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Beast Man (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:35687  
Name:Beast Man (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Creator:Batman1016  
Date Added:January 7, 2012
Base Figure:2002 Beast Man, ML Sasquatch
Height:7.00 inches
Good morning! Or night, depending on your perspective and time zone! Here to share yet another Master of the Universe figure with my fans on the Realm. Today's contribution is one of the most prominent villains from the old Filmation cartoon, easily Skeletor's most important stooge. Let's give a big hand for the mean and massive Beast Man!

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. Sometimes this is a difficult process. In particular, finding adequate joint fodder to splice into the limbs can be time consuming. You need to find figures made of sturdy plastic with solid joints, but they still have to be small enough to fit into a figure's existing limbs. An arm or leg is only so wide, so the donating figure must have narrow limbs without sacrificing durability. Finding the perfect donor toy can be frustrating.

Not so with Beast Man. The moment I began the project, I knew there was only one choice. Marvel Legends' Sasquatch was the same size and color and had the same furry texture as Skeletor's toady. Joint swapping wasn't even necessary. I was able to splice in Sasquatch's entire limbs. I cut both figure's ball shoulders midway, and removed Beast Man's entire lower torso beneath the loincloth. I cut off Sasquatch's arms just below the elbows and his legs below the knees. I glued and puttied Sasquatch's pelvis to Beast Man's waist, reattached his shoulders, and added Beast Man's wrists and shins to the new limbs' stumps. the only individual joints I had to add were the ankles. Now Beast Man has double knees and elbows, ball shoulders and hips, hinge ankles, and rotating thighs, biceps, wrists, neck, and waist. While he retains his ground-pound/Donkey-Kong-barrel-throw action feature, it doesn't work all that great as his new arms are a bit heavier than his old limbs.

I painted Beast Man's minimal garments in Filmation colors. His once brown mane collar is now red, his green bracelets and belt are now gold, and his medallion and loincloth (and face paint) are now blue. I chose not to make his various armor pads red as well, since my brother said the brown leather was more natural. Finally, all the spikes were painted a bone off-white, including the handle of his whip.

Few of the Four Horsemen's redesigns were as simple as Beast Man. His costume is nearly identical to the original. All they really changed was his size and general proportions. Very basic, but it made all the difference. Once a humanoid, furry, bumbling oaf, Beast Man became a massive, angry, deadly ape monster. And with some simple modifications, he can now live up to the awesome potential of his redesign. A classic example of less-is-more put to brilliantly effective use!

By the power of Grayskull!


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User Comments
Darththomas - Sunday, January 8, 2012
back on the motu now, I do have a beast in the works but I've been kinda changing my plans, sooooo much work to do on him, he's in my Wip thread somewhere p13 I believe, he's a long ways off but he's started
Batman1016 - Sunday, January 8, 2012
Good God, do I know that feeling! I've got some 20-30 figures that I'm "getting to eventually." Sadly, my pesky "job" keeps getting in the way. *pffft!*
suprasizeme - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Always a pleasure to see what Motu customs you are creating. And Beasty is awesome!!!
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thanks a bunch!
Monkeyman411 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Another masterpiece...keep them coming
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Will do!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Saturday, January 7, 2012
you just keep outdoing yourself and making a massively epic collection. your work is so amazing and making me contemplate making a series 3 one day. If I were able to have more users to follow or become a fan, you would so be on my list. I will always await your projects since you bring a great perspective with an inventive process (and touching on some of my favorite series). you and darth are 2 of my favs you all have been crushing the motu customs and when I can get my wips in order will be back to mine. keep em coming.
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
As always, thanks so much for your excessive praise!
Rabid_Ewok - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Awesome Beast Man! Great combination of parts.
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thanks! Please check out my older stuff as well!
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Awesome man! I agree - I always thought of Beast Man as being a dangerously feral brute, as opposed to the clown that he was on the cartoon. In my own personal action figure canon/universe as a child, he was a straight up berzerker psychopath lol! Anyway, great job!
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
I always wanted to see a dangerous Beast Man with that animal cunning and ferocity . . . I imagine him sounding like Kerchak from Disney's Tarzan, only without restraint.
timone317 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
I had both that Beast Man figure and a ML Sasquatch a few years ago...and if I'm visualizing this correctly, this figure is taller than the ML Face Off Hulk figure, right? Oh man...I love figures that are really tall but still in scale with 6 inch figures. Really amazing work on this, I'd give anything to have this figure.
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Hmmm . . . couldn't tell you, to be honest. I imagine BM as walking in a permanent crouch, like an ape, maybe even walking on his knuckles. I don't imagine him walking upright, so I pretty much keep him in that hunched-over pose. I'll tell you this, my He-Man is about 6.5 tall, and BM's as tall as He-Man when he's CROUCHING, so . . . yeah, really tall dude. Glad you like it!
xGARRIKx - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Dude, I'm truly in love with your creations. As I said before, I love the 200x MOTU figures, but they are so "rigid".... All these "articulations" make them look AWESOME, totally PRO. Congratulations and please, keep on making this fantastic work... BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL.
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Wow, this figure posted, what, half an hour ago? You guys just hanging out, lying in wait, ready to strike?

Seriously, thanks so much! And no worries, more are on the way . . . completed two lovely ladies last week, and just finished sculpting one flying monkey dude tonight, all he needs is some minor paint apps and he's ready for his photo shoot!
Darththomas - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Very nicely done buddy!!, the only crit I'd have is that the crotch piece is maybe a little too long but that's only minor. I'm loving your stuff man and you now have a new fan!!
Batman1016 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thanks for the comment! Can't tell you how glad I am that another MOTU customizer likes my stuff!

I was a little worried about the crotch size myself, originally. However, as I'm sure you already know, the 2002 Beast Man's default natural stance is a low, ape-like crouch, hips and knees and ankles bent almost to maximum. Post-modifications, when my BM is standing upright, yeah, his hips look kinda odd, but when he's in his proper crouching pose (like pic 1, maybe lower), it's really unnoticeable, especially in person. Ultimately, the ever-so-slightly-off proportions were vaguely irritating but necessary, and totall worth it for those full ball joint hips with thigh rotation!

Great to have a fan! I've been watching your stuff. Like the new Thundercats. When we gonna see more MOTU from you? And come to think of it, how come you don't have a Beast Man posted yet?
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