Thursday, July 21, 2011

Eldor Masters of the Universe Classics Custom Action Figure Art

Eldor, the "Heroic Guardian of the Book of Living Spells" was to be part of the the 1987 "Powers of Grayskull" toy line for Masters of the Universe. (You can see more photos and read more about him on this page and this page at He-Man.org.) He was an ancient wizard-type character who more than looked the part with his white beard, hood and spell book.
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As you may have read in my Blond Teela post, my personal Masters of the Universe mythos do not include Prince Adam. However, I had the Prince Adam figure as a kid so my brother and I utilized him as a heroic wizard. (...a character class that seems oddly absent from the line.) In 2001, while I was working for a small toy design and licensing company, I was thumbing through the old Toy Fair catalogs and saw Eldor for the first time. Until then, I had no idea Mattel planned to fill the gap my brother and I had with Adam all those years ago.

Jump ahead to 2008 and the Masters of the Universe Classics line; slowly but surely other previously unreleased characters from "Preternia" such as He-Ro and Preternia He-Man are released. The time seemed ripe for a character like Eldor to finally have his day. Unfortunately, to date, he has not. So I once again took matters into my own hands. 
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The Book of Living Spells was a labor of love and a challenge to make. It features a flexible vinyl binding and actual spells on it's pages.
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Preternian heroes unite!
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I hope you dig him. Until next time, I remain The Insidious One.

4 comments:

  1. Excellent job!

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  2. Thanks, sculpting the beard was particular fun. I wanted to give him some character beyond the "Santa Claus" of the original figure so I actually sculpted it in layers so it has some natural depth to it.

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  3. I never cared for Eldor until now. He looks fantastic, you did an excellent job on him.

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  4. Thanks, Paul. The vintage figure itself wasn't much to look at but as a character, I think he has a lot of potential.

    In fact, I'm working on a brand new version of him right now. Stay tuned!

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