This is my second figure of Mickie James and is also the second figure of her in the WWE Mattel toy line. The very first Mickie James figure came out several years ago like when the WWE Mattel line first debuted . I purchased this figure at a local Walmart for a discounted price of $ 17.99 .
As you can see Mickie has had a successful career as a six-time women's division champion.
Above Mickie is wearing the only accessory that she comes with . The WWE Women;s Championship belt .
One of the most difficult things about making action figures is trying to get an accurate height scale. Since in real life she is listed at 5"4 it would seem that the figure would be quite a bit shorter than six inches tall. She should have been just a little over five inches tall, since the six inch scale is like comparing real life measurements. For example - five inches equals five feet , six inches equals six feet, etc .
I really love this figure . I love her new outfit and how colorful it is, since light blue is one of my favorite colors anyway. Plus it looks great mixed in with the pink trimmings. Love the bell bottom pants, a fashion designed that has been around since the 1960s or 1970s . Now for the comparisons of the newer Mickie James figure to the older one .
As you can see there looks to be more differences than similarities , and because of this the newer Mickie figure feels like a totally new figure altogether and not just a repaint . Different foot wear, different outfit , plus both figures left hands are different . The newer Mickie's left hand is an open palm. Whereas the older one's left is more of an open fist . As for the similarities , the arms look the same and so does the torso . I'm not sure about the legs, they may be the same but the different pants makes it somewhat difficult to notice .
Even the faces are different . She almost looks like a totally different person. This is mainly because the older figure is a representation of her when she was younger, and the newer one is a version of her as she ages. The newer one seems to have jowls around her mouth if you look closely, and the older one does not . The newer Mickie is also wearing more makeup, plus it is applied nicely to her face. Also it looks like the older figure's face may have been sculpted by someone , whereas the newer one looks as if her face may have been printed out by a 3D printer rather than sculpted. I say this because the newer figure's face looks more realistic to me .
Also as you can see, not only is the hair different in style but her hair is also a different sculpt and design . The only similarity in the hair is that they're both the same color . FINAL THOUGHTS (1) ARTICULATION LIMITS - No upward head movement and no ab crunch as with all of the female figures of this line .
(2) STANDING ABILITY - She stands very well because she is flat footed. No heels on her shoes.
(3) WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT THIS FIGURE ? - Her outfit. I like how colorful it is plus the pink designs in it are a nice work of art . The championship belt is a nice work of art also .
(4) WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT THIS FIGURE ? - No dislikes .
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE THE FIGURE? - Upward head movement, however I'm not bothered by it plus I'm used to the female figures of this line being this way now after all of this time .
(6) GRADING SCALE - A Perfect 10 despite no upward head movement.
(7) FINAL ANALYSIS - The first Mickie James figure looks as if she is ready for battle, whereas the newer one almost looks as if she is more ready for a Disco club than a wrestling match. However they both look great !!!
Based on her looks in the hit movie " Avengers Infinity War" here is Proxima Midnight, a member of Thanos ' Black Order Army . This is also the first and only Marvel Legend figure of Proxima. She was not made by Toybiz. I purchased this figure of Proxima Midnight at a local Walmart for around the $ 19.99 price range .
I love the way her face looks on the packaging drawing above . It looks better than the action figure's face in my opinion . It looks more feminine than the action figure's face .
If you're having trouble seeing the bio it says" A lieutenant of the Black Order, Proxima Midnight serves Thanos in his quest for ultimate power . " That sentence alone tells us that Proxima has high ranking in The Black Order, being a lieutenant .
All of the accessories you see above is what you get with Proxima. As you can see she comes with the torso of the Thanos build-a-figure .
The only thing that I'm NOT 100% satisfied with Proxima is her face . I'm not complaining about the sculpt, however . The facial sculpt is nice. The dark blue smudge on her lips just does not look right in my opinion. Plus is it just me or does the face almost looks masculine . Other than this gripe she is a great action figure .
As you can see Proxima is bigger than the average woman . Since she is an alien from another world she is listed at seven feet tall by Marvel , so it makes since that the figure is around seven inches tall to stay true to the character's height scale .
As you can see the movie version of Proxima has both lots of differences and similarities to the comic book version . The only thing that I like better about the comic version is that she is way more feminine looking than the movie version . It would have been great if Proxima came with a "bonus" comic book head to go along with the default movie head . The movie changed her weapon a lot too . The comic version looks more like a spear, where as her movie weapon almost resembles a trident. FINAL THOUGHTS (1) ARTICULATION LIMITS - only upward head movement is restricted by her hard plastic hair . (2) STANDING ABILITY - She stands well however I think she would stand better if she did not have heels. Even though the heels are even with the rest of her feet, although I think Proxima would stand better if she was one hundred percent flat footed .
