And last in my Power of Grayskull Contest entries, the ridiculous Ram-Man!
Seriously, he's a man, and he rams stuff. With his head. And in the old cartoon, his LEGS were SPRINGS. No really, ridiculous is the right word.
As a child, my best friend Alex owned EVERY MOTU figure. Literally. EVERY LAST ONE. He still has them, as far as I know, and he's likely sitting on a fortune. Me? I owned exactly two MOTU figures. Battle-Armor Skeletor with the rotating "battle damage" chest, and Ram-Man. For that reason alone, I have a certain fondness for the character. Not to mention a certain level of childhood trauma and emotional scarring . . . see, I left Ram-Man at my uncle's house one day, and when I came back a few days later, I discovered, much to my horror, that his stoner roommate had cut a large gouge in his head and epoxied his axe into the helmet, then painted the word "Red-Cabbaage" on his back (the nickname of their other roommate) as a joke. I was FIVE YEARS OLD, and they had just utterly destroyed my favorite toy. Who does that to a kid, huh? Still, I kept him, and I had him lying around until I was at least twenty. Ah, memories. Needless say, when I began working on this MOTU Hybrid project, I always intended to leave a special place for Ram-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. Unlike the other entries in this contest, Ram-Man was pretty straightforward. Just add joints and replace his legs, add some height, and that was all she wrote.
Started with a 2002 MOTU Ram Man, removed the legs (along with spring-loaded battering ram action feature, no ramming for this man :P ) and skirt. I sculpted the bottom of his gut to make him taller (2002 cartoon design, Ram Man is huge, but the 2002 figure is kinda short, though not as short as the original), then reattached the skirt and cut it into strips as it should be. I used the lower half of a movie Hellboy figure as the base of the legs. Shortened slightly, and spliced in the boot cuffs from Ram Man's original legs, then completely re-sculpted the legs to get that "Michelin Man" ridged texture Ram Man is famous for. I spliced some ML Wolverine ball shoulder joints into the arms to make ball elbows, making the arms longer and giving the arms hinge elbows and bicep rotation. After a full repaint, this big guy was done, and properly massive too! His only accessory is his trusty hand axe.
Just gotta make sure my uncle and his friends never get ahold of him . . . .
By the power of Grayskull!