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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Action Figure Review: Big E & Kofi Kingston from WWE Battle Packs by Mattel
Height: 7 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel waists, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/hinged wrists, and ball jointed heads.
Accessories: A stop sign.
Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20 dollars.
* The articulation on these guys is... really pretty good! Considering that the basic figures are 1/2 the price of the Elite figures, I'm pretty impressed that the only joints they're missing are the ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double hinged knees, and lateral rockers on the ankles. These guys still have a lot of movement and feel as durable as any other figure in the line that I've looked at. Not bad at all, actually.
* I'm pretty sure this headsculpt for Kofi Kingston has been used before but it's not bad. It might be just a bit caricatured but if you're familiar with Kofi then you should recognize him right away. I'm not sure this hairstyle was ever paired with this particular outfit, but it's still not a bad figure, particularly for one from Mattel's more basic range of figures. I like the tattoos on his back, too. They're not pictured here but they look pretty impressive.
* I gotta say again that I just love that expression on Big E's face. He's totally ready for some dancing! I love figures with great expressions!
* The worst part about these figures is that there is a lot of paint slop on them. It's small stuff like the edges of the outfits and the places where the light and dark blue meet, but it adds up. If you can scope these out in a store before you buy them you might have better results than me.
* The set comes with a....Stop Sign? I tried to look but I couldn't find any time when The New Day used a stop sign in any way. It's not a terrible accessory but it seems a bit light for a two pack. I wasn't expecting entrance gear (as that's kind of the trademark of the Elite Collection) but something a bit more useful would have been cooler.
I've reviewed a number of the Elite Collection figures, including:
WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
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