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Paige is one of the newer WWE Divas, making her debut around mid 2012 on WWE’s NXT wrestling show. She has held both the NXT Woman’s Championship and Divas Championship titles and was the first NXT Woman’s title holder. She has also had feuds with AJ Lee and the Bella Twins.

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Name: Paige
Line: Elite Collection Series 34
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2015
Price: 28.99 MIB
Scale: 6 inches in height
Accessories: WWE Divas title belt and NXT Woman’s title.

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I really enjoy collecting Mattel’s Elite wrestling figures, I’ve said in the past they make some of the best, if not the best wrestling figures. Even tho I don’t watch the WWE as much, if at all post 2003 I still keep up to date with wrestlers and characters so if I see a new wrestler I like the look of, I’ll add them to my collection, this was the case for Paige as I really liked her look and wanted to add another female wrestler to my Mattel collection.

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SCULPTING
Paige has quite a few new parts, besides her head, the torso and even lower legs all appear to be new. This is good as the old Divas body was getting a little tired looking. I do have at least one complaint with the torso, or more to the point the upper torso,it is that the neck looks really weird. It looks too thick and too short so that the head looks as if it’s just balancing on the end of it, however the neck does go all the way up to the head. The hair is also a little too stiff as well and really hampers the head articulation as well. I also feel the shoulders look a little too big and broad on Paige. Besides these nit-picks, the head scan is quite good for Mattel’s first attempt the sculpted clothing pieces look nice too. I also really love the pale flesh tones they have chosen for Paige, they look great!

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PAINT
Mattel always do an excellent job with their paint applications and Paige is no exception the paint apps are clean and crisp, even if kept to a minimum. She even has her fingernails painted black too! The make-up looks nice and isn’t too heavy and her ring attire looks very authentic to what she wears in the ring!

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ARTICULATION
Paige features a lot of great articulation: Ball-jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge groin, hinge knees and ankles. You can get plenty of good poses out of Paige, however like most of Mattel wrestling figures, it can be a bit hard to get her into certain wrestling poses, (I still haven’t found any company’s figures to be perfect yet) but the figure certainly has enough articulation to keep any wrestling fan happy.

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ACCESSORIES
Paige comes with two title belts both the Divas title and woman’s NXT title. Paige has held both these titles and it’s nice to get two belts with the one figure. Both are new and the Divas title included is much smaller than the previous one. They are both up to Mattel’s normal standards and I love the chromed look that all the elite belts have, it just makes the belts look that much nicer!

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Mattel’s wrestling figures both basic and elite are almost indestructible (my son plays with his basic Roddy Piper like nobody’s business and still hasn’t damaged it!) so I can’t see too many problems with this figure, besides perhaps a joint or two might be a bit stiff at first and potentially you could get one with a bad paint application, but that’s fairly rare.

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PRICE
I bought my Paige figure from Ringside Collectibles, so I paid a bit of a mark up, which I feel is fine as the figure IF it was available in Australia, (remember us Australians can’t get Mattel WWE Elite figures here as they apparently don’t “sell well” at retail stores.) it would be around that price anyway. I normally buy a few figures and get them bundled together to save on shipping costs, even more so now with the falling AUD. It’s up to you whether you feel 28.99 is a good price or not and how much you want the figure.

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OVERALL
This first Paige figure from Mattel is a great start. There are a few things that bother me about the figure, but overall it is a great addition to the small number of Divas that I have . Paige’s purple costume and pale skin tone coupled with long black hair really make her pop for me and she will definitely be put near the front of the display, once I find a spot for her among the other wrestlers.

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The Macho Man Randy Savage is one of the most well known and Charismatic wrestlers of all time. Best known for his stints in both WWE and WCW during the 1980s and 1990s, he has held a number of championships during his career including 2 WWE World Championships and 4 WCW World Titles as well as the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Savage had a very distinct raspy voice as well as very colourful and unique wrestling attire and was almost always managed by his wife Miss Elizabeth.

