First I want to give a huge thanks to Mattel for sending me this review sample! This is the WWE Mattel Elite Survivor Series AJ Styles figure that can be found at any Wal-Mart.
The phenomenal one is decked out in an all blue attire with black and white accents. There is a lot to appreciate on this particular release! I really like the designs of his gear painted on the side of his tights. The logo is accurately depicted and in scale. The font is correct on both kick pads where it says "phenomenal" and "1"
The height and scale is also very spot on and accurate as AJ Styles is only 5'11 in real life. I also really like how Styles' facial hair has texture on the beard and isn't painted on like many previous action figures have had by Mattel. This release has the mid length hair mold on his head.
It isn't as long as it is now in 2019, yet isn't as short as it was when he jumped ship from NJPW back in 2016. Mattel also includes a rubber vest with his own logo printed on the back. It appears that Mattel is making these out of a softer plastic that makes it much easier on collectors to remove the accessories. It has two small pieces that can be clipped on the vest.
One is a hood piece that looks great for entrances. The other adds a collar. There are a few drawbacks that I would have changed as Styles is a big name in WWE and deserves to have as much detail in his figure releases as possible. I would have a molded on belt, rather than having it painted on.
The paint doesn't look as straight as it could be, and adding a molded belt can rectify that issue. The other small complaint is the elbow pad design. In WWE Styles uses an elbow pad that has a small cutout on the inside, where as the Mattel version is all one piece. Mattel has used the elbow pad on a Legends Sgt. Slaughter in the past, so hopefully that can be included in future releases.
Another small addition would be to include some extra removable hands. Such a small detail like that can take an average figure and make it "phenomenal"
A huge positive on this is the cool tattoo design on Aj's right side of his torso. Which I believe all the dates on there are the dates his children were born. I wouldn't pass on such a cool figure if you have the opportunity to pick one up! I would rate this a
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