A 2000 era Triple H Elite has been one of my biggest wish list items from Mattel for a while. Naturally they finally make one in its new Ultimate Edition line. Let’s see if this figure was worth the wait or if I’ve got two words for this figure.
Package: There’s not a big difference with this packaging from the others with the white with red accents.
I do like the rear setup with the figure and an actual reference photo. The bio is very cool as well.
Likeness: Triple H is a guy that definitely benefits from the Ultimate Edition format of three heads. The default is a neutral expression that will likely be the main one. His second head sculpt is useful mainly with the included Kango hat.
The third is more of the signature look I think of with Triple H in this era with an intense expression that works for “Suck It” poses or mid-match when he’s been battling for 30 minutes.
I’m glad Mattel is using different builds for this line. Triple H gets a bigger, muscular torso with thicker arms and legs than the Bret Hart of Shinsuke Nakamura figure.
That thinner torso waist section still doesn’t look great and seems more noticeable on this buck.
Scale: Triple H is 6’4” putting him taller than his 6’2” rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. He looks up to the 6’5” The Rock and the 7” Kane.
The figure is scaled just about right as I think the hair is making him look the same height as The Rock, but Kane should be a bit taller.
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Paint: Mattel went with a better mix of blonde and brown for Triple H’s hair. The paintwork with his beard is strong and as usual the tampo work on the tights is sharp.
Articulation: While it doesn’t make for the prettiest looking figure, the Ultimate Edition articulation scheme adds some appreciated range and movement from the usual Elite articulation.
Triple H wore longer knee pads, but they drastically hinder articulation so I’m fine with Mattel giving him the smaller, more flexible ones. For an authentic look, you can slap on a few knee braces.
Ultimate Edition Triple H has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Alright grab a lunch as this is going to go for a minute. In addition to the two extra heads, Triple H comes with two hands for crotch chop posing and a set of fists.
He also comes with his Kango and mesh shirt. I wish there were a way to do this with an actual mesh type material instead of plastic.
Triple also gets the Attitude Era WWF title. Finally, he’s got his trusty water bottle and sledgehammer. That’s a lot of accessories, but I don’t know if it makes the best use of this Ultimate Edition format.
Ideally, we could have gotten his leather jacket, the cloth DX shirt from the Best of Attitude Era figure and cloth jeans to have an entirely different Triple H figure.
Worth it? Triple H is still the standard Ultimate Edition price of $30. The additional heads are nice, but I’m not sure if that’s enough extras to make him worth $10 more than the normal Elite figure.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This was a long-awaited figure on my checklist and Mattel delivered. Now it’s time for the Ultimate Edition versions of Stone Cold and The Rock.
Where to get it? Wave 3 of the Ultimate Edition line hasn’t hit retail yet so you can get Triple H from Amazon.
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