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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Action Figure Review: Stephanie McMahon (Series 37) from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Height: 6 3/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, ball jointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: 2 cardboard signs
Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20
* While the Divas and other female characters tend to have less articulation than the male figures, what they have is still pretty admirable. Stephanie has some problems with her biceps (I'll get to that in a minute) but the rest of the figure is really well done. Fun, durable, and with the ability to take care of business in determining what's best for business, this figure does pretty well.
* This is quite possibly the best Divas headsculpt I've ever seen. heck, it's one of the best. This figure really looks a lot like Stephanie McMahon!The outfit is just perfect here. While a number of parts Steph's outfit at SummerSlam 2014 were made of a sheer fabric, Mattel used a lighter black paint to mimic the effect. It looks pretty good overall.
* Here's a shot of the back of Stephanie McMahon's outfit so you can compare it to the figure. Mattel really went all out on this figure. I guess when you're making a figure of a minority owner and the Chief Brand Officer of the WWE, you don't skimp on the budget. She's a completely unique sculpt as far as I can tell. Steph's outfit looks fantastic and really has some fairly neat paintwork, too. It really looks really great all over.
* Stephanie McMahon comes loaded with...two cardboard signs? Yup. That's what she comes with. Couldn't these just be clipped off of the box or something? Hey, that'd be a cool future promo: Make fake in-scale signs on the back of the Elite Collection packaging for collectors to clip out and save. That makes more sense because these don't feel like accessories at all!
* I alluded to this problem above and here it is: The swivel joint on Stephanie's biceps feels kind of flimsy. Sometimes when you're trying to move either of her arms, the arm will bend at the bicep rather than moving at the shoulder joint. Not sure what's going on here but it does worry me a bit.
I've reviewed a few other WWE Elite Collection figures, including:
WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Seth Rollins (Series 37)
WWE Elite: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel