Toy crocodile is injured. Child is hysterical. Please help me repair.
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This super affable toy crocodile
, who's served so well for so long, is having health problems. First of all, his jaws (hard white plastic) are no longer firmly seated in his outer skin (green half-soft vinyl-ish material).
His jaws are loosely held in because they're folded in and under a skin flap
, but the glue holding them in place has faded. This is hardly critical, but it's certainly not a situation befitting a noble crocodile like this. So: what glue is best to hold the jaws in tightly?
There's also a separate and much more critical issue. He's had a severe dental incident, as you can see here
This break had been previously repaired with crazy glue gel, but it rebroke. Attempts were made to reglue, after patiently removing leftover superglue via nail polish remover. But it's no longer a clean break and it's not gluing well.
So the plan (presented for your consideration and feedback) is to once again remove the superglue and then very lightly sandpaper each side of the break so that there's a better gluing surface. Then repeat gluing with superglue gel, and, finally, insert jaws back into head with whichever glue is recommended per above........though, come to think of it, I'm not 100% sure I'll glue the jaws into the head after all, since in so doing I'll make it impossible to perform future surgeries (any thoughts re: non-glue options to keep the jaws better seated in the skin?).