Hello readers. Today’s mini review is of Mattel’s 3 ¾” WWE Dollar General figures of The Rock, CM Punk and Randy Orton.
I didn’t even know these little guys were being released to stores, so if they were mentioned during Toy Fair back in February, it must have slipped through the news coverage. I actually found out about them from a fellow toy collector on one of the various forums I’m a part of.
The figures are a little smaller than the current size of GI Joe figures, but as it was pointed out to me, their heads fit on Joe bodies easily and don’t look out of place; for you folks who do that sort of thing. The figures that come in the “wave” are John Cena, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Kane, with an apparent special autograph figure of The Rock.
Dollar General is charging $6 each for these, which I feel is a bit much for what you get, as the only articulation consists of just a cut neck and waist. Beside that issue, the figures aren’t bad representations of the superstars, and will be great for the younger WWE fans in your life.
The Rock looks to sport his most recent look without the goatee he had last year when he was filming the GI Joe sequel. The tribal tattoo is amazingly detailed for the size, and the logo on his trunks are just as crisp. His physique is a great match for Rock, and in this case, isn’t hurt by the loss of the articulation points. The only drawback is the paintwork on his face, which is a little lacking in detail. The only thing that’s there are lines for his eyebrows, and dots for the eyes. Based on all of his current figures that Mattel has released in the last year, which I skipped because of a similar issue with cartoony looking eyes, the simple dots aren’t as bad.
Next I’ll cover “the voice of the voiceless”, CM Punk. Like The Rock, Punk’s figure is a great representation of him. Due to the size, most of Punk’s intricate tattoo work isn’t included in the paintwork, which I can agree with; I’d rather they skip them than mess them up with splotchy black marks all over his arms. That said; what Mattel did include on his chest and abdomen is quite clear, and easy to make out in photos. The sculpt work on Punk is great, but his hair and beard is a little off, and the pose Mattel chose is a bit odd. He seems to be in the midst of his entrance routine.
Lastly we have “The Viper” Randy Orton. He’s the smaller of the 3 I’m reviewing today, when in reality he’s even taller than Punk. Like the others, the paintwork on Orton’s tattoos is great, while he also suffers from the iffy paint applications on his head. The issue with the face is sadly something Mattel deals with on each version of him the release. He has the kind of haircut that is hard to represent with just paint when it’s painted on an assembly line and can’t truly get the faded paint effect for his shaved head. That’s also the issue he has with his beard being an almost constant 5 o’clock shadow. Randy is posed in his arms wide open pose that he strikes after he enters the ring and climbs the corner ropes. It’s a great ‘moment in time’ pose, which could only get better if Mattel releases an in scale ring for him.
In closing, I would say if you have a Dollar General store in your area, and you don’t mind the $6 price tag for mini statues, these are worth the purchase. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the Kane figure from this line, as the poses on the Cena and Mysterio figures I saw at the store were a bit goofy.
I’ll see you in the toy aisle.