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Mer-Man (MOTU Hybrid) Custom Action Figure

Custom #:35761  
Name:Mer-Man (MOTU Hybrid)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Date Added:January 9, 2012
Base Figure:2002 Mer-Man
Height:6.00 inches
And the hits just keep on coming! Back with an eleventh entry into my line of Masters of the Universe Hybrid figures! On a bad guy kick at the moment. We've seen a lord of evil, we've seen a mistress of magic, and we've seen a king of beasts . . . now onto the terror of the deep! The second half of Skeletor's dynamic duo of disaster, Mer-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. Mer-Man posed no special challenges to this process, although I did make a few alternate design choices based on the design of the existing figure. For starters, Mer-Man's spear-thrust action feature eliminated one of his ball shoulders, but added an elbow. Instead of changing the limb, I left it as is to maintain the feature, and because it didn't restrict articulation too severely. Further, his narrow legs and bulky boots made splicing in thigh and shin rotation problematic, so I instead added Hasbro double joints (hinge and rotation on one joint) at both the top and bottom of his boots, giving him rotation just above the knee and just above the ankles. The only other joints I had to add were in his right arm, a bicep rotator and an elbow.

Mer-Man was painted in his cartoon colors, yellow armor with blue and orange accents as needed. I used a gloss paint for his skin, rather than flat, to give him that wet, slick, fish-scale texture. I painted his claws and the little teeth on his armor and weapons in bone off-white, 'cuz it made sense more than leaving them in yellow or their original cast bronze color. After all, that trident is clearly made of large bones and shark teeth!

Huh . . . this one wasn't NEARLY so long as the others. I'm becoming . . . concise! Oh the horror!

By the power of Grayskull!

User Comments
Controlspire - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
So when Aqua Man and the Creature of the Black Lagoon truly love each other they get together and...
Brilliant Merman one of the best I've seen, his articulation is well done, he has great possibility not to mention the detail work you put into him is outstanding!
Batman1016 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Heh . .. you're just running down the entire list, eh?

Thanks a lot for looking!
kngfu - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Great stuff dude. I love following your work. Keep it up.
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Thanks, will do!
NeCrollector - Monday, January 9, 2012
Awesome work, man!
Merman has always been a personal favorite of mine!
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Thanks! Glad I could bring him to life for you! Personally, I'm really not a fan . . . water characters always seem so limited. Unless your setting is a complete ocean world, your character better either have more at his disposal than just "I breathe underwater and talk with fish," or he better be creative enough to use his powers to their absolute potential (tidal waves, starving the surface dwellers, etc), otherwise he's going to be a laughing stock. Course, Skeletor's minions were usually just comic relief, so . . . .
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Monday, January 9, 2012
another masterpiece, love it. the colors are also perfect for him, bright and beautiful. a real 10 out of 10.
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Thanks! Wasn't easy . . . yellow's ALWAYS a pain, as is matching green. When I get around to posting them, remind me to tell you all the horror stories about mixing and matching all the TMNT's different shades of green paint.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I can imagine, had some crazy times mixing paint myself. would love to see you join the forums and see some wips and give some more info into your inventive style.
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Ehhh . . . forums are VERY time consuming, and I tend to get over involved. I'll think about it.
Monkeyman411 - Monday, January 9, 2012
This is just amazing...always awesome
Batman1016 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Well, I try! Thanks!
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