I remember cracking up when the man formerly known as Oz, Master Blaster Steel and Vinnie Vegas debuted on WWF TV as Shawn Michaels’ new bodyguard Diesel. Then a strange thing happened, Diesel started getting cool. Really cool. Mattel already took a crack at Diesel from his pandering WWF champion days. For Hall of Fame 5, they went with the original, menacing kick-tail version that made Kevin Nash a star. And this one helps fill in some more appropriate gaps on my Survivor Series team breakdown.
Packaging: I’ll admit even with the swank blue and gold color scheme, I’m at the point where I’m tired of the Hall of Fame packaging too. It’s been a good run, but I’m ready for something new. Mattel’s resources must be limited with these reference photos as the portrait is a terribly photo-shopped version of earlier Diesel art.
One thing I hope Mattel keeps is the write-up. The Hall of Fame easily has the best bios of any WWE line with a pretty comprehensive account of his career. Though it was funny the bio states Nash started his career in 1993 per his WWF debut.
Likeness: If you looked hard enough at the first Diesel figure you could see how Mattel tried to get Nash’s likeness. Of the various Nash figures, the first Diesel easily had the worst likeness. That’s not the case here as this figure features a strong 1993-era Diesel headsculpt right down to the pompadour and mullet. I love the nasty sneer expression as he looks like he’s about to wipe out anybody that comes close to HBK.
My figure’s hair wasn’t glued on properly. Considering the hundreds of Mattel figures I have and this is only the second with misaligned hair, I’ll cut them a break here. Still, it’s annoying thing to have to fix.
Scale: Diesel was the other main giant in the WWF next to The Undertaker. He stood an impressive 6’10” giving him a nice size advantage over his opponents. That’s true with the figure as well, which is one of my favorite aspects of Mattel’s Elite line.
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Paint: For the second stab at Diesel, Mattel went with a classic all black look with silver trim lettering. That’s useful for folks who want another display option for Diesel. The torso is painted over the black plastic again so you’ll notice some discrepancy between the arms and torso skin tones. It’s not as bad as some of the Bret Hart figures, but I wish Mattel would drop this practice.
Articulation: If you’ve gotten any of the other Nash figures you know exactly what to expect. Good range from the shoulders and the hips allow for solid big boots. Diesel can cradle figures easily enough for the jackknife powerbomb as well.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Mattel got it right here giving Diesel all of his necessary accessories. He comes with a set of sunglasses that fit and stay on with no issue. Diesel also gets the same vest from the previous version. That’s not a problem as it was a nice vest with sculpted detailing right down to the fringes. Additionally, Diesel comes with the 1990s eras Intercontinental championship.
Worth it? Thanks to his height, head sculpt and belt, this doesn’t just feel like a repaint with a new head. At $20, this is a fair value and I don’t anticipate him being a figure that’s going to hang around on pegs.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Even with the painted torso and screwy hair, this is the Diesel figure I wanted for my collection. For New Generation fans, this is a much improved version over the first Diesel.
Where to get it? The Hall of Fame is exclusive at Target, but if you strike out there you can always pay a little more to definitely get him on Amazon.com.