As many of you know, last year it was announced that the WWE had awarded Mattel the master toy license for their products, a license previously held by Jakks Pacific. The line officially debuted on toy shelves on the first of this month.
Mattel is releasing several different lines of 6” figures with this new line. There is FlexForce which are figures geared more towards kids and playability and Basic figures which sport 15 – 18 points of articulation and come with a figure stand but not much else. Entrance Greats are figures of wrestlers with some of their most grandiose entrance attires and bases that play the person’s entrance music, and finally the Elite Collection which is a line clearly geared more towards collectors.
The Elite Collection figures feature an average 25 points of articulation, significantly more than the general basic figures have. These figures also come with the same type of action figure stand as the basic figures along with authentic ring attire.
For those collectors who prefer to keep figures in mint condition on the card, Mattel kept you in mind when designing the packaging for the Elite line. The front is basically a big window showing off the details of the figure with an actual picture of the wrestler for comparison while the back, top, and sides also feature windows so you can see the figure from all sides.
The back also contains a short bio of the wrestler and a look at the figure on the display stand. You also will notice the official seal of the WWE so you know you are getting an officially endorsed World Wrestling Entertainment product.
I have been watching WWE wrestling on TV since I was a kid but never really got into collecting wrestling action figures for whatever reason. However as I was preparing this review, one of the things that particularly caught my attention was how much effort Mattel seems to have expended to make sure the scale of the particular wrestler is accurate. For instance, Undertaker, who in real life tends to tower over most wrestlers, is taller than the likes of say CM Punk of Cena.
To accomplish this, I am told that the folks at Mattel obtained the real body stats for each WWE wrestler. Then they took each wrestler and split them up into three different height and three different body type categories to make a total of nine different figure types which they digitally sculpted and used as the basis of all figures with rare exceptions like really big or small characters such as Big Show and Rey Mysterio who require their own custom body sculpts.
Working with company Gentle Giant and using their 3-D scanning technology, they digitally sculpt each Superstar. The 3-D scanning process also is used for the head-sculpts of each figure. As you can see from our images of the Undertaker figure, the figure likeness is dead-on to the actual wrestler including details such as tattoos.
As for articulation, if you have ever collected Mattel’s DC Universe Classic figures, these are pretty comparable to those. As I mentioned before, the basic figures have around 15-18 points of articulation and the Elite figures have around 25 points. The joints appear to be well constructed and remained tight even after several hours of posing the figure in multiple positions.
The accessories are nice as well. Undertaker comes with his trademark hat and trench coat which are both removable. He also has a removable elbow pad and a figure stand.
If you have ever considered starting to collect wrestling figures or have been doing so for years, this is definitely a line you will want to check out. The scale seems pretty comparable with those of the Jakks Pacific WWE figures, so you should be able to intermix your collections without too many problems if desired. If you are new to wrestling figures, then this is a great line to start out on. The Elite Collection figures retail for around $14.99 each, and the first wave includes the likes of CM Punk, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Edge and MVP. Look for them on shelves now at such retailers as Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R Us and Target or at etailers such as BigBadToyStore.com and Entertainment Earth.
Check out our images below and let us know what you think about this new line from Mattel in our comments section.