series 1 He-Man. That's pretty lame, right? Yeah, this is mostly going to be a few paragraphs of me complaining about a really poor decision. Listen, I have no problem with companies repacking a popular character every now and then but when it's the second series of a blind boxed line? That's just really strange. Could Mattel not think of any better He-Man variant? Heck, they at least could have given him different accessories or something. Ugh. Pure laziness here, folks. Let's take a look at this one after the break...
Height: 2 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Power Sword and 2 piece Snake Mountain container
Non-Scalper Price: $5 dollars
ID Letter: G
* On the left is the series 2 He-Man and on the right is the series 1 He-Man. They're identical. Seriously, if you have one avoid the other. I didn't know which codes went to which figure so I bought a full set not realizing which package was He-Man nor knowing that they were exactly the same figure. Heck, the standard silver or gold variant would have been better than a straight up duplicate.
* I'm starting with the negatives first: This is the same figure you already have if you bought series 1. Mattel couldn't even be bothered to offer up a cool new palette swap. If you were a loyal customer who bought series 1 then Mattel is only too happy to get you to double dip with series 2. Lame.
* The Eternia Minis come blind packaged but it's actually not a bad thing at all. First, there is a very prominent code on the bottom of the package identifying the figure inside (He-Man is "G"), so you don't have to buy these without knowing what you're getting. Second, the packaging is a very cool plastic Snake Mountain. It actually separates in half and you can connect them with other Snake Mountains to make a long chain of evil. It's a cool sculpt and some of the best blind packaging I've ever seen. The detail is insanely nice on this!
* Furthermore, the Snake Mountain container functions as a really cool display stand. There is a peg on top that plug into the figure's feet. When you connect a row of these together you can have a long display stand for multiple figures.
A number of years ago I had came up with a list of my action figure No-Nos and one of them involves a collector having to buy a duplicate figure. I know that duplicates are an inherent part of the "blind box" marketing gimmick (which needs to go away) but, considering that Mattel put a duplicate figure in the second series which uses letters to help you avoid duplicates, that seems awfully close to the spirit of one of my No-Nos. This is a pretty Crap 1/2 move, Mattel. Seriously, a weird He-Man repaint would have been better than this nonsense.
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Are you a fan of Snake Mountain? The check out my reviews of the Snake Mountain M.U.S.C.L.E. from series 3's Pack C and the plastic Snake Mountain cases from the series 2 Eternia Minis Faker and Beast Man.