Battleground Teela = Te-Man?

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.

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5 Comments

  1. Derek

    @ Stephen:

    In the Power of Shazam! comics written by Jerry Ordway, if Mary and Billy were using the power at the same time, their overall power level was halved. I think the Power of Grayskull should be treated the same way, or some explanation should be given that He-Man and She-Ra can only access so much power at a time. However, I thought lineage came into play in accessing the power. That would eliminate Teela's eligibility.

  2. Captain Zero

    Battle Ground Teela as a female lead…Vikor as "Conan" or whoever you want him to be… Scarabus as an Evil Sorcerer…. and all the other MOTU characters whoever you want them to be… the imagination runs WILD!!

    I like the BG Teela figure.!!

    This is turning into a great line of action figures…however ya want to "play it"!!

    An "avatar for the imagination" is "right on"!!

  3. Captain Zero

    Red Sonja-like is the idea moving in my mind.

    I really hope that some new characters are introduced along with our other MOTUC figures to move toward a more Sword and Sorcery theme.

    BG Teela is really nice as a Red Sonja-like character to go along with Vikor, and I will be glad to have both of them…and others that are scaled to fit into the more Sword and Sorcery-Frazetta-like world.

    This line is turning into a really fun line of figures.!!

  4. Mark

    Not so keen on the face….dosen't look that muh like the mini-comics at all aside from being a woman with blonde hair.

  5. dayraven

    @Josh: define swoon… you could drop the girls down to their knees and have them doing the frazetta thigh grab, but of them, original teela is likely the only head that do the lusty look upwards. the adora/she-ra hair definitely restricts upwards looking. lyn can look up, but not as well as teela can.

    not to mention, i wonder how many folks are snagging BBT for a red sonja custom? lord knows i'm heavily considering two so i have one to do that job with.

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