Scareglow, meet your new arch-enemy.
Every time you reach for that key of yours, CGM pops out and smacks it right out of your hand. It will be quite the game of cat and mouse! Your skull faced antics will be legendary!
Congratulations to Daniel! This guy is all kinds of spooky with the right touches of silly, cool and overall fun.
The design struck me as odd at first since I had a similar idea that I didn't finish before the deadline. I wasn't sure how I felt about this since my mental image was already set about a "Grayskull Spirit/Golem" kind of guy. Mine was something like an animated statue that may have included the other front door decorations in addition to the shield. I actually used Whiplash shoulders, strangely enough! I got stuck trying to work around the viking helmet since Vikor and Demo-Man's accessory made it seem redundant. I tried working a skull into the armor, and got obsessed with the idea of using a fade to translucent yellow or blue plastic towards the ends of the limbs to represent POW-AAHH!! I tend to get too crazy overthinking things like that and never finish a darn thing.
Enough about me. My point is, as someone who had quite a similar idea, I think this design nailed it extremely well with some simple and elegant solutions as well as things I had not even considered.
Swords from the flag? How cool is that?
His boots and gloves look like castle turrets! But it's kind of subtle since they still have the shape of regular boots and gloves.
And hey? How to work in the famous skull? Stick it directly on his face. Not as an elaborate helmet. Nope. This is either his face or a form fitting mask and it is awesome and terrifying. Seeing this guy reminds me of how unsettling the castle itself was when I first played with it as a kid.
The exposed hair is so strange to me and I love it. To me, it's exactly the kind of unexpected detail that keeps a solid design from looking too uniform and normal. I felt a similar way when playing with the original Trap-Jaw, looking at his green face that seemed to come out of nowhere. Heck, even a Skull on top of a muscular blue skinned body was a really bizarre thing that I found intriguing before ever watching the original cartoon. I enjoyed the mystery of it all.
Enough gushing from me, I'm just finding myself really drawn to the look of this design. I think a character honoring such an iconic image of the brand is a fun way to close out this 30th anniversary line. I'm really happy to have a figure that's similar thematically to thoughts I've had, but executed in a way that I find more surprising and appealing than art I was struggling with. And my eternal favorite Scareglow has a BFF/sparring partner. He needs that.
Oh yeah, the runners-up? I found all of them extremely cool. Congratulations to them as well.