I know. I know. I KNOW!
How can we actually call this AEW Unrivaled Series 6 when there are only two of the six figures here? As we mentioned a while back, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories has decided to only get one of each character (lest we go bankrupt) so that leaves out Chris Jericho, MJF and The Lucha Brothers, whom we purchased in earlier versions.
So what does that leave us with? Let's take a look....
The two figures left are Jake Hager and Hikaru Shida who - let's be honest - probably weren't at the top of anyone's must-have list. Yet they are new characters to the AEW Jazwarews universe so... that must count for something.
Jake Hager is just okay. His Jack Swagger figures through Mattel were actually much better for the most part. For one thing, they seem to have given Hager the wrong hair color, making him look a lot more ginger than he does on an episode of AEW Dynamite. And the outfit, whie probably accurate to something he wore in the ring at one point, feels like it's only a partial effort. Like, no kneepads? You tend to think of the guy in suits, pullovers or, at the very least, an Inner Circle T-shirt. The "extra hands" the figure comes with are also completely unnecessary here. I will say, the hoodie is kind of a neat feature that you don't see on very many wrestling figures.
Hikura Shida, on the other hand, is a much better depiction of her. Wearing red and black, she just looks like a total badass. I'd argue that she's the best womens figure AEW has produced to date, which has to count for something. Shida, like Riho before her, comes with the AEW Womens Championship.
While it's hard to judge the entire series on two figures, I couldn't justify spending the extra money to have a second Jericho, etc. in my collection. Perhaps one day. But with AEW beginning a second series of figures now (AEW Unmatched), I may very well have to begin picking and choosing what I want in my collection overall.