When I decided to feature a few MOTU-compatible third party items this week, there was one person that I had to include: the super-talented Joe Amaro. Joe has created some great add-on pieces for the line the last couple years including Rudy Obrero’s Manta Raider (I’m still bummed I missed out on that one!) and the Castle Warriors Customization Kit.
The Castle Warriors Kit was available last December. I don’t remember too much about when it was on sale, I was moving into the my new house at the time, but I remember it sold out very quickly and that I was lucky enough to snag one – I think Vault was on at the same time and wasn’t able to complete the purchase before it sold out.
I would’ve reviewed the kit when it got here, but many of the arrivals late last year got a little lost in the move. I think Castle Grayskull Man still needs reviewed, in fact, and I have absolutely no idea where the Great Unrest Weapons Pak is! I might have to buy a new one… As such, the Warriors Kit found itself a little lost at first, and I was happy to “rediscover” it during the months-long unpacking ordeal that I’ve barely started. The upside is that I can include a look at the Customization Kit for MOTU Week!
The kit was designed in partnership with Castle Grayskull Man’s creator, Daniel Benedict, and is a fun add-on either for your lone CGM or if you’ve got some extras to spare. Though I tell ya, having it really makes me wish I had an extra to spare. When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the parts. I know this is true about the Manta Raider as well, Joe puts a lot of love into his work and it shows. The pieces are durable and feel like official pieces, maybe better than official pieces considering how often we get flimsy weapons these days.
The kit includes three parts, and the primary one is of course the large display base. The castle wall is roughly 9” tall and is simply a great piece of sculpting. The rocky texture fits in great with CGM and has indentions in the floor that perfectly fit his boots. When he’s in standing in it, the whole piece definitely gives CGM a more “statue” feel; he almost blends into the wall. The one downside is the Castle’s limited height between floors means there were won’t be an easy spot to place this 9” monster, but I’m hopeful I can find a way to work it in with the Castle arrives in a few weeks. Continue to Page 2…
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Warriors Customization Kit”
Love Skelly’s reaction in the above two pics. Good stuff.
I might have picked up this set if I’d read about it earlier but if a second run ever happens (hope you’re reading this, Joe) I’ll be on it. Thanks for the heads-up on the Hover Disc.
And Noisy, it’s somewhat poetic that you haven’t gotten around to reviewing Castle Grayskull Man yet even as the actual playset is just around the corner. Kinda like all the right planets correctly aligning or something. 🙂
I’ve been thinking the Castle would be a good time to finally get his review up. Vault was originally supposed to review CGM, but he chickened out. LOL
I hope he does another run of this. It’d be nice to have one.
I miss out on so much cool stuff these days . . . .
I’d love to see him do more. I also want this terrific skull sculpt in other colors – white, gold, unhooded Skeletor!
I would love to get more than 1 set. It’s fantastic. Hopefully Joe makes more.
If you look at the comments below, there might be a chance! If so, I’ll post about it here.
the CGM set indeed looks cool, though i didn’t snag one up. but come on, the disco coaster up there? for 20 bucks? i tell you what folks, i’ll mail you a real live he-man fart in a jar for $15, it’s a bargain! limited to only 150 pieces, you can’t get this fart anywhere else!
Always the pleasant one, aren’t you?
I like to think of it as $20 for a cool toy AND to support Joe. 😉
He did do a second run at the time these came out. You had the option of getting either the full set with stand or just the head and helmet. I got lucky and ordered 2 of the head/helmet sets as I didn’t really want the stand.
I was trying to remember. Congrats on the score!
Wish we could get him to do some DCUC custom stuff.
I thought that Hover Disc would be cool for Mongul or maybe one of the New Gods, but $20 PLUS shipping? Yikes.
Remember they’re all hand sculpted and limited runs. It’s like boutique shopping. It does get pricey, but it feels better than sending another $20 to Mattel!
I think the Hover Discs will be DCUC compatible. That’s a start! I would love to see him tackle some DC stuff! You should check out his 6″ scale Jabba the Hutt on his blog!
I saw the Jabba, it’s fantastic! I’m hoping we’ve nudged him a little for some type of
Thank you for the review!!! I’ll reveiw the molds to see if maybe I can make more. I have bigger plans for the Hover Disc, this is just Phase 1…
Do you still have any Manta Raiders for sale? It would look really cool with a Black Manta DCUC figure.
Hey! If there’s Manta Raiders, I’m in! lol
Thanks, Joe! Congrats again on a great set! And I’m excited to see what you have in the future!
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