Cheekymandos – Missile Action Playset

Cheap As Springs! (Ding!)


For the uninitiated, was pretty much the best thing about the internet (for me and many of my friends at least) during the early 2000’s.  Much time has passed since then, and my nearly-two-year-old daughter has discovered what she refers to as my “Cheekymando” action figures (as well as their toons).  To continue to bridge that gap, I submit the following, and hope to expand on this theme more in the future.

Parts List:

0.438″ OD x 1.875″ L x 3.41lb Max Load Compression Spring – McMaster 9657K340 (Grab a pack or two depending on how many you want to build)

Helpful Tools:

3D Printer (or printing service)

E6000 Glue (Maybe)

  1. Print Out Parts

    Files can be found on Thingiverse, YouMagine, Cults3D, and MyMiniFactory.  Parts were printed in PLA at 20% infill.  The Missile Head component is made with Ninjaflex Semiflex.  Grab sample amounts HERE and/or HERE.  Make as many as you feel necessary to fill out your ranks. The Prusa i3 Mk2s is incredibly precise, so the slip-fit (SF) and press-fit (PF) gaps are probably a lot tighter than what may work on other printers.  Because of this, HERE is a link to the Fusion file for you to make your own tweaks and/or add these missile launchers to your own designs (all I ask for is acknowledgement/recognition/link-backs of design usage).  Both the SF and PF parameters can be quickly edited in the Equations menu.

    4/11/2018 UPDATE:  Consolidating the number of places hosting the files.  More changes to come, but they’re still available for free.

    March 2020 UPDATE: Files can be downloaded directly from this site at the bottom of the page.  They are also available on Prusa Printers!

    This has actually been a really convenient way to adjust dimensions.

  2. Thread the Spring

    Fit the spring in the open end of the cylinder, and rotate clockwise.  Flex/pop the end under the lip to finish.

    Took inspiration from the fantastic spring missile launchers designed by Lego.

    All of my Lego launchers still work FLAWLESSLY.

  3. Insert Latch

    Fit inside as shown.  Pivot points will seat within recesses.

    If this design holds up even half as well as those, I'm satisfied.

  4. Combine

    Use a little E6000 glue if necessary.  Do not get any near the spring or latch!

    Glue was necessary for me.

    My daughter became an expert at disassembly.

  5. Assemble Missile

    Pop the head onto the body.

    Those strings on flexible... argh.

  6. Repeat Steps 2-5

    You need two of the launchers to complete one of the turrets.

  7. Install Onto Base

    Again with the E6000 if necessary.

    Double. Trouble.

  8. Rock-Rock-On!

    Don’t have the Cheat Commandos action figures?  Good news!  Get them on the Homestar Runner store while they’re still available.  Don’t want them?  Other small action figures will suffice.

    It's the new Bad-Guy-Girl!

Like what you’re seeing?  Give me a follow on Twitter @DragonMtnDesign for previews/updates/random musings.




March 2020 UPDATE:  Files are available here!  Click the Download button below for a zip file.

Files are available under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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