Saturday, November 14, 2015

Action Figure Review: Triple H (Series 35) from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel

 Ready for another WWE Elite review? This is a figure released earlier this that I just recently picked up at one of my local Walgreens. Man, how about Walgreens carrying lots of pretty good action figures and stuff now, huh? Over the past few months at Walgreens besides WWE figures, I've also seen Hasbro's Star Wars Black and Marvel Legends, Funko's Game of Thrones, POPs, and ReAction, McFarlane's The Walking Dead, Assassin's Creed, and Halo, Lego minifigures, Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo, and even NECA's Terminator stuff. That's crazy! Walgreens a better variety of toylines than Wal-Mart, actually. How bizarre is that? Anyways, the figure I'm actually reviewing today, the Series 35 Triple H, represents Mr. Hunter Hearst Helmsley in his fight against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX. It's a cool look and a great chance to get a solid Triple H figure. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 7 1/8ths inches tall

Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ lateral rocker hinges, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged abdomen, swivel/hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/hinged wrists, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Entrance robe and helmet.

Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20 dollars
 The Positives:

* Mattel certainly realizes that it's best for business for each WWE Elite action figure to be highly articulated, durable, and fun to both display and play with. Triple H is another solid figure in the series.

* Triple H has a very distinctive look, particularly with his short haircut and his beard. This definitely looks like him, particularly the nose. It's a good sculpt. Heck, even his torso really looks like his build. Mattel did a great job on this. Of course, seeing as he's one of the bigwigs at the WWE, it makes sense that Mattel would want to deliver their best effort, right?

 * There's some nice paintwork on his trunks and knee pads. Lots of clean work to highlight the various iron crosses and skulls on there. With his love of iron crosses and medieval fantasy themed outfits, do you ever wonder if Triple H is a fan of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?

* While it's not a perfect replica of what we saw Triple H wear at WrestleMania XXX, the gold skull shaped helmet is still a cool piece. It has a nice amount of give to it so it can easily fit over Triple H's head.

* The entrance cloak is a pretty nice piece. It's made from a slightly flexible material and just looks right on the figure. The number of detailed sculpted elements on it look really impressive, particularly the skulls and the chain-mail. It could definitely have used a paint wash or something but overall I'm really liking this. It really does completely cover the figure and adds to his imposing nature.

* When Triple H is all geared up in his armor and robe he's a very impressive looking figure. While he'll make a great addition to your wrestling collection, he wouldn't look out of place lining one of the halls of Castle Grayskull either, would he? He's really a cool looking toy.
The Negatives:

*The only problems I really have with this figure are that the rubbery spikes on the shoulder tend to get bent in the package and the iron cross shaped robe clasp doesn't want to stay shut tightly. That's not a huge thing since the robe stays shut on its own just fine, but the rubbery spikes are a bit disappointing.

This is a really great figure. I have to say that while I initially put off picking it up for awhile, I'm glad I finally snagged him. He's really cool and just a great looking figure on the shelf. Ultimately I'm giving him a Great and a 1/2 rating. He's fun, durable, and versatile. The only thing that really could have improved him is a sledgehammer accessory.

I've reviewed a number of WWE Elite figures in this series, including:

WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt (Series 36)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
Erick Rowan
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Kane (Series 31)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
The Miz (Series 37)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Seth Rollins (Series 37) 
Stephanie McMahon (Series 37)

WWE Elite: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel
Bray Wyatt


  1. Man, I know nothing about wrestling (at least, not since the 90s) but I remember this guy and his various He-Man-like costumes. Almost bought one of his figures for the accessories, one time.

    Side note: you plan on covering those mix-and-match wrestlers? They're REALLY catching my eye with all the crazy options, but I'm not sure if I have the space to get in to yet another mix toyline.

    1. I am not planning on reviewing the mix-and-match wrestlers. They're definitely kind of cool but I'm way more interested in the main WWE line (although the Zombie/ Undertaker set and Bray Wyatt are always appealing). I did, however, find most of the second series of Star Wars Mashers today while out with the little one. She loves playing with them so she was very excited to spot them at the store. I'll be doing a number of Star Wars reviews in December leading up the The Force Awakens, so it might be a few weeks before I get to them.

  2. One of these days I will collect the Mattel figures. I have been too busy making playsets for them though.

    1. Do you have pictures of some of your playsets? Send me a link. I'd love to see them!


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