Despite everything this year has brought Masters of the Universe fans will remember 2020 as the year that Super7 finally delivered us Snake Mountain. While Mattel is still actively releasing Masters of the Universe toys and they may revisit the scale and style of Masters of the Universe Classics, this piece is truly the end of the long running line stretching back to the first release of King Grayskull at SDCC 2008. Since then Mattel and Super7 have released well over 200 figures, multiple oversized vehicle and beasts, giants, dragons, and even massive playsets, a feat that's quite impressive in this modern age, particularly when you realize that 99% of the product never appeared on a retail shelf. When Mattel released Castle Grayskull in 2013 it seemed like it was the epitome of the MOTUC line. It seemed like mountains had to be moved to make it happen and that it would be the centerpiece of the line. But, little did we know, Snake Mountain was in the works. It didn't happen under Mattel, though, but under Super7. When Mattel lost interest in the MOTU property Super7 took over and continued to offer figures and vehicles that fit in with what we already had. We had Night Stalker but Super7 gave us Stridor. They gave us figures from the 1987 movie, something Mattel assured us over and over again was impossible. And finally, in April of 2019, Super7 began their campaign to give us Snake Mountain.
With Super7 being a smaller outfit than Mattel and Snake Mountain being a much larger playset than Castle Grayskull, we knew Snake Mountain wouldn't be cheap. And it wasn't. Second only to purchasing a vintage Eternia I do believe that Snake Mountain is the most expensive collectible item I've bought. I actually started a side savings account a year or so before just for fun (the Snake Mountain fund) so that I was ready to preorder the day it arrived. Well, now Snake Mountain is here and it's massive. I've had mine for about a month now as I wanted to give myself some time to mess around with it and really get my thoughts together on it. Now, its time for my review, and I'm joined in taking pictures and setting things up by my 7-year old daughter, Adora. She was only 3 months old when Grayskull came out but now at 7 she's all about this. You'll catch glimpses of her in some of the pictures peaking through the various openings and corridors of Snake Mountain. Let's take a journey into the Dark Hemisphere and venture to Snake Mountain after the break...
* The bottom floor is easily the most disappointing part of the set. It's largely empty and it's missing the cool elements of the vintage toy like the wooden trap door and the random bones strewn about. It's always good to have some play space, so I guess you could put the table here, but overall it feels like wasted space.
Dark Despot Skeletor
Rebel Leader He-Man
Stratos, Trap Jaw, and Prince Adam