Since the next season of Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is scheduled for release tomorrow I thought I'd check out another figure from Mattel's toyline based on the series. Today I'm excited to check out Sorceress from the 5.5 inch line. This isn't the Sorceress, Teela-Na, however; instead this is Teela in her powered up form. I think I've stated this in most of my reviews for this series but I'll say it again: In this show, all of the characters are able to draw upon the Power of Grayskull to transform. Adam becomes He-Man, Cringer becomes Battle Cat, Krass becomes Ram Ma'am, Duncan becomes Man-At-Arms, and Teela becomes Sorceress. There is a more mature classic Sorceress-like character in the show but her name is Eldress. She resembles an older Teela and is voiced by the same voice actress, however (Kimberly Brooks) so perhaps there is a connection between the two? We'll have to see. Sorceress seemed to leak out at the end of last year but I didn't manage to get her until a week or two ago, and I imagine most of you haven't found her yet, either. Let's take a look at Teela as Sorceress after the break...
Height: 5 1/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge hips, "Power Attack" swivel waist, swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Wings, staff, and helmet
Non-Scalper Price: $10-$11 dollars
* Teela looks quite different from her classic depictions in this new series and her powered up form as Sorceress is even more different. Wearing a white suit with lots of metallic details on it with long, multicolored hair, she looks more like a sci-fi anime character than a traditional swords & sorcery character. While she's not the Teela I grew up with, she really does look pretty cool, focusing on the magical side of the character that most MOTU media has only alluded to. I'm digging the design and the figure matches the animated style of the show quite nicely with great colors.
* The portrait on Sorceress is quite lovely. Good, clean paintwork and a simple yet stylized design. She has one of the better portraits I've seen in this line so far.
* Sorceress has some massive purple wings that look like they're made out of energy. They're translucent and speckled with glittery flecks in the plastic. They're removable but stay on securely when plugged into the back of the figure.
* Sorceress has some cool hair. It's a solid piece that's not too pliable, but it looks neat and hangs down her back. The colors are great and definitely liven things up a bit.
* In her Sorceress transformation Teela wears this cool helmet. The accessory is translucent with gold paint and looks really neat. Usually Teela has some sort of communications devices floating around her head but as the Sorceress she gets this. I like it. It fits on her well and you can see her face through it. Does it remind anyone else of Man-At-Arms' classic helmet?
* This line isn't known for great articulation but the Sorceress moves pretty decently. She feels sturdy, can hold her staff in both hands, and her Power Attack waist allows her to swing her staff by twisting her waist left and right.
* The staff is great. It definitely looks like a more sci-fi version of the vintage Sorceress' staff. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe leans into the sci-fi side a bit more than most MOTU shows, though not as much as The New Adventures of He-Man, which I'll admit I kind of like.
* The Sorceress' costume is really cool but it's even cooler on the show. The black diamond in the middle actually is a cut out surrounded by a purple, starry material and the gold lines from her outfit extend across her shoulders. The paint applications have been one of the weaker parts of this line and while the figure does look cool it doesn't capture the outfit from the show as well as I'd like.
Are you a huge fan of Teela? Check out my archive of Teela reviews, Teela: Warrior Goddess, for a bunch of Teela goodies from across MOTU's 40 year history!
For more reviews from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 2021 check out the following:
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel (2021)
Just got reminded of arguing with an idiot upset with the 'woke race-changing' of obscure minor characters like Andra and King Grayskull in Revelation but seemed oblivious to the race-changing of a major character like Teela in this show despite saying "the other netflix he-man with the cgi is amazing and respectful to the characters unlike the 'woke kevin smith trash'". I then asked why annoyed with race changing minor characters but fine with race changing a major character? And they seemed confused and I showed them pics of this show's Teela and Kimberly Brooks and they at first even denied the images I showed were from the show they were championing (they insisted I was using 'fake' images from some unrelated CGI movie) and after some more arguing it became more apparent they hadn't watched either this show or Revelation and were just spouting the same nonsense from their 'anti-woke' youtuber heroes like Clown fish and co. These 'anti-woke' people sure love jump on the hate bandwagons without checking facts.ReplyDelete
Anyways the figure looks fine. This show and it's toyline ain't my thing and that's ok. I know it has it's place in the MotU multiverse.
Despite Revelation being more "accurate" to my favorite eras of MOTU with lots of obscure references and in-jokes, I'm actually finding myself enjoying the CGI show a bit more. I haven't started the second season yet but probably will this weekend.Delete
In the CGI show almost everyone feels like "different" characters to me. Teela seems more like the Sorceress (I mean, she kind of is), Ram Ma'am/ Krass reminds me more of Teela personality wise, Cringer's wisdom and role as a father figure to Adam makes me think more of Man-At-Arms, and Duncan reminds me more of someone like Mekaneck or something. I still like it, though. It feels very fresh. I wouldn't love a movie to go in that direction or anything but I'm OK with one show out of a few to go in that different direction.
yeah. It just doesn't do it for me. It doesn't feel like MotU to me at all. And it could just be some new generic kid's show with an all new unique IP. It's not my thing. I don't have a kid so I can't even find myself enjoying it through them. Plus I find most CGI cartoons unappealing to look at (even Pixar). I think I'll always prefer the 2D look. It ages a lot better generally too. Some CGI toons of recent years aged real badly but I'll still appreciate golden age Disney animation or the Max Fleischer Superman toons of the early 1940s. But yeah I don't hate the CGI MotU. It just doesn't register to me as being at all appealing but I'm not out there hating on it and wanting it cancelled or anything.Delete