In a one two punch, Wave 9 brings us two very exciting deluxe figures, Leech and Snout Spout. Join us for a very highly anticipated Snout Spout MOTU Origins deluxe hands-on review and boy did we have fun with his action feature! If you haven’t already checked out our hands on review of Leech, be sure to do so because it’s spectacular! We are now excited to bring you a full hands-on review of Snout Spout
The Heroic Eternian Firefighter was first released by Mattel in 1985. Mattel did an excellent job on Snout Spouts design paying homage to his vintage counterpart, with a robotic elephant face, orange body red gloves, blue shorts and black boots. This version of Snout Spout comes with both a MOTU classics looking head and a vintage style head. The MOTU classics style head shown below looks to have an articulated snout that can move up and down and in a circle. Snout Spout also comes equipped with his firefighting axe and a water tank backpack as well, which makes him look really great all geared up! The fantastic thing with this deluxe figure is that you can change his look and use his vintage style head that connect to the soft squeezable red water tank backpack by which you can fill and spray water out of his firefighting elephant nose with the spray action feature!
Here you can see Snout Spout with his Classics Style head. As mentioned above his nose is articulated and moves up and down and in a circle. He has a more serious look, and a little less robotic than the vintage style head. He includes this plastic water tank backpack that simply clips onto his back. He uses the standards Origins He-Man buck in an orange outfit but has new style purple gloves, a new belt and waste design and new boots. He is wearing grey chest straps which have a notch in the back which you can clip his two included backpacks into.
Here we can see Snout Spout with his vintage style head, except here his head is connected to his red soft plastic backpack with a tube that allows you to suck water thru his nose by dipping his nose in a cup of water and squeezing the backpack, therefore sucking the water into the backpack reservoir, and then by squeezing the backpack, water comes squirting out thru his nose! This differs from the vintage figure, where you would actually fill Snout Spouts torso with water thru a little hole in the backpack which was molded onto vintage Snout Spout’s body. But we will cover that more in-depth in our vintage comparison below.
Axel Gimenez brings us yet another work of art with Snout Spout’s card back art. Starting on the front, we get a wonderful illustration of Snout Spout, as is included with all the deluxe figures. He is seen spraying his water blasting attack! This added illustration on the front really added a heaping spoon of nostalgia to the packaging. I wish Mattel would include illustrations on the single card releases as well because it just adds that much extra nostalgia to the packaging and looks amazing for those MOC collectors displays! Snout Spout comes packaged with his modern classics style head and is packed out with a ton of accessories. You can see the vintage style head and water squirting red backpack, great water tank backpack and fighter fighter’s axe.
- Snout Spout figure
- Water spray snout
The card back art brings us some spectacular artwork. The deluxe Snout Spout card art inspiration draws heavily on the vintage card back as you can see Snout Spout fending off an attack from the dreaded Snake Men. In the vintage art, Snout Spout is actively hosing down Tung Lashor and King Hiss in an action shot that was ahead of its time. In the new card art, however, it looks like Snout Spout is just starting his altercation with King Hiss and Kobra Kahn as Hiss looks like he is on the ready to use his Snake Staff as a baseball bat and swat the water away! If we know anything about the physics of water, this is a futile move! The scene is set in a wooded forest, and we are guessing this is taking place on Etheria as Snout Spout was featured in the She-Ra Filmation cartoon. It is great to see the Snake Men again as both King Hiss and Kobra Khan are rumored to be joining the Origins line in 2023.
The vintage Snout Spout action figure was known for his waterspray action feature. Well, the new Origins version, still retains that feature as the yellow burst on the front of the packaging indicates ” Nose Sprays douses the enemies’ firepower”. As you can see on the back of the package, you simply use the vintage style head of Snout Spout and clip his backpack on. Fill a cup with clean water, it has to be clean now, no dirty water please! Press on the backpack, as it made of soft rubber, so really you can squeeze it anywhere and Snout Spout sucks water into the backpack reservoir. Then ‘Hose down your enemies” by pressing the backpack and aiming Snout Spouts nose! You can use his fireman’s axe upside down to help hold his nose up.
Here you can see how easy it is to fill Spout Snout with water. By simply dipping Snout Spout’s nose in a cup of water and squeezing the backpack, it sucks the water thru his nose, thru the tube and into the backpack reservoir. Then by squeezing the backpack, water comes squirting out thru his nose! If you squeeze the backpack from the sides, I find that the water spray is actually quite powerful and is sure a lot of fun! This differs from the vintage figure, where you would actually fill Snout Spouts torso with water thru a little hole in the backpack which was molded onto vintage Snout Spout’s body. This is a vast improvement so you can use Snout Spout with both his different heads, and he won’t have to be carrying water around in his torso.
I have to tell you, I had so much fun trying Snout Spout’s action feature out. And to help us with this demonstration, we have a couple villains making guest appearances today! Let’s welcome Leech and Clawful to help demonstrate Snout Spout’s water spraying feature, shall we. Just look at the photos below and read the captions!
The head that comes packed with Snout Spout is the reminiscent of the MOTU Classics Style head. He has a more serious look, and a little less robotic than the vintage style head. Snout Spout’s nose is articulated and moves up and down and in a circle. It is not bendable as previously thought as it is made of a hard plastic like the rest of his head. He has large elephant like ears and rivets on his forehead and on the back of his head as well.
