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Evil-Lyn (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

Custom #:35267  
Name:Evil-Lyn (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Date Added:December 21, 2011
Base Figure:2002 Evil-Lyn Mini-Statue
Height:6.00 inches
Hi-ho, toy enthusiasts! Back with another MOTU Hybrid figure! We most recently tackled He-Man's main squeeze, Teela. Now we're going to take a look at Skeletor's bottom babe! It's interesting to note that, contrary to a great deal of contemporary fiction where the heroes are the weaker but smarter underdogs working to take out the ultra-strong but stupid bully enemy, in the MOTU continuity, the situation is reversed. The heroes are clearly the brawn, while the enemy is substantially more brainy. He-Man is a massive barbarian, and Teela is a warrior maiden. On the other hand, Skeletor is a sorcerer, master of the dark arts, and his companion is just as magically powerful, intelligent, cunning, devious, and most surprising of all among Skeletor's minions, successful. Presenting the wicked witch of the Eternian wastes, Evil-Lyn!

Once again, 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. Evil-Lyn is a first for the series in two regards. 1) She's the first character I elected to do in her Filmation cartoon colors (technically, He-Man, Skeletor, and Teela are also largely in their Filmation colors, but this is because their designs were already quite close to the original. Lyn, on the other hand, was drastically different), and 2) Evil-Lyn is the first mini-statue I've had to convert.

So the story goes, after they ran the series into the ground and canceled the cartoon and the toyline, Mattel was ready to just call it quits on MOTU. NECA, on the other hand, wanted to keep going. Having already acquired a MOTU license to create statues, NECA asked Mattel if they could just make figures too, as a continuation of the abandoned toy franchise. They would keep using the Four Horsemen to sculpt the toys, and they even offered to sell them under Mattel's logo, no credit to NECA whatsoever. Naturally, since fans wanted this so much, Mattel refused (because they hate their fans, I assume) and maintained exclusive control of the action figure production rights that they had no intention of using any time in the immediate future. NECA responded by flipping Mattel the metaphorical bird, deciding that if they couldn't make actual figures, they would simply use their existing statue license and produce figure-sized mini-statues that fit in with the existing toys, thereby continuing the series anyway, albeit in a slightly less interactive format.

Evil-Lyn is one of the few (the only?) characters that was produced as both a figure AND a statue. Since the first figure was just a retool of Teela, the Four Horsemen wanted to make a new, more cartoon-accurate figurine. This was the version I chose to make my figure. However, right off, the challenges were fairly obvious: this was a STATUE. Admittedly, a statue made of soft rubber resin, made of individual parts glued together rather than one massive sculpted chunk, but a statue nonetheless. Instead of adding joints to an already semi-poseable figure, I was adding EVERY joint to a completely immobile hunk of plastic.

I started by breaking the statue down into its original base components: boots, legs, arms, torso, head, and skirt. Then I discarded the unusable parts, namely the legs. Both limbs were molded together as a single piece. It was much easier to just replace them with pre-articulated limbs from another figure. I chose the legs of a Marvel Legends X-23 figure and replaced the lower legs with the statue's boots. I then dremeled out the statue's immobile feet and replaced them with X-23's feet, carved down into a more feminine shape.

As with Teela, I discarded the arms, but kept the bicep bracelets and lower arms. I hollowed out the bracelets and slid them onto X-23's upper arms, and replaced the lower with the statue hands. I cut the torso in half to add waist rotation, and attached Evil-Lyn's head to X-23's neck. I plugged the arms, legs, and neck into the torso to finish the articulation.

Originally, Evil-Lyn's skirt was solid resin, like the rest of the figurine. This was, of course, unacceptable for a poseable figure. How would she sit? I cut a new skirt out of a sheet of black craft foam-rubber (the stuff kids use to make fridge magnets and Christmas tree ornaments in art class) and used heat and Krazy Glue to meticulously shape it to precisely match the original. I also dremeled out the crest on Evil-Lyn's helmet to make it look more like a metal framework crown than a solid crest. A lot of detail sculpting to fix little mistakes here and there, and the figure design was complete!

The original 80s Evil-Lyn figure was two-tone blue with yellow skin. This made little sense, as the cartoon character looked nothing like the toy. The 2002 character had a more sensible purple, black, and silver motif with pale olive skin, but since I grew up with the original cartoon, I wanted my Evil-Lyn to match her blue, purple, and black outfit, with silver and yellow highlights to homage the other designs. As for her skin-tone, animation stills I found online show her in shades varying from cream to salmon. I went with a dull pink that compliments her metallic purple costume.

Evil-Lyn has four accessories:
- 1 Magic Staff. full repaint.
- 1 fireball, pegs into her right hand
- pet hawk Screech with perch, not pictured; Screech was originally permanently glued to the perch. I removed him, and I'm trying to modify him so that he stands independently without falling over. He's not finished yet, so I'll post pics at a later date.

