MOTU Origins King Hiss and Thunder Punch He-Man Deluxe figures Links in hand images
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MOTU Origins King Hiss and Thunder Punch He-Man Deluxe figures

Mattel is hitting all all cylinders today with MOTU drops!!! And not only did we get Wave 11 preorders, but Entertainment Earth dropped him on their website for preorder snuck up on us with these two Deluxe Figure drops! We are finally getting MOTU Origins King Hiss and Thunder Punch He-Man Deluxe figures! The Deluxe card backs looks amazing! Continuing with the Rise of the Snake Men theme, both Thunder Punch He-Man and King Hiss come packaged on Snake Men themed card backs complete with the Snake over the MOTU logo, Snake Men logo sticker and unique front and rear card art!

MOTU Origins Snake Men Logo

UPDATE 12/05/2022: King Hiss In Hand Images, found at Fisher Price Store NY

Thank you to Frederick Rainey for posting images to his Facebook page of the MOTU Origins Deluxe King Hiss figure he found at the Fisher Price Store in New York. If they are hitting the shelves at the Fisher Prices store, that means that King Hiss has arrived at US shores and is in full production! So it is only a matter of time before we get him in our hands! Let’s take a look at the In-Hand images below.

Below we can see that King Hiss was lined up a plenty on the shelf at the Fisher Price store in New York!

Below are in hand package and out of package photos thanks to Frederick Rainey for posting images to his Facebook page.

Here we can see King Hiss in his human form and then transforming into his snake form

We get to see King Hiss in transformation mode and full snake mode as well below.

Where to Buy:

Thunder Punch He Man Masters of the Universe Origins Deluxe Wave 11
Thunder Punch He-Man

UPDATE 10/18/2022: King Hiss Package art revealed

Thanks to Manuel_Eduardo_Caritas for posting images of the new King Hiss package artwork on his Instagram page today! We also want to thank Art Director Manuel Eduardo Caritas for posting this beautiful artwork! Art by Axel Giménez & FETCH Francisco Etchart. Below we get to see the amazing package both front and rear of the new King Hiss! The front of the package brings us that awesome illustration of King Hiss and is also adorned with the incredible Rise of the Snake Men theme with the snake rising up behind the Masters of the Universe logo and the blister bubble that includes those cool snake scales! The rear of the package features beautiful new artwork which we will look at in closer detail below. It also includes the complete cross sell new Rise of the Snake Men wave! It features King Hiss, Rattlor, Kobra Khan, Thunder Punch He-Man, Snake Armor He-Man and Bolt Man.

The rear artwork drawn and illustrated by Axel Giménez & FETCH Francisco Etchart show an amazing scene of Snake Armor He-Man going at it against King Hiss in his full snake form!! And you can also another Snake Teela, in the background. If you recall Snake Teela was part of a leaked list that came out in September. If you want to read more about her, go to this LINK. Is this confirmation that Snake Teela will be coming to the Origins line?

UPDATE 10/17/2022: Thunder Punch He-Man Package art revealed

Thanks to Axel Gimenez for posting images of the new Thunder Punch He-Man package artwork on his Instagram page today! We also want to thank Art Director Manuel Eduardo Caritas for posting this beautiful artwork! Art by Axel Giménez & FETCH Francisco Etchart. Below we get to see the amazing package both front and rear of the new Thunder Punch He-Man! The front of the package brings us that awesome illustration of Thunderpunch He-Man and is adorned in the new Rise of the Snake Men theme with the snake rising up behind the Masters of the Universe logo and the blister bubble that includes those cool snake scales! The rear of the package features beautiful new artwork which we will look at in closer detail below. It also has the very first look at the complete cross sell new Rise of the Snake Men wave! It features King Hiss, Rattlor, Kobra Khan, Thunder Punch He-Man, Snake Armor He-Man and Bolt Man. In a first, we get 2 different version of He-Man released as part of this complete wave!

The rear artwork drawn and illustrated by Axel Giménez & FETCH Francisco Etchart show an amazing scene of Thunder Punch He-Man going at it against two Snake Men Horde Troopers! And you can also spot Viper Tower way in the back ground! Does this mean that we are getting Snake Men Horde Troopers coming to the Origins Line? It would make total sense seeing that they already have the mold for the Horder Troopers! That would be so amazing!

Here we get a closer look at all the beautiful detail in this new Thunder Punch He-Man cardback artwork!

Thunder Punch He-Man

Thunder Punch He-Man was quitely revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, sitting in the MOTU Origins ginormous Eternia display. Unofficially announced, we all spotted him in there, and today, Entertainment Earth and Walmart dropped him on their websites for preorder! Thunder Punch He-Man looks absolutely spectacular! He comes with his classic red armor, silver H on his chest, brown shorts, and the same brown and white boots like Flying Fist He-Man. He also comes with a flaming yellow blast effect to put on his fist, gold colored power sword and vac metal shield!

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MOTU Origins Thunder Punch He-Man Deluxe Wave 11
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SDCC 2022 reveal

Thunder Punch He-Man was spotted in the Eternia display at this year’s SDCC 2022. There is circular wheel right in back of Thunder Punch He-Man (oh isn’t he magnificent!!!) that works the elevator. The disc has a nice wood finish to it, which compliments the castle nicely! You can also see some of the interior walls that have gold and blue portals in them. Too bad you can display both sides of the castle because the interior is something to behold!

Origins of Thunder Punch He-Man

Thunder Punch He-Man was originally released in 1985, Wave 4 of the original Masters of the Universe Line.

