Sunday, November 3, 2019

Action Figure Review: Frozen Teela from Masters of the Universe by Super7

 Remember Crystal Man-At-Arms from last week? Well, now we get his daughter, Frozen Teela! She's not related upcoming Frozen II, though (man, I am so flipping excited for that movie!) but is instead a variant of the standard Teela figure based on an episode of the Filmation animated series. In the 76th episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, "The Ice Age Cometh," Teela gets frozen by Icer, so that's where this very scene specific variant comes from. Mattel made Icer in the Masters of the Universe Classics line but, sadly, it doesn't look like Super7 is going to get to him in their neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line. He would have been a good choice for a figure, though. Anyways, let's check out Frozen Teela after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck.

Accessories: Sword, shield, and an art card.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

* On the left is Frozen Teela while the standard Teela is on the right. Like with Crystal Man-At-Arms, this figure is a simple color variant of the standard figure. This is is simple Teela molded in a translucent blue plastic. What you see is what you get here, folks.
 The Positives:

* Teela looks really cool. Yeah, she's supposed to be "frozen" but you could use her for all sorts of different purposes in your MOTU collection. Astral projection Teela (since she does become the Sorceress later on in some canons), the ghost of Teela, a holographic projection of Teela, and so on. Seriously, translucent toys are just fun and for this one, at least Super7 went with an actual variant rather than just making something up.

*Teela still has a spring-loaded waist like the standard release, though this time you can see the spring inside. Aha! The magic has been revealed!

* I like that Super7 at least gave Teela paint applications for her eyes and mouth. It actually adds a bit more character to the figure rather than making her just a simple translucent blue figure.

 * Teela comes with the same two weapons as the standard figure, although they're now translucent blue, too! She's got her sword and shield, ready for battle.

* I really am quite fond of the art cards included with these figures. They kind of mimic the look of the minicomics in the vintage packaging but they're a simple cardstock art print. On the front is a really cool image of Teela from Emiliano Santalucia while the back features three images of the evolution of the character from toy to cartoon star.
 The Negatives:

* I have the same problems with this figure's pose that I had with the standard figure. First, the legs are posed in such a way that Teela has to take a very wide stance to stand. Second, while this Teela retains the spell casting left hand of the vintage figure it feels largely unwarranted here. The Filmation Teela doesn't cast spells. The left arm should have been better suited for using the included accessories.

 * I wish Super7 would have given us some different art for this variant. I know they're trying to get some more mileage out of molds, especially now that Mattel is putting a hold on this line so that it doesn't effect the sales of the Masters of the Universe Origins toys next year, but c'mon! A little extra effort would have been nice!
  You know what? I actually like this Teela a bit better than the standard figure. My standard figure has some real problems (the head was loose, there was paint slop, and the shield was all scuffed up) but this figure fixes those. Well, she doesn't really have any paint, but her head is solid, and so is the shield. Yeah, I wish she has a better pose and some new card art, but I really like the novelty of this figure. It's just a very fun, eye-catching piece. This is a Good and a 1/2 variant and definitely a fun figure if you collect this line. There's one more figure in this miniseries and I'll be reviewing him soon!

Was Teela one of your first loves? If so, check out my reviews of a few Teela toys such as the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Teela and the standard M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E Teela, the Mega Construx Teela from the Battle for Eternia Collection and Teela from Battle Bones, the ReAction Teela (Shiva), the neo-vintage Teela, and Super7's Ultimate Teela.

For more Masters of the Universe figures from Super7, check out the following:
Beast Man
Crystal Man-At-Arms
Possessed Skeletor
Prince Adam
Robot He-Man
Trap Jaw  

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