Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins, aka The Street Profits, are one of the more electrifying tag teams the NXT has seen in a long time. I love that they’re a team that actually has legit swagger and these guys have it in spades. With March Bashness coming up, I definitely wanted to get to these guys so they can make the field. Time to bring the smoke.
Packaging: Series 81 marks the arrival of the latest cosmetic changes with more white than red and a certified authentic sticker and a prominent picture on the front.
I appreciate the cohesion with the tag teams as they’re both wearing their ring gear on the sides and have the back to back portraits similar to their backstage poses.
The bios are the same for both guys, which I feel is kind of a cop out, but they are linked together so it’s not terrible. Still, I wouldn’t mind a unique write-up about the team with either figure.
Likeness: Ford is wiry and ripped. The slender defined torso was the most fitting choice with him and the skinny legs help capture his physique well. Ford’s head sculpt is solid with the slight smile an excellent choice in conveying his personality.
Of the available body parts, Mattel probably went with the best option for Dawkins though he’s a touch too wide. Mattel used the least defined arms in their toolkit.
They did a nice job with Dawkins’ baggy shorts and sneaker combo. His head sculpt is also a killer likeness that matches up perfectly with the box. That’s the goal every time and Mattel knocked it out with The Street Profits.
Scale: Dawkins is basically a giant in the modern WWE standing at 6’5. Ford is more in line with the base height at 6’1”. That puts both taller than the 6’ Kyle O’Reilly and 5’11” Bobby Fish and their friendly rivals The Viking Raiders with Ivar at 6’2” and Erik at 6’1”. Mattel definitely sized up Ivar, but I already knew he was wildly out of scale.
Paint: This one was a rough category for the Street Profits. White is a notoriously hard color to apply properly perhaps second only to yellow due to the number of coats needed to avoid bleed through.
And when you’ve got white on red it’s the worst possible bleed through combination.
The stripes on both Ford and Dawkins are uneven with some areas coming off very sloppy. You can see where they stopped and started with the applications.
Ford’s tattoos did come out really sharp however. And while I shouldn’t have to say this, it’s nice to see there were no issues with the skin tone on either Ford or Dawkins.
Articulation: You know what you’re getting with the Elite articulation scheme. That’s not a big hindrance with The Street Profits since Ford is a bit of a high-flier and Dawkins is the heavy hitter.
Neither are the lock-up submission specialists where a more intricate articulation scheme would really be necessary.
The Street Profits have:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Mattel did just fine by The Street Profits with their accessories.
Ford gets his crown, which I think is a new piece as it’s smaller than most of the crowns that come with king-associated wrestlers. Additionally, he’s got his sunglasses and ring vest.
Next up are the gloves, which are even textured to simulate that rhinestone visual. Finally he’s got one of my favorite accessories with his red not-solo cup. I wish this could be held with the rhinestone hand, but that’s good enough.
Dawkins has two additional sets of hands — gripping and checking out the crowd/slapping — in addition to his ring jacket. Thankfully that’s cloth so there’s no awkward issue trying to get it on and off.
I really appreciate getting the full Street Profit setup with these guys.
Worth it? I grabbed both Street Profits for $20 each. Given the amount of accessories along with the usual Elite setup that’s a good deal.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
If you can find these guys with crisp paint jobs, go the full score here as Mattel clearly put a lot of work into these figures and it shows.