September 25th, 2007

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Shortpacked!: Suddenly, on the fringes of Fahl Space...

As I noted at Serpentor's debut at Comic-Con, I am saddened that 25th Anniversary Serpentor is the de-stupidified Devil's Due version. I want old-school ridiculous Serpentor. I want him to have snake-head cuffs and snake tails coiling around his manboobs and a giant snake head helmet with a snake hood.

If you're gonna do Serpentor, you should do him all-out ridiculous. Pander to the concept. Giving him a more sensible outfit just removes what's awesome about Serpentor, because what's awesome about Serpentor is that he's absolutely retarded. He is. He's the combined DNA of Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Genghis Khan, Rasputin, etc ... wearing an absurd snake-themed costume.

He has living snakes as part of his costume which he can remove and throw at you.

You know, I bet if Napoleon could do that, he'd have won at Waterloo.

I had the original toy when I was a kid, which came with his Air Chariot. It was one of the few Joe toys I owned. I'm fairly sure I lost that damn hood piece faster than a quick bunny. New Serpentor doesn't have a hood piece, because he's too busy trying to not look hilarious.

Sadness.

Serpentor (technically "Serpentor II," I believe) comes with a sword and a little double-clawed grip thing. They are sometimes awkward to pose, since his wrists are sculpted bent at an angle. He looks natural with his arms idling at his sides, as it's a more relaxed position, but it looks kinda weird if you want him to be swinging the sword around.

His eyebrows could stand to be painted in a more menacing expression, too, while we're at it. As-is, he kinda looks like he just learned his dog died. Or maybe one of his costume's snakes.