I was pretty annoyed when Lex Luger left WCW. Along with Sting, he was always one of my favorites of the NWA/WCW era. Worst of all, Luger wasn’t even wrestling, but being the showcase player in Vince McMahon’s wacky ideas #576 the World Bodybuilding Federation. Fortunately, that debacle folded quickly and Luger was in the WWF proper. This time repackaged in the all-too appropriate Narcissist gimmick.
While short-lived, The Narcissist gimmick made a lasting impression. Getting into the iconic WWF Royal Rumble 1993 video games certainly helped the nostalgia appeal. Regardless, this was a pretty necessary Faces of Luger variant, which made sense for a new Mattel figure.
Mattel solicited fan opinion for which version they preferred, but it seems like we’re going to get all of his major looks at this point. Hopefully Mattel will tackle a 1988 era version soon. For now let’s see if The Narcissist figure meets his standards.
Packaging: I wish I had something different to add here. Mattel’s presentation is solid. Having The Narcissist posing was a nice touch and a clever way to break up the normal figure positioning in the tray. I always appreciate the yellow accent with the block WWF logo for the legends.
Likeness: Mattel struggles getting some wrestlers’ likeness down (see Surfer Sting). That hasn’t been the case with Luger as they haven’t struck out yet. That’s important when tackling various gimmicks. You don’t want to see a Hulk Hogan head sculpt used for Hollywood Hogan. The Narcissist found Luger at his most pompous. This head sculpt perfectly captures that overconfident demeanor and is another winner. And as a bonus this would also work well for a 1991-1992 WCW era Lex Luger.
The Narcissist outfit looks solid as well. I really liked the execution of the layered gladiator style tights. The boot fringe doesn’t affect movement and looks as reasonable as I’d expect with that attire.
There’s one thing that looks a little screwy. Mattel experimented with a different style elbow. I didn’t like them on the D-Von Dudley and don’t like the jutted elbow edge anymore on another figure.
Scale: Luger was 6’5”. That puts him taller than the 6’1” Bret Hart and 6’3” Mr. Perfect.
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Paint: Purple, white and silver make for an interesting color combination. Fortunately for Mattel, The Narcissist outfit wasn’t too complex. They tend to do fine with easier color schemes like this outfit.
There’s some very minor instances where the triangle points extend too far beyond the lines, but that’s the biggest paint problem. Mattel actually incorporated a paint wash to help give a more realistic appearance. That’s not always the norm so that was appreciated.
Articulation: At this point in his career, Luger was starting to get bogged down by injuries so he kept his move set simple. So there’s not a lot of viable poses you won’t be able to achieve like the forearm smash and running knee.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Sometimes Mattel loads figures up with accessories to the point they make the Defining Moments line irrelevant. Then there’s figures that get the bare minimum. Guess which category the Narcissist fits in?
Granted, the robe was the only real essential accessory, but I hate the execution of it since it’s more of a plastic shell. We can’t even get a pompous arms out with the cape on as a result. The design isn’t so complex that it couldn’t have been made out of cloth, which remains my attire preference for accessories.
For a character like Narcissist, it would have been cool for Mattel to toss in something like a figure length mirror or even a handheld mirror. This was one of the opportunities to get creative with the accessory and Mattel stuck with the regular format here.
Worth it? Amazon had outstanding deals on this wave during Christmas. If you bit then, Narcissist was available for under $10. At the regular price of $20, this isn’t as necessary a figure — especially since Luger was in the gimmick for only half of 1993.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
I’m really not a fan of the elbow or shell cape, but otherwise this is a very solid figure. This wasn’t a Luger variant I was begging for, but I don’t have an iota of buyer’s remorse.
Where to get it? This set is starting to show up at Toys R Us, Target and Wal-Mart now. If you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle, grab him and the rest of Elite 45 from Amazon.com.