It basically comes down to Bam Bam Bigelow or Vader for the distinction of wrestling’s best big man. I was thrilled when Mattel revealed an ECW era version Bam Bam.
The only down side to this figure is now The Franchise Shane Douglas and Chris Candido have shot up to my Top 10 Most Wanted list so I can complete The Triple Threat.
Packaging: Maybe the best regular packaging Mattel is putting out now is for the Legends brand. The gold, brown and yellow colors are such a nice blend and convey a golden, vintage era tone. The Legends packaging features a very nice portrait of an intense Bam Bam.
As usual, the bio is the highlight of the packaging with an excellent summary of Bam Bam’s ECW career.
Likeness: There was nothing wrong with the first Legends Bam Bam head sculpt, but this one is much improved in part due to the neutral expression. The True FX face printing also adds another layer of detail.
This is the same base body we’ve seen with other Bam Bam figures right down to the short boots. It works so well there’s no need to switch it up.
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Scale: Bam Bam was 6’4” making him a bit of a giant against ECW talent like the 6’ Rob Van Dam and 6’4” Tommy Dreamer. The figure’s scale matches up very nice to those guys although it’d be nice to have some more Triple Threat 96-98 era ECW figures from Mattel.
Paint: The ironic thing about this figure is it symbolizes his ECW TV title victory over Taz, but he was wearing the yellow, orange and red flame when he won that belt. There is major significance to this attire though as it’s what Bam Bam wore when he beat Shane Douglas for the ECW title.
The paintwork for the flames matches up close enough to how Bam Bam’s actual attire looked like and the tattoos look tighter than the original Legends figure.
Mattel added the extra details to BBB like the tape along his fingers and capturing the right shade of red for his boot flames.
Articulation: Despite the bulk of this body it’s easy to move and hit Bam Bam’s signature moves.
He’s probably not a candidate for the Ultimate Edition format anytime soon, but it would be interesting to see how much more movement he’d get with butterfly shoulders and double-jointed elbows.
Bam Bam Bigelow has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Bam Bam Bigelow gets two additional sets of swappable hands.
The first is a wide open, grasping style set and the other is a set of fists.
His big accessory is the new ECW TV championship. With the exception of missing paint apps on the second set of plates, this is a great replica at this scale.
I forgot to actually get a pic, but it fits around RVD’s waist just fine. For Bam Bam, he holds it just fine in either gripping hands.
Worth it? I got Bam Bam for $20. The value is a little soft just because there’s not a lot of viable accessory options — maybe a cloth Triple Threat T-shirt could have been included?
Rating: 10 out of 10
This is a tremendous update of the original Bam Bam Bigelow figure fitting for his main event run atop ECW. Hopefully Mattel can deliver some more of that roster over the next few years.
Where to get it? The Legends line is exclusive to Target. Initially Series 11 was very hard to find in stores, but now they’re becoming more visible on pegs.