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    Advice needed: MOTUC Sagitar plan

    Hello master customizers, I'm looking for some advice/validation of a plan I've been thinking of for a custom MOTUC Sagitar. I had been waiting for that figure for years, and when it was finally part of the lineup, the line was cancelled. Well, I'll always want a Sagitar figure and that has zero probabilities to happen now as an official release. so I've been seriously thinking about the custom route. I have minimal experience but I was able to assemble a Red Shadow custom, and my brother is not so bad with paint apps, so I might give it a try, but this is a hard one.

    Assumptions/requirements:
    1) Fully posable figure as both, centaur-like creature or 4-arms giant
    2) 100% (or close to it) MOTUC parts (no head, arms, legs, torsos from another lines) to maximize compatibility with my MOTUC collection and look like a real figure belonging to the line
    3) Tight budget but wanting good-looking results
    4) Minimize custom sculpting to avoid unprofessional look

    The plan so far:
    1) I think the lower torso, arms and legs/feet could be totally reused from a Tuskador figure, which is really cheap for a MOTUC figure.
    2) Upper torso, arms and hands could be used from a Darius figure.
    3) The head would be a combination of Hydron's head, carved to get just the helmet, and the face could be taken from the alternate Bow head. Hydron's head can be bought from Plastic Curves.
    4) Shield would be taken from Darius too.
    5) Sword from Plastic Curves, there's one tech sword that could be used.

    (I can't think of cheaper base parts to build this custom)

    6) I would need to repaint all of those parts after assembling the structure, so good painting techniques will be required, probably the use of aerographer.
    7) I would need to remove Tuskador's armor and increase length of arms by inserting broader bracelets. Also I would probably need to sculpt jacket for the Darius' torso and bare chest for Tuskador's torso.
    8) Also I would need some kind of custom piece for the connection of Darius's torso on top of Tuskador's buck.


    Well, do you think it might work? My main problem is that I won't know if this will work until I have actual parts to play with, since I don't have spare parts to try and I have never disassemble a Tuskador buck. I don't know if I can make the buck to reproduce that kind of gorilla pose that the vintage figure had when posed on feet and knuckles.

    Your advice, comments, considerations are most welcome.

    Thank you!
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    Sounds tough man. Idk. Don't that figure have 4 arms? Not sure how you will add 4 arms to a normal motuc buck.

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    Head I would actually go with a kronis, you could get one from plastic curves very affordable and just add the visor, mutant leader is actually very close. Sword closest thing I have to it was a space usagi sword from TMNT. The toughest part to this is the connection of the upper buck to the lower end one. Had the same idea of using tuskador but for a karsack custom, I used man e faces instead for the lower buck and it looks good so far. Thatís my take on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclassified View Post
    Sounds tough man. Idk. Don't that figure have 4 arms? Not sure how you will add 4 arms to a normal motuc buck.

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    Actually there are two torsos chained: the Lower torso is from an oversized buck like Tuskador, and the upper torso is from a regular buck figure, like Darius. So each torso has its own set of arms resulting in the required 4 arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by facet View Post
    Head I would actually go with a kronis, you could get one from plastic curves very affordable and just add the visor, mutant leader is actually very close. Sword closest thing I have to it was a space usagi sword from TMNT. The toughest part to this is the connection of the upper buck to the lower end one. Had the same idea of using tuskador but for a karsack custom, I used man e faces instead for the lower buck and it looks good so far. Thatís my take on it
    Thank you for the idea about Kronis, it's a good thing it's available from Plastic Curves too.

    I agree that the connection of the 2 bucks will be hard to implement (specially since I want it to be movable).
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    Yeah to get him in the prone position your going to need to implement some sort of ratchet system thatís going to take some engineering and work to make it look cohesive

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    Look at the way other like Wayne clops and bribe4u did thereís, itís really more of a stationary figure also genesis customs on figure realm and Rex braja on Facebook

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    Yes, about the engineering, I was thinking of getting advantage of the peg for the head mechanism, and having like armor plates for both of the positions to cover the "dirty" parts of the mechanism. Need to think through it with the base figures in hand, I think (if I ever start the project).

    I saw several existing customs as you suggested. Having just the more humanoid position simplifies things a lot, but I'm looking to have the centaur-like position instead. If I can't have both I might end up choosing the centaur-like position. This is ambitious, I know, and that's why I'm trying to get advice first, maybe the consensus will be like "don't tackle it the way you're thinking of now or that won't end well"
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    I know what I'm about to suggest isn't MOTUC parts nor have I seen the product first-hand to really be able to gauge size but the product is Mattel MOTU... Maybe the legs and torso from the 12" version of the new CGI He-Man for the rear legs and "horse" body? Those over-sized arms might work for the arms, too. Those figures are supposed to be $10-15 so they'd certainly be cheap enough to hack apart to experiment.
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    sounds like a very ambitous project, best of luck to you!

    if i may, here my two cents:

    upper torso
    probably, i'd consider magnets or two different pegs instead of a ratchet. maybe using rotar/twistoid torso would be easier (last time i checked they were discounted on bbts, too).

    legs/crotch area
    for your project you need the figure to be "collapsable", so i'm not entirely sure tuskador would work: probably you'd need a connection system a l√* modulok/multibot or at very least
    to reduce at min the loincloth part (as for stonedar and rokkon).


    that being said, both the ideas for the head - kronis or dc mutant leader - are great suggestions, very fitting with non a huge lot of work.

    if you decide to use a normal motuc body as a base, instead of tuskador, you could look for dcuc mongul's arms and lower legs to bulk up the figure (i did it myself for an old custom
    and the work just fine without any modification).

    keep us updated.

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