I like Skeletor just fine as he is... but I kinda wanted a bit more in my Evil Lord of Destruction.
Enter the Dark Wizard Wrarrl. He's a figure that came in a two-pack of Legendary Comic Book Heroes action figures by Marvel Toys along with Conan.
I honestly don't even remember the guy from the Conan comics... I just know he stands a full inch taller than the Conan figure, and that speaks volumes to me.
I always imagined Skeletor being a LOT darker than the old cartoon portrayed him. The little mini-comics that came with the first few Masters of the Universe figures painted a pretty bleak picture of life on Eternia. Skeletor was a real threat, and I wanted to capture that threat in plastic as best as my big, goofy mitts would allow. Wrarrl did most of the work, so I can’t really take much credit.
I sculpted a head with Sculpey, drilled a channel in it, and placed a plastic plug inside to give it stability and to allow for it to fit on the peg in the figure’s neck. I used the armor, the Havoc Staff, and the feet from the 2000 series Skeletor and added them to the base figure after painting it up. I attached the sword and scabbard from Wrarrl as well. I added a fabric hood and layered capes and KABLOOEY!!! My new, improved Skeletor was born:
Wrarrl is such a well-sculpted, excellently articulated figure that has such a dynamic, expressive presence that he was a natural for Skeletor. I hopefully have created a Skeletor that can look down on He-Man and make him tremble inside when he speaks.
I have set my sights on my next custom Masters of the Universe figure… Once again, Wrarrl has sacrificed himself to make another dark creature from the He-Man’s universe come to life. I wonder who he could be… hmmmmm...