Anyone ever remove mattel max steel wrist pegs??

Hey gang, I’m trying to convert a 2011-13 era Max Steel 12” action figure for my son, and I need some assistance with the best way to remove the wrist pegs from the forearms. I’ve gotten the gloved hands off, (mine had black and green “winter gloves”), but the wrist pegs are proving more difficult to extract from the forearms. So I’m just curious if anyone’s been able to remove them and if so how’d you do it.

Thanks

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