But I was happy with the Battle Stands overall, and for a moment the options really opened up. Fright Zone stands? Snake Mountain. Whispering Woods. Eternos. If we couldn’t have playsets, we could at least carpet the shelving (and maybe forgo all the pegs and let the figure roam free). So when Snake Mountain Stands came out! Woo!!
At least until they got here. To be fair, I had some reservations when they were revealed at PowerCon. The 4H protos weren’t quite purple enough, and the lava didn’t make a ton of sense, but the little streams flowing in the crags looked cool. The allure was there. But the actual product may vary.
On the final versions, Mattel just didn’t translate what little awesomeness the 4H had given these stands. They ended up looking almost straight black. The lava paint app was reduced to a corner puddle (if you lay the stands near each other you can kinda get a lava red cross). And the rocky outcropping attachment became a mostly unattached weird piece.
So, really, the aesthetics that had been the saving grace for me on the Battle Stands became a giant weight around the neck of the Snake Mountain stands. They just don’t look cool. Heck, they almost make you wish Mattel had saved some coin and released the Battle Stands in purple instead. Ouch.
Alright, let’s cut it there before I say something mean. To me, this is just one of those instances where we asked Mattel for something in particular and they didn’t quite get the message. Looking at next month’s stand offering, this won’t be the last time either.
If you bought these and loved them, my hat’s off to you. I wish I didn’t.
For all our MOTU reviews, check out our
MOTU Classics Collector’s Guide.