Most toy collectors fall into one of two categories: 1) mint-on-card collectors or 2) openers. I’ve always been an opener as I like to handle the toys and change the way I display them from time to time. There’s only a handful of items I’ve kept ‘on card’ and that’s because I don’t feel the need to open them and they display nicely still packaged. Treasure Hunt Hot Wheels are something I like to keep ‘on card’.
Anyway, sometimes you may want to open your action figure or Hot Wheel to play with it but still keep the blister and card intact because you dig the artwork or may want to return it to the packaging at some point in the future.
Many may be familiar with this method of opening your toy without damaging the blister and card, but for those of you who aren’t here’s a quick tutorial.
- Your case-fresh toy
- Cotton tips (or cue-tips)
- About 5 minutes
For this demonstration I’ll be opening a 2016 Art Cars series Morris Mini Hot Wheel. Acetone should be easy to obtain from a hardware shop.
Be careful when using acetone. Don’t get it near your face and don’t snort it. This stuff is nasty! Do this in a well ventilated area. I’m doing this in the laundry because if the acetone gets spilled there’s not much it can damage.
Dip your cue-tip in the acetone and start applying it to the BACK of the card. Run a line around the sides and bottom of the area behind the plastic blister.
You don’t need to apply acetone to the area behind the top of the blister. That can remain glued to the card. Continue this until the 3 sides behind the blister are sufficiently saturated with the acetone. Check the front of the card to ensure the acetone is soaking through to the correct area, where the blister is glued to the card. The aim here is to ensure the acetone sufficiently breaks down the glue holding the blister to the card.
After a few seconds, try gently pulling the blister away from the card. It should start to lift away quite easily. If you still feel resistance, apply a bit more acetone. Eventually, the blister will lift off the card leaving the card damage free. Remove your toy and start having fun!
After about 20 minutes the acetone will have dried off leaving zero trace of your handiwork.
This method works best on cards with a non-glossy back. Glossy cards may require much more application and patience as the card will not absorb the acetone as well.
Hope this helps!