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Kevin Nash is one of the more polarizing and out spoken personalities in the wrestling business, either you love him or you hate him. But, he has done it all, holding a number of titles in the WWE and WCW, but he is probably best remembered for helping kick start the nWo storyline, ending Goldberg’s undefeated streak and his Tag Team with Scott Hall, The Outsiders, oh and that ridiculous finger poke of doom thing.

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Name: Kevin Nash
Line: Elite Collection – Flashback (Ringside Collectibles Exclusive)
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2016
Price: $27.99
Scale: Roughly CM in height
Accessories: Sunglasses, red spray can, Wolfpac nWo Sleeve-less shirt and WCW World Title with “nWo” on it.

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This is the Kevin Nash figure a lot of people were waiting for, myself included as it’s pretty much the definitive version and sums up what most people think of when they picture Kevin Nash from the late 1990s. He’s got the black singlet top and black leather pants with the red tassels and almost as importantly he has the proper belt, which was the buttons to one side, something 2K seem incapable of getting right for their games (but we know those are half assed attempts at wrestling games anyway)

So when this Ringside exclusive figure went up for pre-order you know I ordered more then one! Firstly, because I loved the new head scan and wanted to put it on some of my other Mattel Kevin Nash figures , but secondly because Kevin Nash is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time.

Now after we got a Scott Hall figure as a Ringside exclusive, you just knew a Kevin Nash one was not going to be too far behind.

Mattel continue to produce more and more WCW related wrestlers from the ‘Monday Night Wars’ era (1996-1999). As a big fan of wrestling and WCW from that time period, I’m more then happy to buy the figures they make and the list of wrestlers only continues to grow!

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SCULPTING

Mattel have given us a new head scan with this Kevin Nash figure and it is definitely an improvement over the first one and a hundred times better then the Diesel head. The proportions are much better improved and Nash’s nose is now much smaller as well. He’s got a slight smile or smirk and it really adds a lot of character to the head, it works quite well with most poses too. This is unmistakably Kevin Nash.

The body is the same as the first Outsiders Nash release and matches Nash’s physic quite well, the pants are definitely the stand out here, matching Nash’s pants from that time period perfectly and there is plenty of detail in them too with many creases and folds, not to mention those cool tassels on the side as well.

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PAINT

Mattel normally do a great job with their paint application, but I have a bit of a bone to pick with them with the Kevin Nash figures, firstly the goatee is paint pretty horribly, what you see in the photos is the repaint I did, so it’s not how the product comes out of the box, they really dropped the ball on that.

Secondly, I do not understand why for this particular chest piece, the so-called “Undertaker” torso, that they have to paint the skin tone, every other torso with a singlet top is cast in the flesh tone then painted.  But for whatever dumb reason this one is not and it really bothers me because it is very noticeable difference between the arms, head and torso.

besides these two issues the rest of the paint apps is what you would expect, even if in some parts the torso paint could have been applied better.

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ARTICULATION

Nash has the following articulation: ball jointed head, swivel and hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, ab crunch, swivel waist, hinge elbows, swivel and hinge wrists, swivel/hinge post hips, swivel thighs, double hinged knees, boot swivel, hinged ankles and rocker feet.

Now I’m sure I could make some quad joke or knee joke or even a joke that Nash doesn’t need that much articulation etc, But I’m not some bitter internet “Smark” so, I won’t, but you can get Nash in a good number of poses and the articulation is great for most poses you want to put Nash in.

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ACCESSORIES

Nash comes loaded with accessories, he’s got the WCW World Heavyweight Title (most likely won from Goldberg) with nWo spray painted in red on the front (we aren’t getting that awesome looking nWo Hollywood Hogan any time soon after all!)

He’s also got an nWo shirt, sunglasses and red spray can.  While a lot of these accessories are well thought out, the one thing they should have given him was an arm pad! You’ll see in most of the photos Nash has one I grabbed off a corporate Kane Basic figure and it really makes a significant difference with the look of the figure.

besides the missing arm pad, all the accessories are great and add a lot of play value to Nash.

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Only the coolest of the cool wear their sunglasses inside.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

You aren’t going to have too many problems with this figure, if any. Mattel continue to make some of THE best wrestling figures/toys out there.

