Time to get another Masters of the Universe Classics figure out of the way and today I’m going with Snake Face. I only had a few Snake Men as a kid, and SF wasn’t one of them. But like so many other MOTU characters, he’s become interesting to me over time.
Snake Face is kind of the oddball of the Snake Men. I thought it was strange that he looked more humanoid than the rest of his brethren who looked more like snakes with arms and legs. You’d think this would make him a bit shunned among his people, but as far as I know that really hasn’t come up as a story element. Maybe that’s why he was only a drill instructor until he gained his powers.
On a personal note, I’ve always felt his powers were weird. A snake monster turning people to stone isn’t really anything new, but between my love of mythology and Castlevania I’ve come to expect this kind of power from a female. But I guess Snake Face is a trailblazer, breaking gender barriers in the serpent community since 1987.
I was interested to see how the 4H would update Snake Face’s unique look, and I have to say that I’m not disappointed. Aside from two new heads, which I’ll get into in a minute, SF also has new shoulders, biceps, forearms, armor, and shorts. I’m particularly happy with the arms. The large ridges look fantastic and I can’t wait to see them show up in future figures. The forearms are also pretty cool with a coiled snake wrapped around each one.
I imagine we’ll also see his shorts show up on a few characters in the future. They have sculpted scales all around and are topped off by a fairly generic belt. His chest armor is entirely unique to the character though, and was made to serve as part of his inaction feature. The design is more leather than metal and looks like it has many layers. The two front straps are designed to be removed and replaced with two red snakes that plug in.
Snake Face comes with two heads: one normal and the other using his powers to turn people to stone. Until I got this figure I never realized just how similar his helmet was to Man-At-Arms, only with way more snakes and a ponytail of snake hair hanging off the back.. His normal head has huge bugging eyes and an open mouth that shows off his fangs. I do wish his mouth was only partially open. As is, he looks really surprised at everything. Continue to page 2…