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The Sorceress (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

Custom #:35530  
Name:The Sorceress (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Date Added:December 30, 2011
Base Figure:2002 Sorceress Mini-Statue
Height:6.00 inches
Booyah! Batman's back, brother! Time for another MOTU Hybrid custom figure! Today's work is one of the most challenging Masters I've made (at least, until I started work on Clawful . . . he's been a B!+(#, let me tell you!). As stated in Teela's description, every good man has a good woman pushing him along. Teela is He-Man's main squeeze, but the ultimate source of his power and purpose is the guardian of Castle Grayskull, the wise, mysterious, shape-changing Sorceress!

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. As with Evil-Lyn before her, the Sorceress was a resin statue rather than a straight action figure. Also like Evil-Lyn, I painted the Sorceress in a more Filmation-like color scheme. It's not exactly the same (for reasons I'll explain in a moment), but it's significantly closer to a "generation 1" appearance than the 2002 version.

As with the last statue, certain components had to be discarded to make way for proper articulation. The Sorceress' legs and arms were replaced with X-23 limbs, and all the necessary costume pieces were transferred to the new appendages. Her skirt, once a solid chunk or rubber resin, was meticulously hollowed out with a Dremel until it was about a 16th of an inch thick, making it fully flexible, allowing for complete poseability. Yes, that's the statue's original skirt, not a replacement. Joints were added in all the necessary places, so that this once immobile figurine now has knees, ball hips, ankles, ball shoulders, double-elbows, and rotation at the biceps, thighs, calves, wrists, waist, and neck.

Two versions of this statue were released. One in 2002 colors, and one pre-painted in an '80s motif. I bought the 2002 version (MUCH cheaper), but I wanted her paint to be as close to the original cartoon (and thus, the alt. color statue) as possible. Unfortunately, I was never terribly fond of the original's orange wings. However, the Sorceress statue also came with a neat accessory: a secondary figure of her as Zoar, her bird form. Zoar was painted in a pattern that actually closely resembled the '80s character's human costume, sans orange wings, and with a few other minor color changes (mostly the color patterns on the head). I decided to base my sorceress off the bird figurine rather than directly translating the Filmation incarnation. So, in case anyone was wondering, that's why she has tan, dry-brushed wings with blue wing-tips instead of the traditional orange.

As stated, the Sorceress came with her Zoar alternate form, sitting on a rock. Out of the box, the hawk was permanently attached to the stone since it couldn't stand on its own. I removed the bird, hollowed it out, and weighted down the back with fishing sinkers so it was properly balanced and could free-stand on and level surface without being glued down. Well . . . presuming it's an edge, since his tail will get in the way.

The Sorceress' final accessory, her magic staff, was a little on the plain side, so I spruced it up with some blue, some metallic red, and mother-of-pearl paint for the wings. A few splashes of color make all the difference.

You know how, in the Figure Realm submission form, under Recipe/Description, it says "At minimum, a brief recipe of your custom is required?" That always makes me laugh . . . .

By the power of Grayskull!

User Comments
Controlspire - Monday, February 20, 2012
Holy Sh--!!! That's -- No words for how cool this is!
Batman1016 - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Just wait for her counterpart, the Enchantress! That'll be a totally original design!
Darththomas - Friday, February 3, 2012
Dunno how I missed this first time round but I did..somehow

Anyhoo, more great work, the articulation improvements are spot on as usual and the paint job really does tie in with the 80s but with a nice update to it. I hear you on clawful man, that plastic gets everywhere when you introduce it to a dremmel
Batman1016 - Friday, February 3, 2012
I dunno how either! But better late than never! Thanks for commenting!

Yeah, that rubber resin they use for the mini-statues . . . it's CRAZY messy. But at least it's easy to cut/grind/hollow/etc. By contrast, I hear the Randor mini-statue is made of the solid, cold-cast polystone stuff. I am NOT looking forward to working with THAT, but I'll get him done if it's the LAST thing I do!
loosecollector - Sunday, January 1, 2012
This is a very nice custom brother. The colors stand out. Good job!
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
*squee!* LooseCollector just complimented my work! I can die happy now!

