Friday, July 6, 2012

Skeletor's Armor for Battling (Mar. '11)

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 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.