According to The Battle Ram:

Thunder Punch He-Man was the “deluxe” version of He-Man that everyone in my grade school peer group coveted. The counterpart to Dragon Blaster Skeletor, Thunder Punch He-Man had a new an exciting action feature – you could load a ring of caps (of the kind typically used in toy revolvers of the era) into his backpack, twist his waist back, and he would spring forward with a power punch and a loud bang. It was quite the upgrade over the power punch feature typical of the line.

Thunder Punch He-Man was the “deluxe” version of He-Man that everyone in my grade school peer group coveted. The counterpart to Dragon Blaster Skeletor, Thunder Punch He-Man had a new an exciting action feature – you could load a ring of caps (of the kind typically used in toy revolvers of the era) into his backpack, twist his waist back, and he would spring forward with a power punch and a loud bang. It was quite the upgrade over the power punch feature typical of the line.

Sculpt wise, the figure featured all new parts apart from the head and sword. The legs were based on the original, but he was given bigger feet to make him more stable. The sculpt unfortunately on the arms and torso is a bit soft and unfinished looking compared to the original. Befitting his action feature, his right fist is closed, ready at any time for a thunder punch. He also has painted bracers, something previous versions didn’t get.

His boots have white fur tops, which was actually how He-Man had been previously illustrated by Rudy Obrero and R.L. Allen. Earl Norem would occasionally depict him like that as well

He has a new harness design, sculpted onto the chest rather than as a separate piece. He keeps the “H” logo that first appeared on Battle Armor He-Man, and which also appeared on the side of the Dragon Walker and on Flying Fists He-Man. The symbol looks like a blend between an H and an M.

Thunder Punch He-Man: Heroic leader with loud power punch (1985) – Battle Ram (battleramblog.com)
Thunder-Punch He Man Vinatge MOC
Thunder Punch He-Man Masters of the Universe 1985
Thunder Punch He-Man Masters of the Universe 1985

King Hiss Deluxe Figure

King Hiss makes a triumphant return to MOTU in the Masters of the Universe Line Rise of the Snake Men with this new deluxe figure for January 2023! He comes packed with really cool features and a ton of accessories. When you remove the arms, head and armor harness, it reveals his really cool snake torso! He includes new snake arms that plug into the arm holes and a Snake head. Once you plug in those snake arms and head, he has completed his transformation into his snake form of King Hiss! He alsi comes packed with his classic green snake staff and red snake crested shield!

MOTU Origins King Hiss Deluxe Wave 11
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SDCC Reveal

King Hiss joins the line in Spring 2023 with some really cool add ons! The original King Hiss featured two halves of a torso and a head that you peel off. The panel made a joke about King Hiss feeling like Mr. Potato Head as you now have to assemble King Hiss’ snake parts on him! Now, you need to remove the arms and head then his armor harness comes off to reveal his snake torso! Then, the snake arms plug back in and he comes with an extra snakehead to complete his alternate look to achieve the fully transformed King Hiss! As a side note, they mentioned that they wanted to “plus up” the snake arms because the vintage figure wasn’t as “cool” as the new Origins ones!

King Hiss MOTU Origins 2022 SDCC reveal close up
King Hiss MOTU Origins Figure Reveal

Weapons and Accessories

  • Snakemen Shield that slips right over his wrist
  • Green snake Staff

You can also mix and match the arms and head to make any flavor of King Hiss that appeals to you!

King Hiss MOTU Origins Human Form Geared Up
King Hiss MOTU Origins Deluxe Figure

Here are more photos of King Hiss as shown at the panel!

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King Hiss MOTU Origins Deluxe Figure Mix and Match Snake Head
King Hiss MOTU Origins Deluxe Figure Mix and Match
King Hiss MOTU Origins Deluxe Figure Snake Form
King Hiss MOTU Origins Deluxe Figure Snake Torso
King Hiss MOTU Origins Deluxe Figure Weapons and Accessories

Origins of King Hiss

First introduced to the Masters of the Universe line in 1986, King Hiss was the leader of the of the Snake Men. He looked like a human, but underneath, he was really a snake man. The King Hiss action figure was made of several parts of a human head / torso and arm shell pieces that would clip onto the figure to conceal the slithering snake body underneath. His legs were human shaped as well but did not transform. He wore green armor with golden yellow gloves. His accessories included a red shield and a green snake staff. This was the same staff as came packed with most of the other Snake Men. King Hiss was an all-new figure sculpt due to the transforming nature of the character and was released much later in the line, when there were tooling dollars to pull off such a new character.

According to the Wiki Grayskull:

King Hiss (also known as King Hssss[1]) is a character in the Masters of the Universe franchise. He was the villainous leader of the Snake Men and one of He-Man‘s more powerful enemies. Although he never appears in the original animated series by Filmation, which had ceased production by the time the figure was released. Hiss makes a belated animated debut in the 2002 relaunch of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mike Young Productions, this time as the major villain of the second season.

King Hiss | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom
King Hiss Vintage Illustration
King Hiss Vintage Illustration
Source: Wiki Grayskull
Vintage King Hiss snake exposed
Vintage King Hiss Action Figure
Masters of the Universe Vintage King Hiss MOC
Vintage King Hiss front card back
Source: The Toys of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Vintage King Hiss geared up
Vintage King Hiss Action Figure front

Where to Buy:

King Hiss
Thunder Punch He Man Masters of the Universe Origins Deluxe Wave 11
Thunder Punch He-Man

You can also get the rest of Wave 11 at the retailers below:

King Hiss
Thunder Punch He Man Masters of the Universe Origins Deluxe Wave 11
King Hiss

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  1. So excited for these figures!!! Thank you Toy Habits for this wonderful news brief on the upcoming Snake men line!!! Great read! And love the MOTU back history and photos!

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