Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WWE Mattel - Bob Backlund Review !!!

Another figure of an old school wrestler has arrived in stores . Bob Backlund is a " First time in the Line " figure and I purchased him at a local Walmart for around the $ 19.99 price range . I apologize for the " flash" on my camera making his last name on the outer front packaging hard to see . I did not notice the mistake I made until I uploaded the pic to the web, but by then it was too late because the damage has already been done and the package was opened . I'll take better pictures next time I promise .

As for Backlund's accessories , he comes with a championship belt , his robe and towel along with a pair of extra hands . Both of his defaulted hands are closed fists and the extra hands are open palms. Since Bob Backlund's finishing maneuver is the cross face chicken wing , the open pair of hands would work best if you want to create this attack pose with Backlund and another figure .
Besides the action figure itself, the best things I like about Bob Backlund are his robe and towel . The championship belt is nice too but his robe and towel are my favorite accessories. As for the robe, quite a few other wrestlers have robes too such as Ric Flair. However Backlund's robe is plain looking but cool looking at the same time. I'll explain. Flair's robe is decorated with the words" nature boy" with fancy designs. There are no names or fancy designs on Backlund's robe . It's plain looking and not flashy, but at the same time I love the realistic look and feel of a real robe. The texture looks great . As for the towel, not too many figures come with towels, so getting a towel is like getting a rare accessory . Besides Mr. Perfect , Samoa Joe along with the new Shayna Baszler figure coming with one , towels are kind of rare . Backlund now joins that small group of figures with a towel.
As you can see Backlund stands a little over six inches tall .
The expression on Backlund's face looks to be that of anger . It is obvious that Mattel went with the " crazy man personality " that Backlund displayed when he made his return to the squared circle . Mattel is doing a great job I think with the new " True FX technology " . All of the newer figures faces are starting to look so much more realistic than the older figures .
Another option I like with Backlund's robe is that since it is basic looking it can be used on other figures. If you have any boxing action figures in your collection the robe would go great with them.
                                                               FINAL    THOUGHTS  
(1) ARTICULATION  LIMITS - As with all of the WWE Mattel figures limited upward head movement. Rest of articulation is well rounded .

(2) STANDING  ABILITY - Backlund stands great with no balance issues.

(3) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE  - The championship belt, the robe and the towel . Bob's realistic looking face and the luxury of having a figure of him in the line . I also like the extra pair of hands. They along with the robe allow for multiple display options. The luxury of displaying Bob with or without the robe .

(4) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - No dislikes .

(5) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THIS  FIGURE ? - No improvements needed . However an extra head would have been nice that displays his " crazy look " . His face is that of anger, not of a mad man .

(6) GRADING  SCALE - A Perfect 10 because I could find no flaws .

(7) FINAL  ANALYSIS - Keep the old school wrestlers coming Mattel . Great job .

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