I’m back after a long hiatus due to health problems, and in this review, I’ll be covering the WWE Battle Packs Series 47 Sasha Banks VS. Charlotte Flair.
I’m a big fan of the WWE Women’s Division (We don’t call them Divas anymore, because that word insinuates the image of a bunch of bitchy girls), and make it a point to try to collect as many of them as possible when they’re released in action figure form. I’m known to usually pass on Battle Packs released by Mattel though, because for the most part, they have Basic style articulation (which I’m not a fan of), but the female figures have articulation that falls square in the middle of Basic and Elite from a design standpoint. Good but not great let’s say.
Sasha Banks has a brand-new head sculpt, and this is her 3rd figure in the line (4th if you count the re-issue of her first release a few Basic waves back). According to the packaging, the attire is from RAW September 2016, and features Sasha in her entrance gear. She comes complete with a pair of white shutter shades and her “Legit BOSS” bling chain. Upon further inspection, it appears the glasses are actually designed to fit into her hair, unlike her last Elite release. A very nice attention to detail on Mattel’s part. I’m not sure if the hair color on her is accurate or not, as she’s gone a very light shade of purple in recent appearances as opposed to the maroon she’s had since her first release.
Charlotte Flair is decked out in her red ring attire, a nice change from the boring black her first Basic figure had. New head sculpt on her as well, a very disenchanted scowl on her face. It really captures her on-air persona. Only flaw with this figure was the re-used body parts (which is fairly common amongst the WWE female figures), because there are sculpted unpainted straps visible on her back, which makes it look rather silly.
As far as accessories, you usually get at least one in a Battle Pack. Sadly, they seem to be character specific in this one. Sasha gets her shutter shades and bling, whilst Charlotte gets nothing. A good move by Mattel would have been to put a WWE RAW Women’s Championship title, seeing as how they have yet to release one (Basic or Elite design) with any of their figures.
As mentioned earlier, articulation wise, these figures are kind of middle of the road. Not quite Basic yet not quite Elite, but somewhere in between. My biggest issue with the female figures is how fragile and rigid the plastic tends to be at times, so to be safe, soak them in hot water for a few minutes to loosen up their joints before attempting any over the top poses.
Overall, I give this set a 4 out of a possible 5, and recommend picking it up if you’re a fan of Sasha, Charlotte, or the Women’s Division in general. I believe these are currently available at Ringside Collectibles, but should be hitting retail in a month or two. Thanks for reading, and I’ll try to keep less time between my reviews in the future.
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