19 October 2008

Who are these two?

Before any of the She-Ra character designs had been finalized work was already underway on the series. Thus when it came to storyboarding the first She-Ra episode "Into Etheria" artist Don Manuel had no character designs to refer to and subsequently had to design many of the characters himself. As an example here I present a couple of storyboard panels featuring his designs for Mantenna and Scorpia. Mantenna appears to be more bug-like and has a beak for a mouth, while Scorpia is slightly more decorated with armor than her final appearance...


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4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Scorpia's got a Zodac-like helmet on, and yes I have to agree with you about Mantenna, James ... Has a face like Kowl in the image on the right! :) Thanks for reading! God Bless...
~KevyGuy :)
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Tyler Baker said...

Looking at the pictures first, I thought mantenna was an owl creature and scorpis was a bug woman of some sort. Not bad interpretations!

HB Potlood said...

Mantenna is turning into a butterfly in these storyboards. Maybe that's his next stage of evolution?

David Monid said...

Presenting Kowl's evil looking bug cousin and a lady in snake armour who ran away from the services of King Hiss to join the Horde. :D

Wow those guys at Filmation were really in a rush to get this project completed weren't they? :D

Speaking of King Hiss, it was a shame that he didn't appear in the Filmation show, but that's obviously because he was introduced much later in the toyline's production that Film ation were focusing on She-Ra. Though rattlor made an apperence in the cartoon, so it could have been possible I guess?

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