Last year, IAT held it’s 2010 Most Requested figure contest. Last year’s winner was none other than “Blonde Bikini” Teela. Released under the less hilarious, but more appropriate Battleground Teela moniker, she’s quickly moved from our wish lists to our shelves as June’s Quarterly MOTU figure.
As we explained in our “Blonde Bikini” Teela Most Requested entry, DC Comics published a Masters of the Universe comic in the early 80s, before the cartoon. It establishes a lot of plot elements that will later become canon, but there were some designs that stayed unique to the comic series. One of them was Teela wearing a decidedly more “He-Man” inspired outfit. Fans latched onto the idea of getting this version of Teela fairly quickly and Mattel followed suit releasing it in the third full-year of the line.
Since Bikini Teela was essentially a comic-inspired version, the first logical place to put her on your shelves might be with other comic-inspired figures from the MOTU 2pks available at TRU.
While the folks at Mattel stayed faithful to her look, they decided to come up with a new back story for the character though. In her bio, this figure represents Teela as she’s seen later in the mythos, possibly even during the time that She-Ra has followed Hordak back to Eternia & Clamp Champ has taken over for Duncan as Man-At-Arms.
When Mattel released Vikor, Toy Guru said that management had dictated he be a new character. And though they didn’t do the same for Teela, preferring her to be a variation on the original, many collectors, including Toy Guru, seem to be finding a new spot for her on the shelf, possibly with Vikor.
Teela is the first quarterly variant that is truly on par with the regular figures. Since they’re now included in the subscription – which guarantees a higher number of sales – the quarterly figures don’t have to be as cheaply done as previous offerings (Zodak, Battle Armors, etc). Teela does reuse a couple of her original parts – below the knees and the arms. But everything else is new.
While I miss the artculation, I do love the sculpt. It looks like Teela walked off the DC Comics page. There are a few extra details to the figure, courtesy of the reused arms, but they blend in perfectly. I’m fairly certain she’s one of the better sculpted figures we’ve gotten all year and the line isn’t exactly lacking in the sculpting department.
Her head sculpt is interesting because it looks like it could be Teela, but it also doesn’t have to be. Looking at the drawn-in cheeks, I think the Four Horsemen successfully captured an older look for Teela, but the sculpt also seems generic enough that she won’t look like an out-of-place Teela on another shelf. I’m curious as to what the Four Horsemen might have had in mind when they were working on the sculpt.
Since BG Teela’s head features a molded skin tone to regualr Teela’s painted version, a simple head swap will never quite work for the original head, but the blonde head looks great on the classic Teela body. Continue to Articulation, Paint, & Accessories