Rattlor is one figure that I’m not entirely sure I remember having as a kid. He seems really familiar and yet unfamiliar. I know I had King Hiss and Tung Lashor and liked both of them a lot, but I probably just remember Rattlor from their packaging and minicomics. Well, I definitely have him now, but this time he’s bigger, has more articulation and a better paint job.
The Snake Men didn’t get much exposure in the 80s. They were the focus of a couple of comics, and Rattlor and Tung Lashor showed up in the Filmation She-Ra series at times as members of Horde and other times as Skeletor’s goons. The 2002 Mike Young Productions cartoon featured them as the main villains of season 2 though, and King Hsss had an army of unnamed Snake Men warriors at his command. So an army-builder 2-pack of Snake Men seemed like a great idea for MOTUC.
Snake Man-at-Arms was another figure that didn’t go over well when first revealed. It’s a variant based on a single episode of the 200X/MYP cartoon series. (Man-at-Arms, Teela, Mekaneck and village full of cat people were transformed into snake men. Only a toy of Snake Teela was made for the 200X line, and I wasn’t particularly impressed with that.) The prototype was just the same old Man-at-Arms body with a new head, a slightly different paint job and fewer accessories. They fixed it up a little bit since then, and it turns out this version of the character was a little bit more important than originally thought.
The Four Horsemen always do a great job of translating a classic figure into a modern design, but sometimes they really hit it out of the park. I feel like Kobra Khan is one those times. Another figure I loved as a kid, Khan was a snake man before “The Snake Men” was its own faction. This Classics figure just looks so great; it has quickly become one of my favorites.