I weighed in my options. I decided to Butcher a figure into a Hybrid Version of the Comic Book Karg with the Movie Version... Kinda like What Mattel would have done for the Vintage Line.
A True MOVIE Karg Custom would have been WAY Beyond my Skills (and Budget, seeing that Zombiehamma's Karg Head is in the $40 range).
*warning: this rant has been IN progress for months, due to the time it took to get the items AND ME Getting enough Free time to work on him.*
(roughly since the end of April until Today)
The Chosen Figure was Geldor, because:
A) getting a Geldor online was cheaper than other base figures.
B) Geldor's loincloth looks a bit like the Comic Book Karg.
I got myself a Third Party Cast of the Palace Guard Armor in Black to complete the Armor on him. I also got a King Grayskull Cape for the Movie Look. A Weapon Pak Trap Jaw Hook completes his hand... I think I may need to use a dremel to adjust the armor for the cape to fit. This assumption is based on the 2 posts to hold weapons on the back of the armor.
The Karg Head is the Mystery Third Shapeways Item of my second MOTU Shapeways showcase created by Freeman's Mind Toys.
While there is a more movie accurate head available, I purposely chose this head BECAUSE it fits with my plan of making a MOTUC Version of a theoretical "Vintage Karg".
|first paint attempt.|
Armor's colors were edited
by computer as a test.
The first Attempt at gold looked too gaudy. The gold was too bright and looked off. I removed the paint and sanded the joints (dremeled the harder plastic on the shoulder discs and some torso areas to reduce paint rub.) Primed the figure in black and then tried dry brushing the same gold paint mixed with a bit of gunmetal. Looked a bit better. From some angles it looks black, but from others it looks kinda gold.
The hair on this Karg head is as detailed as the Filmation heads. I had to do some scratches on the head with a blade to give him some sort of extra detail to make him blend with Classics a bit better.
For the moment Mattel won't make a Karg yet, so the Custom can survive a few more years. Down the road, I may get an updated Karg head. I think Mr. Freeman was going to do an updated head (that is more accurate to the movie version) available through a Caster, but I don't have all the details at the moment. If this happens, I'll upgrade. I definitely believe that I WILL give him a Palace Guard Blaster so he can have a weapon.
Now Late September/early October cannot come Soon Enough for the Saurod review where I'll be able to have ALL THE MOVIE EVIL WARRIORS TOGETHER!!!