My WWE Mattel Collection
We always talk about my vintage wrestling figures on this site, but rarely do I talk about the new(er) ones.
There's probably a reason for that: many of the WWE Mattel have come out in the last decade or so, and aren't nearly as rare and, therefore, exciting. At the same time, they're so much BETTER than what was out before them, in terms of appearance, articulation and scale. On the whole, WWE's Mattel collection are excellent figures, and I recently build a shelf just to display (most, but not all) of my collection.
One quick word, before we get into the details: I don't buy most of these off the store shelves or through Amazon -- while I'd love to, it would become an incredibly expensive habit. Brand new, these figures retail for anywhere between $15 and $40 (Canadian), which is typically too rich for my blood. Sure, I'll break my own rules every once in a great while, but for the most part, these were acquired on sale at the local Walmart or Toys R Us; in lots on eBay; and even hidden away at local thrift shops.
That said... here's what I've got:
The top shelf is largely reserved for WWE legends, and I'm definitely more into these than the newer guys, by and large.
Back Row: Andre The Giant; Ravishing Rick Rude; Diesel; The Undertaker; Hulk Hogan (not in "legends" version, but you take what you can get with The Hulkster); Alundra Blayze; Edge; Kamala.
Middle Row: Razor Ramon; Brutus The Barber Beefcake; The Ultimate Warrior; Ric Flair (a modern-ish version of The Nature Boy; I need to track down something a bit more retro); The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase; Doink The Clown; Bobby The Brain Heenan; Jimmy Hart.
Front Row: Shawn Michaels; Triple H; Jim The Anvil Neidhart; The Red Rooster; Sting; Mr. Bob Backlund; The Three Faces of Foley (Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love).
In Front Of The Front Row: Bill Goldberg; Bret Hitman Hart; Kurt Angle.
The bottom shelf is a random hodge-podge of modern-ish guys and here, you can see which ones I picked up on the cheap in flea markets and thrift shops over the years. I'm not nearly as proud of it.
Back Row: Brock Lesnar; Paul Heyman; Mark Henry; Batista; The Undertaker (more modern version than on the top shelf); The Big Show; Edge (more modern version than on the top shelf); Kane.
Middle Row: Ryback; Alberto Del Rio; CM Punk; Chris Jericho; Kofi Kingston (needs an upgrade, for sure); Shane McMahon; Kevin Owens; Rusev; Lana (I wasn't going to split them up like WWE did).
Front Row: Shawn Michaels (slightly more modern version than on the top shelf); Triple H (more modern version than on the top shelf); John Cena; The Rock; Seth Rollins; Dean Ambrose; AJ Styles; Randy Orton.
In Front Of The Front Row: The Fiend Bray Wyatt (and one of the few I gladly paid full price for; it's awesome!).
Again.... I appreciate this isn't the world's coolest collection -- in fact, it's pretty random, now that I think about it. It's just something I have as a tribute to my newer WWE figures.