Seriously, when my friends say, "Dude, you should sell these figures, they're awesome," I point to Jin and Raybot and G Brand and you to show them I'm just amateur hour. To have you compliment my work, it means a LOT! Thanks SO much!
BotCustoms - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Damn! That's impressive!
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
Thanks so much!
jonatanmk - Saturday, December 31, 2011
AMAZING!!! She's gourgeous!
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hey, a new addition to the Realm! Thanks for looking, and for your kind praise! Please, check out my previous work as well. And nice job on the Lanterns! I'm not a fan of the characters in general, but you're doing some solid work, nice clean paint. Kudos!
The Watcher - Friday, December 30, 2011
Batman1016 - Friday, December 30, 2011
AREZ - Friday, December 30, 2011
She looks BEAUTIFUL and much better than the new classic!!!
Batman1016 - Friday, December 30, 2011
Thanks! I'm really happy with her. I really love the whole Egyptian goddess look they gave the character in the remake. Made me want to go out and start a series of mythology figures!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Friday, December 30, 2011
man by the power of grayskull and all the ancient eternian powers you have outdone yourself with this. I love it, the sinker in zoar to help her stand is genius. the use of parts and execution is epic beyond belief. this one is perfect and agree I like the original sorceress color scheme better, but the update you did to it is even more amazing. I hope that one day you do a tutorial on how you do some of your fig/parts swaps/intergration. I have to give this a 12 out of 12, which is reserved for some of my favorite pieces. great job, keep em coming.
Batman1016 - Friday, December 30, 2011
Once again, thanks so much for your high praise!

Genius? Nah, the sinker was just a simple question of balance and physics. Bird is front heavy, bird needs counterweight in back. Bird is tiny, ergo bird needs tiny weight. What's small and heavy? A little lead pellet . . . just logical progression, really. I had access to a tacklebox, there was my solution. Always look for answers to your engineering problems in your immediate environment. That's a lesson I learned building my first Metroid (go back and read his description for the story).

Unfortunately, the sinker idea isn't quite working out for Evil-Lyn's bird, Screech. Screech's legs are positioned differently, thus her balance point is further back. For her to balance in her current stance, the weight would have to be in her tail, and that's obviously not possible without casting a whole new tail OUT of lead, and lead casting is just outside my experience and capabilities, I'm afraid. And I can't really reposition Screech's legs without potentially damaging them.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Friday, December 30, 2011
no problem for the praise, love the work of all motu customizers on the realm. it is what made me start customizing in the first place and between you and darth I want to get back to mine. but still have so many wips I need to get off my shelves that they are getting put back a little. but soon they will be returning and hopefully with a vengence.
as for the sinker loved the idea, maybe fore screech you could sculpt the tail in apoxie and reattach to counter-balance the weight, just a though or remove some weight from the front to balance. just keep up the awesome work.
by the power of grayskull I love motu so everyone keep em coming.
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Yeah, tried that. Screech is completely hollow, but still too front heavy, and the epoxy simply isn't dense/heavy enough. I dunno, I'm experimenting, I'll figure it out. He's low priority for the moment. Right now, my projects are Stratos, Clawful, Trap-Jaw, Fisto, Adora, Marlena, Shokoti, and the Enchantress, in that order. And, if I'm lucky, Panthor and King Randor. Plus about half a dozen non-MOTU figures I've got planned for various contests. Big plans!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Saturday, December 31, 2011
looking forward to your new projects, love all the figs you have mentioned and can't wait for your contest entries. keep em coming.
Batman1016 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Will do!
NeCrollector - Friday, December 30, 2011
I absolutely love, love, love this custom!!!
Batman1016 - Friday, December 30, 2011
Thanks so much!
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