Matt Hardy is one of those Hall of Fame masters of reinvention like Chris Jericho and Mick Foley. His Broken Matt Hardy in Impact TNA might have been his best. If nothing else came from his stint in WWE it was we were able to get a Broken Hardy figure in his WWE-inspired Woken gimmick.
Mattel worked hard to get several versions of Woken Matt into collectors’ hands and I finally grabbed one with the Wrestlemania 34 Elite wave. The best thing of course is this works just as well for his AEW incarnation of Damascus. Let’s see if this figure leaves me broken or simply wanting to delete it.
Packaging: Tampa Wrestlemania got cancelled but the pirate Wrestlemania theme is intact for this packaging. I like these so much more than the standard Elite color scheme. Even the bio is a bit more fun as it’s written in Hardy speak. The portraits feature a more intense Woken Matt expression which is more interesting than the one used for the figure.
Likeness: That’s not to suggest the head sculpt is bad. The best part about Woken Matt is Mattel did several expressions for him. This is more of the crazed promo expression, which looks really good. I prefer the wild smiling look, but this is a great likeness.
Mattel went with the standard Hardy body with belt and flared pants. No arguments here. He’s got open fists, which are probably the best choice for grabbing weapons at the Hardy Compound for Ultimate Deletion.
Scale: Matt is 6’1” putting him a bit shorter than the 6’2” Brother Nero or 6’3” Bray Wyatt. Bray is taller, but I’m not sure if it’s by a full two inches. Either way it’s close enough.
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Paint: Matt’s white streak in his hair is a little dirty where it should be more of a pure weight. This figure looks like Matt needs to use some more hair dye. Beyond that the paint job is at Mattel’s usual high quality.
Articulation: This body is well suited for Matt’s offense and is easy to pull off his moves including a fairly decent Twist of Fate even without butterfly shoulders.
Woken Matt Hardy has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Matt comes with his entrance jacket. Hardy wears his without sleeves making the plastic coat just fine. It’s pretty elaborate complete with texture and Hardy House painted one the back so going cloth wouldn’t have worked with this one.
The lack of sleeves makes it easy to put on and off, which is also a plus.
He also comes with the head for the Build A Ref Danny Davis figure.
Worth it? I got Matt for $15.99. That’s a solid price for WWE figures especially one that has a Build a Figure part.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I needed an Elite Broken Matt for my collection and getting Danny Davis in the process was an excellent bonus.
Where to get it? Amazon still has Matt in stock for $16. This is likely the last Matt Hardy figure from Mattel since he’s now in AEW so you shouldn’t wait too long to get him.