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Masters of the Universe Classics Teela Review

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 0
MOTUC Teela in Package

Pros

• Beautiful sculpt

• An essential character from the He-Man mythos

• Plenty of accessories to arm her for battle

• Great posability and articulation, except at the waist


Cons

• Waist movement is hindered by the hard plastic of her outfit, but future releases should correct this.

• Minor paint bleeding and flecks of gold paint on the white parts of her outfit.

• Teela is presently sold-out and unavailable until reissued on MattyCollector.com

• Limited availability - like the other MOTUC figures, Teela is only available on one page and sells out quickly when she is up for purchase.


Full Review

After a hiatus of a couple of years, Mattel brought its Masters of the Universe property back to retail via a special online collectors line of action figures known as Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC). About a year into the line, Mattel released Teela as the first female figure in the MOTUC line, which was fitting since Teela was the very first Masters of the Universe female action figure ever produced back in the 1980s. This review will take a look at the first issue of the MOTUC Teela, which was offered in October 2009.

With the exception of the figure itself and the pictures of other toys in the line that appear on the back of the packaging, all of the MOTUC figures come in the exact same blister-card design that is made to look like the bricks of Castle Grayskull. A brief biography of Teela appears on the back of this packaging, indicating that she is destined to inherit the power of the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull. We will not delve too deeply into this biography, as our main purpose is to examine the figure itself.

Teela has been updated beautifully by the Four Horsemen, the studio that is sculpting this line. Her look is based on the 1980s figure, and she is wearing the same outfit from that line, except that it is far more detailed. Her head is also based on the 1980s design, but the face is far more attractive than the original figure. Sculpting and action figure production has come a long way since the days of the original He-Man/Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power toy lines, and this figure of Teela really proves it. She also has far more articulation than the original figure from the 1980s, including hinge joints at the elbows and knees, shoulders capable of 360-degree movement, swivel joints at the wrist, boots that swivel, ankles designed to mimic those of a real human being, posable hips and a twistable waist, although the firmness of her outfit greatly hinders her waist movement. This incredible articulation alone is well worth the price of the figure, as it enables the owner to put Teela in all sorts of cool poses for display.

The paint on Teela is incredible, especially on her face, and being clothed in white, she really stands out when placed alongside other figures on the shelf. She comes with a multitude of accessories, including a 200x-series-style sword. Just watch the Masters of the Universe DVD set of the cartoon from 2002–2003 and you will see how faithful it is to the weapon she often used in that series. Teela also comes with her snake staff (staff of Ka), shield, and cobra armor that she had in her 1980s incarnation but never used in the original cartoon or in her appearance in the 1987 Masters of the Universe movie. She can only wear this snake armor if you swap her pony-tailed head for the helmeted head that is also included with this issue of Teela. Rounding out her accessories is the orange bird Zoar, who was frequently seen in the original 1980s cartoon based on Mattel's property.

Overall, I highly recommend this figure, both for its nostalgia appeal and its beauty. It is an essential part of any Masters of the Universe Classics collection. It is not without its flaws, but they do not make Teela unworthy of a purchase.


In Closing

Teela is well-worth adding to your Masters of the Universe Classics collection. Especially if you can find her for a reasonable price, snap her up because there is no telling when Mattel will sell her on their collectors' website again.



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