Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Action Figure Review: AJ Lee (Series 53) from WWE by Mattel

   While the current version of WWE history credits Paige with starting the Diva's Revolution, you could absolutely make an argument that AJ Lee deserves some of the credit, too. While AJ Lee retired earlier this year and the WWE is reluctant to even mention her (and made sure that Nikki Bella surpassed one of her records as quickly as possible), Mattel still had this figure in the works and thus could be the last AJ Lee figure released for quite some time. Ready for a closer look at the Geek Goddess, the Crazy Chick, and the Black Widow herself, AJ Lee? Then join me after the break...

 The Facts:

Height:6 inches

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

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $10
 The Positives:

* As I've mentioned a number of times before, Mattel doesn't have separate articulation styles for the basic and Elite Divas figures; buy a basic Diva and you're basically getting an Elite figure for half the price. AJ is sturdy and has an awesome range of motion in her arms and mid-torso. Her mid-torso joint is one of the best I've ever seen, actually.

* Here's the exact shirt Mattel was using as a reference for this figure. It's a great look for AJ Lee and the paint work and printing is fantastic. The rib cage design is incredible as is the printing on her wristbands. While the belt and jean shorts are simply painted on, the paintwork is strong and really sells the look.
* Even the back of AJ's shirt has some interesting detail. It looks like she has done some creative stitching on the back of the shirt to give it a more snug fit that helps it to rest hire on her stomach and wrap more rightly around her chest. It also looks like the shirt is bunched up a bit more to expose more of her lower back. It's an interesting detail and I'm impressed Mattel included it here.

* AJ's boots look awesome. They're inspired by Converse Chuck Taylor's and the sculpt and paintwork on them is incredible. Mattel really went all out with this considering the fact that AJ Leeis a basic figure and not an Elite.
 The Negatives:

*My only complaint about this figure is that there is something not quite right with the likeness. It looks like AJ Lee but there's something off. I think the eyes are either too large or the nose if off. It looks somewhat strange in person.
 I'm not that huge of an AJ Lee fan but I couldn't pass this figure up, particularly when I got her from a Toys 'R Us sale for around $6. That's insane! I really think that AJ Lee might tie with the Elite series 37 Stephanie McMahon for best Divas figure of the year from Mattel's WWE line. While the facial likeness is a bit off, the rest of the figure is so good that I can kind of overlook it. This is a Great  and a 1/2 figure and definitely worth picking up if you can find her.

I've reviewed plenty of WWE figures from Mattel, including:

WWE by Mattel
Bray Wyatt (Series 55)
Paige (Series 57)
Stephanie McMahon (Series 40)

WWE Battle Packs by Mattel
Big E & Kofi Kingston
Konnor & Viktor

WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Bo Dallas 
Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt (Series 36)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Damien Mizdow
Daniel Bryan (Series 38)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
Dolph Ziggler (Series 39)
Erick Rowan
Goldust (Series 36)
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Kane (Series 31)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Mark Henry (Series 32)
The Miz (Series 37)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Roman Reigns (Series 38)
Seth Rollins (Series 37) 
Stardust (Series 36)
Stephanie McMahon (Series 37)
Triple H (Series 35) 

WWE Elite Collection: Hall of Fame by Mattel
Sargent Slaughter
Stone Cold Steve Austin

WWE Elite Collection: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel
Bray Wyatt

WWE Elite Collection: Wrestlemania 31 by Mattel
Seth Rollins (Seth Cashes In!)

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