My first installment during Castle Grayskull Week is a two-pack that we’ve had sitting around for a while now. Another great army builder set, the Snake Men two-pack offers a chance at finally diversifying your serpent army beyond just the main characters.
Before this set was announced, it seemed that most people thought the Horde Trooper would be the next army builder two-pack. Not that I wouldn’t love to get a bunch of Horde Bots, but I’m really happy they decided to go with the Snake Men first. There’re hundreds of these guys running around in the MOTU-verse, and they come in a variety of colors and species. Before the line ends I’d like my Hssss to have a decent sized army under his command.
Similar to the Palace Guards, the Snake Men two-pack is an army builder that comes with four different heads. While all four snake heads do look similar (Is that racist?), there are some distinct differences that make each one unique. Most noticeably is the shape of each head and color of their eyes. The red eyed one has a rounder head with a small open mouth, while the yellow eyed one has a flatter head with a much wider mouth.
The blue eyed snake also has a flat head, but comes with a closed mouth instead. Yellow and Blue actually look like they could be the same head in different positions if it weren’t for the differences in their skin color and eyes. My favorite head of the four is Green Eyes. His mouth is closed and he has these fantastic looking ridges above his eyes that really give his head a lot of character.
Unlike the Palace Guards, the Snake Men have two different bodies. I’m definitely glad they went this route since the Snake race comes in so many different shapes and species. The first figure is General Rattlor’s arms and legs with a human chest. They also added on a scaled neck piece that fits in well with the various heads. I really like the reuse of Rattlor’s pieces. They have some great sculpted scales all over, which definitely helps the figure stand out from most of his snake brethren.
The other snake body is a hodgepodge of various villain pieces. He’s got the normal chest, shoulders, and biceps. He’s got the spiky forearms and boots. He’s got the Skeletor hands and feet, with the bumpy thighs and that new scaly neck piece. Instead of the loincloth, he’s wearing the snake scaled underwear. This body isn’t quite as impressive when it comes to detail, but it still passes well for a snake minion.
Although both snakes are brown, the painting on the two bodies is definitely different. The Rattlor body has a much darker shade with fewer highlights. I know some people were having issues with the black plastic rubbing through on the arms and legs, but that really hasn’t shown up on my figure. I did have a problem with is armor sticking though, so a little of the paint was pulled off his chest. Continue to page 2…