Enter Manglors: Repainting a Childhood Memory

One of my earliest childhood memories is going to a department store with my Dad, and buying a toy with the single most amazing box art (painted by Ken Kelly) I've ever seen.

Enter the MANGLORS!!!

 Behold the box for Manglord! This was the first Manglor figure I got.

Behold the box for Manglord! This was the first Manglor figure I got.

Anyways, within the box there was an egg which housed the Manglor figure. Which also was a pretty awesome idea. You were supposed to be able to pull the figure apart and stick him back together and combine him with other figures from the toyline.

Problem was it didn't work.

Probably the greatest example of a crap toy sold purely by the box art alone. At least to me it did. That being said the toy execution was the only bad part of it. Like I said, the box art was awesome, what the toys were supposed to do was awesome and the alleged mythology behind the Manglors was awesome.

The image of the Manglord figure was forever burned into my psyche as a child. Internet searches turn up a scant few poor photos and scans, so I decided I needed to repaint the image.

I've been doing alot of digital painting as of late and so for a couple hours a day for about 6 weeks I worked on this. I finally finished it the other day. And a laborious process it was. But a labor of love.

Here is some of the process as well as the final image.