Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Collectible of the Week: Masters of the Universe Snake Mountain (Mattel)
In 1985, Mattel produced the "bad guys" toy headquarters for the Masters of the Universe collection.
On planet Eternia, He-Man had Castle Grayskull, and Skeletor had...Snake Mountain. Like the popular Castle Grayskull, this playset is also a carrying case that folds out to reveal two interior chambers.
In this case, Snake Mountain is a lot more...evil, than its counterpart. Inside, there's a pit with a net, where captives can be held. It is reached via a trap door right behind a gate at the mountain's summit.
There's also the toy's main draw: an "echo microphone" that allows kids to alter their voices and sound incredibly evil in the process.
The front of Snake Mountain features a monstrous or demonic face, with beady eyes, and a jaw that opens and shuts. There's also a bridge that can fall apart, for treacherous journeys to the apex.
I was too old for the Masters of the Universe toys, as I wrote in my post for Castle Grayskull, but I always gazed at Snake Mountain, Castle Grayskull and the action figures with envy.
Now, since I have a six year old boy, I finally get to play with these toys. I recently bought A Snake Mountain on E-Bay that is in really good shape, and which Joel is saving to play with for our beach week in August. I can't wait. I already tested the echo microphone and the bloody thing still works after nearly thirty years...
Below, the original toy commercial for Skeletor's evil HQ: