I always wanted to have Snake Armor He-Man from the 200x line. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen one in stores, and apparently it only was sold in Europe.
When Mattel revealed the MOTUC version, as a double pack with 200x King Hsss…I was very surprised. Here is a company that has consistently said they weren’t going to do “anime stylized” figures. I, like everyone else interested, watched Pixel Dan’s video review…and I knew this would be my next purchase. Then came the big news of a 200x subscription line…I am still deciding on that. But I am very glad to know that they are visiting that old line and bringing new figures from the show that were never released, like Ceratus and Calix.
I ordered this as soon as it was available on February 16, and today it arrived on March 2. Not so good. Not that the amount of time the shipping took has anything to do with the value of the figure, but it is kind of a bummer that it took so long.
Anyways, on with the review!
The toys arrived in this mailer box. Similar to what we have seen in the past. You can see the names of the figures prominently on the front.
Removing the inner box from the mailer reveals this packaging. It is similar pakaging to what we got with the Palace Guard two pack. There is a Snake Men sticker conspicuously on the blister bubble.
Flipping the box over…wait a minute. (sniff sniff). What’s that (sniff sniff) smell?
I’ve heard of new car smell. And there is/was a blog or show on the web “That New Toy Smell.” But I never actually smelled a new toy outside of a toy that was supposed to smell. And I have to say, it isn’t very pleasant. It is a strong smell, that overcomes the packaging. I heard complaints on Roast Gooble Dinner podcast about some of the new plastic Mattel using smelling “like urinal cakes.” I wouldn’t quite describe this smell as that bad. It smells of chemicals, though. And like new paint.
Onto flipping the box.
We get some pictures of other snake men in the line, notably Tongue Lasher, my favorite Snake Man…until today!
The bios are interesting, and you can read them on your own time, Hub City Geeks. I am just throwing this packaging away. (As I type this, I am looking at the two figures on my kitchen table, and they continue to smell funny.)
Both figures are MAGNIFICENT! The sculpt of He-Man’s armor…what they’ve done with the concept is incredible! And there are lots of tiny details. He-Man is one of those figures I could stare at for a while and keep finding new things. King Hsss likewise, has a remarkable sculpt, and this time, they adapted the 200x look into his Armor instead of making a new buck, or whatever. Both figures feature loin cloths reminiscent of the 200x time period. King Hsss comes with a snake staff and a shield, just like the older version…
No shoulder swapping has been done to the new King Hsss! The older version has a certain nostalgia, but the newer version carries Egyptian details.
He-Man has received a new head sculpt, and this is what has people excited the most about getting these figures, I think.
No more fish-head haircut for He-Man Notice that there is a sword holder on his back, designed to hold the 200x sword!
He-Man also has the claw accessory that was prominently featured in the cartoon. It just clips right into his gauntlet.
He-Man and King Hsss have all of the articulation of other MOTUC figures: Ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, rotating wrists, an ab crunch, rotating waist, ball jointed legs, knees with a hinge, and rocker ankles. Neither figure has a boot cut swivel, but that is generally unnecessary.
King Hsss’ head swivel is hampered by his headdress a little bit. Otherwise, all of the joints feel tight and the figures stand very nicely. I would like to point out that the loin cloth on both figures hampers their ability to ride on a steed…He-Man can’t properly ride Battle Cat (if you happened to get Battle Lion and armor swap.)
You can remove King Hsss torso and swap out with the snake form from the previous figure. Mattel is promising a 200x snake form to be packed with a different figure. I feel that the older snake form looks like a buck-toothed rabbit.
You can try trading He-Man’s head sculpt onto different figures, and vice versa. You can make a truly 200x regular He-Man now if you have King Grayskull’s armor. Or you could take the armor off of the 200x He-Man, and use that…it fits the classics figures just fine. (I don’t have these options available, sadly.)
But putting that 200x head on Prince Adam looks SWEET! He looks like some kind of model, don’t you think!
Here is a COMPARISON TIME: Wolf Armor He-Man 200x and Snake Armor He-Man MOTUC
Hsss’ staff and shield are given to us in muted colors this time. I especially like the staff in this color. It looks extra evil. And the darker colored shield is also better than the brighter shield we got before.
He-Man’s sword is the same as the other swords we have from 200x, but this time the cross on the hilt is highlighted in black. Some things are lacking in this department for He-Man.
Sure we have awesome new armor…(incidentally, non-removable armor). But Snake Armor He-Man needs a snake shield. He also needs a sword that can open up to fire the power of Grayskull at Serpos, like we saw in the final episode of the 200x series.
So what’s my rating?
I had a blast coming up with cool poses for each figure. They look absolutely awesome together. My favorite thing is the action pose you see above, where He-Man is fighting King Hsss. This armor lends makes you believe this figure is a real snake fighter!
But no way around it…I have to take off some for a couple of reasons. We didn’t get all we need with these figures. King Hsss missing his alt mode. He-man not having a transforming sword or a shield. And then there is that smell. That has to be enough to really effect some people’s fun.
But the positives really outweigh the negatives. The sculpts are amazing. The customizability that is opened up with these figures is also very nice. The figures are fun to play with and look at. I can’t say enough about all of the details. The paint is very intricate as well. This has to make up for some of the bad.
So I am going to rate this set a solid 3/5 or a cautious 4/5. If you are a fan of 200x, or just the snake men in general, then this product is for you. I mentioned above, this sculpt of King Hsss has promoted him to my favorite snake man. And I really like the part swapping options opened up with the new 200x head sculpt.