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Sunday, November 22, 2015
Action Figure Review: Roman Reigns (Series 38) from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Height: 7 1/4 inches tall
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ lateral rockers, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: 2 vests and a 3-piece barricade.
Non-Scalper Price: $19-$20 dollars
* As always, Mattel does a really good job with the tattoos on their Elite figures. Roman has a very elaborate sleeve on his right arm and it looks insanely accurate to what's there. In fact, I was showing this figure to a friend who watches Superstar Ink and she asked if there was a little turtle under his right wrist bracer. Sure enough, there is. That's insane attention to detail.
* I really like that Reigns comes with two vests. He's got the standard tactical vest that was a carryover from his Shield days and the newer, sleeker vest that features the cool double "R" Roman Reigns logo. Whenever I see this, I always think of the Spiderman logo on the symbiote suit. It's cool to have a few ways to display Roman included with one figure.
* Here's a quick picture of Roman Reigns wearing his Shield inspired tactical vest. It fits on him quite nicely. It's a little tough to take on and off until you realize that rotating it sideways is makes it pretty easy. You just have to work it around his hair.
* Roman Reigns is sturdy, durable, and well articulated. You'll be able to pull of spears, Samoan drops, and superman punches all day long. Seriously, Mattel does some fine work with these figures. I've come to appreciate their articulation style even more than the Masters of the Universe Classics scheme, which has been my favorite for the past few years.
* I'm going to talk about the facial expression on this figure in a minute (down in the negatives, unfortunately) but I do want to point out that everything else about the sculpt of his figure is pretty impressive. Roman Reigns kept the tactical gear inspired ring attire of the Shield and has really turned it into his own thing. He stands out form most other wrestlers on my shelf with his cool textured vests, his cargo pants, and his wrist bracers. His right fingerless glove even has the double "R" logo on it. He's a great looking figure overall. I'm not sure what here is reused from the previous Roman Reigns Elite figures, as I don't own any of them, but it seems to match up well with his Wrestlemania 31 appearance from what I can remember.
* The most frustrating thing about this figure is that the vest with the double "R" logo is really, really tough to snap onto Roman. It fits just fine but the rubber tabs are just a beast to get closed. Also, since there is torso and waist articulation, moving the figure a bit will cause the vest to pop open.
* Umm...what exactly is Roman Reigns doing with his face? Is he trying to smile? Does he smell something awful? Is he trying not to laugh? I think Mattel was trying to go for a bit of a smirk but it just didn't turn out right. It's not a bad likeness of Reigns but the expression isn't doing the figure any justice. I'm OK with extreme expressions but this one is just a bit off the mark.
* The barricade accessory is a neat idea and looks cool on display but it falls apart very easily. I'm not sure that's an intended feature here. It really seems like the piece just isn't very solid, mainly the corner piece. It doesn't fit very tightly into the base and it has a tendency to pop out on it's own. I'm hoping to get one of the WWE Elite scale rings this Christmas and I plan on picking up the Ringside Collectibles barricade set rather than buying 17 Roman Reigns figures.
I've reviewed quite a few WWE figures from Mattel and you can believe that. I've reviewed:
WWE Battle Packs by Mattel
Big E & Kofi Kingston
WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Bray Wyatt (Series 36)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Daniel Bryan (Series 38)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
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)
Seth Rollins (Series 37)
Stardust (Series 36)
Stephanie McMahon (Series 37)
Triple H (Series 35)
WWE Elite Collection: Hall of Fame by Mattel
WWE Elite Collection: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel