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Terry Funk is a wrestling legend and has had one of the longest careers as a professional wrestler, which spanned at least 50 years. He has held multiple titles in the NWA, WWF, WCW and ECW. He has also had many memorable feuds in the United States and in Japan with numerous well known wrestlers. 

 

Name: Terry Funk
Line: WWE Elite Collection 47
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2016
Price: $29.99
Scale: Roughly 17.5 CM in height
Accessories: ECW world title, headband and branding iron

When I pre-ordered this figure from ringside collectibles I had no idea what version of Terry Funk Mattel were going to give us, obviously they had already made an 1980s version of Terry Funk, so it was a good bet that the next version they were making was going to be from the late 1990s, still, it’s always a bit of a shot in the dark.

Thankfully the version that everyone assumed Mattel would make is just what they delivered and this is also the version of Terry Funk I’m most familiar with. Seeing I first became aware of Terry Funk when he came to WCW during the early 2000s and the Wrestling with shadows documentary and then later after playing Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 and obviously YouTube, where you can find a lot of classic matches from Japan.

And FYI The small black knee pads don’t come with the figure, I added them on once I bought him as Mattel unfortunately left them off.

SCULPTING

Mattel normally nail the head sculpts on most of their figures in my opinion and this time is no different. This is a very grizzled and worn down looking Terry Funk as the many years of wrestling have taken it’s toll on him. Funk’s got a lot a character in his facial features by this stage and the sculpt does well in repasenting this. I feel he’s got just the right expression too.

The body is a mix-and-match of Mattel’s various parts and works well for Terry’s body type at this time.

PAINT

Mattel tend to do a pretty good job with their paint applications most of the time. With Terry Funk I’d like to think he’s up to their usual standard. The stand out parts for me are his hair line and his tights. The paint just on the top of his head does a good job to suggest his thinning hair. The line pattern on his tights can be fairly hard to replicate properly, But, I think Mattel have done an excellent job with it. Everything else, wrist tape, eyes, goatee etc are all nice and neat too.

ARTICULATION

Funk has the following articulation: Ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbow, swivel wrist, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, hinge knees, swivel shin and rocker ankle joints.

That’s pretty much the standard amount of articulation for a wrestling figure from Mattel and it is quite a lot of articulation that also doesn’t look too ugly either.

All of Mattel’s Elite Collection style figures have the above articulation, it’s quite a lot and you can pose the figures in plenty of poses or doing different wrestling moves. It’s not perfect at times, but is still more then enough to keep hardcore wrestling fans happy

ACCESSORIES

Terry Funk comes with a nice amount of accessories, he comes with his signature head band, a branding iron and an ECW world title. I’m pretty sure this is the first time or at the very least one of the few times Mattel have made this particular belt. I never really cared for ECW so it’s not a big deal to me. The head band and branding iron are great and both are a welcome addition.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Nothing too much to worry about here. This is another rock solid toy.

PRICE

I paid about 29.99 USD from Ringside Collectibles and I was happy with that, I’ve stated many times that you should pay a price your happy with, but seeing there aren’t too many options for wrestling fans here in Australia, Ringside will be my go to store.

OVERALL

This is a great Terry Funk figure that best represents Funk from a memorable time in his long wrestling career. If you haven’t picked up a figure of Terry Funk yet, I would highly recommend this one as to me it’s a great figure in it’s own right and  is a bit more interesting to look at then just basic red and black tights. This is what I picture in my head when I think of Terry Funk, so it’s a hit for me.

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Asuka is the current reigning NXT women’s champion and the longest reigning singles champion in NXT history, male or female. Before signing with WWE she had a long career wrestling for numerous Japanese female wrestling promotions. And like most Japanese wrestlers her wrestling style is considered to be ‘stiff’ as she incorporates many kicks and submission holds into her repertoire of signature moves.   

 

Name: Asuka
Line: WWE Elite Collection 47
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2016
Price: $15.99
Scale: Roughly 15 CM in height
Accessories: Asuka Mask, Diorama display part

When NXT was here recently touring in Australia one of the wrestlers I really wanted to see wrestle live was Asuka. Thankfully for me, she was announced as one of the wrestlers to be on the card.

It was a pretty good match, probably one of the better ones on the card, the crowd was really involved too and that really helped the atmosphere, even if I don’t regularly watch NXT it was still a pretty fun show, even if the WWE’s events have been a bit below par when compared to WCW when they were out here, many, many years ago.

Having seen Asuka wrestle live, it reminded me I still hadn’t ordered her figure yet, even although I had intended to do so. So I promptly got on it, however, that order didn’t turn up until January so no Asuka on my best of list, because I’m pretty sure she would have easily beaten out Emma.

SCULPTING

When Mattel announced this figure and the prototype images were shown it was a bit of a surprise to see that Mattel would be making a whole new body just for Asuka as sometimes Mattel cut corners when it comes to the finished product. However they can sometimes really go all out and do what needs to be done.

That is definitely the case here. The body matches Asuka’s proportions perfectly is also a good match to what I would say is your normal athletic female Japanese body in general too. Mattel did not cut any corners here.

The head sculpt is a good match for the character as well, it’s got that grin that Asuka tends to sport during matches, I’d like to see a neutral expression at some point in the near future as well. Also, Asuka is a bit shorter than you normal female wrestling figure too.

PAINT

Mattel normally do a pretty good job with their paint applications in my book. I’d say they have done an exceptional effort with Asuka’s outfit as it features a lot of tassels and multi coloured fabrics, and I guess in more general terms Asuka’s costume is what you generally think of when you think of Japanese female wrestlers.

ARTICULATION

Asuka has the following articulation: Ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbow, swivel wrist, ball joint chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, hinge knees, swivel shin and rocker ankle joints.

That’s pretty much the standard amount of articulation for a female wrestling figure from Mattel and it is quite a lot of articulation that also doesn’t look too ugly either. I just wish the arms came in a little closer to the body, but that’s about it.

you can get Asuka into a good number of poses and wrestling moves, but ultimately for this figure, the articulation does take a little bit of a back seat to the new body sculpt.

ACCESSORIES

Asuka comes with the mask she wears during her entrance and  part of a larger diorama display that you can put together by buying other wrestlers from the same series. The mask fits on Asuka’s face snug and looks good.

The diorama (not pictured) I don’t really care for. It would be nice if Asuka came with her entrance robe too, but those type of additional accessories are more for Defining Moments figures.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Not really any I can think of, Mattel makes a really good product, quality control wise 95% of the time. I have no complaints with Asuka.

PRICE

I paid $15.99 USD for Asuka from Ringside Collectibles and I’m happy with that. As always, when ordering from Ringside I bundled Asuka in with a number of other figures to save on shipping costs.

OVERALL

This is a great first figure of Asuka from Mattel, the paint application overall is excellent the new body made just for Asuka is amazing and the head sculpt captures the character very well!

It will be interesting to see what Mattel do with any new releases of Asuka figures, but I imagine we’ll see a few soon enough as you just don’t make a whole new body and just use it once!

I’ll definitely be interested in picking up more Asuka figures in the future and if you are a fan of her and you should have this figure in your collection, it’s just too good to pass up!

 

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I’ve been on the Poppies Judging Panel (under media) for the last couple of years, I’ve contributed to a list of nominees from various categories to determine which toys/collectibles/props were the best for that particular year, where the judges decide and the people also get to decide. I really enjoy being a part of that as it’s great to see the sometimes varied results between industry and public.

However, it got me thinking that I’d like to do my own list of toys I thought stood out to me the most in 2016. Because with many people voting sometimes you don’t get to see your favorites get the number one spot.

Firstly, I have imposed upon myself the condition that the toys must have either been bought or reviewed by yours truly, if that hasn’t happened, then they don’t make the list ( so no Hot Toys Deadpool, even although I technically did buy it when I was in Japan, it was for a friend and not for me.) Secondly, I’ve tried my best to keep the list as varied as possible, even If I really didn’t buy a lot of new toys this year (I did, in fact, buy plenty of old ones) and thirdly, if I didn’t buy the toy but either my father or brother did and that makes it technically in the same house as me, it’s still up for consideration.

 

I’d also like to make the following honorable mentions:

 

Hot Toys AOU Quick Silver

Takara Tomy MP-30 Ratchet

Hot Toys Terminator Genesis T-800 Guardian

Takara Tomy MP-11NT Thrust

Mattel Defining Moments Ric Flair

 

 

 

TEN – Mattel Emma (WWE Basic Series 65)

This might be a bit of an underwhelming choice for number ten spot on what should be a very important list of the best of the best toys of 2016. But after going to the WWE’s NXT event here in Sydney and seeing Emma sitting on the toy store shelf when out and about with my family and passing on her, when a second chance came up to buy her from my local hobby store, I didn’t think twice about it.

I do love my wrestling figures and I do love purchasing the occasional toy based on an Australian actor etc. (Thor comes to mind right now) and after having a bit of a play with the figure once I got home and teaming her up with Zac Ryder (her current real life boyfriend) I was pretty happy with the figure.

It’s a fun figure, with plenty of play value and a great head scan to match her current gimmick perfectly and that was enough for her to score a spot on the list, sometimes it’s nice to be able to buy a toy you do not have any real desire to own, but find plenty of things you like about it after your purchase. (Impulse buying be damned!)

NINE – NECA Private Vasquez (Aliens Series 9)

NECA are slowly but surely lifting their game and doing a great job with the licenses they have, putting out a great number of figures and strong offerings in plenty of different scales, one of the few NECA figures I did buy this year was Vasquez to go with Hicks and Hudson. It was no easy feat to track her down either. I was over in Japan in November and tried my best to find her (being released just recently before I left) But had no luck what-so-ever.

That was until one of my last days there where I decided to check out a few stores in Akihabara that I normally pass by. I found a store with her, but they only had the display one left, then I asked if they would sell me said display stock, to which the clerk said “yes” (or in this case hai!) I did have to buy her as a set with the albino Aliens warrior but why not, sometimes you have to make compromises when out hunting.

Once back in Australia I was able to have a good look at the figure and a bit of a play and could see why I had trouble finding one, it’s one of NECA’s better figures they have made in a while and as of this writing the best Vasquez figure to date by any company, Strong likeness, great articulation and excellent accessories make for one kick ass figure!

EIGHT – Fujimi Kumamon Bear (Ptimo Series 002, Plastic Model Kit)

It’s not that often I buy a model kit, but from time to time I do make the exception. The Japanese character mascot Kumamon, created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture to increase tourism, its popularity exploded in 2011 and he started appearing everywhere. I had seen this bear around during my travels in Japan and I’m always on the look out for Japanese mascot or character toys which are quality toys or action figure versions of the character.

Upon visiting my local Lala Port shopping centre and hobby store contained within, I noticed in their case shop section, they had this particular Kumamon bear for sale (already assembled too), so, of course, I bought it straight away! ( If I have learned anything from my travels in Japan, it’s if you see something you want, don’t hesitate to buy it or someone else might buy it before you do!)

I was very impressed with it once I had it in hand, multiple mouths and eyes that can be changed out as well as a good amount of articulation makes Kumamon very posable. It’s pretty much a perfect example of what I would want from a mascot toy.

SEVEN – Hot Toys Scarlet Witch –  Age Of Ultron VER. (MMS 301)

I’ve already reviewed Scarlet Witch last October, so if you want to read about my thoughts on her, check out the review here. I wasn’t expecting to like Scarlet Witch that much, but after having her in hand and having fun taking pictures of her for my review she won me over. I haven’t bought too many Hot Toys figures this year, but she is definitely a standout for me, the excellent head sculpt and outfit coupled with great articulation and accessories, for Hot Toys first release of this character she was a home run.

SIX – Takara Tomy Laserwave (Transformers Masterpiece series MP-29)

Like Scarlet Witch I don’t actually own this toy, my brother does. However, he’s still up for consideration and deserving of being ranked number six. As far as Takara Tomy’s Transformers Masterpiece Series is concerned after a shaky start they have now hit their stride and are releasing numerous and quality toys from the G1 series, that have been designed to match both the cartoon and toy, almost perfectly. Laserwave is a solid addition to the line, even if a lot of fans complain about the height and colour of the toy, in hand, it’s an amazing figure and it’s great to get more Decepticons to help fill out the ranks. Laserwave comes with only a few accessories compared to other releases, but in my opinion, he’s still value for money (third party can GTFO).

