WWE Mattel Elite Series 50 Available to Order NOW!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The 50th series of the most detailed action figures that Mattel has to offer have been released!
The series includes John Cena based off of his return from injury last year. He comes equipped with a cloth shirt, a hat, his signature dog tags, and a removable armband. It may seem like a standard elite John Cena, but this one looks like something a little more special. I wish they could be a little more imaginative with the accessories, but this figure still looks to be the best John Cena elite in years.
Another big draw for this series is the inclusion of the first ever Shane McMahon figure. No Flashback this time around, but it is based off of his match with The Undertaker last year in Dallas. Grey hair and all, this figure comes with everything short of the fake money that fell from the stadium that night. As we all know, Shane made history by jumping to his near-certain death on an announcer's table. It's only fitting that this figure comes with a buildable announce table.
Baron Corbin gets his first elite figure in the landmark series. He comes with the usual sad expression that accompanies his face, but not one that accompanies his belly. Only one accessory here, but it's a good one: his jacket from NXT Takeover: Dallas. I'm surprised that an Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy did not join Corbin here, but they did include all of his tattoos and incredible height. A good first elite out of many more to come. Mattel was just a bit too generous with Corbin's hairline and abdomen though. Ah well, what can you do?
Oh boy, my face hurts just from looking at this one. Stephanie McMahon is made wearing her "Skull Queen" outfit that she wore during Wrestlemania 32 last year. In all seriousness, this is a good one. They got the hair correct, a leather jacket to go over her, and they captured that signature "Stephanie squint" facial expression that she has. This figure even has the skull mask attached to mini pole so that she can hold it up to her face! Which is good, because that face is haunting.
I've got to be honest, I'm not really feeling the next one. Rhyno also makes his elite debut, (there's a lot of those in this series isn't there?) and he is based off of his current run. He comes with one Smackdown Tag Team Title. Mattel was headed in the right direction with this one, but something just feels off. His face is all scrunched up and looks weird, and his arms are comically oversized. Just my opinion, maybe to other people this figure is a work of art. For me personally, this is definitely the weakest figure in this series.
The "Flashback" this time around has gone to The Warlord. Mattel put a rather astounding amount of time into this one, which is surprising seeing as how he is involved in the Concussion Lawsuit against WWE. I didn't even think they make any of the plaintiffs involved there, and if they can, I'll take my Repo Man elite figure any day now. Anyway, this figure's got it all: the shoulder pads, the mask, the silly "W" staff, it's definitely a standout in Mattel's impressive lineup of Flashbacks.
The entire series is available to order now. You may view or order any of these figures here: http://www.ringsidecollectibles.com/mattel-toy-wrestling-action-figures-wwe-elite-50.html