epoxy putty to embed the nut and hold it firmly in the foot.

If you still aren't clear how it works, here is a video showing the T and Slot type being made, and used to animate the puppet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK1tAh_kCZE

Awesome Idea, question though, the second wing nut with the hex nut, from what I understood is basically a handle and a indicator to which way the T on the top is facing correct?

Awesome thanks, what do people usually do to hide the holes left ?

@ Zaid - you are correct sir! You need some kind of handle underneath the table so you can easily turn it the way you need and hold it still while you tighten the other wing nut. 

@ Erica - Hiding Tiedown Holes @ StopMoShorts

Awesome thats what I thought.

I just started looking for articulated toys online because I wanted to do some quick animation practice without having to fabricate a new puppet. Looking online, I found there are still some 13cm Stikfas figures floating around on eBay and other stores.

Looking around, there's also Asoblocks. They're a japanese company whose last North American distributor got dropped and a new one picked them up just this year. They're a building block toy centered around ball and socket joints.

http://magnote.com/asoblock/

The figures look like they're going to be pretty heavy, and the limbs being made of multiple sockets is going to a problem, both for weight and keeping track of arcs (too many points of articulation).

I also stumbled on Modibots. A spiritual sucessor to stikfas, the modibot figures look lightweight and the joints are ball and socket. The regular figures are kind of small, about 3 inches. They have a "Multi-Mo" figure that's taller, a little less than 6 inches. I wish they had bigger figures, even just an 8 inch figure would be enough. The feet of the figures have a hole in them, so you could pin, pushpin or nail the feet down instead of screwing them down (if they figures are light enough). They're 3D printed, so you can also upload 3D specs and get custom parts printed.

https://www.shapeways.com/designer/Kidmechano

I just bought a Multi-Mo. We'll see how well the joints stand up to intense stop-mo use.

Ive recently purchased some 12'' action figures in the hot toys style and i was wondering if anyone has ever thought to super glue a 1/16 aluminum wire skeletal brace on the outside of ,say, the legs or arms of the figures (hidden by the clothes ofcourse) to support position holds and keep the figures stronger longer (hey that rhymed!)

i am thinking of doing this and will update you guys if it seems to work

cc

Hey Chris,

I own a bunch of Hot Toys and never thought of doing that. For me they usually stay fine and are really good for stop motion. 

great to hear andrew!! i keep hearing people say they get worn out so i was a bit worried...i havent even began to try to animate them...but i figured i would have a plan b if they get loose

cc

Cool! Yeah so far everything has been good with them! I love HotToys so much! Hahahahaha

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