The Rock has to be on any legit wrestling Mount Rushmore of sports entertainers. After dominating the WWE, The Rock got bored and went to Hollywood and quickly became a huge blockbuster star. Never one to forget his old stomping grounds, The Rock has occasionally returned to lay the smack down. On one of those returns in 2013, he actually reclaimed the WWE championship.
I’d procrastinated in getting a bald older Rock figure so I was happy to finally grab one with the Royal Rumble Target exclusive line. Let’s see if I smell what this figure is cooking.
Packaging: As always, the non-standard Elite packaging is terrific. This isn’t a huge difference from the typical white and red Elite setup, but the extras make the difference.
The insert this time features a timer like the Royal Rumble countdown. I like the bio as well, which explains in exact detail what this figure is representing.
Likeness: The Rock has had plenty of figures so Mattel mixed up the expression this time with more a serious, focused expression. He was pretty intense for his Royal Rumble match against CM Punk so that makes sense.
Beyond the head sculpt, this is the same Elite body Mattel has used for previous Rock figures. It’s a good body choice so I don’t have any complaints with it especially since the next level muscular torso starts to have some articulation compromises.
Scale: At 6’5”, The Rock was taller than most of his competitors in this era including the 6’2” CM Punk and 6’ John Cena. The figure is scaled properly, which is always a good thing.
Paint: Mattel never has a problem with the major tampos like the D-Generation X logo on the shirt. The boot design is mostly clean although mine could have benefited from another touch of white paint along the boot tops. As usual, the tattoo work is very clean.
Articulation: The Rock’s base Elite body is one of the better ones as there are no articulation restrictions and moves smoothly.
I’d love more of the butterfly articulation points to allow for a better Rock Bottom, but otherwise this has everything I need to pull off his moves.
The Rock has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: The Rock didn’t really have a lot of options for accessories save a T-shirt and sweatpants, but he does have the super gaudy spinner WWE championship. He also comes with an alternate set of wide open hands ideal for smacking down some unruly opponents.
There’s another set of fists that include an open hand although I got a bad batch as this set features broken pegs that won’t stay into the socket.
Worth it? I found The Rock for $15. I always consider that the sweet spot for WWE Elite figures especially with the smaller allotment of accessories.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I wanted a modern era Rock and this one delivers just fine besides the broken pegs.
Where to get it? Since this was a Target exclusive that had a very limited stock, this one is hard to find. You might have to settle going the Amazon route at this point.