Re-Imagination Pt 1: SKELETOR

Hello Friends! 

Apologies that it's been a few weeks, I assure you I've been hard at work at lots of great things. 

These last 2 weeks I've been busy with many freelance projects, but did manage to find the time to see a few movies. I realized that the last 3 movies I had seen were all re-imaginings of properties made popular in the 90s: "Beauty and the Beast", "Power Rangers", and "Ghost in the Shell". All these movies took popular elements of the source material and reimagined them. The thought occurred to me... what would I do with many of my beloved childhood favorites if I were given the chance to put my spin on them? Thus kicks off my blog series: Re-Imagination. I will take properties and characters that I love and reinterpret them in new ways. 

PART 1: SKELETOR

Skeletor is the main antagonist in Masters of the Universe, the arch-nemesis of He-Man. He has a long and sordid history that I could get into in this blog, but if you really want to read all about, I'd suggest checking out his wikipedia page here

For a rundown of his visual history, here's a quick guide (this does not include all the variant action figures, statues, comics, etc... this is the most basic of histories):

 

Skeletor began as an action figure, seen here (though this is a very cleaned up version, they didn't typically have this great of a paint job, truth be told).

Skeletor began as an action figure, seen here (though this is a very cleaned up version, they didn't typically have this great of a paint job, truth be told).

Skeletor in the animated series, here he is giving a very sexy, Burt Reynolds style pose. Awwww yeah...

Skeletor in the animated series, here he is giving a very sexy, Burt Reynolds style pose. Awwww yeah...

Here is the short-lived (FOR GOOD REASON) New Adventures of He-Man. I like to pretend this Skeletor never existed, and for most people, he didn't. 

Here is the short-lived (FOR GOOD REASON) New Adventures of He-Man. I like to pretend this Skeletor never existed, and for most people, he didn't. 

In 2002, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was updated with some detailed action figures and a new cartoon series that did a great job of working to make sense of the lore and character histories. I love this series. 

In 2002, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was updated with some detailed action figures and a new cartoon series that did a great job of working to make sense of the lore and character histories. I love this series. 

Skeletor was most recently seen in a great commercial for "Moneysupermarket", I'm not sure what that is exactly, but this Skeletor was really really fun... 

Now, with my own take on Skeletor, I decided I wanted to keep the color palette the same. I really like his blue and purple getup. I thought about his invasion of Eternia through a portal and the amount of dark magic it would take to create this rift. In my version, Skeletor hears of the sword of power at Castle Grayskull in Eternia and believes that he needs it to obtain the ultimate power. He knows that creating a portal to travel there will take more power than he can muster, so he barters with his master Hordak to grant him additional power that will allow him to survive the trip through the portal. Hordak grants him this power but warns him that he will need the power sword and the magic it possesses to return. There's only enough magic to open the portal once, so without the sword, this is a one-way trip. When Skeletor arrives, he has almost completely dissipated and is barely functioning. He manages to find a sanctuary of dark magic under Snake Mountain and by harnessing what's left of his power in two stones, one on his chest and one in his staff, he manages to rebuild himself. He is now a being consisting of his Skeleton and dark energy. The idea would be that the more powerful he becomes the less transparent he is and the more he becomes the sorcerer he once was. He knows that he now needs the power found at Castle Grayskull to become himself again. So that's the explanation, and here's my modern version of SKELETOR!