SpartanNerd Movie Review…Suicide Squad

I finally saw Suicide Squad for the second time, and am ready to drop a big analysis and review!  SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Where does the SpartanNerd see movies?  Usually either at NCG in Spartanburg on the east side, or at Spartan 16 on the west side.  This time I saw Suicide Squad at NCG, and sat in a comfortable reclining seat!

First, the previews….

The previews for Dr. Strange look better and better.  That is a character that I encountered a few times in Marvel comics over the years, but I know very little about actually.  I like what I see, though.

The first time I saw Suicide Squad, I didn’t see the preview for Wonder Woman.  That looks INCREDIBLE.  It appears she might get the Captain America treatment, as the previews show her fighting in three different eras…the fantasy past, WWII (or WWI?), and modern times.  We got to see her use the lasso of truth and swing the sword and bash the shield.  Also, they are using the “Steve” story, where she is in love with the first man she ever met.  She also tells him that Zeuss created her.  So we get quite alot!

The preview for Arthur looks great.  Dark, though.

Dunkirk…I don’t know much about this historical event?

Enough of making you wait, the same way I did!  On with the review!

The movie opens with Deadshot and Harley Quinn…both prisoners in Belle Reve.  For those of you who don’t know, Belle Reve is an actual prison in the DC universe, as opposed to Arkham Asylum, which is a mental treatment facility.  Belle Reve has the distinction of being designed to handle “metahuman” prisoners.

The guards rough house Deadshot for awhile, and then we see Harley trying to seduce the lead guard, which is apparently her tried and true tactic for escape.  But she gets shocked, and we see flashback memories of her being force-fed and tortured at Belle Reve.  That is puzzling…why?

Amanda Waller…This actress was perfect.  In fact, they all were, from Will Smith’s Deadshot to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.  Really, every character was nailed in character and casting!  Amanda Waller is talking at the Pentagon about a metahuman response to Superman.  She notes that Superman was on “our side.”  But the next Superman might not be.  (This movie is in continuity…meaning Superman’s death by Doomsday at the end of Dawn of Justice is quite relevant.)

As Waller explains each person in “Task Force X” to the Pentagon, Graphics on screen give the viewers some stats, as how the villain was captured is explained.  Batman (Aflec) picked off Deadshot.

AND WHAT WAS THAT?

Graphics on the screen indicate that Harley Quinn was involved with the death of Robin…a twist!  We get a perfect Harley Quinn origin, that she was the Joker’s psychiatrist and fell in love with him.  The Joker in this continuity is more of a gangster Joker that we haven’t seen so much of in film.  And he’s nuts.  I thought Lex Luthor was crazy…this Joker is almost Satan, the way he tempts people, and growls.  There is really no way to be on his good side, as the ganster boss found out right before we got the story about how Batman rescued Harley from the Joker’s car.  The first time I saw this, I wondered why Batman kissed her before bringing her in…but the second time I realized he was doing mouth to mouth resuscitation, and she pulled a “Sandlot” style french kiss on him.

Captain Boomerang was brought in by the Flash.  It was good to see a clear picture of him in a movie.  He looks cool, and isn’t the same guy from TV.

We don’t know how El Diablo got brought into prison, but we know he torched the prison yard during a riot.  The guy is perfect…Like I said, every character was nailed dead on.  My only knowledge of this character comes from the few Suocide Squad comics I read from The New 52, but in those books he seems scared of his powers, and very hesitant.  Exactly what we see in this movie.

Killer Croc is also perfect.  He is standing in for King Shark…but they got the details of his skin condition being a problem and being a cannibal as well.

The enchantress…this is the character I knew the least about.  Are there two actresses?  One for June Moon and the other for The Witch?  (No.  It’s just makeup and CGI)

The Suicide Squad will be led by Colonel Flagg…a hard nosed special ops guy who is in love with June Moon, and this is how Amanda Waller has him under her control.

Basically, Amanda Waller sends The Witch to some foreign country, and she brings back secret weapon plans…it takes less than ten seconds.  And this is how she convinced the government to authorize this black ops group.

 

Next we get a few shots of the criminals being spoken to.  Deadshotgets to demonstrate his power…the ability to never miss.  He hits the target silhouettes right in the middle of the head.  There is no grouping…each bullet hit the same spot over and over.

