I’m going to do some Masters of the Universe Classics news tonight because I feel like I don’t talk about He-Man enough. As we all know by now, that alternate Snake Torso for the 200x version of King Hssss did not make the cut in the two-pack earlier this year. I believe the original plan was to include him with Buzzsaw Hordak. Unfortunately, some things that shouldn’t be forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth …
But now what was lost has been found, and Mattel is scrambling to put something together to get it out to people (or to just sell another figure). No, subscribers they are not going to send you a free one. They instead are taking this as an opportunity to make a whole new carded King Hssss, giving us another set of parts to mess with. Here is the official word from Mattel … I’m sure this will cause some strong feelings, but that’s what Masters of the Universe Classics is all about!
We’ve been reading the boards and we understand there is a lot of frustration with our favorite slithery foe, King Hssss. We get it – certain things were expected and then those things changed, which is frustrating. It is also frustrating when statements like the ones that were made regarding the Snake Hssss Torso, are put out to you, the fans, before their feasibility has been confirmed. That’s what unfortunately happened here.
As we tried to rise to the challenge of somehow offering the King Hssss Bendy Snake Torso as an added bonus to an upcoming figure, we came to the conclusion that it was just impossible to make it work financially and still offer a product at the $26 price point for the sub. The Snake Torso itself is the cost of a regular MOTUC figure, so trying to just “throw it in” with Buzz Saw Hordak would have made the retail jump to the price of a two pack, which we didn’t want to do. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly why it wasn’t included with the original King Hsss in the first place (where it would have made a lot more sense).
We still really wanted to offer the Torso, because it turned out absolutely fantastic. So we decided to offer it as its own item – a complete figure – instead of not doing it at all. Soooo we worked closely with the Four Horseman and eventually came up with this offering.
What you’ll get is a Full Snake Form King Hssss figure which includes the new Bendy Snake Upper Torso with a repaint of the Snakemen lower body, and the King Hssss Briefs. You’ll also get a Bonus Transforming King Hssss Head (Snakemen Repaint) that can work with either of your King Hssss figures and some new repaints of the Snake Men Weapons. Overall we feel this is a more complete offering than just a torso in a polybag, and allows for customizable options with the original figure.
We understand it’s not exactly what you were expecting, and that some of you aren’t happy about that. But we hope you see that we are trying to offer you the best product possible, and in order to do that sometimes things have to change.
My take? I really like the new head and Rattlor legs. In all honesty I totally forgot about that torso, and it would have likely gone into an accessory bin anyway. So I kind of dig being able to make a whole new figure. Yes, I understand it’s another $26 figure, but I’ve been doing this so long what’s another figure? On top of that, is this really any different than when they sold us accessories they cut from subscription figure later on as a weapons pak? I’d much prefer to put together a whole new figure instead of a snake torso packed with a bunch of green He-Man axes.
So dat’s whats up!