So this week at NYCC, my favorite MOTU character was announced as the August MOTUC figure release: Tri-Klops!
Of course, I already have made a custom MOTUC Tri-Klops…
So how does one feel when you get a "real figure" of a custom you’ve made?
Obviously, an official release is usually better than a custom. It’s official right?
Some folks might feel they’ve wasted their time on a custom if they can have the real thing. Others might feel their own work is always superior to a mere mass produced item.
For me I’m always glad to have another figure of a favorite character, be it custom or a real release.
As for Tri-Klops, I knew he’d eventually get released in MOTUC, and fate actually had a hand in the creation of this particular custom.
He’s actually made using a King Grayskull body! And the reason is that it was defective! I created this figure way back in the summer of 08, right after Comic Con. I got 2 Grayskulls at the con and when I got home the ankle joint on my open one snapped! I was mildly annoyed, and set about repairing it. Well one thing led to another and soon I’ve pulled off armor, cape and hair, and realized that I can use vintage MOTU parts on the base body.
Of course this damaged Grayskull then had to become a Tri-Klops, and it was actually really easy. Most of the work involved dremeling down Grayskulls head and making sure the vintage visor would rotate, as well as sculpting the head wrap. I also sharpened the sword tip a bit. I ended up using a repro Tri-Klops visor, armor and sword rather than vintage as the green is a bit duller and the parts are a bit more sturdy.
So I had my Tri-Klops, and come August I’ll have an official one.
But, when I looked closely at the photos of the upcoming MOTUC Tri-Klops I realized that something very interesting is happening. Thus far MOTUC has been about directly translating the look of the classic figure.
(EDIT: Here’s a pic courtesy of Matty’s Facebook page: )
But in the case of Tri-Klops there’s a change. He’s clearly combining elements of the original version, the 200X version AND more artistic license on the part of the 4 Horsemen!
Like the 200X version he has a Doomseeker and from the pics I’ve seen his eyes appear have 3 different colors (red, blue, green) rather than the 2 colors that the classic version had (2 red eyes, 1 blue).
And I’d argue he has more detail changes than any MOTUC figure thus far. His armor has new details galore! The obvious ones are the throwing knives, but if you look closely you’ll find additional studs and rivets, braided piping along the breastplate and a redesigned lower portion that has a different buckle and a belt that mirrors the one around his waist.
(EDIT: Lee correctly points out that much of what I mistook for original 4 Horsemen design elements are in fact from the original card art: http://www.mastersunbound.com/box%20art/box_art_triklops.htm. However I still maintain that the combination of more 200X elements and a bit more detail makes Tri-Klops more a departure than the previous figures. Perhaps in large part because his card art was so divergent from the actual figure.)
So what does this all mean? Well, I think it means that as MOTUC continues it will be harder to criticize the line as many naysayers have, saying it’s just a bland update of the original designs.
MOTUC Man-At-arms brings in redesigned back armor with 2 pieces of classic Castle Grayskull gear (sword and pistol), which is a great idea. But Tri-Klops really pushes the design bringing in 200X elements as well as original elements perhaps indicating that MOTUC is headed toward being the "ultimate" version of MOTU rather than what some have called a simple updating of the original line.
And the additional bonus to all this?
It means my custom figure isn’t redundant! LOL!
’Til Next Time!