Official images have surfaced today for the highly anticipated Snake Mountain MOTU Origins Playset. Back on March 20, 2023, Mattel gave us an incredible MOTU Monday of reveals this week, but one glaring omission was not part of the preorder releases on Tuesday, that of course was Snake Mountain! Shown in the center of the Mattel 2023 Fall Catalogue, we know that Snake Mountain is coming soon! Well we got a nice hint from one of our favorite Fan Channel Retailers, Entertainment Earth that we believe Snake Mountain Preorder is going to drop April 28th! We now have official images of Snake Mountain too so we hope this gets you excited for the upcoming Snake Mountain MOTU Origins preorder!
May 23, 2023 UPDATE: Amazon Ship Date
Special thanks to Surveillance Port on Instgaram for the heads up that Amazon has updated the ship date for Snake Mountain. Amazon now list the set as shipping on August 29, 2023 so be on the lookout as this is right around the corner!
April 28, 2023 UPDATE: SNAKE MOUNTAIN PREORDERS ARE LIVE:
SNAKE MOUNTAIN PREORDERS ARE LIVE ON ENTERTAINMENT EARTH
April 27, 2023 UPDATE: Where to Preorder Snake Mountain
The preorder for the MOTU Origins Snake Mountain went live back on April 22, 2023. You can check stock status on Amazon to see if the preorder is still available. Entertainment Earth has posted a tease to the Snake Mountain Preorder in their Drop Zone. The EE Drop Zone automatically updates to provide a direct link to preorders so be sure bookmark the Drop Zone so you can pounce like Panthor on the Snake Mountain preorder. Also, we will be updating the links to where to preorder Snake Mountain as they drop at 6am PT / 9am ET on April 28, 2023:
Here is the official description from Amazon:
- This MOTU Origins Snake Mountain Playset is ready for storylines from the dark side of Eternia with multiple features and authentic design that’s a throwback to the ’80s look.
- In front, the Wolf head spins and the gate opens. The snake on top can pick up a 5.5-inch scale Origins figure in its mouth or knock it off the upper platform. Origins figures sold separately, subject to availability.
- As a figure moves up the stairs and through the upper gate — BAM! It will drop through the trapdoor into the cage. The cage can move to the dungeon underneath the throne of Skeletor for safekeeping.
- To get to throne, figures must pass by the wolf head and the intimidating spider. To get out, they must watch out for the ‘acid pool’ on the way to the hidden escape tunnel.
- Accommodates 5.5-inch scale MOTU Origins figures. Figures sold separately, subject to availability.
- Makes a great gift to expand any MOTU Origins collection for fans ages 6 years and up.
April 22, 2023: Snake Mountain Official Images
Special thanks to primate7even6ix for the heads up and Planet Eternia for finding the Snake Mountain MOTU Origins playset on Amazon Germany. We have official images to share and the set looks absolutely stunning!
The set comes with Skeletor’s Bone Throne, a weapons rack, some creatures, and some extras we did not see in the vintage set!
It’s great to see the set being held by a person so you can get a sense of the scale of the playset.
March 23, 2023: Special thanks to yo_tengo_el_poder for posting the first official image of the forthcoming MOTU Origins Snake Mountain! The color is corrected and it looks amazing!!!
Entertainment Earth Preorder
Entertainment Earth gave is a huge hint on their drop zone calendar that Snake Mountain will be up for preorder on April 28th at 6:00 am PST. To quote the Drop Calendar ” Check back for our mountainous drop!” It says it’s a Mattel / Playsets, so it’s got to be none other than Snake Mountain! We know from the Toybook.com, volume 39, No. 1., February 2023 edition that the MSRP is $79.99 and will be released Fall 2023. Be sure to check back on this post as we will update it as we get more information.
Masters of the Universe Origins Snake Mountain Playset | Ages: 6+
MSRP: $79.99 | Available: Fall 2023
“The dark side of Eternia returns to the action aisle with this playset, inspired by the vintage Snake Mountain from the ‘80s. Kids and kidults can create epic scenes for their 5.5-inch Masters of the Universe Origins action figures. The set includes a bridge, a trap door, a dungeon, Skeletor’s throne, an “acid pool,” and an escape tunnel.”
Official Pricing and Release Date
It is set to be released Fall of 2023 and with a MSRP of $79.99. This new MOTU Origins playset is approximately priced as it is the same price as the 2020 Castle Grayskull playset but it does not look like it includes a a figure pack in based on the description but anything could change between now and when it’s released. It still looks like like they are using the a mid prototype test shot of the Snake Mountain because, as we saw from the Mattel German Toy Fair video, the colors look more natural to the vintage set but the snake in this shot looks to be the same color.
First Signs of Preorders
Deep Discount fires the first preorder salvo as they have the newly revealed Masters of the Universe Origins Snake Mountain up for preorder, giving us a window into the price and the release date for one of the most anticipated playsets! There are some pretty cool aspects about this preorder, which tells us the UPC, the anticipated release date, and a price point for the set! As more online retailers put this set up for preorder, we will be sure to update this post so you can have all of the information in one place! Also, we wanted to send a special thanks for reader Edgar for letting us know and, as a reminder, if you have news, let us know here!
