Thursday, June 3, 2021

Masters of the Universe - TEELA!

Masters of the Universe (Modern Series) - Heroic Wave 1 - Teela - Mattel 2003 

The 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series did a lot of great things. It re-introduced the whole He-Man mythos seventeen years after the original series concluded (and more than a decade after the New Adventures ended). It inspired a toyline that had more figures than the vintage line (if you count the NECA Stactions). And, as a toy collector, my favorite thing is that it cemented the bond between Four Horsemen Studios and Masters of the Universe that has literally given us hundreds of amazing toys. The cartoon itself was more modern and serious than the 80's series and still holds up today. I highly enjoy it, but I haven't watched it in years. However, one thing I never cared for was the design of Teela. The long ponytail, blue shoulderpads, and snake staff all seemed like really off choices. Luckily the coloring of the action figure was more in line with the vintage figure and her hair was less cartoony. They took a lukewarm design and made a great figure. Let's check her out below!

A lot of figures in this line have rather dynamic stances. Teela is no exception. 
Her leg position really limits her poseability, but I've grown to appreciate the overall design.

Note that there is a variation/error version of this figure where her hair band is brown instead of gold.

Teela comes with a Snake Staff and Shield - both of which are reminiscent of the vintage toy which I appreciate. What I didn't love is how she used the Snake Staff in the cartoon, which violated a lot of great He-Man/Goddess lore. She also comes with a giant sword, which is new for a Teela toy, but fits the cartoon style very well.

Teela's sword also fits into a scabbard loop on her back. I always forget this because her hair hides it.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Teela with her Snake Version.


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