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He-Man (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:35153  
Name:He-Man (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Creator:Batman1016  
Date Added:December 16, 2011
Base Figure:2002 He-Man
Height:6.00 inches
The spell is broken . . . I live again!!

So, aside from some scattered comments and a half-@$$ed entry into a contest about a month ago, I've been largely absent from the Realm for the last year and a half (good Lord, 18 MONTHS? Wow, it didn't feel like THAT long), but I've been working on customs on and off for all that time, and I think it's finally time to get back in the scene. Sadly, no Metroid for now, but I do have PLENTY more TMNT to post, and I've started a new series, which I start unveiling today. Presenting my first Masters of the Universe Hybrid . . . He-Man!

I have a long history with toy collecting. I grew up with Sectaurs and Dino-Riders. I was the first kid in my school to own a Ninja Turtle by almost a YEAR (small rural town, not very trendy, new fads moved in SLOOOOW). As a 4-yr-old, my poor parents couldn't afford much, but I had demonstrated a disinclination to put small accessories in my mouth, and Star Wars figures were cheap, so I owned almost ALL of them (not all at once, I was FOUR after all, so I'd lose them constantly . . . a fact I STILL hate myself for, but I digress). I even owned figures based on the original Dune film, making me one of 10 people on Earth who knows that Dune HAD action figures.

But without a doubt, my first figure obsession was MOTU. Me and the other neighborhood kids would swing around sticks, pretending they were the Sword of Power. We mounted cardboard "lasers" on our big-wheels and rode around the yard, our version of the wastes of Eternia. Every kid has an imaginary friend, and mine was He-Man. But best of all, my best friend Alex (who was NOT poor) owned (and to this day, still does) ABSOLUTELY EVERY FIGURE, VEHICLE, AND PLAYSET in the toyline (even the obscure ones like Rio-Blast and the Meteorbs). For our preschool years, MOTU was LIFE!

Needless say, I was stoked when it was announced in 2001 that MOTU was making a comeback. I grabbed the new figures the moment they hit local shelves. Sadly, while the sculpts were utterly FANTASTIC, the joints left something to be desired, and the selection was pretty poor. Cartoon Network's mismanagement of the show's advertising and schedule, and Mattel's mismanagement of the toy series, doomed the whole endeavor to an early death.

Of course, in 2008 Mattel brought back MOTU with a vengeance . . . and with an APPALLINGLY poor online store and an outrageous price point. MOTU Classics are excellent toys with great articulation, but the price, limited quantities, and hassle of simply purchasing the toys make the concept a non-starter for many fans. And let's face it, the sculpts are great, but they just aren't as amazing as the 2002 series.

MOTU Hybrid is my attempt to unify the best of all three MOTU eras. The ideas (i.e. color schemes and concepts) of the original cartoon, the sculpts of the 2002 toys, and the articulation of modern figures, at a far more reasonable cost.

He-Man here is almost 100% factory original figure. Unlike most other Realmers' attempts to make articulated '02 MOTU figures, I didn't replace the body. I was too impressed with the Four Horsemen's work. Instead, I strategically cut and hollowed out the existing limbs of the 2002 figure and simply spliced in joints from other figures. Only minor sculpting was required to integrate the joints fully. In addition to the existing joints in his shoulders, hips, wrists, and neck, he now has bicep rotation, thigh rotation, shin rotation, knees, elbows, and ankles. Then it was simply a matter of giving the figure a full paint job. He even maintains his spring-loaded attack action feature!

He-Man comes with five accessories:
- 2 versions of the Sword of Power: Not the weird techno-blade from 2002, but rather the version from the original series. People familiar with the development of the '02 cartoon know that Skeletor's dual blades were originally intended to be the actual Sword of Power, the villain having acquired both halves, and He-Man's blade was a replacement crafted by Man-At-Arms and the Sorceress. I went back to this concept and used Skeletor's sword to make a proper Sword of Power. I spliced two golden halves together to make the complete weapon. The half-sword was made by sculpting the second edge of the blade onto yet another golden half-blade and dremeling down the back of the sword to make it flat.
-1 axe, full repaint.
-1 shield, full repaint.
-1 breastplate to make Battle Armor He-Man: THIS was completely sculpted by hand out of LocTite epoxy putty, based on the Four Horsemen staction figure. No, it doesn't change to show battle damage, but it is fully removable, fitting over He-Man's existing harness, allowing full poseability, and even leaving the "holster" on his back exposed so he can still stow his weapons.

Now I've got the He-Man I've always wanted, at a price I can afford! He's fully poseable, large, imposing, and armed to the teeth. He's got that brilliant modern design, but with elements that pay homage to the classic cartoon that I grew up. He turned out better than I ever hoped, and he's got a place of honor on my shelf!

By the power of Grayskull!


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Controlspire - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
By the Power of Grayskull!
Nice custom, as usual looks great!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Thanks!
BDCdiesel - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Awesome He-man, man. Brings back memories of my younger years when I got a Battle Armor He-man for Christmas. It would only be fitting for you to give me this Battle Armor He-man for Christmas. Seriously though, awesome...everything! Paint, assembly, the whole nine yards. Excellent work as usual, and welcome back.
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hey Diesel, I was hoping you'd pop in and comment! Glad to be back, and glad you liked the figure! Check out the rest, and keep watching for more . . . I know I've been watching for yours!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Saturday, December 17, 2011
glad to see you back love your work and stoked you are tackling another of my favorite series. you have improved so vastly on the 200X line, you should send pics of this to the 4horsemen to show them this is what should have been done. I am in amazement and love it and look forward to your future works, truly inspiring.
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Glad to BE back! Also, overjoyed you like the series, because if you're familiar with my previous work (Metroid), you know I don't just stop at one or two . . . I do as many of the characters as I can!! So keep checking in, I've got a big lineup!
kngfu - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Amazing work on the joints. I love the 200x guys but the lack of articulation bothers me too.
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Easily remedied though! This is one of the simplest customs I ever made. Almost no sculpting, very little paint sealing (since you're just color-matching the existing plastic anyway, so no glaring paint rub problems), no major speed-bumps, just joint splicing. Really, the figure practically built itself!

Thanks for the props!
ZoltanMotherwell - Saturday, December 17, 2011
I'm not as big a fan of the 2002 MOTU, but that is very well done!
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thanks! All a matter of taste, right?
Bob-A-Ferret - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Nice work on this
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thanks much!
ridhwan5 - Friday, December 16, 2011
I have always preferred the 200x MOTU than the MOTUC, simply because I find the classics too bulky. You, good sir, have done a wonderful job bringing the statuesque toy to fully articulated! well done, sir. To think I am considering one of the wwe deluxe aggression figure as base like so many of the customizers here...I salute you on your effot!
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Hey, not dissing the full-body-replacement method, just a different way of achieving the same goal. Look forward to seeing what you come up with! Thanks for the kudos! *salutes back*
Shinigami - Friday, December 16, 2011
Very cool looking He-Man, loving this.
Batman1016 - Friday, December 16, 2011
Thank you!
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