WWE Flashback Series Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat figure review

If you haven’t been paying attention, the Mattel WWE decision makers want to immortalize all of Macho Man Randy Savage’s major moments in figure form.

Not surprisingly, this has led to getting a slew of important figures in their iconic attires. The latest is the WWE Flashback Series Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat from his Wrestlemania 3 match against the Macho Man.

This has been a highly anticipated figure for collectors who missed out on the earlier Legends figure or wanted another iconic attire for The Dragon. Let’s see if this one brings the fire.

Packaging:  I’m a big fan of the color scheme of the Flashback Series packaging. It had a throwback presentation and the old school interview set backdrop is a major plus.

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The bio for Steamboat is very comprehensive for a two paragraph write-up. It details Steamboat’s two most iconic rivalries against Savage and Ric Flair.

Likeness:  Let’s get my biggest annoyance out of the way first. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten a Ricky Steamboat figure. Mattel has released four so far and only the Defining Moments figure didn’t have a sculpted headband. I was hopeful Mattel would either make a new younger head sculpt or re-use the DM sculpt.

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Nope, we get the original one with sculpted headband. It’s not like Steamboat wrestled with that on and is annoying since the rest of his entrance gear is removable. This felt lazy and is a pain since the hairline of that sculpt wasn’t right — Steamboat had his hair more like bangs at that point in his career.

Mattel gave Steamboat the thinner, ripped torso although like most guys from this era, the Steve Austin torso was more appropriate.

Scale:  This figure is an exact repaint of the original Legends figure so it scales a tad smaller than Steamboat did at 5’10”. He looks just a bit shorter than the two inches Flair and Savage have over him, but it’s not so significant that it’s an issue.

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Paint: Mattel doesn’t typically do a lot of all white attires so this one really stands out. The red trim atop the boots came out fine with the expected level of slop around the boot laces. Steamboat’s dragon logo on the sides looks very nice, but there’s a little overspray issues with the headband.

One of the coolest aspects of this attire is it’s the same that Steamboat wore in fighting Flair at Wrestle War 89. Mattel already gave us that Flair look with his first Defining Moments figure so now we’ve got a nearly complete set of Steamboat’s attires from his biggest matches. All that’s left is the green tights from when he beat Flair for the belt at Chi-Town Rumble and some of his all black tights from his Karate Kid inspired early days in the WWF.

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Articulation:  I really wish Mattel released Steamboat a little later in their production cycle. With the inclusion of alternate hands, Steamboat could have definitely been given some karate chop/flat hands. As is, we get all of the other useful posing options with this Elite body. Steamboat is a high level wrestler so it’s important to be able to hit all of his signature moves.

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WWE Flashback Series Ricky Steamboat has:

  • neck
  • ball-jointed shoulders
  • bicep
  • elbow
  • wrist
  • wrist hinge
  • waist
  • hip
  • thigh
  • knee
  • ankle


Accessories:  Steamboat comes with his matching white gi and black belt. The white gi stands far less chance of staining the figure like the red one used on the original Legends figure. Since it’s cloth, it comes on and off easily enough.

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Additionally, Steamboat gets an Intercontinental title. It’s probably hard for collectors not to have a massive belt surplus at this point. It’s nice enough and can fit over the gi. Finally, Steamboat comes with the head for the Build-A-Figure Commissioner Michaels.

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Worth it?  I got Steamboat for $18. That’s a good price for an Elite figure with cloth entrance gear and a title.

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Rating:  9 out of 10

With a new head sculpt this would be an easy 10 and it seems like it’s going to be a long wait for the next Steamboat figure. Too much time passed for Mattel to just re-use the old one especially for a true Legend like The Dragon.

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Where to get it?  The Flashback Series are exclusive to Wal-Mart so they’re your only option.