TEELA — REVELATION
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: MASTERVERSE (MATTEL)
As we wait for the second half of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Mattel is still at work actually getting us the toys from the show. The first assortment of figures based on the show (released as part of Mattel’s newly launched Masterverse line), were largely inspired by the show’s pre-time-skip opening episode, which was a little heavier on the classic aesthetic. For the second assortment, there’s a bit more focus on those later appearances, including Teela, who spends the post-jump sequences as the the show’s central character, as she and her patchwork team attempt to restore power to Eternia. Teela’s always been a major character in the mythos, but Revelation really gives her some proper focus, and she’s one of my favorite parts of the show, so I’m very excited about this figure. Let’s see how it turned out.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Teela is part of the second series of the Masterverse line, which just started showing up at retail in the last few weeks. As noted in the intro, this Teela is her post-jump design, which is how she looks for most of the show’s run, at least so far. We also had a confirmation at PowerCon that there will also be a classic-inspired version of her coming later in the line. As with Evil-Lyn’s new design, Teela’s new design keeps elements of her original, while also modernizing. She honestly takes it a bit further even then Evil-Lyn, with a design that’s probably the most up-to-the-minute and “trendy” of the new Masters design. It’s got a good post-apocalyptic vibe, and it’s quite utilitarian, so I dig it. The figure stands 7 inches tall and she has 31 points of articulation. At her core, Teela shares parts with Evil-Lyn, as expected, though it’s not a ton. Mostly, it’s just the inner workings and most base level parts. It means that she’s got Evil-Lyn’s more improved articulation, which isn’t prone to the weird sticking at the hips, making her far more easily posed. The majority of the sculpt is still new parts, so as to better line-up with Teela’s show design. As with the others, it’s not a direct translation of the animation, but gets the important details and sort of homogenizes them with the house style. Generally, I really like it. The only slight issue I had with mine was where the hair piece aligns with the head; because of the undercut, there’s a little more room for error, resulting in my figure having a little bit of a gap where they join. It’s not terrible, though, and it varies from figure. Mine also has a glue spot on the back of the hair, which I wasn’t so thrilled about, but, again, this is an isolated issue…at least I hope. Teela’s paint work is one of the more involved schemes from the line so far. It all manages pretty well, with all of the base work being rather cleanly applied. There’s even some accent work on her boots to make them look a little bit muddy, which is a cool touch. In the show, Teela’s staff has the ability to take on a few different forms, so the figure gives us a few different versions. There’s the spear set-up, the sword, and the collapsed version. She’s also got two sets of hands, making for a pretty nice little selection of extras that cover a fair number of bases. Not quite the same level as Evil-Lyn, of course, but still very good.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really enjoyed Teela’s portrayal in Revelation, and I also liked her new design for the show, so I was down for the figure pretty much as soon as I knew it was coming. As with Evil-Lyn, I’m very glad they started off with the post-jump look, and it makes for a very fun figure, especially with the extras that they threw in to cover more bases. I look forward to building up more of her team from the show!
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