This review goes out to Mekaneckfrenchiefrog, who has been keeping the Snake Face hype going for a few weeks in the comments! I've had this guy for around a month now but I'm just finally getting around to reviewing him. But today is as good of a day for a review of one of the Snake Men as any, right? Snake Face is billed as the "Most Gruesome of the Snake Men Warriors" and I think that's an apt description. He has a real Medusa vibe to him, both with his appearance and his power to turn people to stone with his petrifying gaze. I have never owned a vintage Snake Face, not even as a kid, so there's always been a real allure about him for me. He's not a common figure, either, so it's not cheap or easy to score one. This Masters of the Universe Origins release is quite welcome, then, as I'm guessing he's missing from many collections. Mattel has really been pushing the Snake Men lately and it's rather exciting that we'll be completing the faction soon as well as adding Lady Slither and Fang-Or as Mattel Creations exclusives. At SDCC just last weekend we learned that the majority of future MOTU Origins releases are going to be Mattel Creations exclusives. Honestly, I don't think that's a bad idea as I've had good success with most Mattel Creations releases and we're definitely getting into more obscure figures as the line goes on. I'm really looking forward to Origins versions of characters like Gwildor, Blade, Saurod, and Rotar, but will everyone else? (Note: Those guys haven't been announced yet but Mattel did reiterate that they are dedicated to finishing the vintage lineup). Let's take a look at what we do have in hand, though, and check out Snake Face after the break...
Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, swivel/hinge knees, balljointed hips, waist swivel, hinged chest panels (x2), swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: 2 portraits, shield, staff, and minicomic.
Non-Scalper Price: $22 dollars
* From the waist down Snake Face is a bit plain but his torso and headsculpt more than make up for that. He's very faithful to the vintage figure with few differences, the biggest being less green paint overspray on his shoulders and none on his neck and more detailed serpent bands on his forearms. His face and neck have a texture that's both scaly and stone-like, but it doesn't extend to the arms or legs. The vintage figure didn't have the texture there, either, though. I like his muted color scheme of gray and black with a bit of vivid green and purple. It definitely looks quite different from most of the other Snake Men, who tend to be bolder and brighter. With the way his armor is designed and his Medusa theme, I wonder if there was ever a point where Snake Face was designed as a female member of the Snake Men? I haven't found anything pointing to that, so it seems unlikely.
MOTUC did, too). The first face is pretty creepy as you can see Snake Face's glowing red eyes, his serpentine features, and his fangs.
* The back of both helmets look pretty neat with snakes sculpted onto the sides. They're even given some simple paint applications to bring out the details a bit more.
* The second head shows Snake Face using his powers with the little red snakes coming out of his eye sockets and slithering out from around the back of his head. He's also got a funky Gene Simmons-esque tongue.
* The front panels on Snake Face's armor also flip down, allowing the two snakes inside to be exposed. They're simply hinged, so they can stay open or closed easily.
* The MOTU origins figures are built like the vintage toys but with more modern articulation. While their bulky frames make the articulation a bit clumsy, they do feel like an evolution of the vintage line. Imagine what you would get if you mixed a vintage figure with a MOTUC or Masterverse figure. They're quite fun to play with and pretty durable, feeling more like a toy than a collectible. They're also modular and can be easily separated in many places to make your own lazy boy customs!
* The vintage Snake Face shield is a fairly pricey accessory, often selling for $50 to $70 dollars. It's nice to have this one for those of us not wanting to pay that much for a single accessory, huh? It looks really nice with sculpted details on both sides and a very sturdy handle for holding it.
* Like most of the other Snake Men, Snake Face also comes sporting his Snake Man staff, here in a deep forest green. Thes seem to be more ceremonial than designed as a legit weapon, but it is very accurate to the original with some very crisp detailing. It looks pretty nice and kind of matches Snake Face's boots.
* Both deluxe figures in this series (Dragon Blaster Skeletor and Snake Face) come with the same minicomic: "Viper's Vice." This is a crazy story with Snake Face taking over the Snake Men and calling himself King Snake Face. There's the Snake Goddess, Fang-Or, and He-Man being transformed by the Ultimate Power into an Ultimate He-Man.
* My only real complaint with Snake Faces is that his shoulders look really weird. What's the deal? The vintage toy had weird shoulders, too, so I guess that's what Mattel did here. They really should have fixed it. That seems more like a flaw than a feature.
For more of the gruesome Snake Face I've also reviewed the MOTUC Snake Face, the Vinyl SODA Snake Face, and the POP! Snake Face #95.
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