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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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