For this year’s Ringside Fest, Mattel had a ton of new reveals for collectors that should go a long way in checking off a few boxes in most collections.
As usual, Mattel can’t crank out enough new Flashback figures for me especially in the WCW and Monday Night Wars category. On that front, the reveals were somewhat lackluster.
It was great to see the actual AJ Styles figure and not just the prototype pics.
Mattel is finding new and inventive ways to tease collectors awaiting a 1998 Undertaker figure. A new Taker was revealed, but it’s yet another Ministry of Darkness version. Considering they released a SDCC exclusive and re-released that as a Defining Moments figure a year ago, this is pretty disappointing.
We’re getting an Elite Attitude Era Vince McMahon — in fighting gear from when he defeated Triple H for the WWF Championship. I think in this case, I’d much rather just get the obvious suit version. This is the biggest heel of the Attitude Era and I’m surprised Mattel hasn’t pumped out a gazillion variants of him anyway.
The Hall of Fame two-packs are intriguing. The first is the Wild Samoans and the other is a Papa Shango vs. Ultimate Warrior set. I’m just about good with Ultimate Warrior variants, but I actually like this purple color scheme and am excited about this one even if that means buying Papa Shango again. Nice figure, but it’s not one I need a second especially since there doesn’t seem to be any difference from the original.
Tamina’s new figure might be the worst reveal of the set. Trying to slap a new head onto the standard Divas body was a BAD (pun intended) idea. That Basic Sgt. Slaughter figure however might be the best Basic figure I’ve seen. Carmella also looked off, resembling an updated Nikki Bella far more than The Queen of Staten Island.
The Divas fared much better with Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke and the Elite 47 Asuka. They all look pretty great.
Gamestop is continuing its exclusive partnership with Mattel with an upcoming Samoa Joe with NXT title.
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Some lineups were officially confirmed as well:
Flyin’ Brian Pillman
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
Randy Orton (Legend Killer)
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