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Lady Slither’s MOTU Origins Card Art Teases Deep Cut Snake Men

Lady Slither’s Card Art teases more deep cut Snake Men figure, potentially adding Strettch Nek, Vypor, Reptilax, and the High Priest Pythonus to the growing army!

David, who runs the Adult Collector Facebook group, dropped some juicy details on the upcoming Masters of the Universe Origins Mattel Creations exclusive Lady Slither! We also want to thank Toy Habits Crew Member Rob2023 for alerting us to this info! Axel Gimenez is recognized for his dynamic art style and his ability to capture the iconic characters and settings of the MOTU universe. His illustrations have brought new life to the adventures of He-Man, Skeletor, and their allies and enemies. In the prolific days of the Masters of the Universe Classics era, Axel had come up with countless concepts for figures that were never produced as actual figures and the MOTU Origins lines is providing a canvas for his work to come alive in plastic. Here what David’s post said today:

“***ORIGINS LADY SLITHER*** Availability: Mattel Creations Page Go-Live Date: September Pre-Sale Date: September Product Copy: To be provided later. Notes from the Team: Lady Slither will have an elegant slipcover wrapped in snake scales with a bronze patina finished medallion of Lady Slither’s face (our nod to Medusa’s head on Athena’s shield). On the top of the slipcover, we have a bronze crest of the Snake Men logo. The back has a character writeup of Lady Slither inside a bronzed serpent frame. The front of the box features Lady Slither commanding her troops Fang-Or, Vypor, Stretch Neck and Raptilax (from the vintage mini comics) into battle. On the cardback we have Lady Slither in her human form (featuring her interchangeable human legs) sitting on her throne inside her Snake Lair. To the left of Lady Slither is High Priest Pythonus, a character also designed by Aexl, and to the right of Lady Slither is the red Snake Man fans will recognize from Kol-Darr’s cardback art.”

David from Adult Collector

Update 09/05/2023: Mattel Creations reveals official package images, Official Card Art Revealed.

Lady Slither comes packaged in a similar package to that of Moss Man, with a double wide box displaying the figure within and her accessories. As we anticipated, her card back art features Fang-or on the front along with Vypor, Strettch Nekk, and Reptilax.  Snake Men. On the back side of the package you will see the two snakemen High Priest Pythonus, (Snakeman Nepthu) and the unnamed Red Snake creature, that were featured on Moss Man’s as we featured on Moss Man MOTU Origins Art Reveal Teases Power of Grayskull. Go to that article if you want to read more about them. Also be sure to check out our Lady Slither MOTU Origins Mattel Creations Exclusive Preorder article for official images and in hand images thanks to MOTU Origins Lady Slither Pictures and Review at Geek. Dad. Life 

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We also got the Official Card Art by Roy Juarez (@manuel_eduardo_caritas) • Instagram photos and videos and his amazing team of artists!

IT’S PACKAGING TIME!
Lady Slither, the evil slithering viper from the Snake Lair of torment, leads her vicious vipers against the forces of Eternia!

The Masters of the Universe Origins Lady Slither presale begins September 12th, 2023 at 9 AM PT at Mattel Creations.

Roy Juarez (@manuel_eduardo_caritas) • Instagram photos and videos

The usual suspects for Origins:
Art Direction & Graphic Design @manuel_eduardo_caritas
Slipcover Artwork @fetch.franciscoetchart
Window Box Artwork @axel.gimenez@fetch.franciscoetchart
Toy Design @katanarama333
Story @joshuaskywriter
Copywriter @yesreallyrob
Packaging Engineering @lpukhrambam

#MastersOfTheUniverse#MOTUOrigins#LadySlither#SnakeMen#AxelGimenez#ConceptArt#MattelCreations

Here we can see Lady Slither on her throne with the two snakemen High Priest Pythonus, (Snakeman Nepthu) and the unnamed Red Snake creature standing by her side. 

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Below is a full view of the front card back art features that features Fang-or on the front along with Vypor, Strettch Nekk, and Reptilax!

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Snake Men

Deep Cut Snake Men Teases

In addition to the amazing card art that Roy Juarez and team pour their hearts and souls into, they also feature potential MOTU Origins figure teases! As David alluded to in his Facebook post today, it appears that Vypor, Strettch Nek, and Reptilax are teased on Lady Slither’s card back! In fact, this will make two teases for Strettch Nek, Reptilax and the High Priest Pyhonus and one for Vypor! In the game of adding up teases, the more teases the more likely Mattel will create these figures and it’s amazing that they are potentially creating more deep cut Snake Men for the MOTU Origins line! Let’s learn more about Vypor, Strettch Nek, and Reptilax!

