Friday, October 23, 2015

Action Figure Review: Seth Rollins (Series 37) from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel

   Seth Rollins is one of my current favorite WWE Superstars right now. While I definitely was rooting against him since he betrayed Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, I now find myself cheering for him. I think that has to do with him going up against John Cena over the past summer and the Authority constantly giving him some tough booking (two fights back to back at Night of Champions?)  which makes him seem destined to fail. Rollins is an excellent wrestler, though, and puts on some amazing shows. I've been waiting for an updated post Shield era Seth Rollins figure and Mattel has finally delivered in the 37th series of the WWE Elite Collection. Wow he's currently the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. this figure represents his look from Hell in a Cell 2014 when he was still just Mr. Money in the Bank. Ready for a closer look at Seth Rollins? Then you probably should either visit Leighla Schultz's Twitter page or continue reading this review after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Lateral ankle rockers, hinged ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Vest, 2 breakable cinder blocks, and the 2014 Money in the Bank briefcase.

Non-Scalper Price: $20
The Positives:

 * Mattel's WWE Elite Collection is without a doubt one of the best lines on the market today when it comes to action figures with great articulation and above average durability. These things can take a lot of punishment and yet still feature all of the articulation you could expect on a $20 figure. In a competition for best mass market line out right now, I'd be stuck between these and Hasbro's Star Wars Black.

*One of the best things about the WWE Elite figures is that they really strive for accuracy when it comes to capturing tattoos. While the burning page tattoo on Seth's wrist is covered up by his gloves, the seven principles of Bushido are very clear on his back: Integrity, Respect, Courage, Honor, Compassion, Honesty, and Loyalty. Interestingly, hustle is not listed. I guess the Samurai left that one off.

* Seth looks pretty good here. His hair is loose here but not all crazy and puffy so perhaps he's still in the middle of cutting a promo. He uses a slim but still very muscular frame. The blonde in his hair might be off a bit but it still gets the point across. The logo on his pants is also neat and clean with the Seth Rollins "SR" logo.

* Since Mr. Money in the Bank carries the briefcase everywhere it only makes sense that Rollins has his with him. It's a pretty accurate looking briefcase (if a little too large) and it actually opens. The clasp actually has hinges and thus you can open and close it over and over again.

* While the WWE might want to erase the curb stomp from memory (and all archival footage), Mattel remembers! Seth Rollins comes with two cinder blocks that can be used when he's curb stomping his opponents. Reenact Seth's assault on Dean Ambrose! These bricks are cool as they do have a nice texture to them and easily split in half. I always love breakable stuff like this! Seth really does come with a nice assortment of accessories!

 * Seth's vest is removable and to replicate it's armored look it is made out if a rubbery plastic. The sculpt isn't bad although it looks like it could be just a bit oversized. Not comically oversized or anything but definitely a bit large in some places. It's also really frustrating to get it back on properly.

   This is a really good Seth Rollins figure. It's accurate, well articulated, and has some excellent accessories. Seth has been a dominant force this past year in the WWE and this figure captures a number of those moments. While I'm really looking forward to Mattel releasing a Seth in his white outfit from Summer Slam and Night of Champions with two belts, this one is still a crowd pleaser. I'm giving him a Great and a 1/2. Now I just need J & J Security to accompany him!

I've reviewed a few other WWE Elite Collection figures, including:

Bray Wyatt
Erick Rowan
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Randy Orton (Series 35)

WWE Elite: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel
Bray Wyatt

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