I’m finally wrapping up WWE Legends Series 8 and let’s see if I saved the best for last with Eddie Guerrero. This version is based off of Eddie’s final run with the company before his tragic death, which rocked wrestling harder than most stars that die before “their time.”
The best aspect of the WWE Legends line is we still get to celebrate them in figure form. Let’s see if Mattel brought the heat with this one.
Packaging: I think this gold, brown and yellow scheme is my favorite of the current Elite setup. It accomplishes the desired result with a vintage look and the big WWE Legends logo in the back.
The sides and back feature the same portrait of Eddie. Roger Rudat’s bio again is sensational with a terrific summary of Eddie’s legendary career.
Likeness: Eddie hasn’t been a wrestler Mattel has struggled with the likeness as they’ve been consistently good throughout his various eras. This might be my new favorite as it really captures his personality well with that slight, disarming smile while nailing the bangs Eddie rocked in this stage of his career.
I really love this head sculpt. Some good ones capture the likeness of the character while the great ones capture the essence of the wrestler.
Mattel concocted a solid formula with Eddie’s parts and don’t deviate from it here. He’s proportioned well and has muscular arms reflecting his size.
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Scale: Eddie was 5’8” making him two inches taller than his pal Rey Mysterio Jr. and definitely looking up to rivals/partners Batista at 6’6” and The Undertaker 6’10”.
Paint: Eddie started having blonde highlights at this point and Mattel did a nice job actually incorporating them. Too often highlights and shading in hair color is something Mattel skips so it’s great to see that included here. The face printing work is also exceptional with the facial hair looking very natural with the right amount of fading.
As usual, the Eddie figure features a darker skin tone than he actually had and only the classic WCW version got that right.
Eddie’s flaming tights design featuring three colors yet the work on them is sharp and precise. Paint has been surprisingly inconsistent for Mattel this year, but Eddie doesn’t have any problems at all.
Articulation: I have high hopes that Eddie will be one of the Legends we eventually see in the Ultimate Edition line as his technical skills would benefit from the added articulation.
We can still get a lot of good poses out of this Elite body, but that extra bit of range adds so much for wrestlers. This buck is certainly better for executing moves than others (cough cough Mark Henry) however.
Eddie Guerrero has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Eddie comes with all he really needs for this era — the I’m Your Papi! cloth T-shirt.
It’s cut well and sleeveless like Eddie wore them. Additionally he’s got a set of open hands. It would have been a nice touch for him to also have a set of Smackdown tag team titles in honor of his run with Rey and Tajiri.
Worth it? Like everyone in this wave, I got Eddie for $20. I love getting the figures on sale for $15, but the standard price isn’t bad with a figure of this quality.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Mattel has now largely covered the major eras of Eddie’s WWE career and this is a tremendous latter stint figure. It’s definitely in the running for best Eddie G figure.
Where to get it? This is a Target exclusive and you can get him now off the website for $14, Target has set up an end cap with the last two waves of Legends so you should find him pretty easily.