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Battle-Cat (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

Custom #:35464  
Name:Battle-Cat (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Date Added:December 28, 2011
Base Figure:2002 Battle-Cat
Height:10.00 inches
Once more unto the breach, I return with yet another MOTU Hybrid! Today's figure is one of my favorite customs. It's not my best work (by far, that honor goes to NECA Shredder) or my most challenging (Ghor from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption) or the figure I had the most fun working on (it's a tie between Ridley and Mother Brain), and it's certainly not a first of any kind (first "transportation," Samus Aran's Gunship; first animal, Drizzt Do'Urden's Guenhwyvar), but with two exceptions (my original Samus Aran, and the aforementioned Shredder), there is no other figure I'm happier to have on my shelf than dear old Cringer . . . the one and only Battle-Cat!

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. However, sometimes one or more of those goals gets set by the wayside. Such was the case with Battle-Cat. Modern articulation is a bit unfeasible (not impossible, but it's more work than I'm willing to dedicate at the moment), and the 2002 design was, in my humble opinion, rather poorly conceived and overly technological. There was just something iconic, if a bit dated, about the original Battle-Cat design, and I decided to stick with that general look, slightly updated with a more intimidating look.

What you see here is the result of my re-imagining. Every plate was sculpted by hand (except the paws, which I modified from the 2002 design). I liked the idea of the large, crested helm of the original, but not the bulky, clumsy half-bird-half-dinosaur look. I wanted Battle-Cat to look like a metal lion, with a mane, ears, jowls, brows, cheeks, nose, and fangs. The mask needed to be almost skin-tight, and it had to be removable but still hold onto the head securely during "playtime." The solution? I engineered a complex three-piece clasp system: the sides of the mask hook together in the center of the forehead, then the face-crest piece slips over top and clips on behind the ears.

I made the saddle similar in design to the '80s toy, but with sharper edges, added armor on the haunches, and more spikes. It easily slips on and off the figure, with no need for a securing strap on the bottom since the armor is perfectly molded to the contours of Cringer's musculature. The saddle also has two rings on the sides of the seat-back, space for He-Man to stow his axe and shield while traveling across the Eternian wastes.

I painted the entire armor a deep, leathery red, then drybrushed the bright fire red over top to give it a two-tone finish. I intended to paint the fangs/claws/spikes in a silver or bone color, but when I asked my brother to pick, he suggested a third option: paint the points copper, so they nearly match the color of the armor, but stand out with a subtle metallic sheen. I tried it out, and the results were cooler than I could have hoped for. Battle-Cat looked bad-@$$!

Someday I'll return to Battle-Cat and add knees and ankles to all four legs,and I'll post new pics then. But for now, I'm perfectly happy calling him a finished product. With He-Man on his back, he's the centerpiece of my MOTU display.

By the power of Grayskull!

User Comments
Controlspire - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"...and this is my kitty, Mister Kringer-pants!"
Fierce looking Battlecat, love he articulation in this one because you made the armor in such a way that he looks like he can still actually move, you can get some amazing poses out of him for sure, and plus he looks freaking-fantastic!!!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Well, I still have yet to add, you know, KNEES. No matter how well jointed the guy is, he's still got stiff, straight legs. Maybe after I add knees and ankles, we'll see some nice shots. Anyway, thanks so much for the comments!
scarecrow studios - Sunday, January 8, 2012
these motu figures are incredible. I've looked back through the ones you've made and I'm blown away. I havent had much interest in motu figures since I was a kid, but id collect yours if they made them look like this. battlecats armor looks very classical and has such a realistic feel to it. absolutely stellar work!
Batman1016 - Sunday, January 8, 2012
Thanks! Like I said, he's one of my favorites. I'm even thinking of adding some more armor when I finally do the legs, so keep watching for Battle Cat version 2!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Thursday, December 29, 2011
you made another purrfect rendition. the armor is perfectly done and amazing that it is almost form fitting in all ways. you have really been knocking them outta the park lately and can't wait for more. superb.
Batman1016 - Thursday, December 29, 2011
Well, I have seven more already finished, eight more currently on the worktable, and at least half a dozen others planned, so you're DEFINITELY getting more! Glad you like them so much!
Monkeyman411 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This is incredible...amazing work
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thank you! And feel free to check out all my previous work.
BDCdiesel - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Awesome job man, Battlecat looks effin' sweeeet, with 4 e's! On a related note, I have an extra Zabu figure from the ML Savage-land boxset and it is yours if you want it. Pm me at the forums and it is yours, free of charge! He is pretty articulated and probably the right size if you wanna do a Battlecat 2.0, or rob his articulation. If not, this Battlecat is still freakin' amazing. Excellent work as always.
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wow Diesel, thanks for the compliment and for the VERY kind offer! The fact is, I've already figured out how I'm going to articulate the existing Cringer, I've worked out the engineering using DCUC joints, it's just a matter of getting off my butt and doing it really. The only reason I'd actually remake the character is if I had the Classics Batle-Cat to work from, 'cuz the one drawback of the 2002 toy is that he's just a tad smaller than I like. MOTUC BC is HUGE, perfect for a riding beast.

HOWEVER . . . I actually HAVE been intending to make Panthor for Skeletor, and I think Zabu... (*shades*) ...would be purr-fect! *YEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHH!*

. . . .

What? Why are you looking at me like that? . . . What?
yoyi_x - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Great work man! Love the mask and the saddle handler. Bravo!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thank you much!
ZoltanMotherwell - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Holy-rusted-metal Batman1016!! Thats realll nice!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thanks! I'm thinking of adding some armor plates to the legs, but I'll wait 'til I finish jointing them.
BKZ718 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Mission accomplished! The armors design and sculpt looks amazing!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wow BKZ, I didn't realize you were still on the Realm, you haven't posted a figure in ages(not that I'm one to talk, but still)! And being one of the few other customizers who's ever tackled Samus, I have been watching, believe me. So glad you popped in to post a comment, thanks for the kudos!
Darththomas - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
That is simply amazing mate, loving all your hybrids but this one really stands out!!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thanks! I like it.

Honestly, if I could afford it, I'd totally remake this with a MOTUC Battle-Cat, he's just so much bigger and already has all the joints. Maybe in the far-off future . . ..
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