Survivor Series 90 is my guilty pleasure all-time favorite WWF ppv. Or at least is neck and neck with Royal Rumble 92. It marks a nice transition period of the big stars from the mid-80s phasing out with the stars of the 90s beginning to emerge. And the Grand Finale was a fun culmination of the night. This event also features one of my favorite attires for The Ultimate Warrior with the white and multicolor logos and silver tassels.
This look was in the running for the Fan TakeOver figure that was won by the WrestleMania 6 look, but Mattel didn’t have us waiting too long to get the Survivor Series attire. Warrior is the legends figure in this year’s Build-A-Figure wave. Let’s see if this figure roars or whimpers with this latest take on the Ultimate Warrrrrrior.
Packaging: As with all the Big Four ppv theme waves, Mattel mixes up the packaging from the standard setup. This one features more purple with some blue accents. It’s not the most eye catching, but is enough of a contrast from the other lines to get your attention.
Mattel used the same render portrait of Warrior on the front and right side with the photo reference pic on the back. This is a nice setup and shows Ultimate Warrior in all his fury and hype heading to the ring.
The stats and bio are solid as always and I appreciate the card specific write-up on the bio.
Likeness: Mattel has done some different head sculpts Warrior and this one best fits his late 90-91 hairstyle with a semi-mullet.
Warrior’s expression is intense, which works for him nicely and breaks up the calmer portraits we’ve seen lately.
Mattel continues working to improve on the bicep tassels. They’re not bad here and Warrior even has his tight fringes as well. I wish Mattel could figure out a better way to implement the tassels. Jazwares actually used cloth for the Young Bucks figures, but that didn’t look great either.
This is the same base body as the previous Warrior figures, which fits his physique well.
Scale: Warrior was 6’2 so he’s looking up at foes like the 6’3″ Mr. Perfect and Ax and 6’7″ Crush and Hulk Hogan.
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Paint: Warrior was committed to his face paint. From his first match to the Grand Finale, he actually changed his paint. The figure sports the first match face paint. The Grand Finale face paint is more interesting, but I’m not mad at Mattel here. And they even included his The Only Survivor on the back of his trunks.
Warrior’s hair could have used a darker wash to better show off his blonde hair and the dirty roots.
White doesn’t show off multi-colors as strongly as the black attire, but Mattel did a nice job making the colors prominent enough to stand out even from a distance.
Articulation: Ultimate Warrior clearly wasn’t the most scientific brawler around.
If he was really feeling it, he might bust out a suplex, but most of his arsenal was clotheslines, press slams and other heavy impact moves.
While I would prefer the UE articulation specifically the butterfly shoulders, Mattel adding double-jointed elbows to the standard Elite figures doesn’t make it such a drastic step down.
Ultimate Warrior has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Warrior comes with two sets of swappable hands — clutching and fists. Clearly the white leather WWF title is the most glaring omission although I wouldn’t have minded another Warrior portrait with the other face paint.
Fittingly, he comes with both heads for the BAF Rick Rude. The Ravishing One got two sculpts for his various looks as the insurance policy of DX and eventually with the nWo. Of course, if you wanted to this could work as a neutral head for the Dangerous Alliance Rick Rude.
Worth it? WWE figures are now $22.99. I grabbed Rude from a Buy One Get One 50% sale from Target, bringing him back down to cheaper than old school price.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Throw in a darker wash for the hair, another portrait with the Ultimate Finale face paint and the white strap title and this would be perfect. It’s a great addition to the Ultimate Warrior collection.
Where to get it? This Survivor Series is just now hitting Target so keep an eye out for the wave. Secondary sellers have him available now on Amazon.
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