Sycho Sid, Sid Justice, Sid Vicious or just plain ‘ol Sid. Regardless of what you call him, Sid is one of the more prominent wrestlers of the 1990s main eventing in NWA, WWF, WCW and ECW.
Whether it was Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, Sting, The Undertaker, Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels. If there was a major star in the 90s, Sid battled them so he’s been a long-demanded character for me to get the Mattel Flashback treatment. Time to see if this figure rules the shelf.
Packaging: Ever since I saw the early pictures of this new packaging style I couldn’t wait to see it in person. Right now, I love it though I’m sure by this time next year I’ll be ready for something new.
Mattel got more creative with the 2016 style packaging. The blue and grey color scheme has been replaced with a predominantly red color scheme and there’s an old school WWF logo to indicate this is a flashback/legend. I’m curious what the style will be for future NWA, WCW or ECW stars.
There’s multiple images of Sid instead of just one repeated throughout the package. Interestingly none of them quite capture the look of the figure (more on that in a second).
The back and bio portion are much more dynamic and have more of a file card look. This a major improvement over the 2015 edition even if I still want to see Mattel add a write-up particularly for the Legends.
Likeness: There’s been a lot of online discussion about Sid’s head sculpt. It’s a classic unhinged look for him as if he’s thinking “I’m going to powerbomb you through the mat!” I probably would have gone more for the serious, “I’m about to kick your tail” expression as seen on the side package, but this isn’t an uncharacteristic look for Sid either so it works.
The sculpt on Sid’s curly frizzy hair is done almost perfectly, but it’s cropped too closely on the sides as opposed to “poofing” out like Sid had it even in the non-mullet days.
The upper body is fine, but the legs are a bit more defined than necessary for Sid. I’m not sure how all the parts match up, but the less muscular legs on the upper body would make for the best looking Sid assuming none of the height was lost in the swap.
Scale: At 6’9″ Sid is one of the taller WWE stars, but Mattel did a tremendous job getting his scale just right compared to fellow giants Kevin Nash and The Undertaker, both of whom Sid has to slightly look up to.
Paint: Sid’s a pretty simple guy in terms of paint requirements. He’s a basic black ensemble guy star so there’s not much to mess up here. Given the expression even wonky eye paint likely wouldn’t screw this particular figure up much although mine were painted perfectly fine.
Sid sported visible chest hair, but adding that would have been more trouble than it’s worth since the Arn Anderson and Hillbilly Jim figures have been the only two to really get it right.
Articulation: Sid has the typical Elite articulation so he’s got neck, ball-jointed shoulders, bicep, elbow, wrist, hinged wrist, torso, waist, hip, thigh swivel, knees, boot and ankle.
The cumbersome material used on the elbow and kneepads make these joints more difficult to pose than I’d like, but they don’t completely hinder the articulation. You won’t have any problem hitting a chokeslam, big boot and most impressively a powerbomb.
The vest isn’t the standard super thick material Mattel has become infamous for and is much more flexible. I’m hopeful this will become the new standard for this type of material as I wasn’t worried about breaking an arm joint for the first time in awhile.
Mattel easily could have given Sid the WWF “eagle” title. A bigger missed opportunity was not adding a red or black singlet so the figure could serve double duty to mostly represent his stint as a member of the Four Horsemen.
Worth it? Clocking in at the standard Elite price of $20, Sid isn’t blowing the budget even if his $20 value is a little less obvious than jam packed figures like The APA.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Sid isn’t the flashiest figure of 2015, but this is a well done take of one of wrestling’s best big men. For any fans from 89-98 on, Sid definitely needs to join your collection.
Where to get it? At this point most retailers don’t even have Elite Series 38 so it’s going to be awhile before Series 39 starts popping up in stores. It’s tough for the Toys R Us, Targets and Wal-Marts to keep up, but it’s hard to feel for them when they’re 2-3 series behind.
For now, your best option is getting Sid at Lyles Movie Files affiliate partner Amazon.com: WWE Elite Figure, Psycho Sid (Flashback)