FIVE – Hot Toys Stan Lee (MMS 327)

I had fun tracking Stan Lee down when I was over in Japan, I didn’t think he would be so hard to find, yet somehow he was. I ended up picking him up from Osaka’s Entertainment Hobby Jungle of all places and even more surprisingly for a good price (20,000 Yen) MISB. (Still cheaper than Australia by at least $100 after currency conversion!)

Then I went to Toy Sapiens and they had plentiful Stock, but the price was not worth it, (28,000 Yen) and I managed to spy one more in Akihabara for around the same price I paid in Osaka so at least I didn’t feel ripped off.

Another figure I have in hand but am yet to review (see what happens when you wait until November to make a lot of purchases you’ve been holding off on!)

This figure is truly a work of art, especially the head sculpt and as you know with Hot Toys that is one of the most important aspects of their figures. The amount of detail is amazing and it’s an excellent likeness to Stan Lee, for me this is easily one of Hot Toys best efforts.

You also get a number of accessories and various hands, but the best part about this figure is it’s potential and by that I mean for funny photos or posing with your other Marvel figures, much like Deadpool he’s comedy gold and that’s what makes him so great as the possibilities are endless, just think of it as an extension of the cameos the real Stan Lee makes, the figure is just that fun.

FOUR – Mattel Harlem Heat – Booker T and Stevie Ray (WWE Elite Series 46)

I’m going to lump these two figures together because they are a team and they are both from the same series. When Mattel announced these figures I was excited, being a WCW/nWo fan from the 1990s, the more WCW era figures Mattel makes, the happier I am.

I knew there was a good chance they weren’t going to stuff them up, they had already made Booker T when he was in WWE so at least we weren’t going to get that version of him again. I was really hoping we were going to get just what I thought we would, classic WCW era Harlem Heat figures. Mattel have done an excellent job and even taken queues from Toy Biz with the singlet top construction. But the most important part is they both have the same tights design and same colour tights, so they actually look like the legendary team that they are! (which Toy Biz, unfortunately, didn’t do)

From head scans to the details on their costumes these figures are near perfection, they even have new torsos and they are both different torsos for each figure too. They come with some different bandanas/hats and sunglasses to complete the look. I couldn’t ask for anything more from Mattel which is why these guys are so high on the list, they are executed exceptionally, easily some of Mattel’s best work in 2016.

THREE- Takara Tomy Inferno (Transformers Masterpiece series MP-33)

I already knew this particular figure would be somewhere in my top ten, even from the prototype pics I knew Takara were going to make something special, it wasn’t until I had him in my hands, no less than two days until I flew out of Japan (Thanks, Amazon JP!) that I knew this was an amazing figure.

Upon opening the box, the quality and detail blew me away, I was most impressed with the size of the fire truck and then I transformed him, the transformation is a joy and really well thought out, I love the fact that the whole ladder hides inside Inferno’s back!

He looks just like the animation model and much like previous mp releases you get a number of accessories, to cater to toy and cartoon version of Inferno, personally I’ll be keeping him with cartoon head and toy truck parts as I think that’s the best of both worlds and it’s nice that’s an option! I’m finding it very hard to find anything beyond minor nitpicks to be negative about. Takara Tomy have done an excellent job and had a great year as far as their Transformers Masterpiece line is concerned, in my opinion, and another case of third parties GTFO.

TWO – Hot Toys Black Widow – Civil War VER. (MMS 365)

Yet another figure I put off purchasing initially upon release or even pre-ordering, after the two sub-par head sculpts for Black Widow I wanted to make sure Hot Toys did a good job and didn’t stuff it up.

Thankfully they didn’t, this is their best Scarlet Johansson head sculpt to date. They’ve had a lot of attempts, but this one suppresses them all quite easily. Coupled with excellent rooted hair and a plethora of accessories this figure is almost the definitive Black Widow from Hot Toys, they’ve come a long way with the body suits as well and I think the material used works well not hindering the articulation too much and hopefully won’t deteriorate over time.

