WWE has done an amazing job of making him just another guy, but Shinsuke Nakamura was one of the main guys to get me into the New Japan scene. I’m eagerly anticipating Super 7’s wrestling line to match him up with more of his real peers.
Nakamura got the honor of being the second contemporary star to get featured in Mattel’s fledgling Ultimate Edition line. It’s basically how these figures should be presented in general, but Mattel has arrived so I won’t knock them for delivering the full experience now. Let’s see if this Ultimate Edition Nakamura makes me fall to my knees and shout. Yeoooow!
Package: I like the style of the UE packaging. The white with red accents looks sharp and I like how all of the accessories are visible.
I love the back of the card with a high quality shot of the figure and a photo of Nakamura in the respective ring attire.
Likeness: Ordinarily I’d mention this in the accessories, but it’s important to discuss the three heads here. We’ve got a winking one with the cocky smile and mouthpiece showing, another with a more anguished face and another with a yelling expression. There’s something for basically every occasion, which is a big plus for this UE figure.
Nakamura has a slim build reflected nicely with the figure’s proportions.
The torso looks a little weird with its slimmer waist portion. The idea is to allow for better side to side and back and forth movement from the standard Elite. It’s not the best aesthetic, but it’s not a line breaker visual either.
This is the outfit Nakamura wore at WrestleMania 34 when he battled AJ Styles. Mattel did a good job with the flow of his pants, which draped down over most of the boot.
Scale: Nakamura is 6’2,” which is a little shorter than the 6’4” Kassius Ohno while towering over the 5’11” Styles and Finn Balor.
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Paint: Nakamura has a very simple paint scheme. Mattel did get the right shade of gold for his belt, arm and wrist bands. The paint on the hair is solid as well with the right amount of shading for the close shaven portions.
Articulation: One of the selling points with this line is the added articulation specifically the double-jointed elbows.
Nakamura has better range in his torso so you should be able to hit his finisher a bit more dynamically as well.
Shinsuke Nakamura has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: The other big selling point for UE figures is the ability to swap arms out for a proper ring entrance and ring ready attire. Nakamura has his sweet Michael Jackson-inspired jacket.
Nakamura has swappable arms for the jacket and for the match. These pop out easily enough as do the swappable hands. He comes with fists and another set with his gesturing hands.
Worth it? I got Nakamura for $23, which was a pretty good deal at the time. Now you can get him for even cheaper likely due to Nakamura’s diminishing popularity.
Rating: 9 out of 10
I’m a big fan of the Ultimate Edition line and am glad to have Nakamura in this format. With this one and some of the accessories from the Defining Moments figure I won’t need another Nakamura figure.
Where to get it? Get Nakamura from Amazon as they currently have him up for $18.87, which is a steal. You can also find him at Target.
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