Pat Patterson had an acclaimed wrestling career, but for most modern era fans, they know him as the behind the scenes architect guide for some of the best matches from the New Generation and Attitude Eras. Others recall him as one of Vince McMahon’s two Stooges. We really weren’t going to have a comprehensive Attitude Era collection with Stooge era Patterson, which Mattel surprisingly delivered with Elite 68.
Packaging: The standard Elite packaging is very eye catching with the white and red color scheme. The side features a nice portrait of Patterson. On the back, we get Mattel’s best bio and stat presentation with some cool tidbits and title history. I love this new setup and hope Mattel doesn’t switch it up too much besides the possibility
The bio and stats portion is also very nicely done and this presentation really offers a top of the line look for this new series.
Likeness: Patterson’s likeness is spot-on and I think he works well enough that he can double for his wrestling heyday thanks to Mattel putting him in his wrestling attire underneath his ring attire. Pat was a pretty simple, basic guy from the non-flashy wrestling gear.
Mattel went with the right size heft for Patterson as he’s got the stockier base body.
Scale: Patterson is 6’1” so he’ll be looking up at the 6’4” Steve Austin and looking eye to eye to 6’1” Vince McMahon. The Vince figure is too tall, but Patterson is scaled properly.
Paint: There’s not too much in terms of required paintwork. Patterson has the hairy chest paint job and his hair even has a bit of a wash. If only it had the platinum blonde hair color Patterson actually had then we’d really be onto something.
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Articulation: Patterson doesn’t need a ton of special articulation as the regular Elite. It does kinda make me wish we had more Mattel offerings from the 1960s and 1970s. You can easily pull off the vintage move set for a guy from his era.
- ball-jointed shoulders
Accessories: Mattel really went all out here as Patterson has a cloth T-shirt and pants from his Raw match with Gerald Brisco against Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Patterson also comes with two open gripping hands. Additionally, he comes with a riot helmet for extra protection.
Worth it? If you can find him at retail Patterson will only run you $20, the standard price for an Elite figure.
Rating: 9 out of 10
This is a really great figure of Stooge No. 1. I would have loved for Mattel to have added a younger headsculpt as well, but this fills in a nice low-key essential supporting player during the Attitude Era.
Where to get it? Patterson is a Wal-Mart exclusive. When I found him, there were two Pattersons on the shelves, which never happens. You’ll need to hit up Wal-Mart or try eBay.