If you’ve been reading my reviews for awhile you know I’ve been clamoring for Mattel to find a way to crank out more color variants of guys like Sting, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Razor Ramon to name a few. I got my wish last year with the announcement that Mattel was reviving the Legends line. This was the series that initially sold me on collecting Mattel figures so I was thrilled with the return of the line.
Legends 7 features three figures including today’s feature, The Bad Guy Razor Ramon. Razor rocked a variety of colorful outfits and Mattel had only done one proper Razor Elite figure way back with the Defining Moment version in off purple. He’d been overdue for a new figure so let’s see how this one fares.
Packaging: I liked the vintage color scheme of the Legends line with the gold, browns and yellows and the big WWE Legends logo on the insert. It always seems like Mattel does a better job on the non-traditional Elite releases than the main ones. That definitely holds true here. We even get the drawing of Razor similar to the style of the previous six Legends wave in a nice bit of continuity.
The bio points out Razor’s feud with Michaels in ladder matches, making it ironic that we still don’t have a Razor figure in black like he wore in both matches.
Likeness: Mattel knocked out Razor’s likeness right from the start and I’m pretty sure this figure has a True FX touch-up for even better accuracy. The curl and hair flow is just how Razor wore it and the expression works for a more playful, cocky Bad Guy.
I think the part choices work fine. I know some people (including yours truly) complained that the DM figure had small arms and swapped them with the Road Warrior Hawk figure, but Mattel didn’t seem interested in making that adjustment yet. The rest of his body makes the best use of the available parts specifically the less developed legs.
Mattel gave Razor two elbowpads similar to what he wore during this era. They make movement tricky, but it’s accurate to his normal ring gear. I’m not sure if I’d mind these being painted on in the future however.
Scale: At 6’7” Razor was just a few inches shy of being considered a giant although he was taller than most of his peers like the 6’1” Shawn Michaels and 1-2-3-Kid and 6’0 Bret Hart.
Paint: This color scheme is from Razor’s match against Jeff Jarrett at Wrestlemania 11. Razor didn’t wear deep blue a lot so this was a fresh look for him.
Unlike the botched purple with the Defining Moments figure, this blue is very rich and pretty much the exact shade Razor wore. I complained so much about the purple that I really want to praise Mattel for getting it right here. The razors and logo came out clean as you’d expect from this line.
Articulation: I already mentioned the restrictions of the elbowpads. The kneepads have a similar issue, but it’s a case of Mattel never really figuring out a workable solution that looks good. Otherwise Razor can pull off most of his moves.
I especially like the open hands, which if you can set it up properly allows for a fairly precise Razor’s Edge.
Razor Ramon has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Razor comes with his gold chains. They lay down better on his neck and don’t ride up in his hair like the DM. He also has his vest reflecting the more colorful pattern from Wrestlemania 11.
Additionally, he comes with alternate wide open hands for his taunt poses.
Worth it? You can get Razor for the standard $20. It’s ironic how much better this figure is than the more expensive DM figure.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Mattel fixed a lot of the wrongs with the earlier Razor figure, but it still would benefit from tighter joints and less restrictive elbow and kneepads.
Where to get it? You can find the Legends 7 Razor Ramon figure at Target, which is the exclusive home for this wave.