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Is it a spray can or a baby’s milk bottle?

PRICE

I paid $27.99 USD for this Nash figure and it really wouldn’t matter if it was a little more, after seeing the prototype images I was getting this figure, no matter what. Being a Ringside Collectibles Exclusive means there’s only one place to get this figure from, for a decent price and that’s RSC. Best to buy it from the main source after all.

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OVERALL

This is a great Nash figure from Mattel, it really reminds me of ToyBiz’s great series of WCW/nWo figures back in the late 1990s, But I really think Mattel has eclipsed these great figures, so as long as they keep putting out WCW figures I’ll be happy. If you are a Kevin Nash fan you need this figure as it’s pretty much the definite version of him you are going to get from Mattel.

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NeXt Man is made by Real X Head, which is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. NeXt Man is a larger size 8” adult sized figures from Real X Head, which have proven very popular with Sofubi collecters!

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Name: NeXt Man (NeXt Man Spirit)
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released:
2015
Price: First released – 6,000 YEN (guestimate). Now – varies 6,000 – 15,000 YEN
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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I picked up NeXt Man on my most recent trip to Japan in November, I was there for a month and Japan didn’t disappoint as Tokyo and Osaka, even Nagoya offered up a great amount of figures and toys at excellent prices and sometimes not so excellent prices, but still a bargain anyways.

This particular NeXt Man had been put up on a certain toy re-seller’s website and sat there since it had been posted. I kept my eye on it, but decided to pick it up, once I had seen it in person.

I had also taken with me a bunch of toys and figures I didn’t want anymore to sell to the buyback stores and was also flush with unwanted toy cash – more so then I expected!

Once I had seen NeXt Man in person, I decided I must have it, that red translucent plastic was just too awesome to resist!

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SCULPTING

As in previous reviews, I’ve raved on about the excellent base body and its number of details and textures, that still rings true today as the body is still great. NeXt Man’s head, and lower arms are new pieces and like all new Real Head pieces are up to par with the standard that’s expected.

The mohawk rocks and I love the Ninja Turtles style mouth as well! It’s a really nice head sculpt and one of my new favs.

I’m pretty sure there was a smaller sized figure released of NeXt Man previously, so like all the original smaller Real Head stuff, NeXt Man gets an upgrade!

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PAINT

NeXt Man has been cast in translucent red plastic and I think its a great choice ( and because I’m a sucker for red, grey or clear translucent toys). There’s not too much paint applied to the figure, mainly black and sliver for the main colours and then a tiny bit of red and gold on the belt. There’s also a bit of a black rub to bring out those details too.

A lot of Real Head’s colour-ways are tributes to either western or Japanese characters most of the time, some more obvious then others, it’s not clear to me if this is the case here, but I still love the application of the black and sliver. Just enough of both to really work with the red.

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ARTICULATION

NeXt Man has six points of articulation: head, arms, elbows and waist. All these joints are swivels and can be rotated 360 degrees. For this type of figure and the material it’s made out of, this is a great amount of articulation for the larger size. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses. It really is a great base body and hasn’t shown it’s age yet.

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ACCESSORIES

No accessories for this figure, besides the scarf/neck wrap if you can even call it an accessory. It still looks pretty cool and it’s good this was carried over from the smaller figures

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There are none at all – this is an adult designer toy after all. It is made very well, so there are no issues with it.

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PRICE

I paid around 10,000 Yen for this guy and as far as Real Head figures go, that’s not too bad as the mark-up wasn’t over the top, but then, I guess NeXt Man isn’t as popular as some of the other releases.

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OVERALL

I only need one NeXt Man in my collection and this is it. I’ve said before that it’s really up to the collector how deep down the rabbit hole of Real Head toys you want to go, But I try not to impulse buy the figures too much, now days one great colour-way of a particular sculpt is enough for me, unless it’s Pheyous Man, then the amount is, never enough! NeXt Man is definitely only for die hard Real Head fans.

