During a recent trip south of the (Canadian) border, the missus and I went shopping in Buffalo. Because of the terrible Canadian currency relative to the U.S. dollar, I didn't really find much in the way of deals and was prepared to go home empty-handed (minus, of course, filling my stomach with delicious buffalo wings). Then, near the check-out counter at a Target, I saw something that I hadn't seen anywhere in Canada - WWE TeenyMates!
I'd seen TeenyMates (essentially 1 inch tall mini-figures) in Canadian stores before, but mostly of the the NHL or Major League Baseball player variety. And I'd heard of the WWE variety before, but never actually seen any up close.
They are actually smaller than even Lego minifigures, made of a hard plastic and not in the least bit moveable. Yet they're so small, that they make it impossible for you not to love them.
I mean , just look at The Rock's arched eyebrow. If that's not old-world craftsmanship, I don't know what it is.
TeenyMates also went to the trouble of varying the sizes of each competitor, which is quite impressive considering each are only about an inch tall.
The Big Show's noggin', for example, towers over probably every other TeenyMate in existence, which is really the way things ought to be.
Mind you, you can't really prove that the Little Show is actually wearing a singlet, but that's the assumption here.
WWE's TeenyMates collection boasts 28 main figures, including current roster guys like Dean Ambrose, Stardust and Dolph Ziggler; legends like Randy Savage, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Ultimate Warrior, and top stars such as Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Triple H.
There are also four rare figures in the collection: A glow-in-the-dark Undertaker, a crystal-clear John Cena, an "alternate" Randy Savage (in addition to a regular one in the main collection) and a metallic gold Rock.
And, of course, Daniel Bryan to the left.
There are also exactly two women in the collection: Brie and Nikki Bella (this one is Brie, in case you're wondering). I guess this series was concocted before the #DivaRevolution.
Oh, and just in case you're wondering, the other wrestlers not mentioned in these photos or the earlier paragraph: Bray Wyatt, Bret Hart, Goldust, Jey and Jimmy Uso, Kane, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Sheamus (with stupid mohawk), Sin Cara and Sting.
And there's this guy - Kofi Kingston.
Now.... am I racist, or does this look WAY more like Xavier Woods than Kofi Kingston? As I type this, I'm looking at photos of both men, and this definitely looks more like the New Day trombonist than its high-flying member.
Anyways, Kofi is the only member of New Day represented here, so perhaps he's absorbed the abilities and looks of his two teammates? Just a guess....
And finally.... we have one of the apparent rarities, the Crystal-Clear version of John Cena.
Because the figure is transparent, it was kind of tough to photograph, so you may have to take my word for it that this is Big Match John. He has a logo on his shirt and hat, and has an expression on his face that he's ready to teach some Hustle, Loyalty and Respect to any teeny figure that gets in his way.
Oh, I get now -- You Can't See Him. Because of the transparency.