Drawing for Myself – Stratos

March 5, 2011 by  
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Okay, I know I said I’d alternate between good guys and bad guys for this series, but I couldn’t wait to get to Stratos, especially since in my pie-in-the-sky imaginary reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe aimed at kids, Stratos would be a foil for Buzz-Off.


In the original iterations, Buzz-Off and Stratos were both kings of their respective peoples. I’d take things down a different path in the reboot. Buzz-Off as I’ve designed him clearly is not regal material. And I’d take Stratos down a slightly less “Kingly” path and drive him more toward “Princely”, or “Nobleman”. He’s not quite as self-assured as a king, but his sense of pride and dignity fool others into believing that he is. He’s a bit of a stickler for propriety and heroic codes. As we might expect, he really doesn’t care for Buzz-Off. And Buzz-Off thinks Stratos is a stuffed shirt.

As for the physical design, I was starting with more of the Filmation cartoon design and taking it more in a Pterodactyl direction with the elongated arms and shorter legs. If he’s of a race of bird men, then why should he be the same proportions as He-Man and the other humans of Eternia? I also thought the long neck made him look prouder.

Past re-imaginings:

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