Back when there were legit options for wrestlers seeking a change of scenery, the WWF luring Sid Vicious was a major coup. Rebranded Sid Justice, the WWF had big plans for The Ruler of The World. Initially established as Hulk Hogan’s successor, Justice went the then cliché path of becoming another friend that betrayed The Hulkster. Predictably, that didn’t turn out so well for him.
Mattel already released a Sycho Sid in its Elite 39 series and opted to make Sid Justice for the Basic line. I’m sure that’s not an accident as this isn’t the first time Mattel has done a different Basic gimmick than the Elite version. Even if I don’t get around to converting this to an Elite, this figure is a solid enough stand-in to re-enact the Royal Rumble 92 and Wrestlemania 8 main events.
Packaging: The Basic packaging is a simplified version of the Elite style. While not as flashy, it covers the core elements of the Legends yellow branding against the stark, red backdrop. The back is less informative than the Elites, with just a checklist of the other available figures and no personalization.
Likeness: This is a better head sculpt than the Sycho Sid version. This is Sid in his full rage mode, not pre-mental breakdown. The mullet looks great. It’s not too exaggerated, but spreads out just like Sid wore it. While there’s some controversy from collectors over the ripped torso, it’s the best available option for Sid.
Scale: In the NWA/WCW, Sid towered over most opponents at 6’7”. That just puts him 3 inches shorter than The Undertaker, just about eye to eye with Hulk Hogan and taller than the 6’1″ Ric Flair.
I appreciate that Mattel keeps the scale consistent even on the Basic line.
Paint: As far as Basics go, this is about as basic a paint job as you can get. The only paint is on Sid Justice’s tights. Best as I can guess, this is the same French blue shade Sid rocked during this era. The crotch portion of the tights is painted slightly different than the shade on the legs. It’s one of those weird things I didn’t notice until I noticed and now I can’t unsee it.
Sid’s hair is painted better than the Elite version and has more of a sandy blonde look.
Articulation: I won’t take any points off for Sid Justice being a Basic figure. I knew that coming in so I’ll just judge him on the basis of a Basic figure. Still, the Basic figures would work much better if the hips hinged outwards so a figure like Sid could no a reasonable powerbomb set up or piledriver.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- hip (back and forth)
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Basics always come short in this category. I suppose we can count his elbow pad and knee pads though since they’re removable. The knee pads impressively match the shade of the tights. The black elbow pad isn’t any different than the standard versions. Nothing really new to see here.
Worth it? The articulation cuts and lack of accessories is a savings of $10 from the $20 Elite price. Given the flaws in the articulation scheme that $10 cost is about right. For customizers looking to cannibalize the head, kneepads and boots for an Elite Sid Justice, that’s not a rip-off either.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Basics are best for display purposes only. That said, this is a pretty solid Sid Justice in Basic format. If those shortcomings don’t bother you, this is well worth grabbing.
Where to get it? There’s been a significant retail drought with new WWE figures. Target and Toys R Us have been somewhat barren and Gamestop and Walgreens don’t consistently carry Basic figures. The best bet here is to go with Amazon.com since he’s in stock now for $10.