(3) WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT THE FIGURE ? - The luxury of not only owning a "first time in the line" figure but also obtaining a high ranking member of one of the most dangerous villain groups in the Marvel Universe . I also like Proxima's size and her bulkiness, making the figure fun to pose and hold in your hands .
(4) WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT THE FIGURE ? - The face not looking feminine enough .
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE THE FIGURE ? - As already mentioned , a bonus comic book head would have been a nice add on item .
(6) GRADING SCALE - This figure gets a minus for not looking feminine enough in the face, along with the blemish on her lips. So I think a 9.8 out of 10 is a nice score . I would also add the limited upper head movement as a negative, however I'm not bothered by it .
(7) FINAL ANALYSIS - Will the popularity of the Infinity War movie help the sales of the figures ? Remains to be seen .
To complete the Howard Finkel figure, you will need to purchase four basic figures in the series . Since Basic figures are at lower prices than the Elite ones, I was glad that Finkel was not a part of an Elite series. So by him being in a basic series, it saves us all a good deal of money . I was lucky enough to purchase all four figures on the same day at the same local Walmart . Below are pics of the figures that you will need to purchase to complete Finkel . I just love how colorful the packagings are with the light blue and red colors.
The Million Dollar Man comes with Howard's torso .
Bob Orton comes with Howard's head and microphone .
Rick Rude comes with both of Finkel's legs .
Sgt. Slaughter comes with both of Howard's arms .
Once you get Howard put together, he is a perfectly cool figure . My only complaint about him is the same one that I had about the Mean Gene Okerlund figure, that he is just a little bit too tall . When you visit Finkel's Wikipedia page , he is listed at 5"8 . However this figure is just a little over six inches tall, making him somewhat out of scale when placed next to figures that he should be shorter than .
For those of you that may not be familiar with whom Howard Finkel is, he is a former ring announcer for the WWE . Lots of times he was referred to as "The Fink" . The figure is pretty cool and detailed with realism . You can clearly see the age lines in his neck .
The card backs are basically the same on all of the figures in this series with the exception of one mishap. Or is it an error ? Look closely and you'll notice that on one box art Howard's right hand is an open palm so he can hold the microphone, whereas the closed fist is the left hand . On the other it's vice versa, the exact opposite . The microphone holding hand is the left one and the closed fist is the right . Did Mattel do this intentionally ? Is this their way of telling us that either of Howard's arms can fit into either shoulder socket ? Or was this a mistake ? When I was putting Finkel together, I had difficulty inserting the microphone holding hand into the left socket, however it's a perfect fit into the right socket as you can see in the pictures . Plus I also wonder why does Howard Finkel has a closed fist ?He's NOT a fighter or a wrestler, just a ring announcer . So that makes me wonder a bit, although I'm not bothered by it, just curious about it . Gene Okerlund has the closed fist also .
Again, the above figures are all you need to complete Howard Finkel . Before purchasing these guys, the only figure I really wanted out of this series was The Million Dollar Man. Reasons being is because he is a classic WWE character that I wanted to add to my collection plus this is my first and only WWE Mattel figure of him . Not to mention this suited version works well with the Virgil figure . I did not want the others because- I already own Elite figures of Sgt. Slaughter and Rick Rude in the collection, so I had no interest in these basic figures . As for Cowboy Bob Orton, I did not have a figure of him I just was not interested in him . However that changed once I removed them out of their packaging . I like Bob Orton's hat and despite already owning a Slaughter figure I've come to like this basic figure after all, he seems really cool with the head attire to pair him when he was in alliance with The Iron Sheik . However I still have no interest in the Rick Rude figure and I'm thinking about either selling him or giving him away in one of my contests . Before purchasing this set all I really wanted was The Million Dollar Man and the build-a-figure himself , Finkel . FINAL THOUGHTS (1) ARTICULATION LIMITS - Even though Howard is a part of a Basic series, he has the articulation of an Elite figure . The Basic figures that you need to build him of course have their normal Basic figure articulation .
(2) STANDING ABILITY- All of the figures in this series including Howard stand well without balance issues.
(3) WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT EACH FIGURE INCLUDING HOWARD ? - Million Dollar Man - his blueish green outfit. One of my favorite colors . Orton - his hat . Rick Rude - Nothing because I already own an Elite Rude figure . Slaughter - he's built like he's ready to fight, his brawler style mold makes him ready for fighting poses. Finkel - The star of this series, I like the figure's overall true likeness to the real man . Plus the inclusion of the microphone .
(4) WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT ANY OF THESE FIGURES ? - I do not like Howard's height being out of scale, other than that there are no dislikes for any of the figures, including Rude . Rude was just the only figure I have no interest in keeping .
