My wrestling fandom is weird these days. I was thrilled that AJ Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson were leaving New Japan strictly so I could get Mattel Elite figures of three of the core Bullet Club members.
Now that I’ve got their figures, I’m completely fine with them returning to NJPW and being treated with more respect. I was doing a lot of running around to track these guys down as I wanted to make sure they were part of March Bashness 2018. Get your brackets ready! For now, let’s look at the Good Brothers.
Packaging: I’m fully expecting to be a fan of this new Elite package for a long time. I like the dominant white with the subtle red accents and black becoming the main color on the back. I do think instead of showing the artwork associated with the characters, Mattel probably should have included a picture of the actual figure. The swaps with these are going to be awful.
Mattel has gotten lazier with these bios. While Anderson and Gallows are a team, it’d be nice to get some unique text for both figures.
Likeness: The head sculpts on both guys are outstanding. It’s funny how some guys Mattel can get the likeness down right away and then struggle with others (Edge, Dolph Ziggler) for years. The Good Brothers came out flawless.
I like the expressions on both guys. Anderson has that slight smirk like he’s just cut a killer promo and Gallows looks nice and ornery.
While completely accurate to his current ring wear, I kinda wanted Anderson in the basic trunks and black boots to make a Machine Gun fix-up easier. The body type looks about right for Anderson.
Gallows is the more impressive of the two. Besides his height, he’s got the singlet top and pants.
Scale: Gallows is pretty tall at 6’8” and he’s much taller than his partner, who stands at 6’1” They look to be scaled properly with each other and the 5’11” Finn Balor. I always love how Mattel tries to stick to an established scale to further show the differences of various stars.
Paint: This is a category where both figures really stand out. Gallows has about a million tattoos and Mattel captured them pretty well. Anderson pretty much has a full right arm of them now and Mattel added all the appropriate color as needed.
Both of their outfits have a lot going on. Anderson’s features the Too Sweet gesture throughout. This is some quality tampo work as usual from Mattel and it is applied better with a smaller scale than other tight details we’ve seen on other figures.
Gallows is pretty cool. The two tone element of the singlet is cool and The Club logo is nice and prominent. The clean paintwork extends to the symbols on the right pant leg and the hash tag on the left leg also looks good. Mattel rarely messes up in this category especially when there’s not a lot of white accents on the attire.
There’s a section of the beard that wasn’t painted on, but I think the figure turned out more how Gallows keeps his beard so I won’t knock any points off here.
Articulation: The WWE Elite articulation scheme is just fine for these two. Really the only time the articulation is an issue is with more submission based figures. Anderson and Gallows don’t have any articulation hindering leg sleeves either making for easy to pose duo. You’ll be able to hit the Magic Killer with no problem either.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows have:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Anderson comes with a cloth T-shirt featuring that sweet Club logo. Gallows has his trench coat. Like most of the figure, this stands out a bit more than Anderson because of the intricate airbrushed style appearance. It’s made out of the soft plastic that allows for easy removal. Still, just getting regular ring gear doesn’t seem like nearly enough compared to other figures.
Both figures come with their respective segments of Rob Schamberger’s art display. I like these way more than the random dioramas, but I’d still like to see some more weapons included.
Worth it? I got these guys for $18. That’s a great price for Elite figures especially two that don’t have a lot of accessories to make the $20 price point more acceptable.
Rating: 10 out of 10
These are two very solid figures from Mattel. Gallows is really impressive, but Anderson is a solid figure in his own right. Bullect Club fans probably won’t want to miss out on these guys.
Where to get it? I found these guys at Wal-Mart, but I’ve seen remnants of Elite 56 at Target and I’m sure Toys R Us will start getting them in soon as well. You can also hope to get lucky and find them on Amazon for retail price as well.