Snake Mountain is back in action! | Source: Mattel


It’s Masters of the Universe (MOTU) Day, and this year Mattel is celebrating the Dark Hemisphere of Eternia.

Back in 1987, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley was so hyped by the Masters of the Universe Power Tour stop in LA that he issued a formal decree that April 28 is MOTU Day.

This year, Mattel is marking the occasion by opening up preorders for its MOTU Origins Snake Mountain Playset. For kids that grew up with MOTU back in the ’80s, this set will look familiar as it borrows design cues from the original playset but includes some modern upgrades that Mattel calls “bigger and better.”

Every great villain needs an epic lair for all of their evil plotting. | Source: Mattel

The front of Snake Mountain is dominated by an articulated snake that boasts a hinged jaw to pick up MOTU Origins action figures. The stairs and walkways have been widened, and the Mattel design team has added additional foot pegs that kids a bit older than “ages 4 and up” can use to display their favorite MOTU heroes and villains.

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It also has a detachable bridge, soft plastic shackles, a removable dungeon, Skeletor’s throne, an acid pool, an escape tunnel, and more. And, when He-Man and the crew come knocking, Skeletor and his henchmen can strap up with assorted gear from the included weapons rack!

This set is the perfect companion for the MOTU Origins Castle Grayskull that was released in 2021. And, for anyone that backed the epic Eternia Playset, adding Snake Mountain is essential to complete the full display.

Now that you know what’s goin’ on for MOTU Day, I think it’s only fitting that we let Skeletor share in the fun…

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.