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CURRENT MOOD - SNAKE MOUNTAIN

PUBLISHED 01 July 2017

Snake Mountain was introduced to the Masters of the Universe world early on to give Skeletor & his goons a place to rest their shaggy short shorts & clawed boots. Before the Filmation He-Man cartoon started, Castle Greyskull was a contested occult fortress that good & evil battled over - but as the MOTU mythos developed Greyskull became "good" & so an evil castle had to be created - Snake Mountain. You can tell how evil it is by the obvious demonic possession this child is entering into in this 1984 Masters of the Universe Snake Mountain commercial. 

This child is lost to the dark powers - but it should be obvious to any young adventurers first delving into the Science-Fiction Fantasy world of He-Man & the Masters of the Universe that everyone is messing with black magic, even if they claim to be good guys. Castle Greyskull is the GOOD castle but is evil as fuck! Meanwhile, at Snake Mountain - they just went for the gusto with this toy & gave it everything. I thought it was too much when it came out - preferring the brutal simplicity & menacing evil of Castle Greyskull - but now, as an adult artiste - I can see Snake Mountain for the cultural artifact that it is. It is incredible.

If I was a parent concerned over the occult dabblings of my children using fantasy toys & Heavy Metal records as focal points & fetish objects - as many were & have been - Snake Mountain would definitely be a worrisome object, possessing young boys to become the Spirit of Snake Mountain - commanding evil armies of Beast Men & trying to take control of the gentle people of Eternia!

 

I AM THE SPIRIT OF SNAKE MOUNTAIN!

- Sean Äaberg

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1 comment

  • Ryan Walters: July 24, 2017

    Hell Yes! One of my favorites growing up. The microphone built into the snake was especially awesome, and made some wicked echo sounds when you shook it.
    The Fright Zone set was also great. It came with a prison, and a snake hand puppet. Good stuff

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