All the talk in the WWE now regarding its female division is about the Divas Revolution brought about by the promotion to the main roster of Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch. The WWE would love for fans to forget that Revolution got started a bit earlier with the ascension of AJ Lee as a charismatic, A-level wrestler who kept the division entertaining almost single-handily for years.
AJ has retired now, but right before she left Mattel was able to get one final figure. Was this the AJ figure fans have deserved all along?
Packaging: The best aspect of the Basic packaging is the nice large portrait we get of the wrestler against that spark-filled backdrop. It shows a great look at the character the figure represents. I’d appreciate if the Basic package took a cue from the Elite and showed a full head to toe look at the respective wrestlers instead of ending around the torso.
For characters like AJ it’d show how accurate Mattel was in terms of getting the figure right. And as usual, I’d like to see just a little personalization with a bio even with the cheaper priced Basic line.
Likeness: As the most prominent Diva on the roster for years, AJ was fortunate enough to get several figures made. Mattel had some trouble getting her likeness down as in a rarity for them, cranked out four different head sculpts in a short amount of time.
The extra effort paid off as this is easily the best likeness to AJ. If I was being slightly nitpicking, I would have loved the figure to have more of a smirk like the picture on the package just to convey a little bit more of AJ’s personality, but this is a great likeness.
Scale: Mattel has never seemed to care all that much about the Divas scale, but AJ is the exception as the figure looks every bit the 5’2″ she’s supposed to when watched up with the 5’8″ Paige. It adds so much to AJ to not be the same height as her fellow Divas and definitely helps her stand out.
Paint: Every so often Mattel will drop the ball with skin tones, but AJ is just about perfect on that front. Her midriff is painted to match the flesh tone plastic of the rest of the figure. It’s not nearly as noticeable in person.
I’m not fully convinced the eyes are painted as straight as I’d like them, but that’s the only even minor thing I’d suggest being mindful of with the figure.
I was able to find two AJ’s and got them to determine if one had better eye paint. They were both pretty similar and not nearly as problematic as the Tito Santana figure.
AJ’s Elite figure got the more complicated design, but this attire is more reflective of her Best in the Divas World era look. The details on her wristbands, rolled up shorts, striped kneepads and even the pink laces are all conveyed well.
I’m definitely not a fan of painted belts as they should be a separate piece, but that’s a longstanding issue with the line. The tampo is clean and consistent. My other slight issue with the paintjob is AJ’s shirt logo should be a tad bigger and take up most of the shirt.
It’s just thisclose from being all that’s necessary, but the lack of a little more range of motion makes it more frustrating than I’d like.
Accessories: Like 99.9 percent of all Basic figures not named Nikki Bella, AJ doesn’t come with anything here. This is as complete as AJ’s ring attire/entrance wear got though so it’s not as if Mattel skimped on anything essential here.
Worth it? I really wasn’t planning on having an extensive Divas collection, but despite their articulation issues I kept adding to their ranks so getting the most significant Diva of her generation was a no-brainer.
As with most Divas, finding AJ on the shelves is one of those magical moments you just don’t expect. Getting her for retail price at $11 is almost a steal. This is probably the one Divas figure I’d say was worth paying a little more to get online.
Rating: 10 out of 10
The attention to scale and dead-on likeness make AJ a winner. Along with the Elite 37 Stephanie McMahon, AJ is the standard Mattel aspires to on every Divas figure. Now if only they could figure out a way to increase the articulation.
Where to get it? I’ve seen AJ Lee at both Toys R Us and Target so those are your best retail bets. If you don’t want to play that game of chance, you can go online.
Amazon.com, which is where I got my first AJ figure has had AJ in stock on and off. Right now she’s not available directly from the site, but keep checking and she’ll likely be back up soon. WWE Figure Series #53 – AJ Lee
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