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Growing up watching He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was really fun and it was cool that Prince Adam had a talking cat! JACC (Joe Amato Custom Creations) imagines a world where He-Man trusty sidekick is more than just transportation and the occasional rescue feline with his Custom Battle Cat-Man MOTU Classics figure. Resculpting a removable helmet and chest symbol, JACC has retained the classic look of Battle Cat we grew up with while creating a totally brand new figure for us to enjoy. The green and yellow paint scheme is also new and to make this figure even more interesting, he also wrote up a really cool bio:
The armor on the figure completes the look and I like that he tied in the symbol and sword of He-Man, which makes it look like they belong together. The tunic is a nice touch giving Battle Cat a more human feel to the character. This would make an amazing addition to any MOTU Classics collection so make sure to snatch this Custom Battle Cat-Man MOTU Classics figure while you still can!
AFC has a virtual sit down with Masters of the Universe (and other genre) customizer extraordinaire Hunter Knight Customs! We wanted to learn more about his latest Custom Masters of the Universe Filmation Style Bow figure:
AFC: What custom do you have up for sale on eBay this week?
HKC: Masters of the Universe classics Bow inspired by the Filmation cartoon
AFC: How was this figure made?
HKC: Bow was really a simple one, since the most difficult part was to modify the boots to make them cartoon accurate. It’s basically the Bow base with He-man upper boots. They had to be shaved so the traditional Bow boots could be sculpted. His bracelets were also shaved, muscles resculpted and Filmation bracelets sculpted in place. The upper armor was resculpted as seen in the cartoon. I kept the quiver cause it just looks better and in character.
AFC: How many hours did it take you to create this figure?
HKC: Hmm hard to say, since the work is split in days/weeks. I'd say around 15 hours. I really like to take my time on making them, since a rush job is never good.
AFC: What inspired you to create this custom?
HKC: It was actually a suggestion from my Facebook fans/friends, they always wanted a Filmation style Bow Since the cartoon looks is quite iconic among He-man/ She-ra fans.
AFC: Is there any other interesting information this custom that you would like to share with your fans?
HKC: It was made by a fan, for the fans. It also includes an extra flaming arrow and the bow has a string added that allows the figure to shoot arrows..just don’t shoot at your pet….Shooting Panthor is fine though.
The MOTU 200x line that was produced back in 2002 provided the back story on the Masters of the Universe line we loved as kids from the 80's. As far as a cartoon goes, it ranks very high on my list as one of the best story lines for a toy line. The series met its unfortunate demise and was only run for a couple of years but I think the line was before its time. If the series came out today, I have a feeling it would have been around for a very long time. Fortunately for us, we have customizers like Hunter Knight to create the figures that were left in the line up and his Custom MOTU 200x Hordak figure is a great example of how one person can continue the legacy of a toy line one figure at a time. Like the 200x line, which was designed with hard lines and very sharp edges, this Hordak figure fits right into the line up!
With all of HKC's customs, painstaking detail goes into every figure. HKC took the statue and made prints of all the patterns and sculpts then transferred them onto a fully articulated base body. As you can see in the intricate designs of the armor, HKC really poured a lot of detail and effort into this great piece. The fireball adds that wow factor for me and gives the figure an added sense of personality when it is attached to Hordak's fist. I am very happy to see this line being built out one figure at time and I hope he continues his great work on other figures!
Taking a page out of the George Lucas' playbook of making figures that only appear briefly in movies for a half second is Joe Amato's Custom MOTU Classics Wind Raider Pilot who goes by the name of Sky High! All jokes aside, it takes a keen eye to spot this heroic sky strider from a Masters of the Universe poster and an even more talent to translate this tiny piece of art into a figure. Now that Mattel has released their first ever MOTU Classics vehicle, Sky High was made to fit in the new Wind Raider. Given the concept art that Joe had to work with, he did an excellent job staying true to the MOTU Classics look and feel all the while creating a brand new figure for the line.
Getting his inspiration from a 2002 the back cover of the 2002 comic book by MV Creations, Hunter Knight Customs brings us one of the most requested figures with his Custom MOTU Classics Illumina figure. HKC did a fantastic job translating the concept art into life, which finally brings this figure a reality. It is a shame when great concepts don't make it into production due to cancellations but it is great customizers that pick up the slack when the toy companies drop the ball. The figure is painted in Keldor blue and was made with armor accents that look very realistic, with decorative accents that complete the look of the figure from concept. The soft cape is a nice touch and softens the often hard looking MOTU Classics figures as most of them come with hard plastic capes. HKC also provides us with Emiliano's description of the figure:
"She's an old Gar with light related powers. She can control lights and she can blind adversaries when she fights. She's a formidable fighter, especially with melee weapons; in general her fighting skills are equal if not superior to a young Man-At-Arms, and also to a young Dekker. She's also a great strategist and wanders Eternia as a sort of nomadic secret agent..."
To view more photos or to place a bid on this Custom MOTU Classics Illumina figure, head over to eBay!
I always learn something new from customizers and Hunter Knight Customs let's us in that this little known factoid that the "Shadow Weaver is one of the most sought after characters in the She-ra line, due to the fact that Mattel does not own the rights to make her in toy form since she is a Filmation character," which would make his Custom She Ra MOTU Classics Shadow Weaver figure that more special. HKC is one of the few customizers that do He-Man and She-Ra figures and his latest figure is superb! Adding extra embellishments to her costume, the figure retains the classic nature of the 80's cartoon while giving the figure a more modern, sleeker look. Here are some of the details that went into this figure:
"She has been sculpted with exquisite attention to detail, adding some new elements to her costume as well as acrylic faceted jewels, that have been carefully placed on her chest plate. She preserves all of the essence of the classic character, but in a much more updated form! Her cape is made of soft goods and features a unique staff made only for this figure, representing the dark powers that fuel Weaver's spells!"
For fans of He-Man, we were elated to continue the series with She-Ra, since some of the characters of Eternia make and appearance in Etheria from time to time. For those who are not familiar with her, "Shadow Weaver is a vastly-powerful Horde witch, who commands an array of dark magic, and an encyclopedic knowledge of mystical lore. When Hordak arrived on Etheria, he promised Shadow Weaver great power in exchange for information about rebel leadership, to which she agreed (source: Wikipedia)."
Finally giving King Randor a Queen to have by his side, Hunter Knight Customs has created this beautiful Custom Masters of the Universe Classics Queen Marlena figure. Taking concepts from the MOTU 200x and vintage lines, HKC's figure combines the best of both worlds of He Man into one fantastic figure. The gown is simply exquisite and it is molded to look long and flowing with some very realistic fabric like behavior as it hits the ground.
The face is painted with a majestic look and the crown looks exactly like it did in the cartoon. The face looks like a much younger Marlena, like in the 200x series where it started the characters at a much in a earlier part of Eternia history. Now that I have the song, Three Marlena's by the Wallflowers stuck in my head, rush over to eBay to view more photo's of HKC's Custom Masters of the Universe Classics Queen Marlena figure!
By the power of Grayskull! Narpa Sword channels the power of the Masters of the Universe with his Custom He Man and Battle Cat Marvel Universe scale figures. Having recently watched the 2002 He Man cartoons where the story begins before Prince Adam becomes He Man, it makes me really like the take on this figure. This figure looks like a very young He Man, which fits into the story much better than the character art for the cartoon and the figure. It seemed like when Prince Adam transformed into He Man, he got a little older. I love the detailing on this figure and Narpa Sword nailed the color of He Man's hair pretty well. It is also cool that the figure comes with a Castle Grayskull base and digital art for the total package.
