MOTUC Dragstor (Custom)
This has been a WIP for months now, as I figured out what to use and how to execute.
First I had a Hordak buck leftover from my Filmation Hordak, since I used an extra MAA
buck for that. I thought, who could I possibly do, that my limited re-sculpting knowledge
could do, most customs I have done were mainly repaints and minor modding, hardly
any re-sculpting (The success with my Filmation Hordak gave me the confidence to
attempt Dragstor). I looked for like a week and finally decided to make Dragstor, he is
one from my childhood collection that is still missing in MOTUC, and one of my favorites.
So, I started by taking the Hordak buck apart and sculpting vents into the thighs, then I
started taking Kobra Khan shins and reworking them, and the furry boot feet as well.
Then was the task how to do the armor / body design, and removing the ab crunch and
waist articulation. That wasn't hard since I have done many mods and worked with plastic
strips. The wheel is from a model car....yes, they do have BF Goodrich tires on Eternia...
The import them from Earth.
I shaved the lettering from the tire, and glued it in. Then once the body was done, I got a
Kronis head and started on the hardest part....no wonder they say heads cost the most to
The Pack is an extra heavily modified TP He-Man pack, screwed into place so it can be taken
off, and simulating the chest hoses are from a 6" Peter Venkman, thanks to my sons GB
breaking from first movement out of the package, so I cut it off, thought, hey....and there it is.
It attaches to his chest, and his pack for added effect.
The headers are made from plastic model tree, and the thruster / exhaust tips are wire nuts,
drilled out for added detail. The thrusters are made from MP Skywarp Null Rays.
I wanted a predominately Vintage feel, with a few modern type touches, as the pack of the
Vintage figure wasn't very detailed, and I had little to go on for design. But I am really happy
how it all turned out. It could have been better, but all in all, I really like it.
MOTU Personal Customs
Filmation MAA Custom
Filmation Hordak & Horde Prime Customs
Battle Armor Faker Custom
Filmation Hordak 2.0 (WIP)
Now this is an AWESOME DRAGSTOR!!!
Oh wow that is cool. Does he actually roll on the tire?
AWESOME JOB Shadow!!!
I think my fav bit was the extra effort you put into making a unique upper leg... lord knows we need some more about now. lol
Great custom bud!
Really good job!
I like your Dragstor head! Very good realization!
wow this is incredible!!!
I truly hope we get Dragstor soon, but in the mean time I will have to admire yours!
It looks spot on, I can't see Mattel's being much different!! Kudos!!
I can only hope that an official version looks this good. Very very nice work!
I love this. the wire nuts are clever.
I wanted the whole pack removable, so I did full detail on the back.
I wanted to keep the pack removable, and the TP He-Man pack allowed just that, plus the thrusters are not glued on either.
The pack base is held on by a screw and a spacer between the plate and figure to keep the plate from flexing.
Originally Posted by AREZ
Originally Posted by The BLAY
Originally Posted by Barezz
Thanks guys, I appreciate it, it's been a few months of planning and finding materials to use. I was looking at my Generations Thundercracker pondering how to do the thrusters in scale, and being a former Electrician, it dawned on me....wire nuts sort of look like thrusters....boom to my shed I went, and pulled out the drill to drill out what would become the tips for detail. I would have preferred them to be a bit shorter, but it still accomplished what I wanted.
Originally Posted by aleksandur
No, I've done a lot of heavy mods to Transformers Customs, but I'm not that good yet.
Originally Posted by iron_pride
Originally Posted by orsogranito
He is my third re-sculpting attempt, but only my second for heavy work on a head or face. My Filmation Hordak custom was the first doing this, otherwise the majority of faces I have done are Transformers and just adding plastic or cutting parts off for a slightly different look, nothing like since moving to MOTUC customs....
Originally Posted by Replikor
I saw one where it had Trap Jaw thighs, but I wanted something different for mine, I wanted a mostly Vintage direction, so instead of simply adding some sort of vents on the thighs like gluing plastic on, I opted for something a bit more challenging, where I actually cut into the thighs and made the vents, I was hoping it would look more a part of him, than something just bolted onto him....I mean he is supposed to be a sort of robot, or in the very least a Hordak abomination, so it's not like it would hurt him any having the vents cut into his thighs.
The one thing I wish I did was use the Man-E-Faces briefs....they are much heavier looking unlike the Khan briefs. But I am not ripping him apart to redo it, plus I am not blowing money on a personal custom, I spent $22 buying a Hordak for parts for my Filmation Hordak leaving me with a buck, but I ended up turning that buck into Dragstor, so nothing lost there, $22 well spent.
Also I would have liked to have added more detail to the pack looking back at once I finished it all....I had 2 intake fans from a MP Skywarp I could have shaved down to the fans and put somewhere....but hindsight and all....oh well....it was meant to be a more so direct modern interpretation of the Vintage figure....like all Classics, I think I got that look, so all is well.
Awsome job on him I love the innovation of the back pack really cool custom
dragstor looks incredible. my favorite villain. I hope when motuc gets to him he gets new parts. boots ect.
That is why I opted to sculpt out the vents in his thighs instead of using something that looked like vents....plus I made the new boots since nothing in MOTUC matched his boots....I wanted a Vintage look.
Originally Posted by kylun flac
It took me a while to figure out the design of it, I wanted something like the Vintage, but I wanted it 3D, unlike the Vintage. Plus I wanted it to look more Rocket / Jet like....and that is what led me to the Wire Nuts as Thruster and exhaust tips....a little longer than I wanted, but they accomplished the look I was going for. And I wanted it removable....so I opted to use TP He-Man's pack as a base. So I have a screw holding the base to his back, and the rest snaps on just like He-Man's. Plus Using the Transformers MP Seeker Null Rays for the Thrusters....
Originally Posted by smanomega
One thing I didn't look at before painting was that he had 8 down tubes for his headers and not just 6, so he's not perfect. Plus I forgot to incorporate the chest mounted intake fans from the Seeker....I may revisit it, the Thrusters still come off the pack, they are just pegged in....something else I wanted, so the pack disassembles except for the headers, they do not come back off.
This is amazing! I am blown away by this! Dragstor was a favorite of mine growing up, so this is a major thrill. Great job! :skgrin::skgrin::skgrin:
This is just fantastic! A truly masterpice sir!
Boo, all the pics are gone! Or is it just me?
Wohooow! Now that is a Dragstor right there! Good job sire!
Originally Posted by Xepherus3
Thanks guys, he was a favorite of mine too.
Originally Posted by Lockdown
They're all still there....not sure why you can't see them though....
Originally Posted by SunDevil
Thank you sir for the compliment.
Originally Posted by Hunter Knight
thanks for showing all the steps. like seeing the disassembly of a figure.
That final figure is really good......
The first few customs I did a few years back, I didn't take pics, and I was like damn....after all the work I did, I couldn't show what I did in the process....now I make sure I take the pics.
Originally Posted by kylun flac
Originally Posted by Brian Ozone
Thanks, glad you like, the hardest part was the head.
Originally Posted by Heidi
I really like him!! Great job Shadow.
if the MOTUC Dragstor looks half as good as this, then I will be happy