Evening, night-owls! So after the resounding success (in my eyes, at least) of my previous custom - the first of my MOTU Hybrid line, He-Man, champion of Eternia and protector of Castle Grayskull - I figured it was the villains' turn to make an appearance. And who else was I supposed to pick but the Big Bad himself, the master of mayhem, the emperor of evil, the wizard of woe, a villain as iconic as Darth Vader, Ganondorf, Shredder, Bowzer, and Doctor Doom, you all know him, you all love him (and love to hate him), the one and only . . . Skeletor!
As I said last update, 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. Just like his predecessor, instead of replacing Skeletor's poorly articulated body with a new figure, I spliced joints into the Mattel original to preserve the Four Horsemen's spectacular sculpt. In addition to the existing ball shoulders, double-T hips, and rotating wrists, neck, and waist, Skeletor now has hinge elbows, ankles, and knees, plus rotating biceps and shins. Not only does he retain his push-button sword-chop action feature, but as an unintended but fortunate side-effect of the joint-splicing process, Skeletor has a little added length to his limbs, making him slightly taller. He now looks even more emaciated, lanky and, well, skeletal than ever before! Not a deliberate design choice, but a great result nonetheless! Then it was minor sculpting, simple paint apps, and this bad boy was finished!
Like He-Man, Skeletor comes with a bunch of goodies:
- 2 versions of the Dark Sword of Power: Like He-Man's swords, I made a full and half version. The full uses two purple half-blades, while the half uses one purple half-blade with the second edge sculpted with LocTite epoxy putty.
- 1 Havoc Staff, unchanged. Seriously, didn't need any paint, it's fine as-is.
- 1 cape: I took a cape from a Marvel Legends Magneto (the same Magneto that became my NECA Shredder figure) and sculpted a slip-on harness to clip over Skeletor's shoulders under his armor and around the action feature button on his back. Viola! A removable cape so Skeletor can be displayed as a lightly armored demon barbarian soldier, or as a cloaked, imperious mage-lord of darkness!
You can't have good without evil, and you can't be a hero without overcoming adversity. Skeletor is the perfect counterbalance to He-Man, and these two figures look epic facing off on my shelf. I was overjoyed when I finished building He-Man, but finishing Skeletor was almost a religious experience, I was so thrilled. He's one of my favorite pieces I ever made!
By the power of Grayskull!