What happens is June becomes the Witch while she is sleeping, and teleports to where her “brother” is kept.  She releases him, and he possesses a guy who goes to the bathroom.  It becomes apparent that the more people he kills, the more power he will collect.  When they try stabbing the Witch’s heart, (which is in a briefcase…their tactic to control the spirit,) her Brother lends some of his essence and traps the Witch in a body that more resembles June’s.

All of the killing going on gets  Task Force X their first mission.

Each person Amanda Waller introduced to the government was there, plus one extra guy…Slipknit (a guy who can scale any surface).   An obvious redshirt.  Whoever heard of Slipknot?  And yes, he tries to escape and gets his head blown off.  (The prisoners have an explosive in their necks as an “insurance policy,” just like in the comics.)

 

And I think I found a hole in the plot.  After they get dressed and load the chopper to go fight Brother and Sister, someone shoots them down…Was it the Joker?  Why would he shoot down a chopper that he knows has Harley Quinn in it.  (Harley has a contraband cell phone.)

When they get out, they encounter a bunch of zombified people.  I didn’t expect this…Suicide Squad…a Zombie Movie.  Nope.  These zombies are far flimsier than what you see on The Walking Dead.  They are covered in eyes, and seem to breathe by contracting their whole body.

The Suicide Squad makes quick work of them.  Captain Boomerang throws his boomerangs, Harley uses a baseball bat, Killer Crock tears into them, Deadshot uses his incredible aim, and El Diablo does nothing!

A couple of humorous things.  Harley steals a purse.  And takes the elevator in front of everyone.  Captain Boomerang is enamored with his stuffed pink unicorn.  He gets attacked and stabbed by a zombie, but has a stack of hundred dollar bills padding his chest, which take the blade!  El Diablo gets goaded into using his powers, and torches like one hundred zombies!

After the fight, Harley tries to escape.  She is briefly united with the Joker, but then his chopper is shot down, and he appears to be dead.  Also, Waller had Deadshot attempt to assassinate her.  He clearly didn’t miss.  But she seemed to be un injured.  How?

We get more of Harley’s origin.  Apparently she took a dive into the acid pool, just like in the comics.  When she nearly drowned, Joker jumped in and saved her.  More of DC and the movie writers really nailing this story as far as the characters are concerned.

Harley apparently lives, but is broken since her boyfriend is gone.

Everyone is supposed to be rescuing someone from all of this.  It turns out to be…Amanda Waller!  Waller kills all of the computer techs in the tower room with her, as her task force is supposed to extract her.  But her chopper goes down, and she gets captured by the zombies.

So the Suicide Squad feels sorry for themselves, and they all decide to go to a nearby bar and have some drinks.  Deadshot points out that all of the damage, disaster, etc. is going to be blamed on them.  When they were actually sent to stop it all.  Flagg comes in and joins them.  Apparently the rules are going to relax on the Suicide Squad.  They all decide to take out the Witch, because they “have nothing better to do.”  We get El Diablo’s origin…he basically lost his temper and burned down his own house with his wife and kids inside.

It all goes down to Killer Croc taking an explosive under “Brother.”  Diablo transforms into his demon self to take on the brother and be sure he is in the right place.  With him out of the way, June/The Witch begins to take on each member of the team.  Only when they decided to work together can they take her out.

It all ends happy.  The Witch is killed, but June survives.  Harley gets an espresso machine.  Croc gets BET.  And then of course the Joker busts in and rescues Harley.  We all knew he wasn’t dead!

I’m not one to hate on Dawn of Justice.  It has its problems.  It’s dark.  Batman is a little bit too eager with guns.  Suicide Squad is a completely different experience.  I have said I enjoyed it more than X-Men…it is similar, but with all anti-heros.  The soundtrack is terrific, and I might just buy it!

I am going to give this movie a 4/5.  It lost a point because there ARE a few plotholes.  (Why did seemingly allied chopper shoot them down?)  But the characters and costumes were perfect.  The mood of the movie wasn’t really irreverent, but it was pretty humorous.  There was lots of action.  And characters I came to care about, even if I didn’t know them.

Do you agree or disagree, Hub City Geeks?  Let me know in the comments!

 

SpartanNerd…Revisiting the Origin Stories of DC Masters of the Universe

Coming in October, Masters of the Universe will have a crossover comic with Thundercats from DC.  I can’t wait!  Until then, I am revisiting the DC comics I already have.  (I have them all!  From the digital-only comics, through He-man and the Eternity War.)