December 12, 2022 UPDATE: Snake Mountain Sold Out or Pulled
If you were wondering where Snake Mountain went on Deep Discount, it appears they have either pulled the listing or it is sold out but don’t fret!
If you preordered the set your order still shows in your purchase history. We’ve seen things like this happen with Entertainment Earth and Big Bad Toy Store and they still honor preorders.
Deep Discount Snake Mountain Preorder Details
- UPC: 194735158232
- Price: $81.71 to $112.99
- Release date: 8/1/2023
We are guessing the actual price will be in line with the MOTU Origins Castle Grayskull and that it will be more a more expensive set given production and manufacturing costs have gone up since the release of Castle Grayskull. The range we see on Deep Discount gives us a good idea on the the amount of money we will be shelling out, which is way less than the Mattel Creations Eternia playset!
Snake Mountain Image from Toy Fair Germany
Special thanks to the one and only Mega Jay Retro and My Buddy’s Customs for alerting us that the Mattel EMEA posted a short video on their LinkedIn page from Toy Fair Germany in Nuremberg and deep within this video was a teaser for the new updated MOTU Origins Snake Mountain and you can see a glimpse of the Talon Fighter! We can clearly see the updated MOTU Origins Snake Mountain and it looks amazing!!! The colors, like Jay from Geek Dad Life pointed out, are corrected and it looks more like the vintage version. The Snake is also a better color and looks to be in the correct place. Between Castle Grayskull and the Snake Mountain you can also see see the front end of the Talon Fighter and part of the cockpit!
Snake Mountain Reveal
Again, another long-awaited fan favorite was revealed today as well! After all this time, we are finally getting a Snake Mountain in the MOTU Origins line! Pictured here was a prototype of Snake Mountain, but so far it looks to be really cool and loaded with brand new play features! There needs to be some more tweaking to the snake design and coloring of the mountain in the front, but what they unveiled today looks so exciting! Let’s take a look at all the goodies it has to offer. At first glance, we can see that they have added the mountain peak to the design so that it resembles the Snake Mountain from the Filmation cartoon a little more closely, but the design still retains those signature features from the vintage playset we all know and love! The classic monster face is still sculpted into the front of the mountain and includes a working jaw. We still have that fun suspension bridge, but this time it looks to have widened so that it can be walkable for your figures! It leads to steps that go up to the gate of Snake Mountain which has that classic wolfs head on the gate. And inside is a ladder similar to that one of Castle Grayskull The cave is also still present near the bottom as well.
On the inside we have the wolf speaker but does not include electronics associated with it and instead we got added play features on the inside. We have for the first time in Origins, Skeletor’s bone throne! We also get an all-new weapons rack as well. And next to the rotatable wolf and bone throne is a trap door that leads to a jail cell., so no more safety net to fall into. The coolest part of this new Snake Mountain in my opinion is the new “Acid Lake”. which has 3D removable creatures into that attach to pegs. It turns out that these pegs work in the peg holes of the torso of the Origins figures, so you can detach you figures at the torso and place them on the lake, so it looks like they are sinking inside! How fun is that??? Snake Mountain is set to be released in the Fall of 2023. You can view more photos that Planet Eternia posted in their detailed article.
Snake Mountain Vintage Set
Home to Skeletor and his bumbling henchman, Snake Mountain is the pinnacle of the Evil Warriors home when it comes to the world of Masters of the Universe. The famous Snake wrapped mountain with it’s glistening eye, as seen on the Filmation cartoon is the main location where Skeletor cooks up all evil plans to get He-Man once and for all.
Skeletor seen here with Evil Lyn and Beastman spent most of his time ordering his evil warriors around from the comfort of his Bone Throne.
Kids used to come home after school every day and looked forward to watching He-Man battle it out with Skeletor. I’m sure that Castle Grayskull was on the top of every kids wish list in 1982. Well after watching the cartoons, everykid wanted a place for Skelly and his friends to hang out in, so they were all expecting the Snake Mountain we all knew and loved from the Filmation cartoon. Well when Mattel’s Snake mountain debuted in 1984, it was nothing like that cartoon. Rather than designing Snake Mountain to resemble the Filmation cartoon, Mattel opted to use a design they had for an unreleased jungle playset instead.
Mattel tried to make the best of the design by adding a snake face to the mountain and a green snake that popped out from the side, but it wasn’t the Filmation pointy mountain peak, lava waterfall, snake structure we all knew; I’ll tell you that much! Yes, it had a ladder, hand cuffs, a suspension bridge, and even some stairs that were too narrow for your figure to climb up; but it was the Snake Mountain that we got, and we all learned to love it over time.
Where Castle Grayskull had a whole world going on in the inside, Snake Mountain had little to be desired; a sticker, a ladder and a net…. not much going on in there. I mean, Snake Mountain on the cartoon never had a wolf’s head, so where they got the idea for a wolf’s head for the scarry voice microphone, I will never know?! All in all, we MOTU fans still hold the vintage Mattel Snake Mountain near and dear our hearts. With that being said, I know we are all super excited that Mattel is finally going to produce one for Origins!
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