Ruthless Reviews: A Retrospective Look…Series 20 Ric Flair
One of the biggest aspects of wrestling fandom is action figure collecting. If you’re not already aware, they aren’t just for kids. The popularity of collecting has soared over the last few years and will only get bigger thanks to the mainstream success of The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast (a show hosted by WWE superstars Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins) But, this isn’t a new thing. It’s always been there, as has the collectors.
The pioneers of wrestling action figure podcasts (& collecting in general) are the boys behind the Fully Poseable podcast (2 real life brothers, not story line brothers) these two gents, in a lot of people’s opinions, are the godfathers of wrestling action figure collecting. They not only talk about up and coming releases, but also about their collection & decades worth of collecting. It truly is fascinating stuff.
So why am I telling you all this? Well, I have a love/hate relationship with Mattel (the current creators of WWE figures) when they’re good, they’re amazing…but when they’re bad, it’s really bad. So frustrating (how many Rollins, Cena & Styles figures do we need??) especially for UK collectors (we’re always so very far behind)
So what I thought would be interesting would be to take a trip down memory lane and focus on a little line called ‘Ruthless Aggression‘ by Jakks Pacific (probably their most well known & beloved line) to see what their figures looked like 10+ years ago. I’m going to do my best to view it for what it is (& not compare to Mattel) & just enjoy the nostalgia of it all.
So sit back, relax & get ready to say ‘I loved that figure back in the day’…
Release Year: 2006
Series Number: 20
Accessories: Undisputed Championship Title Belt
Here’s Ric Flair at Summerslam 2006 when he was 57 years old.
And here is the figure in question…
For a figure that’s 13 years old, it still holds up. The face scan is superb. I don’t think there is anyone doubting it’s Flair. As is the body mold for the most part (Jakks arms have always been…well, jacked!) Though in this case the ultra veiny effect works well (based purely on the above photo of him) His ring gear, though basic, is also correct. Honestly, the only part of this figure I’m not keen on isn’t actually the figure. It’s the belt. It literally took me a few seconds to try figure out what title it was supposed to be (too much Gold) which is never a good sign is it. But other than that, this figure is spot on.
All on all, I love it. It’s a great representation of the man & it’s aged brilliantly. If you’re a collector & you haven’t already, go pick one up (I found mine for the bargain price of £6 plus shipping!)