I thought I would re-visit and comment on the three origins books.

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Of the three, this is the weakest.  I remember reading this, and worrying about it.  The art is jarring, and the story is disjointed.  Thinking back a few years when this came out, this was also the book that dropped the bomb on us that Prince Adam wouldn’t be a secret identity.  (When this was released, the ongoing story still had Adam and Teela trying to find their real identities.)

But the hardest thing about this book is the confusion about what happened in the panels below…

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Adam “tricked” Skeletor into thinking the sword on the wall was the power sword.  He swung it at the villain, who caught it in his bare hand, and crushed it.  See the picture above.  Doesn’t it look like the sword was crushed?  Skeletor knocks a wall over on Adam, crushing him, and then we see him grab the power sword…What?  How did it get there beside him?  Was the sword Skeletor crushed the power sword?  Did it heal itself?  The moment Adam grabs it, Skeletor is looking at the tapestry that details King Grayskull defeating Hordak.  Skeletor seems to think the tapestry hides the sword at that moment, and we clearly see its outline on the tapestry.

So in short.  This is a confusing story.  It could have been told in a clearer way.  If you’ll recall, the early run on the DC MOTU comics was panned by almost everyone.  This book wasn’t helping.

 

Let’s visit Skeletor’s origin now…

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This is the first comic book I ever ordered online.  The reason?  I apparently missed it at the Tangled Web.  Either they got only one or two copies, that were snatched up before I got there, or they didn’t get it at all.  I purchased the digital copy.  But only this summer, when I discovered MYCOMICSHOP.COM,  did I actually come to own a physical copy.

This book starts off with Keldor, who has a face full of acid.  The Mike Young productions cartoon had Keldor wounded in battle…with Randor’s shield splashing his acid back into his own face.  They elaborated later that Skeletor was healed by summoning Hordak.  This origin story takes that same vibe, but removes the combat accident.  Instead, Hordak himself caused the burn using the communication link set up by Keldor between the two worlds.  As Keldor melts away on his journey to find Randor, he reminisces about his first encounter with the Horde, how he saved Randor from the invading trooper, and then his accomplishment was quashed by their father, Miro, on account of Keldor being a blue gar.

Keldor eventually finds Randor, and stabs him, needing his blood to complete the transport to Etheria and be changed into Skeletor.

I like this book, but the art is a little jarring.  It is similar to the origin of He-Man.  The flashbacks have a different look about them than the main part of the story.

Now for my favorite.  The ORIGIN OF HORDAK!

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Why is this my favorite?  So many reasons.

The art is classic.  And looks like the rest of the series.  Hordak becomes a god…he engineered an entire war between the Cosmic Enforcers and his Evil Horde, and then killed everyone on both sides.  The Cosmic Enforcers seem to be “green lanterns”… In the end, only he and Zodac are left.  And this is because Zodac is his brother.  He wanted to relish in his death specifically.

Hordak is a cosmic vampire…he needed the millions of souls on both sides of the war to fuel his godhood.  The book ends with him pronouncing “Let there be light!”  Dang.  A blasphemy fitting of such an evil character.  (In the DC continuity, what actually happened was he began the “Age of Horokoth.” The bat symbol represents Horokoth, Serpos and Zoar being the other two cosmic totems.)  This story sets the stage for the tremendous power that the Masters of the Universe are up against.  King Grayskull was able to defeat THAT.  And his heir, Skeletor would also kill him eventually.

 

There is one more very notable origin story.  It is one of the digital only books.  THE ORIGIN OF DESPARA.

Despara is the DC Comics version of Adora, the Horde Force Captain.  DC made her a refined killing machine.  In her origin story, she is having flashback memories of when she was kidnapped.  Shadow Weaver keeps her mind wiped.  It is cool that what we see is actually a female version of Hordak.  She became his “Darth Vader,” as he is a disembodied spirit trapped inside some kind of life support machine.  Eventually, she would find herself, as the good mother that Shadow Weaver apparently is allowed her to play in Eternia’s gardens with Teela.  But this story, the last of the digital ones, raised the hair on the backs of peoples necks the same way “Vikor” the figure did.  We never knew we wanted a really evil She-Ra working for Hordak until this story made that happen!  When you read this, and then you go back and watch the Filmation “The Secret of the Sword,” you realize how silly Adora really was as force captain for Hordak.