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE ANY OF THE FIGURES ? - No improvements needed with the exception of making Howard just a little shorter .
(6) GRADING SCALE - I give Million Dollar Man and Slaughter a Perfect 10 . I'm not sure what to give Rude and Orton . Howard himself gets a 9.8 . The minus is for him being just a little too tall and out of scale, other than that he is perfect .
(7) FINAL ANALYSIS - Now that Howard Finkel has been made into a WWE Mattel figure, I am now looking forward to a figure of fellow female ring announcer known as Lilian Garcia .
I recently purchased my second figure of Nia Jax about a month ago at a local Walmart . I will not be reviewing her because I reviewed her first figure, which is basically the same mold with the exception of the hair. The rest is just a new paint job . Plus this post is strictly a " COMPARISON POST " and not a review post . Here is the link to a review of her first figure - http://actionfigureimagerytoyreviews.blogspot.com/2017/08/wwe-mattel-nia-jax-review.html . Below are the pics of the newer Jax packaged and compared to the older figure .
I like the Nia Jax figure so much I just gave in ad bought it. I usually don't purchase repaints of the same character but in Nia Jax's case I made an exception .
There are two ways you can add a six inch scaled Snoke figure to your collection . If you prefer you can purchase him individually on his own without the throne . Or spend and extra twenty bucks and add to your collection of what you see here . I purchased the Throne Room Snoke set at a local Game Stop for around the $ 39.99 price range .
If you're having difficulty seeing the dialogue in the bio , it says " The shadowy commander of the First Order , Supreme Leader Snoke prefers to operate from a distance, looming over his underlings in the form of an immense hologram. As the First Order rallies, this master of the Dark Side emerges from the shadows to seize victory . "
Once everything is removed out of the packaging , above is how everything is set up. The foot stool on the left hand side easily attaches to the slot where Snoke rests his feet.
As you can see Supreme Leader Snoke stands at around seven inches tall .
Once you remove the Snoke action figure from the packaging, I must admit that he is indeed a very interesting looking character . From far away he just looks like a normal bald old guy in a yellowish gold bathrobe with slippers . However when viewing him closely, his grotesque looks may make you wonder about his back story, his origin, especially his face and neck. He looks like a living decaying mummy, with deep scars on his forehead and on the back of his head . It makes you wonder what happened to him . Was he in a war where some kind of chemical warfare did this to him, such as acid ? Or something else . Other things that are interesting about Snoke is his attire.The robe and shoes look normal from a distance, but when viewing closer the robe looks really cool with gold glitter that reflects light well, and the shoes are golden with nice decorations on them . His left index finger is supporting a black ring that pokes out, and I'm not sure what to say about his white outfit underneath . The golden belt can be removed and snaps back together . The robe can too if you have some scissors, because it seems to be attached to his lower neck area .Despite Snoke being a very grotesque looking character, the action figure is cool looking and is detailed very well . Now on to his throne .
I think I may love the throne almost as much as I do the figure itself . Nice job by Hasbro on all sides of it, from the front and back to the sides. The back is detailed very nicely with the circuitry . Plus this throne can be displayed with other figures from other toy lines, such as a Filmation Hordak figure from Masters of the Universe Classics. If you are aware of the old She-Ra cartoon from the 1980s, which I'm sure many of you are, than you'll remember that Hordak sat on a throne similar in looks to this one.
As great looking the throne is by it's lonesome, it does not look complete without it's rightful owner sitting on it .
As you can see the display looks even better when the diorama piece is in the background, giving that feeling of a complete look. It's almost like owning half of a movie set in you're room or wherever you display your collection . This background is very cool looking and it also reminds me of the background used for Hordak's throne room in the She-Ra cartoon .
Supreme Leader Snoke being guarded by one of his Praetorian guards ( figure sold separately ) .
When not in use, keeping the cardboard diorama background piece inside of the box would be a nice idea . This is one box you do not want to trash because of this reason .
In the above height comparison pic you can see that Snoke is very tall . He even towers over Vader . Sitting down in his chair makes him look just like a normal size guy, however when he stands he has basketball player height . FINAL THOUGHTS (1) ARTICULATION LIMITS - No ab crunch however there's articulation under his chest .
(2) STANDING ABILITY - Even though this figure was not meant for standing, it's kind of hard to get him to stand anyway without falling , because of his skinny legs despite being flat footed with no heels . However he does stand well once you get him balanced properly .
(3) WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT THIS FIGURE ? It's not just the figure, it's the complete whole toy set itself that makes this toy a fun purchase . Everything from the figure itself, along with his throne and the diorama background insert for the throne makes the whole set a pleasure to have in the collection .
(4) WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT THIS FIGURE ? - Nothing disliked
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE THIS FIGURE ? -No improvements needed .
