It was bound to happen sooner or later. The MotU Origins line is now introducing the Snake Men. He-Man and Skeletor have new variants based on the 200X series and updated versions of the evil serpents. The MasterVerse is also receiving several classic characters from both Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power (not the creepy abusive relationship one from Netflix).
First up is the latest Sun-Man figure to get a MotU Origins makeover. The Molecule Regenerator “Bolt-Man” was part of the Rulers of the Sun series. Sadly, I’ve yet to see these figures show up on shelves, but they can be ordered through online outlets like Entertainment Earth. Mattel is using the Snakemen story arc to introduce more of Sun-Man’s characters, and I hope the toy line lasts long enough to see the entire roster make an appearance.
Mattel is dipping back into the 200X line for new versions of established characters. Skeletor and his Snake Armor are now making an appearance in the Origins line.
He-Man will also be joining the fun with his 200X-inspired Snake Armor. So does this mean that Snake Man-At-Arms and Snake Teela will be on the way?
As fun as it is to have a new He-Man or Skeletor, the real draw of this wave is the Snake Men. What I’m confused by is the lack of King Hiss. Perhaps he’ll be a deluxe figure that will be announced later? In the meantime, we’ve got Rattlor. His play feature is still included from the original, but it’s in the form of a swappable neck rather than a mechanical one building into the figure’s torso.
My favorite Snake Man is finally part of Origins! Back during the original MotU line, Kobra Khan had the best play feature. You filled his torso with water, and his head acted as a sprayer. I don’t know why I liked that so much as a kid, but we’d always use him to hose down our action figures that got dirty while playing outside.
Unfortunately, the spray figure is gone. The figure retains his original head shape, but Kobra Khan now comes with a static venom effects part instead of shooting water. Oh, well.
That wraps up the Origins figures. Next, let’s move on to the MasterVerse line. First up is the MotU Revelation version of Roboto. The cybernetic hero looks like his classic figure and Filmation counterpart, except he has no internal moving parts.
Man-E-Faces is here, finally! Now he actually lives up to his name! Rather than having the standard three spinning faces, the heroic actor comes with six, including his original. In addition, it appears that Man-E-Faces can wear two additional faces at a time, and the remaining three can be stored in a case that he can wear on his back.
Oh, look! It’s Stratos. Moving on.
More Princess of Power figures are coming to the MasterVerse. She-Ra and CatRa have already hit shelves, and next, we’ll see Frosta. This Frosta looks much more like her Filmation version than the original Mattel toy, but she does include the pinwheel staff thingie.
Here’s something interesting. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe TV series is now getting in on the MastersVerse action. I’ve not watched much of the show, but I’m glad to see that Kevin Smith’s BS didn’t poison the well for newcomers. In fact, I really like the new design for He-Man.
Joining the new He-Man is the very impressive new Skeletor. Much like his redesign for the 200X show, this version of the evil servant of Hordak is badass. Let’s hope these two figures were engineered well enough so the tiny legs can hold up the huge torsos.
Finally, we have Hordak. He has ditched his Mattel paint job in favor of the Filmation palette. He also includes an alternate right-arm cannon.
What do you think of the new announcements? Let us know below.[Source: Big Bad Toy Store]