Okay guysssss, sssso for review today we have the Ssssnake Armor Sssshield by EvilMike! And we promissssse not to keep thisss gag going. (Okay....one lassst time).
The 2015 MOTUC line brought a celebrated He-Man variant. No...not the Lazer Power He-Man. No...not Flying Fists He-Man. You know...the 3rd He-Man variant we got (Yeah...I'm still bitter about it).
Regardless, the Snake Armor He-Man figure was really awesome. So much so that a lot of people clamored across the boards that he could be a contender for their favorite 2015 figure-- which is kind of crazy for a variant to hold that honor.
However, the one thing that was not included with the figure was his shield. The 200x snake shield is a very unique design and, even though it didn't get a lot of screen time, fans recognize it as essential to his look. Suffice to say, it twisted a lot of people's nipples to see that this wasn't included.
Good news though friends! The one and only Evilmike has crafted a facsimile to use with our figure. But does it rise to the challenge?
This item came as a pre-painted review sample directly from Evilmike.
First, the detail. One common element we see with Shapeways' items is the balance of detail and quality. For more details, read our overview of Shapeways' services here. To summarize, Shapeway's printing process: the equipment used by Shapeways can only handle so much small detail and if the artist isn't careful the detail comes out blurry.
So to say that this piece is packed full of small details, you now understand how difficult it is to pull off. The detailing goes a bit beyond what we see in the cartoon. However, I prefer it this way given how detailed the figure is.
The detailing on the crest is very strong and clear. Again, a huge accomplishment with such small details. However, my favorite part of this piece is actually on the back. Even though the back will be rarely seen in a display situation, Evilmike went the extra mile and sculpted the back!
Additionally, Evilmike has an ingenious system where the arm cuff is separate from the shield body. This system allows the shield to rotate freely while attached the arm and allows for a multitude of display possibilities. The cuff fits tightly and securely on the male MOTUC forearm.
Finally, the paint job on this piece is simply fantastic. The silver is bright and heroic. The red and yellow accents are packed in and clear. All painted lines are sharp and with no apparent errors. As I've said repeatedly with pieces that I've received from Mike pre-painted, if you have the opportunity to get them painted inhouse-- do it.
In conclusion this is a great piece that won't let you or your Snake Armor He-Man down.
- Incredible detail
- Engineered arm cuff that rotates
- Source accurate
Average- May be tricky to saturate some of the more finer detail areas. Highly recommend Evilmike's painting service.