Castle Gray Skull (Masters of the Universe) Custom Diorama / Playset
Custom #:39151
Name:Castle Gray Skull
Contest:Dioramas II
Custom Type:Diorama / Playset
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Creator:Saga Toys  
Date Added:May 15, 2012
Base Figure:Scratch
Height:36.00 inches
I was not a big fan of MOTU back in the 80's. Even as a kid I hated when toy makers made toys that were out of scale. Any way last summer I picked up a vintage Castle Grayskull for my toy store. When I brought it into the house my 5 year old took ownership of it. I began to ponder the issues I had with MOTU as a kid and decided to make things right in the universe (well Eternia any way).
I started by getting 2 cardboard barrels and wrapped them with insulation foam. (i used hot glue and staples to attach the foam to the barrels. Once they were covered with the foam I used a soldering iron to etch the shape of the stones. cut out the window and added the casteling on the top of the towers.

Next step was crafting the big skull. I used more insulation foam for this. I cut out the base shape and then cup out layers and stacked them to give it the 3D shape. I then used painters caulk to blend in the the layers. Being that it was supposed to look like old stone work I did not try to make it smooth or perfect. I wanted it to look like an old run down castle that was in need of repair.

I mounted the skull on a piece of 2" thick insulation foam and carved stone into this as well. the next step was painting the caslte. I spray painted it a base green and then added random greens to give it diferent shades.

The next step was the door this is just a couple pieces of foam where i cut out planks and painted it all brown. I then added the hardware to the door. I printed out 4 copies of the Matel exclusive door on card stock. I layered these to give it a 3 dimentional look.

The next step was the interior wall that you see when the draw bridge is open. For this i took stills of the 20xx MOTU cartoon and edited the people out. I like the way it gives the illusion of depth.

The last step was the iconic cannon on top of Grayskull. This is made up primarily of used office products.

User Comments
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Thursday, May 24, 2012
wow, I truly love it. really fits in perfectly and the scale is great.
Voting ends for the Dioramas II Custom Contest (customizer revealed). - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
NeCrollector -
Monday, May 21, 2012
This is gorgeous!!! What every MOTU fan should have in their collection!
fastfreddie -
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Now this is EPIC! Look at the size of this people!(that's what she said)
Tim121RVC -
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Homemade Castle Grayskull = total win.
Voting begins for the Dioramas II Custom Contest (pictures revealed). - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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