Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Action Figure Review: Seth Rollins (Series 45) from WWE Elite by Mattel

 Seth Freaking Rollins is one of my favorite WWE superstars right now and I've been wanting an action figure of "The Man" in his snazzy white attire ever since SummerSlam 2015. Mattel has been cranking out their WWE Elite figures over the past few months with plenty of solid releases, but this was the guy who I wanted to track down the most. Let's take a closer look at this WWE Elite series 45 action figure 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: WWE World Heavyweight Championship title and vest.

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.

 * I love this Seth Rollins headsculpt. You can almost hear Seth's cocky cackle when looking at this figure, can't you? He also only has a little bit of blonde in his hair, as that hairstyle element was in the process of being almost gone by SummerSlam 2015. Nice eye for detail, Mattel.

 *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.

 * Over the past year or two a couple of figures have included the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It's been a rubber version, though, and some fans have been pretty unhappy with it. Seth finally includes an updated belt with vacmetal plates. It looks pretty nice, overall, and definitely adds something extra to the figure.

* Obviously Seth's outfit is what makes this figure and Mattel's depiction of it here is pretty good. Not perfect, but pretty solid. The gold paint could be a tad neater, but it looks good against the white outfit. The "SR" belt logo is also really neat and clean, as are the wristbands.
 The Negatives:

* Seth's white outfit is rather bright and almost blinding. Unfortunately, there are one or two weird purple stains on it. What could have caused these I wonder?

* While Seth's vest fits well, it doesn't actually attach all that securely. The clasps just don't fit together as snugly as they really should. It's kind of a bummer, to be honest.

  I do like this figure, but some slightly off paintwork and the frustrating clasps on his belt keep it from being as good as it should be. Honestly, what really would have helped here was if Mattel had included the United States Championship Seth won from John Cena, too. That was a pretty momentous occasion. This isn't bad for a figure that's largely a repaint, but I can't help but feel this may have truly been a figure worthy of a Defining Moments slot. This is a Good and a 1/2 piece, though. It seems to be popular, so good luck tracking it down if you're a fan.

I've reviewed a couple of other Seth Rollins figures including the Elite series 37 Seth Rollins
and the Toys R Us exclusive Seth Rollins (Seth Cashes In!) based on his incredible Wrestlemania 31 moment!

I've also reviewed plenty of other WWE Elite figures, including:

WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Bo Dallas 
Braun Strowman
Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt (Series 36)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Damien Mizdow
Daniel Bryan (Series 38)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36) 
Dean Ambrose (Series 41)
Dolph Ziggler (Series 39)
Erick Rowan
Finn Balor
The Godfather
Goldust (Series 36)
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
John Cena (Series 40)
Kane (Series 31) 
Kevin Owens
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Mark Henry (Series 32)
The Miz (Series 37)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Roman Reigns (Series 38)
Ryback (Series 41)
Seth Rollins (Series 37) 
Stardust (Series 36)
Stephanie McMahon (Series 37)
Sting (Series 39)
Triple H (Series 35)
Xavier Woods (Series 42)

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