One of the coolest things about The Undertaker is his ability to reinvent himself to stay fresh. I loved his descent into darkness during The Attitude Era when he formed The Ministry of Darkness. After he ditched those losers he formed The Unholy Alliance with The Big Show making for one of the most dominant if not short-lived tag teams in WWE history.
Since we’re apparently destined to never getting the 1998 Undertaker figure that’s one of my top wants, I’ll have to settle for cooler variant choices like this one. This Undertaker was part of the blink and you missed it wave of Hall of Champions exclusive to Target.
Packaging: I love the blue and gold color scheme of the Hall of Champions packaging as well as the title showcase insert.
In a rarity for Mattel, they botched the picture on the back using a 98 Taker photo. Thanks for rubbing it in guys. The bio is otherwise solid as usual for these side waves with a great write-up of why Taker comes with a tag team title. Now let’s hurry up and get a matching Big Show, Mattel.
Likeness: Mattel might do better incarnations of Undertaker than any other character. This headsculpt is amazing and fully capturing that evil look he had with the half goatee, long hair and bad intention expressions.
Taker wore a unique sleeveless shirt with his logo that really stands out from some of his other outfits. The logo is sculpted so this is an original look that would only be reused for The Undertaker. The glove cuffs never quite look just right, but I appreciate the effort.
Scale: The Undertaker is 6’10” so he should tower over everyone except for the 7’ Kane and Big Show. Scale has never been an issue with past Taker figures so that wasn’t a shock here.
Paint: There’s not a lot here to screw up paint wise besides the logo on the chest and pants. Mattel doesn’t normally mess up on that front, so the smooth paintjob was expected.
Articulation: Undertaker figures tend to have a good range of movement. I wish the hips allowed for a bit more clearance to make the big boot to the face a bit easier, but that’s about my only complaint with his articulation. I appreciate the open right hand as it allows for a rope walk if you’re patient enough to set it up.
Hall of Champions The Undertaker has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Here’s where things get a bit dicey. In this incarnation, Undertaker ditched the robes and jackets from previous eras. That limits Mattel’s viable accessory options. They go the expected, if boring route with the standard WWF tag title belt. Considering we don’t have a matching Big Show, it probably would have made more sense to include both tag titles.
Worth it? I got Taker during a Target sale for $15. That’s a better price for a figure with so few accessories.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I appreciate the dedicated sculpted shirt and sinister look for this incarnation of Undertaker. At $15, the lack of accessories is a non-factor for a figure that has no obvious issues.
Where to get it? You’d expect to be able to get this Target exclusive from Target, but the joke would be on you. Instead, you can get him from Amazon.com with a slight markup as he’s out of stock at Target.