Monday, December 28, 2015

Action Figure Review: Tyler Breeze from WWE by Mattel

  Tyler Breeze is a great villain because he doesn't even have to try and draw cheap heat; he just naturally comes off as a arrogant jerk whom you want to see get beaten up! Mattel really lucked out with the release of this figure as Tyler Breeze just entered the main WWE roster back in October after having spent a few years with NXT. While this figure from Series 53 is based off of his NXT appearance, it's not often that collectors get a figure of a character right near their appearance on the main programs. Breeze's gimmick as a stuck up, narcissistic supermodel really is pretty fun. He's like Hansel in Zoolander before you realize that Hansel's actually a pretty good guy. So far Breeze's main rival has been Dolph Ziggler and their feud has actually been pretty entertaining, particularly with the presence of Summer Rae and her history with Dolph. Gear up for the Beauty Shot and learn more about this figure after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 3/4 inches

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

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
 The Positives:

* Tyler Breeze is one of Mattel's "basic" WWE figures so he only has swivel hips and no torso joints, but he's still pretty well articulated in the arms. He's every bit as sturdy and fun to play with as your standard WWE figure. Breeze changes his outfits pretty often so if we ever get an Elite figure of him we'll probably get a different outfit.

* Out of all the WWE figures I've bought this year, I really think Tyler Breeze stands out as having one of the best likenesses. It's absolutely, 100% him. The expression, reminiscent of, Derek Zoolander, is excellent. Great job on this one, Mattel.

 * Inevitably during his matches Tyler Breeze's hair will fall out of his tightly pulled back ponytail. His hair color just looks so different when that happens and I always find myself wondering "who the heck is that?" He really looks pretty different with his hair down. Anyways, Mattel also did a decent job of sculpting his ponytail with a painted black band around it, too.
 * I love how nicely Mattel replicated Breeze's funky boots here. It's definitely a unique trait of his appearance and there's something uniquely classic about his flamboyant outfits. This guy could easily have played this gimmick back in the golden era and it still would have worked (although his selfie obsession and iPhone addiction definitely are nicely modern touches). The boot covers are separate pieces that float over his boots. They really look great, particularly when paired with his funky purple pants.

The Negatives:

*Really, the only negative I have with this figure is that he doesn't come with an iPhone or a selfie stick. Those are pretty big staples of his gimmick and he feels somehow off without them. Of course, basics rarely come with any accessories so it's not unexpected or anything.
 Tyler Breeze has one of the best likenesses I've seen in any WWE figure from Mattel this year. Considering this is the character's first release and the fact that he's a basic figure, this is incredibly impressive. This guy has really fetched some higher prices on the secondary market, so I'm really glad I picked him up at a Toys 'R Us sale along with the new series 53 AJ Lee figure for 40% off. He's a Great and a 1/2 figure and well worth tracking down if you're entertained by the character in any way. Or if you want to let your Dolph Ziggler figure beat him up. Your call.

I've reviewed a ton of WWE Toys 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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