I’ve been a big fan of Santana and Ortiz since their arrival in TNA Impact as LAX ver.2. As founding members of The Inner Circle, they’ve felt somewhat underutilized, but they’ve still put on some good to great matches.
Santana and Ortiz were two of the figures I’ve been anticipating the most from Jazwares AEW Unrivaled line. Their prototypes were very encouraging that the line was taking a big step up in a positive direction and now it’s time to see if these are some of the best (the best! The best!) that AEW Unrivaled has to offer.
Packaging: It doesn’t look like I’m going to be changing my tune on this packaging anytime soon. The front presentation with the gold foil and black color scheme is very appealing.
It’s just the small side portrait that doesn’t offer much help from any regular peg distance and the boring back packaging that leaves me flat. Adding bios and stat lines to the back would improve these immensely. I do dig that Santana and Ortiz sign their autographs with Proud and Powerful respectively.
Likeness: Easily the most impressive aspect of these figures — and the line in general — has been the head sculpts. This looks like Santana and Ortiz. Jazwares hasn’t been doing a lot of lines with realistic head sculpts so it is commendable how quickly they’ve nailed these incredibly accurate portraits of the AEW stars.
Santana has an intense expression and the sculptors nailed how low he wears his bandana just over his eyes. It looks like he’s using the base Fenix torso, which is a smart fit for him.
It looks like the pants and boots are new and I love the extra attention to detail with his overalls flap hanging down and the straps sliding to either leg.
Ortiz is equally complex. His default head features his hair blown all out like an Afro. Ortiz’s expression works out alright as it fits for him playing around or being irritated and focusing up. He’s even got his uniquely sculpted feet “gloves.”
He’s rocking his Inner Circle T-shirt — thankfully the shirt is sculpted with sleeves and a collar. No fill in by paint effort here. He’s also rocking the overall shorts. The flap hangs down like Santana, but he’s got the Puerto Rico flag in his pocket.
Scale: Santana is 5’10” and Ortiz is 5’8”. Ortiz should be eye to eye with Darby Allen while Santana should be lined up with The Young Bucks. Both should be looking up at the 6’ Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page. Jazwares hasn’t quite nailed scale yet, which is a little frustrating. Santana and Ortiz look about the same height.
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Paint: The paintwork is strong with these guys for the most part.
Santana’s bandana is crisp and the pec tattoo is also very solid.
His outfit doesn’t have a lot of detail, but what is here was handled well. I am getting frustrated now that four waves in Jazwares is still struggling with matching the skin tone from one section to the other. That’s an issue that should have been fixed for good by Series 3.
Ortiz has more work of course since he’s got the IC shirt. He has just a few paint flaws along the sleeve and flag. His overalls are also well done and his tattoos are covered nicely.
Articulation: Maybe some of the novelty has worn off, but I still really appreciate the exceptional default articulation of this line. You don’t have to pay $10 more for it and can still pull off some convincing moves of these guys.
Santana and Ortiz thrive in tag team moves (shocking!) and there’s not much of their tandem offense that’s hard to execute thanks to the smooth Unrivaled articulation scheme.
Santana and Ortiz have:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Santana has an alternate head sculpt with the bandana covering his left eye in a nod to his mini-feud with Jon Moxley. It’s a nice variant option and I appreciate having a second portrait in any instance.
Additionally he has a swappable set of hands. He also has the sock with the baseballs for when he needs a little advantage in a match. Finally he comes with the Puerto Rican flag that you can drape around his shoulders for his ring entrances.
Ortiz does Santana even better. He comes with the flip flop he would throw at his opponents as a distraction. He also comes with swappable gripping hands. These are significantly different since they’re gloves.
Finally, his secondary portrait features Ortiz with his hair in twists, wearing a bandana and a yelling expression. That’s a nice amount of difference from one head sculpt to another with the same figure.
Worth it? I got these guys for $20 apiece. This is the wave where Jazwares started packing in some useful accessories and the value is really high for this line.
Rating: 9.7 out of 10
These guys are pretty close to perfect heel Inner Circle takes on Santana and Ortiz, but Santana’s wacky skin tone takes them down a few points. Beyond that, these are must get figures for your AEW collection.
Where to get it? Target has been doing a decent job of trying to keep this line in stock, but it’s still tough. It’s still a case of if you see them, grab them especially since they’re not on Target.com yet. You can also get Santana and Ortiz from Amazon.