Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Castle Grayskull: Stygian Moat

A true legend among Masters of Universe fans, the original Stygian Moat was created by Mark Taylor for Castle Grayskull over 31 years ago! When he made the original prototype of the castle, Mark also designed a cardboard playmat to represent a moat. Unfortunately, in order to keep costs down, this playmat was never even considered for inclusion with the retail playset.

For years it was believed that Mark's original artwork had been lost forever, however a small black and white photocopy of the moat was recovered by The Power and Honor Foundation. An enlargement was made and Emiliano Santalucia re-colored it, using old reference photos in order to remain as true to the original as possible.
Because Mark created the moat in his home studio it was never an official part of the Masters of the Universe brand. This made it possible for him to fully authorize the creation and distribution of this reproduction by the Power and Honor Foundation.

Back in 2013, The Castle Moat™ was offered as a large quality print by the Power and Honor Foundation and it is still available! The Moat is printed and shipped through an automated on-demand service. Available in matte or glossy finish on paper, or as an unwrapped canvas, it comes in two sizes to fit either the vintage playset or the one for MOTU Classics.

For $125 I went ahead and ordered one printed on canvas. It came today and this thing is huge! It absolutley looks awesome with the castle.

Here, take a look for yourself:

You can get your own Castle Moat™ from the Power and Honor Foundation here.

Did you enjoy today's special adventure featuring Castle Grayskull's Stygian Moat? Should it have been included with the vintage playset? Do you plan to get one or do you already have one? Please take a moment to leave a comment below.

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  1. Dang. That looks cool. Didn't know that existed.

    1. Me neither... When I found out that you could get one, I couldn't resist!

  2. that is killer- i DO have an Origins Grayskull on preorder ... :D


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