So, here we come at last to the final piece. Not my final figure, or my final MOTU, oh no, not by a long shot, I assure you! It's merely the final MOTU Hybrid figure that I've yet taken pictures of. Rest easy, I've already completed three more characters, and I've got three more cut up and awaiting assembly at this very moment. However, I must take a brief break to prepare for some upcoming contests. I'm entering no less than three of them, so I'd best get my entries in order! So for the moment, I leave you with my latest MOTU Hybrid, the triumvirate of terror, the three-fold threat, Tri-Klops!
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, the "reasonable cost" side of the equation takes priority. I wanted to make Tri-Klops, complete with weapon and Doomseeker drone. However, a complete figure, in package, costs almost $20 after shipping in today's market. An incomplete one, however, can go for substantially less. I wanted the whole package, but when a Tri-Klops showed up on [insert popular bidding site], sans drone, for only $4 with shipping, it was a no brainer. I'd figure out the Doomseeker some other way, this was too good to pass up.
The joint swapping process was the same as always: cut limb, hollow limb with Dremel, implant donor joint, sculpt around joint to make joint look seamless, reattach limb, repeat. Tri-Klops came with ball shoulders and hips, and rotating waist, neck, and wrists. Now he also has hinge knees, elbows, and ankles, as well as rotating biceps, shins, and thighs. He also maintains his push-button fencing arm action feature.
Tri-Klops' color scheme was a hard decision. The character's color has been inconsistent in EVERY incarnation. All had green armor, but the details changed from one version to the next. His original 80s figure had a yellow belt with orange sternum-strap and bracers, and black boots and loincloth. The MOTUC figure made all his belt orange as well, but kept the black components. The 2002 figure kept the yellow belt and orange trim, and added orange shin guards to his black boots. And the Filmation cartoon did away with his trim ENTIRELY, and made his boots and loincloth brown. Ultimately, I thought all these incarnations looked stupid, and thus went with the 2002 CARTOON colors . . . green armor, black boots and loincloth, and gold trim, with a few silver highlights for his cybernetic components.
Tri-Klops has three accessories:
- 1 sword, broken when I bought it, a little Krazy Glue and some paint, and it looks perfect.
- 1 Doomseeker drone, sculpted entirely from scratch, painted in an original color scheme, based on the design from the 2002 cartoon. I'm really happy how this turned out!
- 1 flight stand. Normally, I wouldn't mention this, but it has a cool feature . . . the screw-pin from the bottom hinge can unscrew and the whole top can be removed. The loop on the joint is EXACTLY the same diameter as the push-button for Tri-Klops' action feature, located on his back. Thus, the top of the flight stand can be attached to Tri-Klops' button, serving double duty as a peg, to make it look like his Doomseeker is floating over his shoulder! It's a little thing, but it's really neat!
Does anyone else hate Figure Realm's language filter's as much as I do? Seriously, I can't even say the WORD [insert popular bidding site] without getting blocked?
By the power of Grayskull!