SpartanNerd…Micro Reviews 1

New thing.  MICRO REVIEWS!

These posts will be brief summary thoughts concerning my feelings about various “nerdtainment” items.  This is becoming a necessity, as I am getting more content than I have time for a formal review.

 

SUICIDE SQUAD.  I promise, I will bring a full review after I see it a second time.  I saw this on opening weekend, and was impressed.  Very nice movie, that remained faithful to the comic book characters.  Harley Quinn stole the show…

 

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: “THE THREE TERRORS” (Short Animation)…This is now available on iTunes, and I watched it today.  It is ten minutes of an attempt by Super7 to revive the Filmation style of animation.  This little cartoon hit it at about 80%.  Alan Oppenheimer still voices Skeletor, but he just doesn’t have the high pitches that he carried in his younger days.

 

SPEAKING OF SUPER7…I was shocked to hear of their takeover of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS.  I think their small figure line is cute and interesting, maybe even worth the $5 a figure.  But I don’t own any…I am in the camp with many other fans that jittery times are ahead.  Why would Mattel pass that property?  I am glad Digital River is done.  Maybe shipping will be cheaper.

 

METALLICA: “HARDWIRED FOR DESTRUCTION”…This is the only track and also is the title track) released so far, for an album slated to release on November 18.  It’s about time!  The few reviews on iTunes so far compare the song to stuff on “Justice for All.”  I think the singing might be a little smoother than what was on “Death Magnetic,” but the band’s all around sound is about the same.  Robert Trujillo is KILLING that bass!

 

YOUNG JUSTICE…I began watching this again…I watched it last year.  What a great cartoon!  I wish more would happen.

 

DC COMICS: REBIRTH..I have been reading Batman as well as Robin, Son of Batman, and also I picked up All Star Batman.  So far, the most powerful story is the Batman book that came out this week.  Batman #5 dropped a couple of bombs, that they are going to kill Batman ONCE AGAIN.  And that Duke Thomas is going to marry Gotham Girl.

 

MAGIC THE GATHERING: CONSPIRACY-TAKE THE CROWN…The spoilers released so far have fans scratching their heads.  This set looks to bring more power and almost better reprints than Eternal Masters and Modern Masters 2015.  Very odd!

 

First Ever Micro-Reviews!  Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

 

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…MTG Eldritch Moon Intro Deck “Shallow Graves”

Sadly, I bought this as an impulse buy while standing in line at Wal-Mart.  The back to school shopping crowd had maybe fifty customers waiting in line at three registers.  While I stood and waited, I thought, (I guess) “I would like some more punishment.  Why not buy and intro pack.”

So was it punishment?  Keep reading!

I chose “Shallow Graves” because it is in the colors Black and Blue.  I am interested in making a zombie deck with my foil Liliana, The Last Hope, and my four copies of Gisa and Geralf.  I have worked at this at home a little bit, but not really tested it out, and didn’t really feel all that inspired with my results.  What I made at home was simply with the cards I owned that fit the theme in Standard right now…the kind of thing I might have made when I first began playing Magic.  I thought maybe opening a pre-constructed Black Blue Zombie deck might let me attack the problem from a different angle.

That said, I also like the foil alternate art Noosegraf Mob card feature.  I own several copies of Noosegraf Mob, from drafts and from pre-release.  In limited it is the kind of card that makes your opponent sweat.  I feel it is probably too slow for standard, but we will see!

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Shallow Graves came in the standard window box intro pack package.  This one was wrapped in tight fitting thick plastic, which I’m sure was meant to deter thievery.

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Here are the contents of the box.  The deck, with the foil Noosegraf Mob, shrink wrapped in a cigarette wrapper.  Two Eldritch Moon booster packs.  A Quick Reference Guide.  (Trash).  And a nice poster with propaganda and a decklist.  Here is the front side of the insert, notably featuring the fantastic art of Liliana.  (The SpartanNerd IS Liliana.  What else COULD I say?)

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So, basically the deck is designed to flood the board with hard casted zombies.  Crypt breaker here is a new card for me.  The “Discard a card” will enable two things…Madness and Delirium.  The card I can’t get out of my head on this is Voldaren Pariah.  Not a zombie, but a powerful black card with madness.  Sacrificing three creatures lets it flip, and forces the opponent to sacrifice three creatures.  So here is at least one way the deck might be improved…if I had more copies of Cryptbreaker, that is.

