So last night I recorded an appearance on OrccaCast. That episode, which should be out sometime early next week, will feature the reveal of the identity of this thing I teased you about a while back (I’ll have actual pics later in the week). We got to discussing the mysterious “big news” regarding Battleground Teela.
For some reason the thread that ToyGuru discussed this on was deleted and I couldn’t figure out if the posts were moved elsewhere, but fortunately Google cached it long enough for me to get the quote.
I have a feeling if we made “Bikini Teela” a different character (like Vikor if you will) there would have been just as much outrage from fans saying this “should be a variant of Teela!” (which is what it she is). You really can’t please everyone all the time, but the whole point of MOTU has always been to be an avatar for the imagination.
If in your world this design is an all new all different character and she is married to Mer-Man and has adventures through time and space with Gygor than that is just fine too!
Personally, I have her posed next to Vikor as his “bride” on my shelf. It is up to each individual fan on how they want to play out MOTU adventures. But the toy will indeed be called “Battle Ground Teela” with an all new bio about Teela. Plus we have some other plans for this character and design that we have yet to reveal…big plans!
So, the Orccacast boys and I were speculating on what those “big plans” could be, and they had an interesting theory. As we’ve learned from the bios, there’s a period when He-Man goes off into space to fight Skeletor and the Horde, leaving Teela and the Masters behind (maybe). Well, the theory someone tossed out was that Battleground Teela is in fact Teela wielding the Power of Grayskull.
I love this idea–it explains both her more barbaric outfit and her blonde hair, since we know the Grayskull transformation can cause changes (although not traditionally changing one’s hair, but…whatever). You might say, “but didn’t He-Man take the Power Sword with him to Primus?” and I’d answer with, “How the hell would I know?” I never watched that show. And besides, they can do whatever they want in these bios. Maybe the Sorceress endows Teela with the Power of Grayskull while He-Man’s gone. Or maybe He-Man takes the techno-sword and leaves the Power Sword behind. Anyway, I just thought it was a neat idea.
I do know Teela was blonde in her brief appearance on the New Adventures of He-Man. Whether or not the “Power of Grayskull” angle works out, I wouldn’t be surprised if they somehow linked Battleground Teela to her appearance in NA.