Dolph Ziggler has been in the WWE for seemingly decades now and with a few minor exceptions, has rarely been treated like a legit superstar despite being among the Top 10 wrestlers in the promotion throughout his tenure. That lingering trash treatment has led me to be very selective of the Ziggler figures I’ve added to the collection. With the Elite 70 figure, I decided it was probably time for an update. Let’s see if I made the right call.
Packaging: The Elite packaging gets the job done. I appreciate the different pictures of Ziggler on the side and rear.
The bio focuses on the specific look for this figure with Ziggler’s feud with Seth Rollins and The Shield.
Likeness: I think Dolph’s head is just a little oversized. Beyond that the figure looks good and captures his try hard tough guy expression well. The hair with the top knot looks goofy, but that’s all on Ziggler and not Mattel. He’s got the slender ripped torso and his shoulders and arms match up properly. No bad part choices here.
It’s worth noting that Ziggler has separate small kneepads with his designs on them. That’s something collectors have been clamoring for with Flashback Shawn Michaels figures for awhile so it’s nice to see them implemented here.
Scale: Ziggler is 6’ so he’s shorter than most of his opponents including the 6’1” Seth Rollins, 6’3” Roman Reigns and 6’5” Drew McIntyre. Ziggler’s head is a tad oversized putting him too close in height to Rollins, but otherwise he’s fine.
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Paint: Mattel has started getting back into the chase edition format — or as Flashback collectors call it, an every wave occurrence — with different paint decos for certain figures. Ziggler got the call this time with a pink tight scheme instead of the all black attire.
Interestingly, I didn’t realize the version I got was the chase until I started working on this review. The pink pops and despite a credible effort on Mattel’s part to branch out from black and red color schemes, the modern collection still needs more color.
Unlike purple, Mattel has the pink shade down perfectly. Ziggler stopped going for the platinum blonde look and started letting his darker roots take over. Mattel hasn’t been known for doing a lot of washes, but they did in this case. It was the right call as it captures more of the dirty blonde hairstyle Ziggler wears now.
As usual, the tampo work is precise with all of the Heel Ziggler/Rebel Forever lettering coming out very clean. Mattel even got the black lines around the boot down too.
Articulation: Ziggler is one of those machine wrestlers and is capable of doing pretty much anything in the ring. His figure needs to reflect that versatility. The standard Elite articulation does that pretty well although I want the Ultimate Edition arms for every Elite figure at this point. You won’t have any problems Showing Off his move set here.
Dolph Ziggler has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: If ever there were a candidate for alternate head sculpts it would be Dolph Ziggler, who could come with a mid-match, poofy hair head sculpt.
While he didn’t get that, Mattel did come through with his Oakland Las Vegas Raiders style jacket. It fits nicely and doesn’t look too big. He also comes with a set of outstretched hands to expand your alternate hand collection.
Worth it? Thanks to an extended Wal-Mart sale, I got Dolph for $15. That’s a better value for this line considering they don’t have a Build-A-Figure program set up and there’s so much reuse. I guess I wasn’t the only one who wanted a new Elite Ziggler. The regular version goes for $34 and the chase goes for $65. Ouch.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Ziggler has become a WWE hallmark and I really needed an upgrade. This is a nice figure even with his big noggin.
Where to get it? Mattel is cranking out these waves to the point it’s impossible to find a wave in stores once a new one has been released. Online is the way to go, but that’s a struggle all in itself. You can find him on eBay for pretty reasonable prices or try your luck with Amazon.