“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” -Alphonse Karr
The more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m really feeling that working on this review. A decade ago, Mattel produced a Snake Armor He-Man figure. I loved that figure; one of my favorite MO2K figures in the whole line. There was just one thing that wasn’t cool about it: the accessories.
On the original, the Snake Armor Sword had an action feature that replicated its appearance in the show. It could open to reveal the powerful crystal inside. It was cool, but it also made the sword gigantic. I had to sell that figure in lean times, I still regret it, and so I can’t show you, but Google it. It was gigantic.
And then there was his Snake Armor Shield… well, except the figure didn’t get that one. Mattel couldn’t cost it out. I really liked the figure, but he just needed that shield. Maybe it was the exposed shoulder!? That missing accessory marks the first time that I turned to a customizer to enhance a figure. This was back in the day before technology helped talented folks mass out their creative output, but it was just the beginning. The hand-cast & poured shield was a fantastic addition to the collection – with just one little caveat. I never got around to painting it.
Flash forward to now. Mattel has again made Snake Armor He-Man! And Mattel has again not included the shield! Doh. One thing was different, we took a step back, Mattel didn’t include a new opening sword; they just threw in the yet another recast of the MO2K sword. Double Doh. So for the second time, I’ve again turned to a talented individual to “complete” my Snake Armor He-Mn: Evil Mike. I’m familiar with Mike’s work, he provided me a sample of his scythe for DCUC Nekron a ways back. It was a great piece and it really allowed me to warm up to a figure I was particularly lukewarm about without that much needed accessory. I knew I’d be getting some great stuff.
And this time, I learned my lesson! When I bought the sword & shield from Mike, I paid extra to have him paint it. Genius!
It took a couple weeks, but when they arrived, they were perfect. The material used on both pieces is sturdy, but flexible – pretty much the exact balance you want on an accessory. The shield was my big want and it looks fantastic. The symbol is spot on and the design is fantastically realized in three dimensions. I was also surprised (I shouldn’t have been) to see some design work on the back of the shield! The c-clip fits great on Snake Armor He-Man and it’s a separate piece that allows the shield to rotate. It’s great for posing. Mike has made the shield available in both extended and retracted versions – I prefer the extended version simply because of the longer shape, but if you prefer the smaller shield, you’re covered.
The sword though? It kinda steals the show! I’m guessing the whole thing is molded in clear green (when you ordered fully painted items from Evil Mike, he places the order from the store and you pay him). This one obviously isn’t gigantic as it’s molded open and doesn’t have to close. Honestly, I didn’t even think about that until I saw it, but it’s so Classics. Rather than try to work out the action feature, just make a second open sword! The sculpt is very faithful and the clear green crystal brings it home. I love it.
Overall, these are great pieces. And they work great with other figures. Marvel Legends Odin has been holding on to them for the last few weeks. I haven’t been opening my MOTUCs until I’m ready to review them, so SA He-Man has been in his plastic prison until just the other day, after I took some pics of Ninjor. Reuniting him with these accessories for the first time, just made opening him that much sweeter. He’s awesome, as I’ll showcase soon, and getting to add these bits to him made it all the sweeter. The “complete” package. To see these, and a ton of other great accessories, check out Evil Mike’s Store.
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Evil Mike’s Snake Armor Shield & Sword”
Yeah, these are great items.
I have a few of his at home, but my painting skills are not that great 🙁
How do you contact him, if you want to order painted weapons? Via Facebook?
Btw, the bone sword for the female figures goes great with Battleground Teela. I got some great two-handed poses out of her – does not happen often in this line …
Thanks for the amazing review! I really love your articles 😀
@Carsten you can always contact me through facebook. I usually post my newest stuff and WIP pics there 🙂
Thanks Mike, I will do that.
This is great stuff!! Thanks for pointing out Evil Mike’s site!
I have no knowledge of the whole ‘snake armor’ deal, so there’s no emotional investment for me, but I have to say I’m very impressed with the attention to detail Mike seems to have. Look at that sword. He managed to include grooves on the inside where the blade would cover the gem. It LOOKS like it should work. I can tell you there are plenty of people out there who wouldn’t bother doing that on a non-functioning piece like this. Well done!
But an aside, Mike may want to find another contact point. There’s plenty of people who just won’t do Facebook for various (and valid) reasons. It’s a shame to limit one’s potential market. Just saying. 🙂
Well I NEED to get me some of those when I have money…
Thank you so much, guys! I really appreciate the kind words!
You can contact me outside of facebook, too. Just PM me through shapeways or write me an e-mail to evil_mike_comics(at)hotmail.com
Check out his shapeways site. He has tons of stuff! Custom Hands for your warriors, swords, shields, The Alcala stuff is amazing, the Crossbows for the Horde ladies are cool… and speaking of Horde… The Horde Leader sword is SWEET!! I own one and is a-freaking-mazing!
I have to get the Snake Armor stuff soon…
I almost wish I hadn’t, as now I want like half of it…
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