For us figure collectors, Toy Fair used to be the most wonderful time of the year as companies from across the world would astonish us with their upcoming slate of releases. But as San Diego Comic Con’s influence began to expand to become the central hub of all things geek culture, toy companies opted to make SDCC the showcase for their future offerings.
Last year Mattel had an all-time best showing with its WWE line revealing the first Hulk Hogan, Razor Ramon, Junkyard Dog, X-Pac, Doink the Clown, Blue-tista, Paige and the coup de grace — Sting.
It’d be crazy to think Mattel can top last year’s showing, but there are some legend reveals that could make the 2015-2016 lineup almost as impressive. For the sake of all our sanity I won’t include the guy we all really need. (Hart, Owen) Here’s the 10 best options:
10. Big John Studd
King Kong Bundy is missing his tag team partner and the 80s heels need the biggest member of their side until Andre turns. The original giant of the Heenan Family is one of those characters you figure Mattel will eventually get to, but if you’re like me, you’re ready to get him now rather than waiting any longer.
Besides, we’re getting ever closer to having a complete ‘Hulk Hogan’s Rock’n Wrestling’ lineup finished and Studd would definitely help. Give him a cloth robe and we’re good to go.
Based on his own solo career, The Anvil wouldn’t be a must-have, but a 1997 version would complete the viable members of the Attitude Era Hart Foundation and increase the odds a future 1989-1989 Hart Foundation tag team two-pack with Bret Hart.
Mattel has been a little reluctant about cranking out many ECW-era figures.
We’ve gotten a Tommy Dreamer in the basic line and an RVD, but it’s time for Mattel to dip into the well a bit more and who better to start than the suicidal, homicidal, genocidal icon? Give him a cloth headwrap and shiny pants and we’ll be all set.
The most dominant wrestler in WCW history seems like an easy pick, but he’s not necessarily all that essential just yet when you consider how few of his opponents (Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Raven, Saturn) have been made so far.
For now we’ll have to be content having Goldberg square off with our Bret Hart, Kevin Nash, The Giant and DDP figures. Not that Mattel has been slacking on them, but hopefully SDCC will reveal a lot more late 90s WCW characters.
On lists of all-time tag teams, ‘Beautiful’ Bobby and ‘Sweet’ Stan really can’t get past the Top 5. The team that was the first to capture the NWA tag team titles while holding the U.S. tag belts defeated another Top 5 team in Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
They’re an essential team for NWA fans right behind the Road Warriors, the Rock n’ Roll Express and no real collection would be complete without them. If we can’t get some approximation of the U.S. tag titles, hopefully Mattel could give us those sweet robes they wore through most of 1989-1990.