Do my eyes deceive me? Is there finally another Snakeman in the MOTU Classics line? Yes! I was overjoyed to see Kobra Khan make his way into the line, a full year after the last Snakeman, no less. My wait would be a little longer though, Khan just arrived this week.
The delays in getting Khan to market and the delays in Digital River getting him to my house aside, this is one of my most anticipated 2012 figures (and, yes, I’m well aware I don’t even know the last third of the 2012 lineup yet). See, this is a pure nostalgia one for me. Kobra Khan was one of my favorite vintage figures. He still is to this day. I didn’t have time to get down in the toy cellar and pull out the old figures for “comparison time”, but rest assured Kobra Khan is a key figure in the line for me. I wasn’t so hot on his MO2K figure (I’m not a fan of the flared hood look) and I’m still crushed to this day that the Kobra Khan staction never saw the light of day (let alone that Faker!)
The best way to assuage those feelings of missing out is to get the next great version to come along, and that’s exactly what we have here. There is something about seeing this guy, whether on my desk or in these pics, that just makes me smile. It’s funny because when I look at other childhood favorites, like Snout Spout or Sy-Klone, I’m happy but I still want some MO2K influence or more Classics detail. Khan doesn’t register any of that. I don’t even need (but do appreciate) the second head. He’s just fine with me straight out of the package.
I point this out because I did go and put ‘review’ in the title like always, but I’m more than a little enamored here. And it’s because this guy looks like one of my all-time favorite toys as a kid. Just lettin’ ya all know…
Kobra Khan is an interesting part of the MOTUverse because, while he’s a Snakeman, he actually precedes that entire faction. Heck, he was on shelves before there was even a Horde! See, Kobra Khan starts out as a snake-themed Skeletor henchmen before King Hiss and his posse arrive and Khan takes his “Evil Henchmen” services over to their side. In the more streamlined MO2K and Classics mythos, Khan serves Skeletor only as a means to an end, ultimately seeking to free King Hssss.
I know I mentioned it the intro, but I’m not all that broken up that we haven’t gotten more Snakemen yet. I mean, it’s a little odd that in a few months we’ll be getting Snake MAA and some grunts while we’re still without so many of the principle snakes, but there’s a reason for that. The Snakes just don’t play friendly with their shared pieces. This will likely make them all wonderfully cool Classics figures, but it also makes them pricey for Mattel. That’s why we’re nearly to 75 figures in the line nad have only two Snakemen. Luckily, Khan here isn’t as complicated as most, Mattel achieved his look with just six new pieces.
There’s the basic head, the new upper & lower torsos, the “loincloth”, and the two new boot tops. The boot tops are of particular amusement because these are finally ‘classicized’ versions of the vintage evil boots. If we were basing the figures off the vintage toys, these are the boots Skeletor, Webstor, Zodac, etc. should’ve come with. I’m not complaining. I like the barefoot look for Skelly, I prefer my TRU 2pk Zodac, so on and so forth, but it’s amusing to see pieces that were so crucial to the vintage line just now make it into the Classics lines. Oh, and they look sharp… to boot.
The forearms are reused from Whiplash, but the torso and loincloth are new to Khan as well and they do their job of capturing the details of the classic figure. One fun little thing I noticed on the torso is some extra ribbing arond the pecs. I had thought this was just a 4H update, but it’s actually on the vintage figure. Pretty cool.
While this version of Khan can’t spray water all over the place, he does come with two heads. In the various media, Kobra Khan is capable of flaring out his hood to look more like his namesake animal. It’s a cool ability, but I loved the toys first and foremost, so I’m not really that ecstatic about it. I applaud Mattel including both the flared and unflared head all the same, and I can appreciate how awesomely sculpted the hooded head is, but it’s extra parts bin bound even as awesome as it is.
The traditional head is similarly awesome. Part of me wants to talk about a hinged jaw or having something besides Leech face, but I’m honestly okay with this guy’s hissing sculpt this time around. Yeah, he’s walking around with his mouth hanging open, but after thirty years, I’m used to it. I do kinda wish Mattel could do something about the teeth. These are surely some of the fiercest teeth we’ve seen so far, but they still look pretty nubby from certain angles.
On the whole, Kobra Khan didn’t require too much paint. The deep green does most of the work, but some sharp paint apps on the torso and loincloth finish off the piece. On both head sculpts, I really like the glossy red used on the inner mouth, but the teeth were each a little slopy one way or another. Oh, and I still don’t get why they paint the toenails on the boots. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I just don’t understand why all the bad guys paint up their footwear. Continue to Page 2