Thursday, June 9, 2016

Action Figure Review: Natalya (Series 61) from WWE by Mattel

 Today I'm looking at another figure from series 61 of Mattel's WWE basic line: Natalya! Natalya's been a major contender in the Women's Division of WWE over the past few months as she has pursued the Women's Championship and fought against the dirty tricks of Charlotte and her former manager, Ric Flair (she kicked him to the curb on a recent episode of RAW). This figure represents Natalya during her time as a manager for the tag team duo of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, however, so the outfit it a little different. Ready for a closer look at this third generation superstar? Then join me after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4 inches

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

Accessories: Vest

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
 The Positives:

* Basic figures don't typically come with accessories but Natalya comes with a vest or shrug of some sort that is removable. It stays securely and really does give the figure two semi-unique appearances.

* As far as I can tell Natalya has a ton of new parts. So many of the female figures in this line use the same bodies over and over but Natalya is incredibly unique. There's quite a bit of cool detail on her including her cool studded gloves and see-through panels on the sides of the outfit.

* Not only does Natalya's hair look pretty good but she has some pink highlights in it to give it a bit of flair. I can dig it.
 The Negatives:

* It's not that this face doesn't look like Natalya; it's just that this face looks like an older Natalya. Nattie is only 34 and something about this face makes her look a good 10 to 15 years older.

 * One of the nice things about the basic figures of females and guys in suits is that they always feature the more advanced Elite style articulation. That's true here for Nattie but for some reason her articulation feels woefully limited in her legs. The range of motion is far below what we usually see in a WWE figure from Mattel which is incredibly disappointing.

* Umm... there appear to be quite a few scrapes on Natalya's top. It looks like she's wearing some sort of metal (or perhaps sequined) bra but there are lots of scrapes on it. Strangely enough, when I look at this texture I'm reminded of the paint rub on an old Thundercats Grune the Detroyer figure I own. Weird, huh?
 I really like Natalya but I have to say that this figure just doesn't do her justice. The likeness is off, the articulation is severely hindered, and the paint comes scratched right out of the package. Yikes! This is a pretty Eh and a 1/2 figure so unless you desperately need a Natalya figure, I think you probably should just wait and see what comes out down the line. It might be 6 months or so but we should see an updated figure of her with as much significance as she has in the WWE right now. I'm hoping that either Natalya or Becky Lynch takes the Championship from Charlotte at this point and thus gain an elevated status in the WWE. No Women's Division match has been announced for Money in the Bank 2016 yet, but it's only a matter of time.

This is the only Natalya figure I've reviewed so far but I've reviewed plenty of other WWE figures, including:

WWE by Mattel
AJ Lee (Series 53)
Alicia Fox (Series 47)
Bray Wyatt (Series 55)
Paige (Series 57)
Renee Young 
Sami Zayn (Series 61)
Sasha Banks
Stephanie McMahon (Series 40)
Tyler Breeze 
Zack Ryder (Series 61)

WWE Battle Packs by Mattel
Big E & Kofi Kingston
Konnor & Viktor 
Nikki Bella & Brie Bella (Series 38)

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) 
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)
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)

WWE Elite Collection: Hall of Fame by Mattel
Sargent Slaughter
Stone Cold Steve Austin

WWE Elite Collection: Wrestlemania by Mattel (2016)

WWE Elite Collection: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel
Bray Wyatt

WWE Elite Collection: Wrestlemania 31 by Mattel (2015)
Seth Rollins (Seth Cashes In!) 

WWE: Then, Now, Forever by Mattel (2016)
Chris Jericho

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