It’s weird how often I go ‘I’m not getting this figure’ and then I eventually cave. That was definitely the case with the Ringside Exclusive Chris Jericho figure. Based off his iconic Wrestlemania 19 match against Shawn Michaels, this figure fills the Ruthless Aggression Era Jericho for my shelf. It’s not perfect, but as Jericho is becoming an all-time legend I like the idea of having figures for the various phases of his career.
Packaging: Mattel always goes all out for its exclusive figure packaging. Using the standard Elite set-up, the colors are based on Jericho’s WM19 attire.
The side package has a nice portrait of Jericho. As always the back package is terrific with a great write-up setting the stage for this particular attire. I really wish Mattel would just do this with all of their figures.
Likeness: In trying to make Jericho look serious, Mattel made him look too old. This is Jericho at 60, not in his mid 30s. Mattel tried some weird way to make Jericho’s ponybeard. Granted, it wasn’t massive, but Mattel just stuck on a small peg with no sculpting at all. It looks pretty terrible.
Jericho also wore an elbow pad on his right arm that is missing.
Scale: At 5’10” Jericho was shorter than most of his peers including the 6 feet Kurt Angle and 6’1” Shawn Michaels Now we need a matching Shawn Michaels to battle this edition Jericho.
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Paint: Issues with the head sculpt aside the paint job on this figure is solid despite some issues. Mattel has a problem matching up colors properly. The blue Jericho wore was more of an aqua blue while the figure has more of a sky blue.
Mattel also could have made the logos on the side of the pants bigger. The Jericho lettering is included along the side of the boots.
Articulation: No issues here. Jericho has all the regular bells and whistles of a standard Elite figure. You’ll be able to do the Lionsault, Walls of Jericho, etc without any trouble.
Chris Jericho has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Jericho gets the entrance vest he wore at Wrestlemania 19. This is a case where the details and colors probably warrant the plastic instead of cloth. You won’t be able to get Jericho’s iconic arms out pose with it, but it’s not as restrictive as the plastic jackets.
The tampo looks great and the mismatched sleeves are outfit accurate.
Worth it? I got Jericho for $17. That’s not a bad price for an exclusive and about my max for this figure
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
The head sculpt is the major bummer here, but for an exclusive Mattel really needed to focus more on the details like the shade of blue, the gold shimmer of the logos, boot paint and elbow pad.
Where to get it? As a Ringside Collectibles exclusive you’re going to either have to go that route or get the figure from Amazon.com.