Hunter Hearst Helmsley figure review WWE Network Spotlight
In a kindlier, gentler time before he became the bane of smart marks, Hunter Hearst Helmsley was another one in a long line of goofy character gimmicks during the New Generation Era. For most of this run, HHH traded wins with Henry O Godwin, Marc Mero and Fatu and coming up short against the real stars like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and the Ultimate Warrior.
As one of the two eras in the impressive career of The Game we hadn’t gotten a figure of, Mattel finally got around to making the Blueblood version for the new Toys R Us exclusive WWE Network Spotlight line. Let’s see if this figure deserves high marks.
Packaging: While there’s three standard options with the Basic, Battle Packs and Elite, Mattel is going to great lengths lately to mix up the package presentation. The Network Spotlight line sports a predominantly red and black color scheme. In most ways, it’s a standard Elite style with the wide display window to show the figure and his accessories, the side portraits and the back. The rear offers an improvement in the form of a mini bio though, which is something I’d love to see incorporated in the main line if just for the Flashback figures.
Likeness: I’m torn as to whether this is an exact replica of the Elite 23 HHH headsculpt with some minor adjustments or an overhauled look more befitting this Greenwich snob phase.
While this is undoubtedly HHH, there’s something off about the likeness for this gimmick. It’s missing a little pomposity and arrogance, instead just looking like a more focused, determined pre-game HHH. Although his look didn’t change significantly over the course of five years, this head sculpt looks much older than the youthful wrestler who entered the WWF in the mid 90s.
Helmsley’s body wasn’t as chiseled as it would become at his career peak and I’m split if the smaller torso used or the slightly wider Steve Austin/Terry Funk would have been a better fit. In the end, it’s a matter of preference and I’m fine with this one used.
Scale: Helmsley is 6’4″ putting him right in the middle of 123 Kid at 6′, the 6’1″ Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, the 6’5″ Razor Ramon and 6’9″ Diesel. His head is oh so slightly oversized giving a mild bobblehead appearance, but it’s not too noticeable from a straight-on view.
Paint: This version of HHH didn’t have very intricate outfits so Mattel can’t be blamed for the simple paint job. I had a minor scrape in the right thigh circle, but otherwise the minimal paint work was fine. I was all set to blast Mattel for the lazy painting white along the boots instead of using a more appropriate mold until I spotted a picture with HHH wearing similar style boots.
The only part of the paintjob that bothered me was the belt as it’s just painted on and seems randomly positioned on his trunks. While every piece can’t be sculpted, that’s the kind of detail that paint doesn’t cut it and it looks cheap. If you happen to have a spare Rowdy Roddy Piper Entrance Greats figure lying around, his belt is a better solution. It’s one of those things where Mattel has the parts and for whatever reason doesn’t include them to really nail the figure’s likeness.
Articulation: HHH is your typical Elite figure meaning he can do most, if not all the poses you’d try to simulate. The only one I had any issue achieving was his bow/courtesy. Far more importantly you can achieve a very convincing Pedigree — something that was impossible under the previous license holder Jakks.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Helmsley gets the Elite rarity with an actual cloth jacket. While I always get Mattel’s point that the cloth doesn’t hold the shape as solidly as the plastic, the thick material used makes the plastic outfits less than ideal compared to the cloth. My figure’s jacket already had some early fraying making me more than a little worried about its overall durability over time.
Mattel took a bit of a shortcut as instead of making it a separate piece, HHH’s white undershirt is part of the jacket. Thanks to the velcro front to attach the sides, the white ‘shirt’ strip ends up looking less like a shirt and more like a white strip in the jacket. It’s not the best execution and it’s one that would have easily been fixed with a separate white shirt even if it was a Million Dollar Man style ‘bib’ chest piece.
That’s not all on the accessory front as Helmsley also comes with his trusty cane. This is a nice detailed piece with a proper stallion crown. It’s very well done and perfect for capturing that Blueblood air.
Worth it? At $20, Helmsley costs the standard Elite price. I always find the cloth accessories tipping that price more in collectors’ favor though and with another great accessory in the cane his value is better than some other Elite figures.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Where to Get It? As part of Toys R Us’ exclusive WWE Network line they’re the only place to go. You can grab him for a close to retail price at Amazon.com now however.