One of the things I was most excited to get at NYCC was the MOTUC traveling con exclusive figure the Temple of Darkness Sorceress. Soon after arriving on Thursday night I made my way over to the Mattel booth and found a pretty sizeable line, Which I entered and waited for my turn. Behind me was a guy who was buying 31 TOD Sorceress figures for various people on He-Man.org, the limit per trip was 6 figures so this guy had quite a few waits in line ahead of him. When the line cleared out I made my way up and ordered 4 figures (I got a few for some friends) and made my way back to the Glyos booth filled with Glee. Let’s take a look at Temple of Darkness Sorceress.
According to the bio: To safeguard the Power of the Universe after their secret bargain with Trolla, Grayskull’s Elders transfused the power from the Sword of He into a giant orb, which they hid deep within the abyss below Castle Grayskull. There, Grayskull’s widow took up the lonely duty of Sorceress, guarding the castle to prevent the power from falling into the wrong hands. For five millennia, her students continued this role while the castle faded from memory into legend. At the end of the Great Unrest, a new Sorceress named Teela’na helped the remaining Elders combine their wisdom to tap into Eternia’s magical secrets with the orb, creating a new, unified force which would be called upon as the “Power of Grayskull” named for the castle which hid it.
Being a straight repaint of the normal version of the Sorceress there isn’t much new or surprising about this figure. By this point you either love this figure or you hate it because of the wing drums, I am solidly in the loving camp. The Sorceress is one of my favorite characters from MOTU so I was pretty excited to get a new version of her so quick after finally getting her in MOTUC. This version of old Teela’na is an all “white” version of the normal figure, I say “white” because she is really more gray than white, I’m not sure if this is because she is black plastic (there is thankfully no spots on mine and I’m not going to “cut” it to see) or just the paint they use. Honestly it is not a huge deal to me, she looks great and that is really all I care about. The main differences between this figure and the original Sorceress (besides the color) is that this figure is actually wearing the boots from Teela which is fitting considering this version of the Sorceress is supposed to be Teela after she takes up the mantle of the Sorceress of Grayskull. Another nice touch on this figure is the cloudy translucent wings; they look really cool and lead me to use this as the spirit of the original Sorceress rather than Teela. Someone someplace suggested maybe as the Sorceress “matures” here colors come in kind of like some animals, which is also a pretty neat way to think of it. The main new part on this figure is the orb stand made for King Grayskull’s orb accessory, which has been a fan demanded piece for quite sometime. I really like this stand, and while I don’t have a KG figure yet (I ordered one in the last sale so he will be here soon) I look forward to storing the orb in it. The stand itself is great! It starts out as stone with some Eternian symbols (like the one on the back of He-Ro’s cape) and fades into translucent blue with crystals at the bottom. I love set pieces like this and the weapon rack as they add a lot to displays, and I’m sure they will look killer in the (hopefully) upcoming Castle Grayskull. If the line ever picks up some more steam I would love to see some kind of set piece packs come down the pike.
Paint on my Sorceress (besides being gray) is really good; I especially like the purple eyes on her headdress. The only real QC issue is a slight indent on her left breast, but it is not really noticeable. The wings on this figure do feel quite a bit looser than on my original Sorceress figure, but again not a huge deal.
TOD Sorceress comes with two accessories; you get the same pearlescent Bird staff the previous figure came with, plus the orb stand. It would have been nice to include different orb or something else, but not really necessary and now everyone who gets one will have a chance to do something with their KG orbs.
Articulation is the same as the regular Sorceress figure. She’s got swivel/hinge shoulders and hips, hinges at the elbows, knees, and ankles, swivels at the calves, wrists, waist, and biceps, a ball jointed head hindered by her headdress, and the joints for her wings to spread. She isn’t the most poseable figure in the world but she is hardly a statue by any means. I am wondering if the throne in Castle Grayskull will have a slot for her wings to fit through or not.
Overall I am very happy with this figure, I love variants and this is of one of my favorite characters from the mythos. She will be available in Dec on Mattycollector.com for those who couldn’t make it to one of the shows she was at; I expect quantities to be fairly limited seeing the way these were selling at NYCC so if you want her get there early.