I was really impressed with this figure out of the box, I’m sure some collectors are suffering from Black Widow fatigue, but seeing this is my first purchase of a complete Black Widow figure (Winter soldier doesn’t count as I sold her as soon as I received her) besides buying a loose head sculpt, I was quite pleasantly surprised. This is easily the best Black Widow so far, it will be interesting to see how Hot Toys plan to top it.

ONE – Bandai Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SH Figuarts)

Out of the three released turtles (Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael), it was just too hard to choose just one, so like Harlem Heat they are together as a team.

I had fun hunting all three of these figures down while I was over in Japan, it’s definitely a great feeling going from store to store on the hunt and ultimately being rewarded.

Bandai normally does a pretty good job with their SH Figuarts releases (the Monster Arts figures come to mind about now)  and when these cartoon versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were announced a lot of people were excited, me included. The sculpting is spot on when compared to the 1980s cartoon.

With plentiful articulation and metal shins and feet these figures are extraordinary, not to mention the numerous accessories and additional head sculpt for each turtle, Bandai have really set the bar high and come out tops against anything Playmates and even NECA could hope to achieve with their TMNT figures in my opinion (NECA really need to include some more accessories with their 1/4 scale offering, plus it seems like they are still using cheap and brittle plastic for their 1/4 scale figures joints, if the pictures and stories are to be believed, but they are still head and shoulders above Playmates).

So that sums up what I thought about the figures I purchased in 2016, sure there were a few big names missing and my opinion might differ greatly from yours, but like I said, this list had a few particulars to make it a little different from the standard “best of 2016 list” with the upcoming Poppies everyone can have their voice heard loud and clear about which figures were the best for this past year.

 

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Diamond Dallas Page has done it all in professional wrestling from manager to colour commentator to wrestler, at age 31 DDP decided to start his wrestling training and in less than 5 years he won his first WCW World Heavyweight Title and many more title reigns followed after that first one. Since retiring DDP has developed his own type of fitness system: DDP Yoga, which has improved the lives of not only many former wrestlers and athletes, but everyday normal people too, myself included.

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Name: Diamond Dallas Page (DDP)
Line: Legends Collection
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2012
Price: $16.99
Scale: Roughly 18 CM in height
Accessories: Vest

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One of the reasons I decided to review this figure is because DDP and his DDP Yoga has had a pretty big effect on my life, using DDP’s Yoga programs has really helped me get through a rough part of my life, health wise and really helped me turn a corner. I can’t say enough good things about DDP Yoga so if you are interested it is best you check it out yourself. It will help if you keep working at it and do it every day.

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SCULPTING

When Mattel first displayed pictures of their smiling DDP head sculpt a lot of fans weren’t happy with it, a lot of people thought it looked goofy and didn’t suit the character enough. I didn’t really mind it either way, having met DDP in person, it really does look like him when he’s smiling, so they’ve nailed it in my opinion at least. Do we need a second serious/focused DDP head sculpt at some point? Yes, we do, just like we need a second better Scott Hall head sculpt.

Coupled with the variety of blonde and orange paint, the head sculpt really looks amazing! The parts Mattel have chosen to make up DDP’s body are a good choice and pretty good match to the type of build DDP had/still has. The height is also just about right as he’s not too tall and not too short either.

If I was going to point out a negative, it would be some of the hair strands look a little bit too thick around the face.

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PAINT

Mattel seem to always do a pretty good job when it comes to their products paint applications. DDP is up to the usual high standards I have become accustomed to from Mattel. There are a lot of different tones on DDP’s facial hair, they all contrast each other a bit, but still manage to work well together, even if they can look a little odd as well. I don’t think this bothers me too much, but it is a lot of different colours just for the figures face.

The Tattoos and DDP logos look amazing and are neatly applied, Mattel rarely drop the ball with the paint applications, even if at times they make odd colour choices.

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ARTICULATION

DDP 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.

All of Mattel’s Elite Collection style figures have the above articulation, it’s quite a lot and you can pose the figures in plenty of poses or performing different wrestling moves. It’s not perfect at times but is still more then enough to keep hardcore wrestling fans happy.

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ACCESSORIES

DDP just comes with his black vest with DDP logo on the back and blue lining on the inside. The big DDP logo on the back looks fantastic! It would have been nice if he came with a title belt or some tape for his mid section, but the vest is still a nice addition, by itself.