Noosegraf Mob is so good because he lets you keep a board presence against players trying to control the game.  You are trading six mana for ten power, basically. which is good, but it is all around deterrent.

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Another card I would like to point out is Ghostly Wings…a card that enables a creature to fly, and creates discard for you.  Spontaneous Mutation is a new trick…flash it onto a creature, and slowly bing down that creatures attack power as the game progresses!

So what was in my booster packs? I am trying to save memory space on WordPress, so let me summarize that a little bit.

I opened Ulvenwald Observer.  A lame tree folk.  I won’t waste a picture.  That pack also had Tamiyo’s emblem.  Graf Rats was here too. That card permeates this set.  I’m glad the Wizards wanted to push the meld mechanic so much.

It was the rare on the second pack that caught my attention.  A card I had never seen.

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Cast him from exile.  WOW!  A THREE DROP.  There is a deck here.

So how does “Shallow Graves” play out?

I tested it against a few non-standard decks, and this time I uploaded a copy to image and tried it out against a standard environment.

In short, this deck is unsurprisingly unfit for a tournament.  New players will like casting the foil Noosegraf Mob, if they survive long enough!

The dominant deck in standard, Bant Humans, just is too much for “Shallow Graves.”  But not just that.  Just about ANY constructed deck can take out this pre-con.

I love its flavor…but I would rather save the flavor for Dual Decks and Commander.  The Wizards are rightly retiring this product.  I have reviewed several intro decks as the SpartanNerd.  This one is “meh.”  Lots of points for flavor.  Not so much for function.

This time, my booster packs were geared more towards other decks.  One pack had almost all black and red cards.  So that one would be better for a vampires player.  Vampires, by the way, are pretty good in standard.  A good Olivia Mobilized for War deck can eat up Shallow Graves.  I did get some black and blue Eldrazi with Emerge.  If I really wanted to altar the deck, thinking BIG, I could add those.  So this time thats a plus.

I RATE “SHALLOW GRAVES”  2/5.

The art is good.  The flavor is good, even though that doesn’t really belong here in my opinion.  It is fun.  But it is a loser.  There are possibilities for expansion.  Throw in Kalitas.  Lilian, Heretical Healer, Liliana, the Last Hope, and Prized Amalgam and you have something decent!

The Spartannerd rates his FINAL INTRO DECK 2/5.  DO you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!

(There are not going to be any more intro packs.  The Wizards are going to put out “Planeswalker Packs” starting with Kaledesh!)

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review Serpentine King Hssss.

 

Behold.  A figure I should already have….

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When Mattel decided to make 200x Snake Armor He-Man and 200x Battle Armor King Hssss into a two pack, they didn’t account for the amount of money required to have a rubber torso alt form for King Hssss.  Notably, they also didn’t include a transforming sword or snake armor shield for He-Man.  This pretty much left a bad taste in my mouth.  (If you read my review, also a bad smell!)  The two figures were incredibly well sculpted and painted, so much so that I stand by my rating after all this time. ( And they don’t stink anymore.)

Serpentine King Hssss arrived in a mailer not unlike all the others.  (I’m not showing you that boring picture to save data.)  There is a prominent “Snake Men” sticker on the front.  And you can see King Hssss crammed comically into the package.  Notably, he was tethered down tight with rubber bands!  I paid $26 for the figure, with free shipping thanks to Mattel “opening the vault” in honor of the San Diego Comic Con this year.

Here is the back of the box.  A new bio is here, furthering the mythos of King Hssss in the Masters of the Universe Classics canon.

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So what’s inside, SpartanNerd.  Here is everything!

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Notice that awesome transforming sword for He-Man, and his extendable Snake shield?  I didn’t see that either….We got the figure, which for the first time ever sports snake legs for King Hssss, a snake inspired spear, short sword, shield, rattlesnake club, and a mid-transformation head.  (These weapons are repaints of what came with the Snake Army builders.  I don’t have those.)

A little bit of rant.  The mid-transformation head is undeniably cool.  But by all accounts, head sculpts are the most expensive part of a figure.  WHY NO SHIELD AND SWORD FOR HE-MAN INSTEAD OF THESE REPAINTS!

