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Castle Gray Skull Custom Diorama / Playset

 
 
Custom #:39151  
Name:Castle Gray Skull
Custom Type:Diorama / Playset
Toy Series:Masters of the Universe
Creator:Saga Toys  
Date Added:May 15, 2012
Base Figure:Scratch
Height:36.00 inches
I was not a big fan of MOTU back in the 80's. Even as a kid I hated when toy makers made toys that were out of scale. Any way last summer I picked up a vintage Castle Grayskull for my toy store. When I brought it into the house my 5 year old took ownership of it. I began to ponder the issues I had with MOTU as a kid and decided to make things right in the universe (well Eternia any way).
I started by getting 2 cardboard barrels and wrapped them with insulation foam. (i used hot glue and staples to attach the foam to the barrels. Once they were covered with the foam I used a soldering iron to etch the shape of the stones. cut out the window and added the casteling on the top of the towers.

Next step was crafting the big skull. I used more insulation foam for this. I cut out the base shape and then cup out layers and stacked them to give it the 3D shape. I then used painters caulk to blend in the the layers. Being that it was supposed to look like old stone work I did not try to make it smooth or perfect. I wanted it to look like an old run down castle that was in need of repair.

I mounted the skull on a piece of 2" thick insulation foam and carved stone into this as well. the next step was painting the caslte. I spray painted it a base green and then added random greens to give it diferent shades.

The next step was the door this is just a couple pieces of foam where i cut out planks and painted it all brown. I then added the hardware to the door. I printed out 4 copies of the Matel exclusive door on card stock. I layered these to give it a 3 dimentional look.

The next step was the interior wall that you see when the draw bridge is open. For this i took stills of the 20xx MOTU cartoon and edited the people out. I like the way it gives the illusion of depth.

The last step was the iconic cannon on top of Grayskull. This is made up primarily of used office products.


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User Comments
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Thursday, May 24, 2012
wow, I truly love it. really fits in perfectly and the scale is great.
Voting ends for the Dioramas II Custom Contest (customizer revealed). - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
NeCrollector - Monday, May 21, 2012
This is gorgeous!!! What every MOTU fan should have in their collection!
fastfreddie - Thursday, May 17, 2012
Now this is EPIC! Look at the size of this people!(that's what she said)
Tim121RVC - Thursday, May 17, 2012
Homemade Castle Grayskull = total win.
Voting begins for the Dioramas II Custom Contest (pictures revealed). - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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