Vypor

As designed in the MOTU Classics line, Vypor would reuse parts from Snake Face, Lord Dactus and Prahvus but he would need new armor, a new head and a new neck piece. What does make him a possibility is that his head sculpt is inspired by the Snake Tower from the Eternia playset, which comes out next year. Also as Mattel goes deeper into 200x , we could see Lord Dactus and Prahvus as possible figures they could make out of Vypor., who are are both unique characters to that era of MOTU and strong contenders for figures for the MOTU Origins line.

Vypor MOTU Origins Concept

Here is a custom concept of Vypor, from the MOTU Classics line, created by the talented Orsogranito Granitebear Shop! You can see the nods to Viper Tower with the shape of the Snake Head , the chains, and the manta spy!

Strettch Nek

Strettch Nek was first teased on the Serpent Claw MAA is on the MOTU Origins Rise of the Snake Men card back and you can see the cross sell of the other figures on the back. The former Eternian Guard Infiltrator has been renamed the Snake Men Infiltrator.

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As Roy Juarez states:

IT’S PACKAGING TIME!
@masters of the Universe Origins Wave 14: Serpent Claw Man-At-Arms, the Snake-Hunting Weapons Master!
Man-At-Arms crafted the Serpent Claw as a snake-capturing weapon to defend against the Snake Men.

The usual suspects for Origins:
Art Direction & Graphic Design @manuel_eduardo_caritas
Artwork @axel.gimenez@fetch.franciscoetchart
Toy Design @katanarama333
Story @joshuaskywriter
Copywriter @yesreallyrob

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In this amazing card back art, MAA is tangling with Strettch Nek, which is held over concept from the MOTU Classics era! MAA has him by the neck in this killer scene in the Eternian forest.

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Strettch Nek is a concept based on an early Roger Sweet design and he would have a bendy neck, similar to how Squeeeze’s arms bend and stay in place. He would resuse arms, loin cloth, and legs from Whiplash and the torso could be formed from the bottom piece of Tung Lashor combined with the top piece of Ceratus, who has not been hinted at or teased in the MOTU Origins line. He would need new armor and a head but this figure could be done using existing parts that Mattel has created for the Origins line.

Strettch Nek MOTU Origins Concept

Here is a custom concept of Strettch Nek, from the MOTU Classics line, created by the talented Orsogranito Granitebear Shop! It looks like a direct translation from the Axel concept art and would make a very unique addition to the Origins line.

Reptilax

Reptilax, along with Lord Gr’asp & Terroar, can seen in multiple locations of the Camo Khan Card art. Illustrated standing by King Hiss’ throne and also coming thru a portal with Camo Khan, Lord Gr’asp & Terroar along with Reptilax, an unproduced Classics concept, look ready to attack. Reptilax will be making his second appearnace on Lady Slither’s Card art!

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Lord Gr’asp & Terroar On Camo Khan Card art
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Lord Gr’asp & Terroar On Camo Khan Card art close up
Source: Axel (@axel.gimenez) • Instagram photos and videos

Reptilax is another figure Axel designed using a character who appeared in the vintage mini-comics. And he’s also appeared in Origins materials – both on Kol-Darr’s card and in the Camo Khan comic as well as the card art. However, other than parts from He-Man and King Hiss, he requires parts from Tuvar (Two Bad has been teased but yet to be released and Laser Light Skeletor plus he uses parts from Fang Man. While he could be a way for Mattel to work their way to Fang Man and is a reuse of Tuvar parts, which gives them more use out of the eventual Two-Bad figure which itself has limited re-uses.

Reptilax bio
Reptilax bio
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Source: Cults3d.com

We came across a 3D rendering of a MOTU Origins style Reptilax figure so you can see what this figure might look like it if was produced.

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Source: Cults3d.com
Source: Cults3d.com

High Priest Pythonus

The rear of the packaging of the MOTU Origins Deluxe Moss Man is a stunning full color illustration of the entire rear of the package with Moss Man poking out of a ferny bush, fully armored up, mace in hand! He is looking over two new foes. There os a beautiful redish orange Eternian sunset sky in the background. Standing in the distance is the High Priest Pythonus!

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Here is a closer look at the High Priest!

