This was another one where I didn't take many pics. In fact, the pics only came about when I did my modification to his axe. Lemme explain at'chu:
The original Battle Armor Skeletor only came with a purple Power Sword, so naturally this one was going to come with the same. Since he's a simple variant, they didn't want to waste too much tooling on him that could go elsewhere. Still, even if he's a simple variant, it doesn't mean they can't shake him up a little! Fans asked for two things to make him a little less simple without adding new things: Make the feet purple like the vintage figure, and give him a purple He-Man axe. Mattel heard both and implimented them!
What I was hoping for with the axe was the reason they gave it too him: in the old cartoon Skeletor randomly carried an axe with a big 'ol magic ball on the top of it instead of his staff. No idea why, and I don't think it happened often. I wanted them to make that axe...but once again, that would require new tooling, and this wasn't the place for it. No problem! I had a plan from when they showed the axe, and I bought two Weapon Pak 2s so I would have an extra item for my idea.
The second Weapons Pak came with a purple Evil-Lyn staff. I'm not a big fan of it, but my idea was to take the crystal ball off the top and add it to the top of the axe to make Skeletor's magic axe! I wasn't sure how I was going to go about it other than cutting off the ball and cutting off the top of the axe and gluing them together...but thankfully jerec350 at He-Man.org had the exact same idea and performed it much better! He even picked out paints to match the color of the axe. With his help I cut it similarly and bought the paints, mixed 'em, and made a great looking magic axe for Skelly!
First of all, here's a pic from my old coloring book for the inspiration:
And the finished results:
Now, since I had paint left over, I figured I might as well use it for something. Sooo...I took one of my extra pink Zodac guns and painted it.
I don't have any real need for Skeletor to have a gun, but there it is! The point is that these are my first personally painted items, and I'm quite happy with how they turned out!
As for the figure: Same as Battle Armor He-Man, but better...because it's Skeletor.