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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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PRICE

I paid the retail price at the time from the one and only place for wrestling figures I trust, Ringside Collectibles, they have never let me down and in my opinion, their prices are quite decent when compared to here in Australia. Also, I have noticed my local Target finally has Elite Collection figures in store again! Currently the Nasty Boys series! It’s good to see Target carry these figures again, hopefully, the WCW ring will be for sale there too at some stage.

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OVERALL

This is a great DDP figure! If you are a fan of DDP or WCW from the Monday Night Wars era of professional wrestling, then you need to have DDP in your collection and this is definitely one of the best DDP figures made to date.

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!

Now if only Mattel would make a DDP vs. Macho Man two pack, that would be great!

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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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Sting, the franchise of WCW, is one of the most well known and greatest performers in the history of WCW. He has held numerous WCW titles, including 6 WCW World Heavyweight Championships and well as the WCW United States Title and the WCW Team Titles. He has had many notable rivalries with the likes of Ric Flair, Hollywood Hogan and Lex Luger.

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Name: Sting
Line: WWE Defining Moments
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2015
Price: $23.00 USD
Scale: Roughly 17.5 CM in height
Accessories: Black soft goods overcoat and baseball bat

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This Defining Moments series release of Sting could not be more appropriate. It captures one of the most iconic looks of Sting from his WCW career (in this case, from his match against Hollywood Hogan at Starrcade 1997) as far as I’m concerned it’s a welcome release and definitely deserving of the Defining Moments title.

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!

For the longest time it seemed like the figures of Sting, Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall among others seemed unlikely to ever be made, but look at the difference a few years has made from when Mattel started their WWE lines. We now finally have these wrestlers and many more.
I for one, could not be any more happier and I hope they continue to keep making more of these classic WCW wrestlers in the future.

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SCULPTING
Mattel normally do an excellent job with their wrestling figures, both head sculpt and body tend to be a pretty good match for which ever wrestler they are supposed to be representing in toy form. With Sting they have gone above and beyond! Pretty much everything, besides the arms, is brand new and made just for Sting, replicating perfectly how he appeared during the Starrcade 1997 PPV. It’s one of those classic looks for Sting and Mattel have pulled it off flawlessly.

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PAINT
Mattel has kept the paint apps to a minimum here, everything is either cast in black, flesh tone or white. The paint is mainly used just for details, like the end of sting’s gloves on his wrists or the black parts of his face make up or, in this case, even the flesh tones on the top of his head and neck. It’s all the top quality we’ve come to expect from Mattel.

The only issue I have is that the eyes on my Sting are a little wonky with one eye looking more downward and the other more upward in direction – but this is just a small fault I could fix myself if it really bothered me.

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ARTICULATION
Sting 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.

This is a terrific amount of articulation and for a wrestling figure it is definitely required. Mattel’s figures could still use double jointed elbows, but we know they aren’t going to change that anytime soon and even though you may not get Sting into every pose or move you want to, you can get him into most of them.

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ACCESSORIES
Defining Moments Sting comes with the only two accessories he is ever going to need: his black baseball bat and his long black overcoat. The baseball bat appears a little over-sized for my liking, but it is still great. I was the most impressed with the soft goods coat and for it’s size the fit is really nice and it doesn’t restrict Sting’s movement too much when it is on.

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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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PRICE
I paid $23.00 USD from Ringside Collectibles. Even with the bad exchange rate, I really can’t fault the price from them, They are the best source of Mattel WWE wrestling figures, when Mattel Australia doesn’t want to sell these figures in Australia.

The best part is, I’ll just make big orders from RSC to save on shipping and in most cases it will still be cheaper then buying them from a source in Australia.

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OVERALL
If you are a Sting fan or a WCW fan you need to buy this figure. It’s that simple. Toy Biz’s figures were great for the time, but this takes it to a whole new level! I doubt you are ever going to see a Sting figure this good, unless Storm Toys make a 1/6 scale Sting figure and there’s no guarantee that will ever happen! In my eyes this is the best Sting figure ever made and it encompasses that great time period of WCW and wrestling so well, that it’s worth picking up just for sentimental value alone.

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