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Nepthu first appeared as an articulated action figure in August 2013 as part of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. He is also referred to as High Priest Pythonus on many MOTU forums. His Classics Bio makes him the first known member of the Snake Men Faction who is not part of the Snake Men species. This concept builds off of the Nepthu character from MOTU Classics who pledged his life to King Hiss during the 2nd Ultimate Battle Ground

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High Priest Pythonus (aka Nepthu)

Nepthu first appeared as an articulated action figure in August 2013 as part of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. He is also referred to as High Priest Pythonus on many MOTU forums. His Classics Bio makes him the first known member of the Snake Men Faction who is not part of the Snake Men species. This concept builds off of the Nepthu character from MOTU Classics who pledged his life to King Hiss during the 2nd Ultimate Battle Ground

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Red Snake Creature

There is one more red snake creature that is prominently featured on the back of the card back art work for Moss Man. We searched high and low to confirm who he is, but came up empty handed. So we went right to the source to ask the artist himself! Roy Juarez did respond back to our inquiry, and says that this is an unnamed new character! They are working on giving him a name, but nothing official yet. He looks like a combination of Camo Khan’s flared snake head and body, woth an actual snake like tail on his lower half. In any case, this is an amazing new character!

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Roy Juarez response red creature

We’ve been keeping track of the deep cut Snake Men and you can check out the full list here:

Lady Slither Preorder Information

Hot off the heels of the MOTU Origins Fang-Or release, the next MOTU Origins Mattel Creations exclusive figure is set to drop on September 12, 2023! Lady Slither is gearing up for her big reveal and preorder, which will drop at 9am PT! According to Mattel’s launch calendar, we see a slot for the next MOTU Collectors drop and we can’t wait for this figure!

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MOTU Origins Lady Slither

Finally the last character reported by Adultcullector.org on Facebook, is the MOTU Origins Lady Slither. She is also set to be released also as a Mattel Creations exclusive, going up to be up for preorder in September.

Per Adultcullector.org on Facebook:

ORIGINS LADY SLITHER
Availability: Mattel Creations
Page Go-Live Date: September
Pre-Sale Date: September
Product Copy: To be provided later.
Notes from the Team: Lady Slither will have an elegant slipcover wrapped in snake scales with a bronze patina finished medallion of Lady Slither’s face (our nod to Medusa’s head on Athena’s shield). On the top of the slipcover, we have a bronze crest of the Snake Men logo. The back has a character writeup of Lady Slither inside a bronzed serpent frame. The front of the box features Lady Slither commanding her troops Fang-Or, Vypor, Stretch Neck and Raptilax (from the vintage mini comics) into battle. On the cardback we have Lady Slither in her human form (featuring her interchangeable human legs) sitting on her throne inside her Snake Lair. To the left of Lady Slither is High Priest Pythonus, a character also designed by Axel, and to the right of Lady Slither is the red Snake Man fans will recognize from Kol-Darr’s cardback art.

Lady Slither SDCC 2023 Reveal

We saw this figure in the Mattel Booth at SDCC 2023 and she was looking as gorgeous as ever! She comes with a new snake lower half and also an alternate human form with a snake staff and sword! The coloring for this figure harkens back to original concepts for the figure that were unproduced in the MOTU Classics era!

History of Lady Slither

Lady Slither, Slytheena of the Serpent House is a lady Snake Men in female form, from the Masters of the Universe Classics canon. She said to be the leader of the Snake Men, and has the ability to transform the lower half of her body into a snake tail, which is very unusual. This will be very interesting to see how they treat this in Origins form! She also had a raid on Eternia, then led a Revenge Squad on Trolla, and finally returned to Eternia again to wreak havoc throughout the land.

Lady Slither history

Thanks to Allison Troy for her insight on Lady Slither. According to Allison: There aren’t many ladies (none) so far in the Snake Men faction. And Lady Slither is one that a lot of fans have responded to. While she’s a lot of new tooling – at this point the only re-use for her is the Origins She-Ra arms. Her torso could facilitate a more generic female torso buck which would lead to many more figures. In her human form she wears fur shorts and the typical furry boots. So that piece would give us Battleground Teela’s waist piece – and if they designed the torso generic enough it would also give us Battleground Teela’s torso. Plus again– a more generic female torso that allowed for clip-on and snap-on armor would lead to more opportunities for female figures in Origins. Plus her crown could be re-used for Zilora from the Filmation cartoon.

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According to Lady Slither | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom:

Lady Slither is a vicious leader of the Snake Men, filling a similar role to the one held by King Hiss. She seemed to have attacked Eternia during He-Man’s time on Primus, but was later sent by the Unnamed One to form a villainous Revenge Squad which laid siege to Trolla in an attempt to take the Trollan Temple of Power. Upon her defeat, she returned to Eternia where she and the remaining Snake Men became a dangerous threat to the planet. Later, she joined forces with the resurrected King Hiss and his own revived Snake Men.

Lady Slither | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom

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