WARNING: What you’re about to read is going to be one of the most scathing reviews I have ever had to write for a product. I spend a lot of time (and money) writing these articles to help you people out when it comes to making purchases. I consider myself a consumer advocate for action figure collectors. So strap in, it’s only going to go downhill from here.
About a year or so ago, a company called Figures Toy Co. announced that they would be producing action figures for Ring Of Honor, as well as two other lines, Legends of Professional Wrestling (which is available now), and Rising Stars of Wrestling (which will be released somewhere down the line). But first, let me explain what Figures Toy Co. actually does. They are more or less a subsidiary of WrestlingSuperStore.com, and in recent years, have gotten into the custom action figure market (myfaceonafigure.com). The thing is, I’m sure they had the best intentions going in when they agreed to produce these. But best intentions can only go so far….
You see, Figures Toy Co. has the rights to use several of the old Jakks WWE Ruthless Aggression body molds for their lines of action figures. And if anyone reading this is familiar with that series, you’ll remember 2 things: lousy articulation and poor use of scale. Their Rey Mysterio was the same height as Brock Lesnar for fuck’s sake!
When the Legends of Professional Wrestling line was announced, I’ll admit it, I was hopeful. I saw it as a chance for a lot of indie talent I loved watching in ECW and elsewhere to finally get their dues as action figures. The first wave includes New Jack, The Blue Meanie, P.J. Polaco (AKA Justin Credible), and Jim Cornette. Since I was quite skeptical about these and they carry a fairly high price tag ($29.99 each), I only picked up 2 of them, and decided on New Jack and The Blue Meanie.
First, let’s talk about one of the only saving graces with these, the packaging. The figures are packed in a resealable clamshell, which is a great idea, considering there are both MOC collectors and loose figure collectors. This is kind of the best of both worlds. I’m just sorry it’s being used for such a shoddy product.
Moving along, let’s talk about the appearance of the figures themselves. It seems fairly obvious that Figures Toy Co. does not have access to Real Scan technology, so these 2 come off looking more like cartoonish caricatures than the wrestlers they’re supposed to represent. Meanie and New Jack’s head sculpts are decent (check out the scar tissue detail on New Jack’s forehead), but the heads are a bit oversized (much like the old WWE Jakks figures), so using these for custom Mattel figures doesn’t look like a possibility.
Time for quality control! Both of these figures have the loosest joints I have EVER seen on an action figure right out of the box! Meanie’s arms are flailing constantly and his head nearly popped out of its socket when I tried to turn it. New Jack has floppy ankles making it fairly hard for him to stand on his own without falling over. The paint jobs on these aren’t great either. Meanie has a big stain on his right forearm which I’m going to have to use acetone to remove.
As far as accessories, they decided on fabric clothing for this line of figures. Once again, also shoddily made. Blue Meanie’s Daisy Dukes are constantly sliding down, giving everyone a view of his non-existent genitals. THEY DIDN’T EVEN BOTHER PAINTING TRUNKS ON THESE FIGURES! THEY’RE COMPLETELY NUDE UNDER THE CLOTHES! (No, I’m NOT posting pictures of THAT on here). Meanie’s belt also snapped less than 2 minutes after removing him from the package. Where is New Jack’s 187 shirt with the tattered sleeves? Where is his backwards bandanna? Both are missing. They opted for a singlet and some camo pants with some poorly placed velcro. They threw in a plastic 2×4 with New Jack and a folding chair with Blue Meanie (which he can barely hold), so I feel they may be trying to overcompensate by doing this.
Final thought: SAVE YOUR MONEY! Unless you’re an ECW diehard or action figure completist, you can easily skip these. Customizers may wanna pick these up only for the heads to have them recasted and rescaled to fit Mattel bodies but that’s all I can think of. I’ll be back with a much more positive article in a few days, I promise. I’m so sorry if you actually read this all the way to the end.
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