Having a Samoa Joe figure in a WWE line is kind of surreal. Heck, seeing Samoa Joe in the WWE is surreal. This was one of my most anticipated figures this year. Let’s see how Mattel did with Samoa Joe’s debut Elite figure.
Packaging: This is your basic top end Elite line packaging. I’m not sure what it is about the yellow that really stands out the most as accent color, but the NXT figures are always easiest to spot.
This is a constant gripe, but Mattel really should be doing more with the bios specifically for the NXT stars. I got a good chuckle out of Samoa Joe’s career highlight being winning the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament with Finn Balor though.
Likeness: Joe was a figure whose prototype did not impress me at all. In person, I’m much more impressed with the end result making one of the rare occasions a figure in hand looks better than the proto pics.
Joe is a thicker, big-bodied star. He’s just solid all around. Mattel did a pretty good job with the torso, but the legs should be much wider. Joe wears baggy shorts, but Mattel gave him thighs and knees that are a little too slight even with the bulky knee pads.
Scale: Samoa Joe is 6’2” which puts him right in line with the Balor 5’11”, 6′ Kevin Owens and 6’2” Brock Lesnar. A Samoa Joe vs Lesnar feud could be pretty intriguing.
Paint: Joe’s outfit is pretty simple so I didn’t expect any paint issues. There’s some slop on the underside of the right short leg, but it’s not a big deal.
I was more impressed with the kneepad hole getting the visible skin accurately.
Articulation: Due to the shorts construction, Joe can’t raise his leg forward anywhere close to most Elite figures. That also impacts the leg wrap around version of the Kokina Clutch.
And more of a result with the overall Elite articulation, Joe can’t quite do the whole compact an opponent up to do a fully accurate Muscle Buster. I was able to get a pretty effective looking crossface though.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Elite accessories are always feast or famine. Mattel did right by Samoa Joe giving him his trademark towel and T-Shirt. Far more impressive though is it’s a cloth shirt not those ill-fitting plastic shirts Mattel keeps using.
I’ve read complaints of people saying the black from the shirt dye bled into the figure so it might be something worth keeping an eye on.
Worth it? With no Build-A-Figure piece the Elite figures always have to deliver more than some of their 6” counterparts. Right now, Joe is available for $18. That’s a very strong price for a quality Elite figure. Even at the regular $20 price, this is a good value.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Joe is a great figure just in need of a bit more leg movement. Series 43 had a lot of standouts and Joe definitely doesn’t let the wave down.
Where to get it? Samoa Joe should be a pretty reasonable figure to find once he reaches stores. Walgreens and Gamestop have become regular sources for the Elite figures in addition to regular staples like Toys R Us and Target. As always, he’s also available at Amazon.com.
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