Thursday, October 12, 2023

The ABCs of 31 Days of Toy Terror: L is for Lady Slither from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


   Today's super scary installment of The ABCs of 31 Days of Toy Terror features Lady Slither from Mattel's Masters of the Universe Origins line! This is a new figure, just released in the past couple months, and it's also the first time we've had an action figure based on the Lady Slither, the Queen Empress of the Snake Men. Lady Slither was created during the Masters of the Universe Classics era and first appeared in a minicomic in 2014. Mattel offered her as a Mattel Creations exclusive and she turned out to be pretty popular. While I really wanted her in MOTUC or now in Masterverse, I'll take an Origins version, too. Throw on The Lair of the White Worm for some appropriate atmosphere as we check out Lady Slither after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 5 1/2th inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, swivel/hinge knees, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a barbelll jointed head.

Accessories: Regular legs, snake body, waist attachment, cape, staff, sword, and minicomic. 

Non-Scalper Price: $35 dollars

The Packaging:

* Like so many of the special MOTU Origins releases, Lady Slither comes in beautiful packaging. She's packaged in a window box with some gorgeous artwork on it, including multiple new characters, and all of that is covered by a larger box with a large seal depicting Lady Slither's portrait. It's a relief and designed similar to what you'd expect a ancient Greek relief of Medusa might look like.  

The Positives:

* Masters of the Universe Origins has largely adhered to the idea of producing never before made characters in a way that they might have appeared in the vintage line, so there's quite a bit here that reuses the basic limbs and such of Teela and Evil-Lyn. Since the vintage Snake Men all had unique torso, however, Lady Slither also has a unique torso. She's wearing a fantasy inspired armored bra/ crop top that has the Snake Men logo and some fang-like designs over her breasts. Her armor is red and gold, nicely offsetting her green skin, giving her a very striking and dangerous appearance!

* Lady Slither's portrait is a bit plain (no open moth showing off sharp teeth or anything) but she does have very striking eyes and a sharp chin. She's also wearing a crown that looks like a stylized cobra.

* Rather than something crazy like hair made out of snakes or green hair or something, Lady Slither is just sporting regular brown hair. It's quite wavy and looks pretty nice. Definitely some of the most detailed hair on a MOTU figure in this scale and style that I can think of. 

* Lady Slither also has a very cool purple cape to give her a more regal appearance. She is an empress, after all. 

* The articulation used on the female MOTU Origins body is quite good, maybe even with smoother articulation than the male body. Also, these figures are modular and the limbs, torso, and head can be easily separated to make your own lazy boy customs!

* To really make this figure stand out Mattel also included the snake tail. Just pop off the lower half of Lady Slither and replace it with this larger snake body. The red belt piece helps to ensure a tight fit. Without it, you could use this on one of the male Snake Men (or any other figure). It's a cool sculpt with different textures on the front and back. 

* Lady Slither's serpent tail is also articulated with three ball joints in it as well as the waist swivel. I'm sure we'll see this reused again at some point, right?

* Lady Slither is armed with either a longer dagger or a short sword. It's a solid accessory and the curved blade does make it seem more unique than most other MOTU swords. 

* Rather than one of the regular Snake Men staffs, Lady Slither comes with Teela's Staff of Ka molded in a yellowish gold plastic. 

* Want to see some cool art of various Snake Men, a cosmic powered He-Man, and Lady Slither lopping off King Hiss' head? Then you've come to the right place. It's a small minicomic (only 6 pages) but it sure is fun. 
   While I would rather have had Lady Slither in MOTUC or in Masterverse, it's still pretty thrilling to finally have her in action figure form. I believe she was planned for the next series of Super7's MOTUC continuation figures that just never happened due to Mattel deciding to jump back into the license. She's a Great figure and the ability to swap her legs with the snake tail is a very cool feature that really does make her feel very vintage. Another head would have been welcome, and maybe some sort of snake companion figure, but overall she is a really well done figure. Pretty exciting time to be a MOTU fan, right?

This is the first toy of Lady Slither I've reviewed. For more Masters of the Universe Origins reviews check out the following:


  1. Oh wow. Hadn't heard or seen this one before. Neat!

    1. She didn't last long on Mattel Creations. They did a fan vote for the next playset and the next item coming out for a crowd funded item is a fortress for the Snake Men!


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