I missed out on the first year of the Masters of the Universe subscription (figure of the month club), and I’ve been playing catch-up for quite some time. Some figures are cheap and easy to snag off of eBay. Others… not so much. Teela, one of the most important characters in all of MOTU, is fetching the weighty price of $150+ on the secondary market. As much as I love my collection, and as much as I want a Teela figure to complete it, I’m just not willing to throw that many bones down for a freaking action figure. I finally decided to give up on eBay and customize her myself, but I was going to replicate the actual figure as close as I possibly could.
The base figure was an easy choice; Battleground Teela. This is the same character in a different costume. These figures even share the same arms and legs. I was lucky to come across a website called Karak Nul’s Customs that molds and casts pieces from the MOTU collection. I was able to get a cast of Teela’s head and body armor from there. I had to grind down the torso in order to get the armor to go on properly. I split a seam down the side to get it on her, and then I glued it in place.
Parts used: Battleground Teela, and a classic Teela head and body armor cast by Karak Nul’s Customs
The figure was now complete and ready to paint. I had to mix some flesh tone with orange and burnt sienna to match her face to her body. Her red hair was created by mixing red, burnt sienna, and just a touch of flesh tone. I had already sprayed her outfit with white primer before I started, so painting it white and gold was easy. I strayed from the original figure by using a metallic/pearl white instead of a flat white, which I thought was a big improvement. Also, I painted the jewel in her tiara blue instead of pink. I thought it set off her eyes better. For her sword, shield and snake staff, I “borrowed” them from 200X Teela. I painted the jewel in her sword blue, to match her tiara. I also painted her wristbands metallic/pearl white with gold accents.
It took a whole day to paint her face. I even had to take a nap to recharge my brain. I probably put more pressure on myself than usual, but I had already set my standards high for this one. I’m very pleased with the result!
Battleground Teela $25 + Teela head and body armor ($10 each) = $45 (not including shipping), saving me $100 or more!
Side-by-side comparison with the official Teela figure
Side-by-side comparison with the Battleground Teela figure used as a base