A New Way to Remove Glued Minifigs

by John Wolfe

I've tried the "brute force" and "boiling" methods and didn't like the results. The brute force method often cracked little bits of plastic out of the legs. The boiling method leaves the hip joints more loose than regular figs. In some cases, the figs wouldn't stand up, they would flop over because the joint was so loose.

After a little experimenting, I found that I can remove the magnets with almost no damage to the figs legs.

The tools needed are a utility knife blade and a vise. The blade will shear off the studs on the magnet bracket and separate the fig's legs from the bracket. The vise is used to provide steady even pressure on the blade. This method really depends on the vise to give good, steady, constant pressure on the blade. Doing it by hand doesn't work. I've taken a few pictures and documented the steps below.

As always, your mileage may vary. I have had very good luck with this method and have successfully removed several dozen magnet minifigs. However, you are at your own risk when performing this procedure. I am not responsible for damage to or loss of the minifigs or damage to you. The knife blade is sharp and you will cut yourself if you do not exercise caution. The method described here has worked very successfully for me and I hope you are able to liberate your figs as I have.

Enjoy!

The glued victim and the sacred blade of release. A straight blade can be used as well, but they are thinner and I worry about breaking the blade.
Step 1 - Lean the figure all the way forward and place the utility knife blade between the legs and the magnet bracket. The blade is sharp -- Be very careful.
Step 2 - Push the blade in as far as you can by hand, pulling the fig torso forwards a little helps. The legs will pull ever so slightly away from the bracket and you will probably see light between the bracket and the legs. Notice that the blade is on a slight angle towards the bracket.
Step 3 - Place the assembly with the blade into a bench vise. The flat surface of the magnet front and the flat edge of the blade will keep things lined up in the vise. Note that the blade is still at a slight angle and this can cause the magnet bracket to push downwards when closing the vise, so you should hold up the bottom of the bracket.
Step 4 - Slowly close the vise. The blade will be pushed into the gap between the legs and the bracket. The studs from the bracket will be sheared off cleanly by the blade. The blade will gently force the legs away from the bracket.
Step 5 - When the blade has made its way all the way to the magnet body, the fig should pop off. Be aware that sometimes it pops off very quickly and can go flying. If the glue seeped up under the feet, it is possible that the feet can remain glued to the top of the magnet body. The pressure from the blade usually pops off the glued feet. If not, remove the blade and rotate the assembly so that you can use the vise to press the blade in between the feet and the magnet body.
Step 6 - Once the fig is free of the magnet, the sheared off studs may need to be popped out of the leg holes. A poke through the feet holes with a small screwdriver will push them out.
  Step 7 - A fine emery board can be used to touch up the back of the legs. They usually have a little bit of a rough surface from the glue. The picture shows the typical amount cleanup that needs to be done to the legs. Once buffed with the emery board, they will have a slightly dull appearance, but will be the same leg color.