Re: Veena Colours in MOTUC
Toyguru, Veena's colours and design (as well as 200X Sorceress') in the MYP cartoon were deliberate. They were used in a visual medium to pay homage to/link her to the ORIGINAL Sorceress in the Filmation MOTU Bible (pictures attached below). Both MYP ladies have the aqua and gold colour scheme with the Eqyptianesque design.
A poll was started as soon as the mini-comic hit the hands of customers (not started by me) asking if people would rather have Veena in her individual colours (MYP), Classic colours (the MOTUC orange and blue) or Meh (do not care).
As of right now, 67% of people want her in her MYP colours and 24% want her in the orange and blue.
I just want to say how extremely disappointed I am to learn after wanting a figure for 10 years of Veena, that she will not be made in the only colour scheme fans/customers have known her with...and wanted. It's also kind of disrespectful to the MYP show and its fans/supporters.
The colour change also does not make sense. Veena became a Sorceress AFTER King Grayskull died. The mini-comic takes place BEFORE King Grayskull gets the Power Sword, so she's still a regular woman (as Teela-Na was in Filmation before she accepted her destiny as a Sorceress). Veena became a Sorceress to protect the Power Sword after King Grayskull died to make sure it didn't fall into the wrong hands.
Having Veena orange, blue and white in the mini-comic is like making the first Teela figure blue, white and orange BEFORE she became the Sorceress.
Also, making ALL the Sorceresses blue and orange is pretty boring and not exactly accurate.
Every Sorceress takes on a different animal spirit when she steps into the Pool of Power. Kuduk Ungol (the Sorceress that passed her legacy on to Teela-Na) was an eagle and Teela-Na was a Falcon. They are the only TWO Sorceresses that are orange, blue and white (although Teela-Na has been pink or completely white in her Filmation-styled outfit).
NA mini-comic Sorceress is completely white and robotic.
Filmation Bible Sorceress, Veena and MYP Sorceress were aqua and gold.
The Goddess' are completely green and then there's the one who looks exactly like Teela, but wears the red snake armour.
Enchantress (King Miro's nemesis that imprisoned him on her floating island for YEARS) is widely speculated to be a Sorceress who turned evil over time. She is brown and pink with an owl motif (fits the bird spirits that Sorceress' become upon entering the Pool of Power).
Now Sorceress Teela, Veena and probably MYP Sorceress will be orange, blue and white which is eliminating the diversity and uniqueness of those characters. Who wants to buy FIVE characters that are all coloured the same and look nearly identical (Sorceress, Kuduk Ungol, Veena, MYP Sorceress and Sorceress Teela)? This doesn't "sell action figures." Keeping them different colours does (like The Goddess and Teela with Snake Armour).
If the Sorceresses are all being linked by being limited to a this three colour scheme (orange, white and blue) why are all the "He-Men" of the different generations all different looking and different colours? They even get different coloured Power Swords!
I'm not trying to be offensive with this statement, but it really feels like Mattel is starting to lose touch with what their customers actually want. I'm not sure if you remember, but at one of the 2008 or 2009 SDCC MOTUC panel there was a resounding "NO VARIANTS!" In these colours, Veena has become a mere variant of the Sorceress instead of a unique character.
If Mattel wanted to make the orange, white and blue Veena as a travelling con exclusive (like the Temple of Darnkess Sorceress), I would fully support that idea and I think others would too. It would just be very upsetting to want a figure for over 10 years and get the wrong one.
We do not currently have a Veena figure planned right now so these conversations simply have not taken place. Anything is possible when and if we get to her one day.