I've recently bought some Chinese LEGO-like sets and, even though the quality might not be the same as the original, I sometimes think it's a reasonable tradeoff for the 50-75% price discount. Specially if you consider I won't really play with them; they don't need to resist 37.000 times being assembled.

One thing that really annoys me, though, is that they always send the figures without arms and hands attached, specially the hands, which are horrible to put in the arms. They are really tight, require a lot of pressure and hurt my fingertips. In the photo below, those 2 Chinese figures are from different sets. I struggled to fit the one with white hands, but no matter how hard I press the black hands of the other dude, I can't fit them in.

hands ok for first figure, not so good for second

I tried so hard on the next fellow that I broke his hand, leaving it stuck in his arm:

figure with broken hand

Are there any tips for placing those hands? Either avoiding so much force or improving the grip?

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    The issue you are experiencing is the result of clone minifigures not going through 37000 assembly cycle you've mentioned. You get what you've paid for. And the answer is pretty simple - buy LEGO minifigures if you need desired quality.
    – Alex
    Aug 11, 2022 at 5:05
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    As the minifigure is covered by patents, the manufacturer of those sets are violating the law and buying them you're supporting that. Aug 11, 2022 at 8:06
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    I’m voting to close this question because patent right infringement goes against the LEGO Group's Fair Play requirement.
    – zovits
    Aug 11, 2022 at 10:27
  • Patent right infringement, where? Violating which law of which country?
    – maraja
    Aug 11, 2022 at 15:39
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    if the fit is too tight you could use a fine grit sand paper to very slightly reduce the thickness of the shafts. Aug 28, 2022 at 16:13

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Try putting something in the minifigure hands that would give you a bigger grip or more leverage for insertion into the arms. Something like bar 4l gives you a much bigger surface and with balanced pressure on both ends of the bar, you should be able to insert pretty well.

Note that almost anything that can be inserted into a hand would work.

  • Thanks, I have a spear somewhere and will try!
    – maraja
    Aug 15, 2022 at 0:05

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