Minifig Picture

A friend of mine gave me some of his old minifigures. As you guys can see, the hand of one of the figures is broken and a part of the hand is stuck in the arm.

Do you have any ideas how to remove the broken part?

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    I think you would have to drill it out somehow, but that seems difficult. Might be easier to just replace the whole arm with some cheap blue-armed minifig from BrickLink. – Alexander O'Mara Apr 28 '18 at 22:54
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    I wonder if you could heat up a sewing pin with a lighter and stick it in and wait until it cools / solidifies. – Aaron D. Marasco Apr 30 '18 at 0:01
  • That is no soldier, that is now a pirate Arrrggghh! who's hook, hat and parrot have been lost during a daring raid! – nickjb May 11 '18 at 10:38

Don't fix it

I sympathize with the desire to fix it, but on closer consideration it doesn't seem easy or worth it. Getting the hand out would probably damage the arm even if you manage to do it.

Replace it

The entire torso is available for less than $1 on BrickLink. This is the easiest path forward. Some similar torsos are half as much if you don't need an exact match.

There are replacement arms for many colors and color combinations on BrickLink, but not a plain blue arm like this that I could find.

If you get lucky.

Apparently you can buy just the hands as Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 pointed out. So if you manage to get the hand out without damaging the arm you can solve your problem for a few cents plus postage.

Or re-purpose it

As with all of LEGO the possibilities are limited to your imagination:

  • maybe this soldier had his hand cut off and he's too poor to get a prosthetic.
  • maybe this guy is holding a tray of drinks on his right arm during a battle. I don't have an arm with a missing hand to test this, but I hope something could be attached to it.
  • maybe he had a tragic shaving accident and you can make a bloody scene about it.
  • maybe this soldier put on the wrong uniform and you can live with 2 new matching arms from BrickLink that aren't entirely blue.
  • maybe he's sticking his arm into a bee's nest or a hole in a dike.

So I hope you can see some way to get more value out of your "broken" torso than just tossing it. But sometimes we've gotten all of the life out of a piece and it is time to let it go.


I've had this problem several times before. There are two general ways to solve this issue.

Brute Force Needle Stick several needles into the arm area at an angle. Then simultaneously push down on all the other ends of the needles to unstick the needle

Hot Paperclip This is excessive but effective. I wore gloves and used my kitchen stove to heat up a paperclip and stuck it at an angle into the plastic. It melted the plastic and stuck really well and after the plastic solidified again (in a literally a minute) I pulled the entire stuck arm out.

Good luck!


If you have a tiny screw, it might be possible to screw it into the inner part and then pull on the screw to remove.

Almost like opening a bottle of wine with a corkscrew, except in this case the "cork" is set into the bottle a little.

  • Unless you had a super tough screw, you can't push it through the plastic. It could be melted though, to make it softer. – Samuel L. May 19 '18 at 4:21

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