I hear you R3d. In the bible it is believed that the "serpent" that tempted eve was actually a legged reptilian and when God found out it was behind eve's curiosity he cursed it to crawl on its belly by making the legs retract. Hence the snake was born. Either way I think the new Manda is kool.
I wonder how the old man (especially someone from the hidden rock) can not only fly, but make others fly? The last time we saw him use that beam ability he made some giant rock cube that could apparently crush things to the atomic level? Idk, but either way it should be good. Deidara is my boy and all but there's no way in HELL he should be able to beat that Old Kage. And Kabuto must be either backing strong abilities or just stupid for wanting to handle the 2 Jinchu's (as well as the other Jounin guarding them) on his own.