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ThreeA (3A) are a Hong Kong based designer toy and figure company co-owned by Australian Artist/Illustrator Ashley Wood and Hong Kong designer toy/figure producer Kim Fung Wong, founded in 2008. Adventure Kartel is a property created by Ashley Wood, the kartel, led by Tommy Mission, battles Zomb MD and his zomb minions.

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Name: Andy Zomb (from The Ankou + Zomb Twoway Pack)
Line: Adventure Kartel
Manufacturer: ThreeA
Released: 2010
Price: First released (with Ankou) – $150 Now – $230
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: None.

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I have tried to stay away from ThreeA’s figures, in particular the Adventure Kartel series of figures, way back when they were first released I did manage to pick up an Acolyte Zomb with orange boiler suit and that was enough for me. Besides dipping my toe in and previously owning for about 6 months, the original Fighting JC, I stayed away. That is, until late last year when I caved in and decided to fill that Boiler Zomb void that had been brewing away for so long.
Needless to say, I am well and truly all zombed out now I have a total of 13 Zombs plus about half the 10 Finger Gang and the Tracky Boss version of Fighting JC. So, yeah, I went a little nuts.

Tonight I’m reviewing the first release of the 2.0 Zomb head sculpt by ThreeA, The Commander Zomb, Andy, from the Two-way Pack with Commander Ankou.

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SCULPTING
This is the second Zomb head sculpt by ThreeA it’s easily my favorite out of the different Zomb sculpts. I love the funny ears, goofy teeth and almost painful expression on his face. The hair is a separate piece and looks a lot like this Zomb has a bit of a fringe going on. The hands are nicely done and work boots look great too! All very nicely sculpted, but what really makes them all shine is the paint application.

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PAINT
ThreeA have a reputation for the best weathering paint applications, then any other company and it is a well earned one. The paint apps are excellent across the board, even the whole body underneath the boiler is painted, something no other company making 1/6 scale figures were even doing at the time (including Hot Toys) I really loved the detailed and amazing skin texture on the Zomb, it really makes the following acolyte Zombs look very poor in comparison. This is the epitome of Zomb paint applications, right here.

Everything else is great too, the boots look perfectly dirty and scruffy and the body and hands match the head very well.

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OUTFIT
Andy Zomb comes with the classic Zomb Boiler suit, however this one is white, with blood stains and has “Andy” on the front. My complaint is, it’s not as well tailored as the Acolyte Zomb V2 ones, the legs are a little short and the arms are too. This is a little disappointing as it does look a bit out of place when next to other Zombs. It is however appropriately dirty and weathered, even if the blood stains look more like pink ink stains then blood.

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ARTICULATION
The body underneath the boiler suit has all the articulation you would expect from a normal Hot Toys TrueType body as they both look VERY similar. The chest looks different, but side-by-side it looks like a copy, however, the quality is up to par with Hot Toys.

It features the following articulation: Ball-jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, double-jointed arms, swivel/hinge wrists, ball-jointed chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, double-jointed knees, ball-jointed ankles and hinge foot.
The joints are nice and stiff and you can put the Zomb in any number of poses, basically anything not restricted by the boiler suit. He is a joy to pose, even if most poses you want to put him in will be shuffling zombie type ones.

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ACCESSORIES
None. Pretty much all V2 Zombs and beyond don’t come with any accessories at all. This is fine however, as they are very fun to play with by themselves.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
There is only one potential problem to be had with this figure and that unknowingly purchasing a knock-off version. To avoid this, do not purchase a set from eBay from China or china in general, as you will be definitely buying a fake. I haven’t seen any comparisons between fake and real figures, but I’m sure the quality will be much lower than the expected level from ThreeA themselves.

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PRICE
I paid the current market price, which was around $230 USD plus shipping costs, that’s a bit of a hefty mark up, so it just depends if you are happy to pay that price or not as I don’t think you will be able to find it any cheaper.

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OVERALL
I really like the Andy Zomb paint application over the V2 Acolyte Zomb, but that is just my personal preference. This is still your stock standard Zomb, besides that point, however, it is also a Commander Zomb so I guess he’s ranked a little higher above the Acolytes, Boiler and Hood Zombs. Still, it’s not essential you have him in your collection, so this Zomb and Two-way Pack set is really for completests only.

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