Teela 2009 MOTU Classics Figure
Teela action figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics line.
The adoptive daughter of Duncan, the current Man-At-Arms, Teela grew up in the palace of King Randor. Trained from an early age in the ways of battle, at age 18 she became Captain of the Guard, leading the troops of King Randor and acting as a defacto member of the Masters of the Universe. She is yet to become aware of her true heritage as the magically cloned daughter of, and heir to, the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull. She carries the Staff of Ka, which was once used by the Snake Men in their epic battles against the Horde and King Grayskull during the Great Wars. Teela® uses her magical staff to track her foes’ every move!
Teela’s MOTU Classics Canon
While a young girl looking through old storerooms in Man-At-Arms’ workshop, she found the Staff of Ka—a powerful weapon used by the Snake Men in ancient times. She took the staff for her own; it allowed her to track her foes’ every move. Her skills advanced, and at age eighteen she became captain of the Royal Guard.
When the Sorceress was poisoned by King Hssss’s venom, she summoned Teela to the Elders’ training citadel. There, she revealed that Teela was her daughter and clone, created by Skeletor’s magic. As the Sorceress’s heir, Teela had to take her place when she succumbed to Hssss’s venom. Though skeptical, Teela eventually agreed to accept her new role as the Sorceress of Grayskull, guiding He-Man and the Masters of the Universe as her mother had and participating in the Second Ultimate Battleground.
During the war, Teela married He-Man, becoming queen of Eternia, and remained on Eternia when He-Man pursued Skeletor into space. In her husband’s absence, she gave birth to their son, Dare. Upon his return, He-Man moved the royal seat of power to Grayskull and united the family while allowing Teela to preserve her role as Sorceress.
Teela fought the Unnamed One and participated in the Third Ultimate Battleground, after which she ruled Eternia alongside He-Man while their son furthered the battle between good and evil.
While He-Man searched the cosmos for She-Ra, Teela guarded Castle Grayskull as its Sorceress and raised Dare with the help of Randor and Marlena. Sensing that Dare might be called to protect Eternia, Teela summoned the Goddess to train him. Teela further formed a new Council of Elders, comprised of spell-casters, to protect Eternia from mystical threats. When He-Man returned, Teela became Queen of Eternia, but her role as guardian seemed to end when the Unnamed One destroyed Castle Grayskull. However, Teela retained her powers as Grayskull’s magic could never be truly destroyed. Eventually, she and her new Council of Elders restored the Castle with the help of a resurrected Keldor.
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The Masters of the Universe Classics line, launched in 2008, is a new line of action figures based on the classic characters from all aspects of the Masters of the Universe franchise. Available solely from Mattel’s website and aimed purely at collectors, the line also includes biographical descriptions of the characters designed to tie the diverging aspects of the mythos together.
Based on the look of the original 1980s MOTU toys, this new toy line was aimed primarily at the adult toy collector market, often available only through subscriptions (from MattyCollector). Sculpted by the Four Horsemen, these toys were updated versions of previous figures as well as characters that never before had an action figure made of them; such as Filmation’s Queen Marlena, Fang-Man, Lizard-Man, Count Marzo, Granamyr, and many others. The toy line featured many redesigned and updated action figures from the original action-figure line from the 1980s, but it also included characters from She-Ra: Princess of Power (Adora, Madame Razz, Scorpia, Shadow Weaver, and others), The New Adventures of He-Man (Mara, Crita, and more), and the Mike Young Productions series from 2002 (Faceless One, Chief Carnivus, King Chooblah, Ceratus, and others). As the line progressed, characters from all versions of MOTU lore were included, from such things such as prototypes and concept art (He-Ro, Eldor, Demo-Man, Gygor, Vykor, and others), box art from vehicles and model kits (Sky High and the Fighting Foe Men), mini comics (the Goddess, Geldor, and Procrustus), and other books, comics, and media (Despara, Strobo, Goat-Man, and more). There were also newly created figures, exclusive to the Classics toy line, such as Draego-Man, Cy-Chop, Castle Grayskullman, and others. In February 2010, the figures of He-Man and Skeletor were available as Toys “R” Us exclusives packed in two-packs with Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively, from Mattel’s DC Universe Classics action figure line; with this dual line expanded to include two-packs featuring Aquaman/Mer-Man, Hawkman/Stratos, Bizarro/Faker, Supergirl/She-Ra, and Green Lantern/Zodac.
Masters of the Universe Classics surpassed the original 1980s toy line in terms of length, running continuously for seven years with more than 150 different figures produced since its launch in August 2008. Along with the Classics series, MOTU Minis and Giants figures were also released in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Mattel ended production on the MOTU Classics and MattyCollector.com’s Club Grayskull series, with the production company Super7 now taking over the Masters of the Universe license.