There’s a short list of wrestlers who were successfully able to evolve during their careers. The Undertaker is one. Matt Hardy is another and ditto for Mick Foley. And I’d definitely put Macho Man Randy Savage right near the top. He refused to get comfortable in one persona and look. For his final big run, Savage was on his Team Madness kick. That’s a guilty pleasure era of mine and not entirely due to Gorgeous George.
Team Madness helped create some fun memories in the dying days of WCW. And while it’s still not the Wrestlemania III robed version I want as unique Macho Man figures, this was a smart choice for the Then Now Forever Wal-Mart exclusive subline. Let’s see if this figure is equally timeless.
Packaging: The Then Now Forever packaging has the ideal presentation of the WWE. It’s got the big open window of the regular Elite line, but has a classier silver color instead of the eye popping red. The TNF setup is pretty cool. As the Forever figure in the wave, there’s a blue accent highlight. There’s the standard portrait on the side, but it’s the back that makes this line a winner.
Yep, that’s right. After all my griping about the importance of bios, Mattel actually wrote them up for this line. And they’re tremendous fully explaining this particular era of Macho Man and Team Madness. Just add this kind of write-up to the regular Elite line and Mattel would easily have the best packaging on the market.
Likeness: The Toy Biz Team Madness Macho figure might be one of the best likenesses of that line. It’s crazy how well that sculpt holds up. The good news is customizers won’t have to worry about transplanting that onto Macho figures now. Mattel’s Madness sculpt is terrific fully capturing Savage at his most fiercely intense look yet.
My only gripe is the bulky life jacket style T-shirt. Considering Savage wore mesh shirts for most of the Madness era period, this really looks off. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix of swapping the life jacket out with the Elite 20 Christian shirt.
Scale: At 6’1”, Savage was smaller than most of his opponents especially at the peak of his career. That meant he definitely had a size disadvantage against the 6’9” Kevin Nash.
Good thing he had the 6’7” Psycho Sid for backup. And just like real life, Savage was looks to be right in line in being an inch shorter than Sting. Excellent work from Mattel here.
Paint: I’ll always say the simpler the pattern, the better a job Mattel does with the paint job. Savage doesn’t have any paint issues and all of the stars detailing is sharp.
There’s even very minimal slop on the lace paint. This was all around one of the better painted Mattel figures I’ve grabbed in awhile.
Articulation: Mach was largely hobbled by injuries at this point and couldn’t perform at his traditional level. That was the main reason for Team Madness. Still, you’ll be able to do all of Mach’s moves once you lose my least favorite accessory. Don’t worry since it tends to pop off with just a little bit of movement.
The plastic shirt hinders the arm movement and renders the torso joint useless. Ditch it and you’ll have a far more functional Macho Man.
Macho Man has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Mach fails on this front since he doesn’t have an accompanying Gorgeous George, Madusa and Miss Madness figure. OK, that’s mostly a joke. Mostly.
Although Madusa is viable since she’s likely signed a Legends deal now — maybe we can get a Team Madness Madusa in a Battle Pack with Macho down the road…
Macho comes with his Kango hat, sunglasses, necklace and T-shirt. The hat, sunglasses and necklace fit fine although not shockingly, the necklace lays down much better with the mesh shirt.
Considering Mach also won the WCW title during the Madness phase that would have been another welcome accessory.
Worth it? The TNF figures will run you $20. That’s the normal Elite price so no extra costs despite the exclusive nature of the series. Mach is probably a figure I’d like to get for $5 less. With a cloth shirt with decal, it’d be worth $20, but those plastic shirts don’t do him any favors. I wouldn’t suggest waiting on clearance though.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Had Mattel went with a mesh shirt, this would easily be a 10. The plastic shirt just looks way too goofy here. If you’ve got a spare mesh shirt this is one of the early nominees for figure of the year.
Where to get it? Like all of the Then Now Forever figures, Mach is a Wal-Mart exclusive. Eventually, secondary sellers will have him on Amazon if you strike out checking stores.