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Name: Macho Man Randy Savage
Line: Elite Collection Series 23
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2013
Price: $18.99  mint in box
Scale: 7 Inches in height
Accessories: WWE World Championship title, shirt 

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Mattel has been producing excellent wrestling figures for a few years now and even from the first releases you knew they were making something special: quality wrestling figures. Something that hadn’t been seen for a while. Even little details that are important to a wrestling fan, like height difference between wrestlers and the different shapes and sizes of bodies were taken into account. Mattel have made a number of Macho Man Randy Savage figures already and this is their newest offering from Elite series 23 – Macho Man as he appeared at Wrestlemania VIII, how does Macho Man stack up when compared to previous offerings? Let’s find out!

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SCULPTING

Mattel use a real scan process when making their head sculpts of the actual wrestle; if that wrestler isn’t alive they can use photos to make a realistic interpretation of the wrestler (Rick Rude for example) or just flat out sculpt the head like a traditional toy is made (Big Boss Man).  I’m not necessary sure what process they have used with this newest offering, but I can tell you it looks excellent and is one of their best offerings to date. As far as likenesses go this sums up Macho Man the best, his hair is all messed up and his facial expression is angry and disgruntled – perfect for Macho Man especially considering the stakes of this match that the figure is from!(not only a world championship on the line, but Savage fighting for Miss Elizabeth’s honour) The rest of the sculpting is great, as you would expect. Mattel have a number of body parts they like to mix and match and has a very ripped physic, perhaps not as accurate to Savage at this particular time period, but accurate to Savage in general. There is very nice definition and plenty of subtle folds and creases on the tights and boots. All in all Mattel do a really great job in this category.

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PAINT 

In a smart move by Mattel, most of the time they will cast the pieces in the colour they are meant to be. So as far as paint goes there’s going to be very little, which is not really a bad thing. What paint we do have is very clean and well done; the paint on the eyes and beard is quite clean and crisp. There’s a little slop on the wrist bands, but that’s ok as no one is really going to look there. The designs on the tights are printed on, which gives it a very clean look. Considering the amount of detail here, it’s easily the right choice and the end result is great! Sometimes you will get a slight smudge or layering issue, but that’s not the case here.

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ARTICULATION

Now we reach the main event! Seeing as this is an Elite Collection figure, this means we get a lot of articulation in this figure, most of this is standard for Mattel Elite wrestling figures. The figure 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 these joints make the figure a pleasure to pose! Of course you can get plenty of wrestling style moves out of the figure and almost any taunts or other miscellaneous poses. If anything holds this body back, it would be the hinged elbows. Mainly because they would be better off being double hinged. Also, sometimes it would be nice to have some additional hands for added play. But besides these small nitpicks, Mattel have an excellent base body for not just wrestling figures, but in general.

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ACCESSORIES

The first accessory you get is a WWE Championship title belt. It looks great and has a Vac-metal finish, making it look very shiny or chromed on top. This a standard belt released with most Mattel figures from this time period, so it’s nothing new.  I’m slowly building up a small collection of these titles, which is not something I necessarily I want. The second accessory is the shirt that comes fitted on Macho Man already in the box. Its sculpted design fits the body well without looking too big. It also has a printed design on it which looks very clean and professional. I can’t say I’m totally wrapped about the small pegs on the side of the shirt to keep it together but, that’s the trade off from having such a nice design on the shirt.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t see there being too many problems with this figure, even though this figure is made for collectors all Mattel figures are made for kids first and foremost. So you are getting a figure that can withstand some punishment, if you wanted to beat up Macho, that is. Just make sure you don’t lose any accessories as sometimes they can be tiny and hard to keep track of.

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PRICE

$18.99 + shipping costs, from Ringside Collectibles I felt was a good price. I purchased the complete series of Elite 23 so technically the price is probably cheaper. However as a singular figure purchase, I feel the price is justified as you are paying for real quality here.

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OVERALL

I really enjoy Mattel wrestling figures in general, they do a great job and I already have a large collection of them. I would even go as far as to say that Mattel have made the best wrestling figures ever! I really can’t see anyone topping the level of detail and craftsmanship anytime soon – definitely not Jakks. Macho Man is a great figure. I think it is definitely the best Macho figure we’ve gotten from Mattel so far; the new head scan is great and the costume choice pretty much sums up what I think of when I picture the Macho Man in my head. If you are a Mattel wrestling figure fan and are on the fence about picking up this figure, I would say, don’t wait any longer! Go pick it up now! As far as everyone else who is not a wrestling fan goes, it’s really up to you if you want a Macho Man in your collection or not.

 

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