From the second he came out to launch the war against WCW, Scott Hall has been one of my favorites. I enjoyed his Diamond Studd and Razor Ramon runs, but he had an extra level of bada$$ coolness and unmatched swagger. A proper n.Wo version Hall has been on my most demanded WWE Elite lists for a while. Let’s see how Mattel delivered with the Elite 51 Scott Hall figure.
Packaging: I’ve run out of insightful things to say about the Elite packaging. It’s fine with the wide-open window to see all the accessories and if there’s any problems with the figure.
Lately we’ve started to get more WCW figures and I love seeing the WCW colors on the package side. Hall had a storied career so his bio has a lot more info than some others.
Likeness: I still say the Toy Biz Scott Hall had the absolute best likeness. This one isn’t bad though as it captures Hall’s ponytail look well. I’m a little annoyed Mattel went with the pulled back hairstyle here since Hall typically wrestled with his hair down. Maybe on the next variant?
The figure has his chest hair and uses a thicker body. The kneepads look about to be about the right length. For an accurate Hall wrestling look, you’ll probably want to lower them down to the boots level.
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Scale: Hall is taller than most guys, but it’s important for him to be shorter than his 6’10” big buddy Kevin Nash or the 7-foot Giant. His scale matches up pretty well with the appropriate scale leveling with the nWo giants.
Paint: Originally, I thought the blood dripping attire was uninspired. What does that have in common with being an Outsider? I might still not have much of an answer, but I’m come to like it. There’s some very minor instances of bleed through — red is hard to take on black without numerous coats.
Outsiders is lined up correctly on the vest and tights and the blood drip is accurate on the kneepads and elbowpads. And the chest hair is painted without being too obnoxious.
Articulation: Hall has the regular Elite articulation. That means he’s good for all of Hall’s regular moves save the Outsider Edge. That would require two open hands to pull off. For now, your imagination will have to suffice. Otherwise, he’s another solid figure.
Scott Hall has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Short of a long hair head sculpt, Mattel delivers pretty much everything I’d want for a Scott Hall figure. We get the ring gear red and black vest, a pair of sunglasses and a can of spray paint.
Additionally we get the sleeveless black and white n.Wo shirt. I don’t mind the plastic too much in this case since it’s more of a bonus instead of ring gear and more or less how Hall wore it to ringside.
Also tacked on is the boiler room diorama piece. This was a decent idea that Mattel failed to execute properly. I’d happily take a baseball bat in place of this useless accessory.
Worth it? Scott Hall is going to be the hardest figure of this series to find. If you find him for $20, don’t delay. Like most of the n.Wo figures, he’s going to skyrocket on the aftermarket once Mattel releases a few more waves. Don’t miss out if you see him.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Hair style aside, this is the iconic nWo Scott Hall figure we’ve been patiently waiting on and Mattel delivered.
Where to get it? Walgreens has started to get this series in. Eventually, Toys R Us and Target will join the party, but for one of my most anticipated figures, I rushed to get the figure from Amazon.