Masters Of The Universe Classics Snake Men Two Pack Review

Our last review for The Power Of Grayskull week is the Snake Men two pack, while a big fan of the Snake Men I wasn’t super excited for this two pack for reasons I will get into later. Let’s take a look at the Snake Men two pack.

According to the bio: A hybrid of three cold-blooded alien races, the Snake Men were spliced together and bred by the Unnamed One to serve as loyal foot soldiers in his ever-growing army. Several battalions of Snake Men were assigned to the Viper Lord King Hssss and traveled with him to Eternia to plunder its hidden magic for their formless master. Unprepared for an attack by invading Horde armies, the Snake Army was driven into hibernation and eventually trapped in the Void by the warrior Zodak. Five millennia later, Hssss and his reptile army escaped their imprisonment and once again took up the fight to claim Eternia. Snake Men fight loyally in the armies of King Hssss against the heroic Masters of the Universe.

So the Snake Men are the second army builder two pack to come out of MOTUC, and while they are pretty cool I feel some of the magic of the previous army builder pack (Eternian Palace Guards) is lost. The Palace Guards came with a ton of stuff, many pieces of armor that could be customized, 4 different heads, and a ton of weapons; all of this left you with a ton of different options for building a huge army of these guys. I personally have two sets of guards with all four of them looking and being kitted out differently. The Snake Men two pack on the other hand comes with a meager 4 weapons, 2 pieces of armor, and 4 heads, which doesn’t really leave much room for different looks for an army of snake men. On the plus side what is there looks great; the 4 different heads look different enough that an army of these guys would at least look a little different. The weapons all have a neat snake vibe to them, and the two different armors look cool and different enough from each other. Other than the heads/weapons/armor the rest of the figures are all parts we have seen before (or soon will see) on other figures. Of the two snake Men the yellow one is by far my favorite, which doesn’t lend me much hope for really enjoying General Rattlor when he comes out. Something about that body just doesn’t look right to me; maybe when Rattlor comes out and I have him in hand it will look better. It should also be noted that these figures come with an extra part around the neck to make them more snake like which really helps sell that these guys are bipedal snakes and not just random Eternians with snake heads.

Paint on my Snake Men is good, except the glaring spots where the black plastic is showing through on their hands from the weapons rubbing against them. Black plastic is an issue I feel needs to be resolved quickly if the line is to continue, but sometime it feels more like Mattel would rather just be rid of this line than handle it correctly anymore. Other than the terrible black spots the rest of the figures look really good, nice and clean with no stuck limbs or anything of the such.

The Snake Men come with a few accessories, 2 head with closed mouths, 2 heads with open mouths, a snake themes sword, shield, spear, and mace. The armor is interchangeable between the two figures, but knowing what a pain the MOTUC armor is to get off most times I didn’t even bother switching them up. It should also be noted that the armor the yellowish snake man is wearing could very easily double as the armor for General Rattlor when he comes out.

Articulation on the Snake men is exactly what you would expect from MOTUC figures. They have swivels at the wrists, waist, thighs, and biceps, hinges at the knees, ankles, and elbows, the ab crunch, swivel/hinge shoulders and hips, and ball jointed heads with ok to great movement depending on the different heads. Some of the heads have a neck covering that does hamper the articulation a little bit, but nothing major.

Overall the Snake Men two pack pretty much sums up what MOTUC has been about for the past few months, serviceable figures that look good, but with no real wow factor. The figures themselves are nice additions to the shelf, and it’s good to finally see some more Snake Men slither in to the collection. I just wish Mattel would stop with the cost cutting measures and deliver some really great figures again.

 

12 thoughts on “Masters Of The Universe Classics Snake Men Two Pack Review

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    October 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm
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    Maybe a repainted version of this pack (perhaps with different weapons and armor) would help the snakes look different enough.

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      October 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm
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      I think that would be a great Idea…too bad Mattel is way too cheap for that

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        October 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm
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        Sometimes I fear the lack of foresight that the MOTUC team has… This should have been the Q2 Beast release and by now they could’ve thrown a repaint of it as an evergreen non-sub item and watch the suckers fly off. Hopefully by the time the HORDE Troopers show up they consider adding a second run of them as an evergreen item… (people tend to hoard horde troopers)

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          October 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm
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          Horde Troopers are gonna be sick…if in fact they come out…Hopefully they do, but knowing Mattel and TG the “fan Demanded” pack could be almost anything

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    October 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm
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    these are just not a 44 dollar pack of toys. we paid less for the palace guards, and they came w/ more stuff. had these been price out about 30 bones, i’d have gotten two and considered a third… at 35 i would have gotten a second. at 44 bucks, a second pack just wasn’t close to an option for my budget. even w/ time, i can’t afford to drop that much money for so little toy.

    the rub on the hands too… why are the figs holding their weapons in the box? they aren’t woddy and buzz fans? they could have hidden the black plastic fiasco better had they not packed the weapons in their hands. and for mine, it warped the grip on a couple hands so they don’t hold those weapons well anymore. what a balls up.

    i’m a big snake man fan, they’re my faction of choice, and having an army builder pack for them should have had me buying multiples quite easily. instead, we got nice figures that are just not in the ballpark of good enough to justify their pricetag.

    BTW, on the rattlor fig… remember, he has a new chest piece, not the standard chest that the yellow trooper has under that armor. it looks great, but i’m not sure whether or not it will actually fit rattlor. now, i like the rattlor buck, i wish they’re put millenium hsss on that buck, but the very flat paint job on the trooper is “bleh.” i think when you see rattlor, w/ all the paint aps TG brags that he got, i think that buck will pop as one of the nicest pieces of sculpting in the line. really look at that buck under some good lighting, there’s a ton of gorgeous detail on that buck. a green or purple version of that buck w/ some adequate shading, would look absolutely stellar.

    that said, given the doom and gloon for 2014, i sadly don’t think we’ll see these reduxed at all. it’s a shame, but honestly, unless we got a repack w/ new items, and different colors, they’d have to drop the price point on the pack by at least 9 bucks a pack to get me to buy back in anyways. even a mad matty sale will likely only bring the pricetag back down to 40, which is still too much for what they’re giving us in the box.

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      October 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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      all solid great points!

      I hate shipping with weapons in hand its dumb and certainly doesn’t help the paint issues.

      The price COULD have been justified with a few more weapons and maybe some arm/ leg armor

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    October 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm
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    Well this was a disappointing review. I think the Snakeman pack is one of the highlights of 2012, and I loathe army builders in this scale. At least with the Snakemen each one has a enough personality to take on the roll of individual characters. I passed on the Palace Guards because they’re straight up generic Bob and Steve figures. I’ll probably pass on Horde Troopers for the same reason, though now that I have a sub they’ll become custom fodder.

    I’d love to see this pack reissued in new colors. Purple and Blue. Green and Red. The Snakemen are my new favorite faction of MOTUC. I hope we get enough snakes so that Kobra Kahn will have enough soldiers to match Randor’s allies or Skeletor’s lackeys.

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      October 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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      Sorry you are disappointed in the review…I don’t dislike the figures themselves just the lack of accessories and ability to customize them more

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    October 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm
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    I just can’t seem to warm up to these guys either. I completely agree that the “cool” factor of the Eternian Palace guards is gone here. I think they should have gone with a different color for at least one of the guys. I know green is kind of covered with Khan, Hiss, and Squeeze (if they get to him) and red is covered by Rattlor, but either an evergreen/forrest green or something reddish would have been nice

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      October 17, 2012 at 5:24 am
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      Heck they could have left the orange one black and saved on paint aps

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