Wiki Grayskull Bio
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Skeletor has his place in history cemented as one of the most iconic villains of the 1980's alongside MEGATRON and COBRA COMMANDER, and just like those other two just as ineffective when trying to combat their arch-nemesis. I'm not even going to include the renditions from THE NEW ADVENTURES or the 2002 series as both deviated so far from the source that Skeletor was almost unidentifiable. If you think about it, though, Skeletor could have been the most effective villain of the 1980's, but of course no villains could ever kick the heroes ass.
Every time that Skeletor tried to go toe-to-toe with He-Man, he got his ass handed to him over and over. But when Skeletor tried to use his magical skills as the primary form of attack, He-Man had a harder time with trying to defeat Skeletor and his minions without some help from his own cohorts. Skeletor was much better when he was using magic than he was trying to use brute force, and if he had focused on this method of attack, well, the show probably would have been tons better than it was because of all the dramatic elements that would arise from the hero TRULY struggling to maintain order.
So with that in mind this is how I approached my redesign. I went with the 'wizard' aspect, dark and sinister looking. The original design made one think he could have contended with He-Man in hand-to-hand combat, so I made this version a bit on the skinny side, clearly not able to fight He-Man in combat (that's what the henchmen are for). Because I was too far along with the pencil stage I realized his legs wouldn't look right, so I went with the idea that he doesn't so much as 'walk' as 'glide' along, smoke coming out from his robes. His staff I dropped the ram head as, seriously, he's already evil enough as it is so there's no need to bring back the 1980's evil imagery of a ram skull.
Plus, as a little nod to the FILMATION series, I found a picture of Grayskull, Skeletor's main obsession throughout the series, and placed it in his magic orb.
others in this series:Evil-Lyn [link]Faker[link]He-Man [link]Hordak [link]Leech [link]Moss Man [link]Skeletor [link]Spikor [link]Teela [link]