I said that.  Now I’m going to move on.  I guess if I really want those items, I can get them custom made.  Now that Masters of the Universe Classics has switched hands from Mattel  to Super 7, I’d bet we never see those items.  Not that I don’t give those guys any credit.  I just think someone who has been nagged at by millions of fans and is a multi million dollar company will probably listen more readily.  Maybe.  Finishing He-Man properly is probably on the bottom of their list.

The figure is tan colored, and adorned with snake markings up and down his body, including his legs.  The legs are just regular legs like you would expect.  My figure has weak ankles.  But this is the case forty percent of the time with this line of figures.

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Now, allay your concerns about the bendy plastic.  This toy can seriously bend every way you want.  The main head is hard plastic, the same as the “buck,” and can only swivel back and forth.  But every other snake on this figure is pliable and can be posed how you want.  And will stick, for the most part.

How bendy is he?  Lets ask Vikor.

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You can properly flatten him.

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You can make him look very big to scare off predators.  (Mongoose eat snakes.)

It turns out that King Hsss here can hold all of the weapons he came with as well.

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I am becoming more of a fan of the figure that can hold lots of weapons.  (Modulok, ahem.)  These fit loosely in the snake mouths, but make an intimidating effect, similar to General Grievous from Star Wars.

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The transformation works just the way you would expect.  You just pop the torso off, and attach it to the pair of legs you want.  Making not only an impressive 200x snake form King Hssss, but also for the first time ever, King Hssss Saturday morning cartoon watcher. (He appears to be wearing a shirt but only underwear down below.)

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Now Snake Armor He-Man has a proper foe to do battle with!

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So lets look at that other head, shall we?

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This really could pass as a different snake man.  It’s cool.  It has the green around the back, and the monster snake face on the front.  The green doesn’t so much match the 200x figure however.  Check the picture below.  The backdrop of green will help you see the different shades

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This head definitely works better on the MOTUC vintage take on King Hssss.

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I should note that the head seemed a little harder to snap onto the ball joint of both figures.  I believe it to be the way the neck is built up on the figures main buck.  The colors certainly match the vintage style better.  A puzzler,…we get an alt head meant for the vintage figure, with the torso for the 200x line…

Finally, we can get some proper comparison in.

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Yes.  I compared these in my earlier review.  This time, I wanted to reminisce about how me and my brothers used to think of King Hiss.  (That’s his correct name!)  The green body suit, with mask or eye make-up, was considered the “good guy” disguise.  Then when he earned He-Man and the other heroes trust, the skin would come off!  When you look at the figure on the right, you can really see how we might have thought that.  He doesn’t really look evil.  Unless you are scared of snakes, which none of us were.  (Our mother is, however!)

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Now lets compare the two snake forms.  I don’t think a single Masters fan will prefer the vintage style torso to the 200x torso.  It is much larger and more impressive.  There are snakes everywhere.  While King Hsss the first was bendy to a point, you get an incredible range of poses with the newer one.  Finally, the new version doesn’t have the rabbit teeth effect.  Yes, I understand it was modeled after the vintage toy.  But it just sucks compared to the 200x version.  The only thing that the older torso can do that the new one can’t is that it had a hinged jaw.

So.  Ratings time.

I suppose to be fair, I have to rate what came in the box.  I am going to give this item, as it came in the box, as it stands as a stand-alone figure, a 5/5.

It has lots of play value.  It looks impressive.  You get lots of weapons.  The only negative about this particular item is the ankles are a little weak.  But not so bad that it can’t stand.

But I have to give Mattel a 2/5 on this one.  We should have got the Snake Armor He-Man shield, as well as the sword that could open up and blast snake men.  It is all a big mis-handling of the property.  The Horsemen delivered an incredible sculpt.  The toys themselves are filled with fantasy play value.  But we should have gotten all of that the first time around.  They could have charged more money for the figures, or maybe split them up into two separate items.  This is essentially what they wound up doing.  Using another SKU that they were trying to save.

 

BOO Mattel.  However, this is an incredible figure, and I have enjoyed playing with it for a few hours today, and it has a prominent spot on display in my nerd closet.

The SpartanNerd rates Serpentine King Hssss 5/5.  Do you agree or disagree, Hub City geeks?  Let me know in the comments!