Kudos to the Four Horsemen for pulling off an excellent sculpt. Decked in his armor, He-Man looks menacing and ready to take on legions of Snakemen, gripping his Power... no, SWORD OF EPIC PROPORTIONS! (More on this later)
Intricate detailing on the armor (note chain mail), a strong sense of anatomical proportion and a new steely countenance makes this figure a winner. The new face sculpt and the addition of elbow joints is indeed a marked improvement on the first version of He-Man as seen here.
A pincer-like weapon thrusts forward upon pressing the button on his forearm, which comes in handy during close combat, when he's lost possession of his Power Sword. Otherwise, this feature is present more for aesthetic purposes, rather than playability.
As seen in the pictures, should you wish to hoist the SEP above knee level, you'll have to adjust the left leg for the figure to balance on its heel.
Not much of an issue, as it looks like He-Man's in an en garde stance, about to perform some fancy footwork to accompany his dazzling swordplay.
I don't fancy the usual 'Made in China, TM Mattel' inscription on the SEP, as it takes away from its appearance. It would have been ideal to include this on He-Man's lower back or somewhere less conspicuous.
Snake Armor He-Man is a must-get figure for MOTU collectors because of its excellent sculpt, fun play features and relevance to the cartoon. It's also a figure that future MOTU sculpts could have built on, had the line not seen its untimely demise.
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