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