As I get further into the line, I'm going to have to work more and more with mini-statues instead of figures. Evil-Lyn was a practice run to see if I could pull off a complete redesign of static figurine. I'd say the results were incredibly promising. Evil-Lyn was one of the hardest customs I've ever built, but in the end, she was well worth the challenge!

By the power of Grayskull!

User Comments
Controlspire - Monday, February 20, 2012
Again masterfully done. This is a beautiful piece of artwork here, no doubts in my mind.
Batman1016 - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Much obliged!
Bob-A-Ferret - Thursday, December 22, 2011
Batman1016 - Thursday, December 22, 2011
Well, I've put in my application to North Pole Industries, but he hasn't gotten back to me. With his facilities, I could mass produce easy. Shame . . . .

Seriously though, thanks for the praise!
BDCdiesel - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Dude, don't ever change your ramblings. Besides the expertly crafted customs, I love coming for the Long winded/detailed descriptions/backstories. Awesomely hot Evil-Lyn, hot from head to toe!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hey, my diatribes aren't going anywhere, promise! Thanks for reading!
RedRebelCustoms - Thursday, December 22, 2011
I enjoyed it as well. The history behind the toy was a great story. Sorry if I implied otherwise bro!
Batman1016 - Friday, December 23, 2011
No no, no offense taken. All just good-natured self deprecating jabs I take at myself. I like to talk, and by extension, type. A lot. So I frequently joke about how I can't shut up. It's all cool!
suprasizeme - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I loved all the improvements you made to the 200x Motu line. But Evil-lyn is my fav. gal from the series so I had to comment on her. She looks amazing and the changes you made are nothing short of amazing. Incredible work and looking forward to seeing more.
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thanks so much! I promise more on the way!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
man I am so in love with your new series of materpieces. love the creativity and execution, you are truly making the original figs/statues worthy of what they should have been. keep it up, will be eagerily anticipating yor new works. was a fan for your metroid, but your motu is right up there as well, but I am more of a MOTU fan.
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
More to come! If you love this, just wait 'til you see Sorceress and Battle-Cat!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Tuesday, December 27, 2011
man you have me totally stoked to see them, really loving the series. you got me hooked on metroid and now your motu has me as a groupie. all the motu masters on the realm have me as addicted groupies.
Batman1016 - Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Great to have fans! I can only hope to live up to your praise.
RedRebelCustoms - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Great backstory, albeit lengthy. This is a masterpiece bro! The amount of work done here shows your dedication tovthe MOTU line. Might I suggest work'n on better photos? Not that these aren't clear. Just some lighting that brings the figure to the foreground. This magnificent work deserves more attention!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Masterpiece? Are you sure you posted on the right figure here? Seriously, thank you so much for your kind words! Yeah, I do tend to ramble, but it's kind of my trademark at this point, so I stick with it. As for my camera work, I agree, it could be better. I'm not much of a student of photography (and I really HATE the process), and I can't afford a big studio setup, so I tend to slack off on that part of it. But I'm willing to try, assuming I can do it on my budget. So, exactly what kind of light setup should I have? I'm never sure where to position lights, and at what intensity, and so forth. Advice is much appreciated!
hussapocalypse - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hey man! Great work on this Evil Lyn! I saw that you were asking for some advice here about how to take better pictures. Building a home-made light tent is the cheapest and easiest way I can think of to really make your photography professional looking. I can't post links here but if you google "how to make an inexpensive light tent - DIY" you will find an awesome tutorial on how to make one using a cardboard box, a piece of paper, and a white t shirt. If you follow this tutorial it will make a huge difference in the quality of your pictures. Hope this helps - again love the work you're doing on the motu characters. Cheers!
Batman1016 - Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thanks! I think I can handle those instructions. Maybe we'll see an improvement on my photography in the near future!
RedRebelCustoms - Thursday, December 22, 2011
I started off with a pet cube, $5, and some black posterboard. I usually take pics with different settings on my white balance to capture the best colors. I turn my flash off and ISO to 200 or less and rely on my lighting. If you get a clip on light from the hardware store you can put a daylight bulb in or with a smaller set up halogen lights work well. I place them on the side of whatever tent I'm using and take test shots and pull them back or move them closer as needed. A tripod is great to use and if you have a 2/10 sec. timer it keeps motion blur at a minimum. Be sure your macro button is on! Hope that helps. I don't take perfect photos but these tricks have helped me.
Batman1016 - Friday, December 23, 2011
It seems the most difficult part is getting the right light. Well, we'll see what I come up with. I've already photo'd most of the MOTU figures I have finished, and I'm not retaking those pics, so we're not going to see any improvements in the immediate future, but in a month or so . . . maybe! Thanks for your kind help!
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