Queen Veena, according to the 2002 Masters of the Universe series, was King Grayskull's wife and Hunter Knight Customs brings the "first Sorceress" to life with his Custom MOTU Classics Queen Veena figure. Having just recently watched all of the episodes from the 2002 Masters of the Universe cartoon, you get a sense of the history of the world of Eternia. This figure has many great aspects and fine details that should not go unmentioned. First, I love the mixing of the soft goods with the sash that is wrapped around her body. The wings on the figure look very realistic and the carvings on the shin plates and her knee armor is nicely done and adds a deeper dimension to the figure.
For those who want to know the history of King Grayskull, here is an experp from Wikipedia:
"In the 2002 remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, it is revealed that Castle Grayskull was once home to King Grayskull, an ancestor of Prince Adam & Princess Adora. He appears in the episode, "The Power of Grayskull", waging battle and ultimately defeating the Snake Men led by King Hiss but lost his sword in battle. He hoped it to be sign that it signified true peace for Eternia. However, Hiss' rival Hordak, who had defeated the Snake Men, was planning on conquering Eternia. Therefore, Grayskull went on a quest to find the power he needed to defend his kingdom. At the top of a mountain, he met the oracle who guided him on his quest, showing him his lost sword and explaining that his entire quest was to show his inner strength. Before leaving however, the Oracle informed him that he would not survive the battle. Despite knowing this, King Grayskull vowed to do whatever it took to save Eternia. He then returned to face Hordak. Though outnumbered, Grayskull managed to channel his mystical energies through his sword, turning Hordak's spell on himself and his army, sending them to the dark dimension called Despondos. Despite this victory however, the Oracle's prophecy came to pass, for Hordak, whose spirit was ripped from his body, managed to mortally wound Grayskull. As he lay dying, he proclaimed that his successor will wield his sword to defend Eternia. During his lifetime, King Grayskull ruled with wisdom and compassion."
To view more photos of Hunter Knight's Custom MOTU Classics Queen Veena figure, head over to eBay. Here is what Queen Veena looks like next to the recently released MOTU Classics King Grayskull figure:
Sometimes people can't wait for Mattel's release schedule so they take matters into their own hands. Op180 is picking up where Mattel has left off with his Custom Masters of the Universe Classics Stinkor figure. Repurposing a MOTU Classics Mer-Man figure, Stinkor retains his 1980's look and feel while fitting in with the current MOTU Classics line Mattel is currently producing. There was one aspect of Stinkor that Op180 has improved and that is he "didnt get round to soaking him in patchouli to give the old school figure smell" which I totally appreciate because the Stinkor smell is one that permeates everything! Here is another angle of the figure where you can see his face and the excellent use of the Mer-Man figure:
The Horde were the lead villains in the She Ra Princess of Power series from the 80's and they also made an appearance in the 2002 Masters of the Universe series that spanned only two seasons (like the original). Hordak waged his war against Eternia and the city of Eternos with his legion of Horde Troopers and Hunter Knight Customs has treat in store for MOTU Classics collectors with his Custom MOTU Classics Horde Trooper figure. The figure is in scale with the MOTU Classics line and with the upcoming Grizzlor release, this figure makes a perfect companion to the already released Hordak figure. Hunter Knight retains the classic nature of the Horde Trooper with the gray coloring and chest plate with the Horde symbol on it.
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I am really into the Masters of the Universe line I blame Comic Con for getting me back into this toy line. As I was browsing around the customs, I came across a bunch of Masters of the Universe Custom Lego minifigs so I thought I would share some of the ones I thought were worth mentioning:
Custom Lego Masters of the Universe Evil Lyn: This figure is very well done. The styling of the outfit and the overall look and feel of the character is a great match to the vintage figure.
Custom Lego Masters of the Universe Faker: Who can forget Skeletor's diabolical plan for infiltrating King Randor's castle with Faker, a He Man replica with glowing eyes (as it appeared in the cartoon). I am not sure if there was a mix up at the paint station when Faker was made but he came out a nice Smurfy blue so here he is in Lego form:
Custom Masters of the Universe Beastman Minifig: Beastman was such an oafy character in the cartoon but here is a great rendition of him in minifig form: