I’ve been a fan of The Usos since they arrived in the WWE. They came around in an era where tag teams were somewhat undervalued, but they consistently delivered good matches. Since their makeover where they ditched the bright colors and face paint, I’d argue there hasn’t been a better tag team. With March Bashness 2018 coming, I definitely needed to get the updated version of The Usos in WWE Elite 54.
Packaging: I like the new Elite packaging. The white with black and red accents is a striking combination and makes for a better base line color scheme for the main line. The sides feature unique pictures of Jimmy and Jey.
Mattel went a bit lazy with the back portrait and used the same writeup for both Jimmy and Jey. At least they used different pictures. I do like the layout of the stat information diagonal to the photo and the career highlights placement.
Likeness: Mattel is starting to slowly experiment with a new style of facial scanning for better likenesses. With Jey we can see the potential with this new technique. The likeness is really strong even with the intense expression.
Jimmy shows the other side as the head sculpt seems way off. It’s more that he just doesn’t have much of an expression. Mattel has a new set of Usos coming in a Battle Pack so I’m already planning to replace this one.
Mattel did a nice job capturing the Usos’ white pants. They wrinkle up a lot in the front so the creases are accurate and not excessive.
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Scale: Jimmy and Jey are 6’2” making them taller than all of the New Day and just an inch shorter than their cousin Roman Reigns. The scale is great here and The Usos stand tall.
Paint: Ditching the face paint leads to a tremendous decrease in color for The Usos. But Jimmy and Jey’s newer tattoos make up for it.
Jimmy’s face looks rough in part because of the paint job. The eyes have that pixilated look we’ve seen with Figuarts and the movie Marvel Legends figures. The facial hair looks amazing with the roughness of real stubble.
On the other hand, Mattel got most of the little details down like Jey wearing black socks and Jimmy wearing white socks. Naturally, there’s no Adidas logo on the shoes, but I was a little surprised Mattel didn’t do the white trim on the bottom.
Articulation: For The Usos’ moveset there’s not a lot you can’t do with these figures. The pants don’t restrict movement at all and they’re the only newly sculpted piece with the figures. Jimmy’s shirt is easy on the articulation as well and is no problem. I had a lot of fun posing The Usos.
The Usos have:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
Accessories: Mattel didn’t break the budget with their accessories. The Usos get their entrance gear.
Jimmy has more of a full jacket and red tank top. Jey has a vest and bandana. The soft plastic is better than the normal hard plastic that makes swapping ring gear on and off so annoying.
Jimmy tends to wrestle with the shirt on, but the slimmer shirt mold looks much better than the life vest Mattel typically uses. If this is more of the norm going forward, I definitely wouldn’t complain so much about plastic over cloth.
Mattel probably got rolling on these too soon to include the Day One Ish shirts. I like that look better, but I’ll likely get them once Mattel offers that attire in Elite form. I really wish The Usos had the SmackDown Live tag titles since they’re a major force on that brand and have been for years.
One of the big selling points for this wave is the build a display art piece by Rob Schamberger. These are nice and look better than the goofy Build a Diorama set. It’s not enough to encourage me to complete the piece, but it’s a nice bonus for everyone that is getting the full set.
Worth it? I got both Usos for $20 thanks to some deals at Toys R Us. Paying $10 is a steal for Elite figures so of course these were a great deal. Considering the lack of useful accessories, $15 would be a better deal, but there’s no telling if The Usos will sit around on stands long enough to track down a deal.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Jimmy’s head sculpt is the only thing holding these guys back. The softer plastic makes taking the ring gear off easy and the white and red color scheme really pops on a shelf full of black and reds. This was a nice surprise.
Where to get it? I got The Usos at Toys R Us, but I’ve seen Elite 54 remnants at Wal-Mart as well. You could also try Target or grab them from Amazon.com.