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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Action Figure Review: Mark Henry (Series 32) from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Height: 7 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ lateral rockers, boot swivels, double hinges knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged abdomen, swivel/hinged shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, swivel hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Ringside steps, hair clippers, and a two-piece table.
Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20 dollars
*Mark Henry has all of the articulation that you've come to expect with the WWE Elite Collection. His articulation feels a bit more limited due to his stouter, stockier build, but he's still a pretty fun figure to play around with.
* Mark Henry is decked out in a black and red outfit with some cool red, black, and white details. Across his back and on the front of his kneepads (which are separate pieces that sit over his double-hinged knees) are the letters "WSM" which, obviously, stands for World's Strongest Man. I'm not sure how anyone can declare Mark Henry the World's Strongest Man; I mean, I wasn't in the competition or anything, so it's not like everyone got to compete. Granted, the man is an Olympian and has won tons of medals (things I have not accomplished or achieved) so I guess I have no problem with his title. The logos look pretty good and are neat and clean.
* Look, it's Mark Henry! Mark Henry's appearance is captured here and his build and epic beard are nicely captured. He looks great and there's some great detail work on his outfit. It definitely looks like there are some folds and wrinkles in different places.
* The third accessory Henry comes with is a two-piece table. While it's a bit odd that it's emblazoned with the WWE logo, it does have the appearance of you standard, basic banquet table. The legs easily fold in and out and it actually feels pretty sturdy.
*So, while I like the table, what's really odd about it is that it stays together well. Really well. So well, in fact, that when I tried to slam a figure through it nothing happened. The two halves really clip snap together tightly. Seems kind of odd to have a break apart accessory that you can't really utilize. Hopefully we'll get some WWE Elite Dudley Boyz figures soon with redesigned tables to slam figures through.
* I don't know if it's due to Henry's larger size or because he has a more unique physique but this figure feels different than most other WWE Elite figures. He feels really odd and almost hollow. It's a bit bizarre and definitely makes him feel not as solid as the other figures in the Elite Collection.
Who knows if we'll see another Elite Collection Mark Henry figure anytime soon? Since he can still be had for a fairly reasonable price (possibly even less than retail) you might want to try and grab a Mark Henry while you can. The figure isn't bad at all but the number of large accessories definitely help send this figure to the next level. With the accessories included, I definitely think this is a Great purchase. There are some flaws here such as the too-sturdy table and Mark's torso feeling overly hollow, but the sheer amount of what you get here definitely helps me to still feel pretty like this is a very solid set.
I've reviewed plenty of WWE Elite Collection figures from Mattel, including:
WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Bray Wyatt (Series 36)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Kane (Series 31)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Seth Rollins (Series 37)
WWE Elite: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel