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Orko (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

Custom #:35592  
Name:Orko (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Date Added:January 2, 2012
Base Figure:2002 Orko
Height:5.00 inches
Just a simple repaint today, folks. It's said that a figure's paint can make or break the toy. I good sculpt can be ruined by mediocre paint, and a poor sculpt can be made decent with the proper painted highlights and shadows. Such is the case with today's custom, the official magician (or jester, depending on the day) of the Noble House of Eternia, the crimson comic relief of the royal court, Orko!

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. But sometimes, making the modifications necessary to accommodate new joints requires certain sacrifices, and in a few cases, they are sacrifices I'm simply unwilling to make. Such is the case with Orko. Putting aside the fact that the character has no legs to speak of, his arms are rather heavily sculpted due to his flowing robes, to the point that adding elbow and bicep joints would ruin the overall aesthetic of the figure. It CAN be done with excellent results (see darththomas81's Orko for an excellent example), but it was a risk I couldn't take, and as I said from the beginning, the Four Horsemen sculpt comes first, always.

To that end, I decided to simply clean Orko up a bit by coating him in his proper colors. The original figure was molded in unpainted magenta plastic with some flat gold highlights. I painted him from head to toe . . . er, neck to hem in flat red to give him a more natural, satin finish. I repainted his gold trim to give it extra shine, and I painted his hat the proper orange. His hands and ears received a light blue wash to give them a more mottled, varied, skin-like color scheme, and his wand now has a proper brown, wooden handle.

No big changes, but I think it's a vast improvement on the original release. Of course, it doesn't fix the more glaring issue, namely Orko's massive size. In both cartoons, Orko is about two feet, three at most from the tip of his hat to the hem of his robe. As you can see, this Orko is nearly as tall as Teela herself. Perhaps I can come up with some creative solution for some potential future release . . . .

By the power of Grayskull!

User Comments
xGARRIKx - Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I'm a passioned on MOTU, I love the 80's cartoon and really enjoyed the 200x cartoon. I love the vintage action figures and my MOTU Action Figures collection mostly comprised of 200x ones. On the MOTU 200x figures I can say the sculptures were great, but the colors weren't as good as the sculptures deserve. So I think your repainting work is awesome, you gave Orko the "brightness" and "charisma" that the character carries with. hope to see more "repainted" and "revived" MOTU figures. P.S. My english is not so good, so I hope my ideas could be more or less clear .
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Yes, I understand you clearly, your English is fine! Thanks so much for your kind words! As an MOTU fan, I hope you checked out my other figures. If not, be sure to have a look, tell me what you thought!
RedRebelCustoms - Tuesday, January 3, 2012
You did an amazing job making Orko's colors POP!
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I try. Thanks much!
Monkeyman411 - Monday, January 2, 2012
Great job
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
scarecrow studios - Monday, January 2, 2012
Great paints, the colors really add a lot to the figure.
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
Yeah, substantially more contrast, that's for sure! Thanks much!
NeCrollector - Monday, January 2, 2012
Awesome dude!
Love the colors.
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
Sometimes, that's all it takes, right? Thanks much!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Monday, January 2, 2012
love it really sets of the fig and love both yours and darth's MOTU, you both inspire me. I look forward to seeing your works all the time. keep up the great work and darth does deserve high praise for setting the bar on MOTU into the stratosphere. your work on the existing figs is one of the most unique and creative thing I have seen so far.
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
Man, I figured people would just pop in, say "Meh, repaint," and just move on! Thanks for your support!
Darththomas - Monday, January 2, 2012
Nice repaint bud, thanks for the props!!
Batman1016 - Monday, January 2, 2012
Hey, you currently have the best '02 Orko on the Realm, credit where it's due s'what I always say!
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