(6) GRADING SCALE - With a combination of the three items the diorama background , the throne and the figure itself a Perfect Ten !!! With the figure only a 9.8 is decent . Not a Perfect 10 because of the difficulty of trying to make him stand without falling, even though he is not meant to stand .
(7) FINAL ANALYSIS - Hasbro's on a roll making the figures of the " bad guy leaders" of the Star Wars franchise . There're now figures of Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Jabba the Hut and now Supreme Leader Snoke .
This is not the first WWE Mattel figure of Mean Gene , the first WWE Mattel Okerlund figure was a build-a-figure , compared to this one being a regular figure . However if you look up pictures of the original Build-a-figure Okerlund , I do believe that this Gene figure is the exact same figure as that one, with the only differences being is that one is a regular figure and the other is not . I purchased this figure of mean Gene at a local Walmart for around the $ 19.99 price range .
I just love the bright vivid light blue and red colors of the packaging. I love how colorful the packaging is, very neat and cool looking .
As you can see Gene comes with quite a few accessories . A light stand accessory that is used to provide light for the television cameras, an old school WWE microphone along with extra arms and red jacket torso piece. The light accessory itself is part of the " build an interview set" mentioned on the packaging that is a part of this series.
Gene is listed at 5"9 , so his figure should have been shorter than six inches tall, since six inch scaled figures are normally in scale with actual heights of real people . Speaking of height, that is my only complaint about this Mean Gene figure . He's just a little bit too tall, other than that he's perfect .
I love the details that Mattel used in Gene's facial sculpt . All of the realistic details are there . A double chin, jowls around his jaw line, wrinkles in his forehead, etc. He even has the bald spot which looks like a comb over may have taken place.
The above accessory is a piece that is a part of the Summerslam 1989 interview set .
This is the backdrop that you see behind Gene in the packaging . Many people may throw it away and trash it, but this is one backdrop card I would not trash, and the reasons why are shown below .
The first two figures I wanted to display Mean Gene with the most were Hulk Hogan and Bobby" the brain" Heenan . The reason why is because some of Gene's most memorable moments in the WWE franchise are with those two . As you can see the blue backdrop behind him in the packaging can be used as a background that is perfect for interview scenes . Plus with the logo posted all over it, gives any interview scene a professional look and feel .
Now on to changing Gene into his red jacket . All you have to do is slowly pull out the default arms , and pull upwards on the vest like piece as shown above to remove it .
Now that that's done , reverse the process by pulling the red vest piece downward over his head, and snap in the red arm pieces .
After those steps, here he is in the red jacket instead of the default blue one .
I'm not sure which look I like the best, the default look or the red jacket look. They both look great however the red does matches better with his tie since the tie and jacket are the same color . Plus seeing Mean Gene in the red jacket reminded me of a very famous children's programming actor .
Does Gene remind you of KAPTAIN KANGAROO anyone ??? All Gene is missing are the white stripes to perfectly match the Kaptain's design .
The above pic is evidence and proof about my statement of Gene being just a little bit too tall . When you Google Gene, he's listed at 5"9 . Hogan was listed at 6"8 as a wrestler, yet when comparing the two figures side by side the height differential is not that much . So Mattel just needs to get back on track with everyone's heights . Other than that mishap everything else is fine . FINAL THOUGHTS (1) ARTICULATION LIMITS - No limitations. Even though he can't move his head all the way up or down, but his head can move downwards and upwards a little .
(2) STANDING ABILITY - The figure stands fine without balance issues .
(3) WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT THIS FIGURE ? The luxury of finally owning a Mean Gene figure in the collection is good enough . However I love the options of displaying him in different colored jackets, making him a very fun toy to own for both adult and kid collectors .
(4) WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT THIS FIGURE ? - He is a little bit too tall . Should have been just a little shorter to match the real Gene's actual height .
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE THE FIGURE ? - Make him a little shorter .
(6) GRADING SCALE - For the first time in the history of this blog, I am not sure what score to give . I'll explain . If I was seriously bothered by the height being a little too much, I'd give this figure a score of 9.9 . He gets a Perfect 10 if I'm not bothered by the height . So the situation is sometimes the height problem bothers me and sometimes it does not . Even though he is too close to Hogan in height, at least Hogan is still taller than him like he is in real life, which is what really matters . However it becomes bothersome when standing Gene to someone that's supposed to be 6"3, yet Okerlund is at eye level in height with that figure .
(7) FINAL ANALYSIS - This is a very fun figure to own in your collection because of the accessories and the luxury of changing attire . I think kids will enjoy this figure just because of the suit exchange feature, I can just imagine the little ones having a blast interchanging the arms, etc . Plus old school WWE fans would be pleased to own this figure if they collect action figures .