MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: MASTERVERSE (MATTEL)
“Learning she had been lied to her entire life, Teela threw down her sword, rejected her title, and turned her back on her family, friends, and all of Eternia. Fate, however, has a way of returning. Prince Adam’s secret identity as He-Man — the same secret that shattered her trust — became intertwined with her quest to save magic from disappearing from Eternia.”
Oh, wow, you know, those last two Masters reviews were so lovely, I think I might just do one more. Like a dessert or something. Just a little extra. Masters of the Universe Revelation spent most of its runtime in a post-defeat of He-Man setting, but it’s first episode, as well as some flashbacks sprinkled throughout the rest of the show, still gave plenty of focus to the main characters in their classic designs. This also gives the tie-in portion of Mattel’s Masterverse line plenty of free reign for some more straightforward updates of the original figures. While the line’s first Teela was sporting her later Revelation look, there was a rather quick follow-up to that one, this time with her classic attire. I’ll be taking a look at that one today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Teela is part of Series 4 of the Masterverse line, as one of the two Revelation-themed figures in the set. The figure stands about 7 inches tall and she has 31 points of articulation. She again keeps with the set-up we’ve seen previously with the female bodies in this line, which is a pretty solid articulation scheme. Her sculpt is obviously starting from the same base point as the other female figures, but she’s almost entirely new. It’s a strong sculpt. I was a big fan of the prior Teela, and I liked the extra details the newer design offered, but this one looks pretty great too. The armor is very clean and sharply detailed, and I like how the two faces are a younger, more cleaned up Teela, but still very distinctly the same person. As hinted by the “two faces” comment from the sentence prior, Teela includes two head sculpts. The first is the more classic one, with her hair up and her headdress in place. The second is her post-quitting look, with her hair down and messy. They’re both a lot of fun, and, again, consistent to what’s been established thus far for the character in this iteration of the line. Teela’s paint work is generally pretty decent. The application is pretty clean for the most part. There’s a little bit of slop on the tops of the boots, and the coloring on the cheeks is a little heavy handed, but otherwise, it works well. Teela is packed with two sets of hands, a sword, and a shield. Not quite as impressive as the last two figures I looked at, but still a nice set-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was quite content with my post-time-jump Teela figure from Series 2, and, as cool as this figure looked, I wasn’t planning to grab this one. I then got offered a deal on one that I really couldn’t beat, and suddenly, I have one. She’s really nice. A fantastic update on the classic Teela design, fitting right in with the other “classic” figures from the line. I definitely dig the extra pieces, and she’s just a pretty solid figure all around.
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