In hindsight, Wolfpac Sting was probably one of the low points for one of my favorite wrestlers. Months after his most popular run culminated in winning the WCW title, Sting was overshadowed by Goldberg and playing second fiddle to Kevin Nash.
While the Wolfpac era didn’t provide many career highlights, it did offer a cool visual thanks to that red and black facepaint. Capitalizing on a highly requested variant and a simple repaint, Mattel released a Ringside Collectibles exclusive Wolfpac Sting figure. Let’s see if it will leaving me howling or ready to turn my back on the effort.
Packaging: Mattel always does a fantastic job with the exclusive one-off figure packaging. There’s a heavy Wolfpac theme that also nicely incorporates Sting’s scorpions along the top and bottom. The choice of Sting portraits is underwhelming though since this is clearly the more brooding Crow Sting photoshopped red. Wolfpac Sting was much more animated and like his regular Surfer Sting persona.
I also really appreciate the work done on the bio providing some context for this version of Sting. I’d love to see this kind of attention put on all the Elite figures.
Likeness: While Sting was generally more outgoing during his Wolfpac days, I’m glad Mattel went with a more neutral expression. Battling n.W.o. Hollywood wasn’t always fun and games and this gives a stern and ready for business
Scale: Sting was billed at 6’2”. That has him looking up at the 6’9” Kevin Nash and his best friend the 6’4” Lex Luger. The accurate scaling of the figures continues to be one of my favorite aspects of the line.
Paint: Mattel is back to its old tricks of painting skin tone over the black plastic torso. To be fair, the blend is better than it was on the Elite 43 Bret Hart figure, but it’s still a practice I’d rather see Mattel ditch.
Wolfpac Sting’s attire is a little off as the scorpion claws should be above the n.W.o. logo. That was probably done to accommodate the waist articulation as correct logo placement would result in it being broken up.
There’s some fading and light sloppiness around the scorpion and n.W.o. logo, but otherwise it’s pretty solid. The facepaint is well done right down to the non-painted hairline.
Articulation: Sting features the traditional Elite articulation. I was able to pull off all of his necessary moves from the Scorpion Deathdrop to Stinger Splash and Scorpion Deathlock.
Wolfpac Sting has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Here’s the one section where the figure is disappointing. Sting comes with his trusty baseball bat. It’s fairly limp and doesn’t have any heft to it.
Maybe Sting can borrow one of Negan’s? Additionally, Sting gets my least favorite regular Elite line accessory — the hard plastic cut-off T-shirt. Those pieces never rest naturally making it look more like Sting is wearing a bulletproof vest than a shirt.
This accessory would be better suited for a Wolfpac Lex Luger anyway since Sting primarily wore his leather jacket. Mattel already has one with the Defining Moments Sting and that’d be a more useful accessory.
Worth it? If you catch Ringside at the right time, especially during one of their nearly monthly sales, you can grab Sting for about $25 shipped. That’s $4 more than retail, which is a pretty great deal for an exclusive figure.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Where to get it? As an exclusive you’ll only be able to get Sting from a few places. The direct source at Ringside Collectibles or you can find a deal on eBay or Amazon.com.