As mentioned above, Snout Spout’s alternate head is a beautiful homage to the vintage action figure. Except this head is connected to his red soft plastic backpack with a tube that allows you to suck water thru his nose by dipping his nose in a cup of water and squeezing the backpack, therefore sucking the water into the backpack reservoir. Squeezing the backpack then activates his water squirting action feature thru his nose! This look of Snout Spout’s head is more docile looking and much more of a robotic elephant look with the black computer circuit accents and black rivets. His nose is made of a softer plastic so you can bend it.
Chest & Back
Snout Spout’s chest is made of the standard humanoid Origins muscular buck in a reddish orange color. He includes silver chest straps, which strap on with the same type of straps as the rest of the Origins figures. The straps on the back have a notch where the two different backpacks slot into to hold into place.
Arms / Waist / Legs
Snout Spout’s arms are symmetrical and are made of the standard humanoid Origins muscular buck arms in a reddish orange color. He does have a unique purple glove design with accent lines on the gloves and hands. He includes only two gripping hands and no alternate hands.
His waist design is unique to Snout Spout, which a black belt with a large silver belt buckle. He is wearing plain blue shorts, unlike the rest of the Masters of the Universe figures who are typically outfitted with loin cloths.
Snout Spout’s legs are symmetrical and are made of the standard humanoid Origins muscular buck legs in a reddish orange color. He does have a unique black boot design with accent lines on his boots.
Snout Spout comes packed with a vintage style alternate head that is attached to a soft red plastic backpack that holds water. He also includes a standard plastic silver colored backpack and his firefighting axe. Let’s take a close look at each below.
Alternate Head & Water containing Backpack: As mentioned above, this alternate head molded after the Vintage action figure. The head is connected to the red soft plastic backpack with a black tube that allows you to suck water thru his nose. You simply dip his nose in a cup of water and squeeze the backpack, therefore sucking the water into the backpack reservoir. Then by squeezing the backpack, it activates his water squirting action feature thru his nose! This vintage look of Snout Spout’s head is more docile looking and much more of a robotic elephant look with the black computer circuit accents and black rivets. His nose is made of a softer plastic so you can bend it.
Silver Water tank Backpack: This backpack is made of a silver-colored plastic with a purple colored painted strap molded onto it. There is a round meter at the top painted in white. I am not sure is this is supposed to represent water level or if these are oxygen tanks, but either way, they are a cool upgrade to this classic figure. The backpack slots into the notch in on the back his chest straps and stays rather nicely.
Firefighter Axe: Snout Spout comes with his classic looking silver firefighter’s axe. If you turn his axe upside down, there is a u-shaped end that you can use to hold and aim Snout Spout’s nose while he is attacking his enemies with his water blasting attack.
Night of the Leech Mini Comic
In the included mini comic that comes with the new Leech Origins Deluxe action figure is “Night of the Leech”. Spoiler alert, we will show you the entire mini comic below, so if you don’t want to know, stopping reading now LOL …
In “Night of the Leech”, He-Man, Buzz-Off, Stratos, and Snout Spout find themselves in the Swamp of Gangoon. When all of a sudden, He-Man gets sucked under the swamp by none other than Leech! Not heeding the warning of his heroic friends, Buzz-Off takes off from the rest of the group to search for He-Man.
Leech sneaks up on Buzz-Off and captures him! Snout Spout and Stratos are left looking for their flying friend, when they encounter a shadowing figure that looks like He-Man. But wait, that’s not He-Man…. no it’s more awful than that….. it’s Zombie Slime Pit He-Man!! What has Leech done to their Heroic Leader?! Slime Pit He-Man attacks Snout Spout and Stratos, carrying Stratos off to an unknown location.
Snout Spout tracks Slime Pit He-Man back to the evil Horde hideout, the Slime Pit! Where he finds Leech waiting to attack him! But wait, not only is Leech attacking… but the ones who he thought were his friends are now attacking him too! To Snout Spout’s horror, He-Man, Stratos and Buzz-Off have all been turned into Slime-Pit Zombies!! Spount Spout may not be as powerful as He-Man, but what Leech doesn’t realize is, his evil plan is about to fail! Snout Spout uses his powerful elephant spray to wash the evil slime off his heroic friends, releasing them of their slime zombie spells! And now Leech is now surrounded by the Heroic Warriors, ready to surrender!
Vintage figure comparison
In a perfect tribute to the vintage action figure, Mattel nailed it when it came to translating Snout Spout into the Origins version. They got the look of his head perfect, but on the Origins version, there is a black tube connected to the back of his head. Mattel is always trying to improve on the vintage designs, so in the case of the vintage Snout Spout, the water reservoir used to be in his back, and you opened up the cap and filled his torso full of water, then pressed the button on his back to activate the water squirting feature, kind of like an old school water gun. The water ran thru a tube on the interior of the figure and came out of his nose. The Origins version is an improvement on this idea because of the ability to swap heads, they no longer ran the tube for water thru the interior torso of the figure, but in this case used the vintage style head with a tube on the outside connected to a soft backpack that sucked water thru his nose by squeezing the backpack while dipping his nose in a cup water, thereby sucking water into the backpack. This allowed for them to maintain both the articulation in his head and the swappability. The rest of Snout Spout’s design matches the vintage figure to a tee! From the orange body suit, black and silver belt, purple gloves and black boots. This Origins figure is a perfect modern rendition of the vintage action figure.
I absolutely love how Mattel translated Snout Spout into an Origins figure. They alternate head sculpts, different backpacks and improvement on the water squirting feature make this Origins figure nearly perfect. This really is the perfect modern version of Snout Spout and for that I give him a 7.0 out of 7 stars.
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