WWE Elite – Series 14 “Flashback”
7 Inch Scale
When Mattel decided to cancel the WWE Legends line because of
It’s not a bad idea and when the Big Bossman was announced, I was overjoyed. Mostly because it was classic Big Bossman. Jakks had previously made quite a few Big Bossman figures. Bossman was still an active competitor when Jakks took over the WWE line in the late 90’s and saw numerous figures released. Unfortunately they were all “current” as Jakks had quite figured out that people might want to buy figures of wrestler’s previous outfits and gimmicks.
Flash forward a few years and right at the tail end of the Jakks run, they finally tackled a new Bossman figure in their WWE Classics line. Sadly, Ray Traylor had passed away a few years before and for some reason Jakks never went after his estate for a updated figure. However when they did, everyone wanted a classic “prison guard” outfit Bossman. Jakks promised big things, delivering not one but two Bossman figures in both his SWAT gear and his cop gear. Unfortunately both figures were subpar thanks to cost cutting and a bloated head sculpt.
However here comes Mattel to save the day! This figure flew under the radar as no prototypes were leaked and it came as something of a surprise. You may remember when I reviewed Akeem I mentioned how it was odd that Bossman wasn’t in the works to go with Akeem. Well apparently, he was. So is this figure ready to serve hard time?
The packaging is a revamp of the standard Elite style window box. In Elite Series 12, Mattel changed the Elite packaging so that it no longer was a double window box. This is similar to the new packages, but is adorned with “Flashback” graphics.
There’s also a nice little graphic mentioning that this is the Big Bossman’s “first time in the line” as well as his usual bio information. Big Bossman’s bio talks about his infamous cage match with Hogan which was one of the best cage matches in the WWF of the era. It also name drops Koko B. Ware and Brother Love. Pretty sweet for a bio from this brand these days. The rest of the figures in the series are also shown off, including Flashback King Booker.
The Big Bossman has proven hard to capture in a likeness for one reason or another. The old WWF Hasbro figure actually had a pretty great likeness for it’s time, but everything since has been a bit of a mixed bag. Mattel’s attempt at the Bossman shines in some regards and is just okay in others.
To begin with, the head sculpt is nice, but hardly spot on. It’s just a soft sculpt in general. If Ray Traylor was alive, Mattel could have given him a digital head scan.
Unfortunately he’s no longer with us, so it was up to Mattel’s in house sculpting team to do the work. It’s not a terrible head sculpt, but it’s not the strongest in the line, either. That said it’s better than Jakks last effort.
Thankfully the rest of the figure is so magnificent that the slightly weak head sculpt is made up for. The costume is loaded down with details and it’s an all unique sculpt, as it should be.
Big Bossman’s weight fluctuated through the years. Traylor was always a big man, but when he came to WWF in the early 80’s, Vince McMahon actually encouraged him to get fatter. He wanted Bossman to be a “fat pig” that fans could hate. Bossman at times ballooned up to the point that he looked like he was 400+ pounds!
This seems to be a take on Bossman during his face run, which is where he had his most success and spent a good portion of his career. By that point he was much leaner and only carried around a little bulk with him.
Mattel has went all out, sculpting new pants, a new shirt torso with pockets and even sculpting his black strap across his attire. They have left no stone unturned and for a line that prides itself on being able to reuse and reuse, the Bossman is a breath of fresh air.
The one minor quibble I would have is that he doesn’t have his Rebel flag insignia, but I suppose that would be too controversial these days.
The paint work is sharp, with nice tampo work on the shirt as well. The one area that seems a little sloppy is the yellow line running down his pants. The paint used on that just isn’t as good as the rest of the figure and I could see that rubbing off with extended play.
Despite his pants and shirt attire, Bossman retains all the normal articulation and has a ball neck, swivel-hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ab crunch, ball hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, swivel boot tops, hinged ankles, and ankle rockers.
Bossman is quite poseable, but his girth does restrict his movement just a tad.
If anything the pants and fat crotch mold are the culprits. This will limit his kicks some, but that’s to be expected with a figure like this. He can do his big belly flop from the old NES Wrestlemania Challenge game, though, and that’s more than enough for me!
The Big Bossman comes absolutely loaded down with accessories.
First and foremost, he has his shades. Bossman was known for wearing his big 80’s “cop ” glasses. These became such a style that they were always referred to as “Bossmans” in my neck of the woods. A tribute to the character’s popularity. The sunglasses aren’t perfect at this scale, but looks surprisingly good with them on from the front. It also helps cover up a bit of the weak head sculpt.
The Big Bossman also has his trademark nightstick. Without this, no Bossman figure is complete.
Bossman also has a pair of handcuffs, that are made of rubber and work fairly well.
Finally he gets a ball and chain, which he used from time to time. It’s the oddest of the accessories, but hey, it’s right there part of his theme music.
I preordered this guy through Ringside Collectibles and I’ve had him for months. I was going to be the first guy on the internet to review the Bossman, but alas I got distracted, sort of lost interest in the WWE line and moved on. The point of all this? I paid over $30 for this guy to get him early. I wondered if that was going to be a mistake and if I’d see him clogging shelves for the retail price of $15.99 or so…
But it turns out I made a good call! I haven’t seen the Bossman on the shelves at all. In fact I’ve seen next to nothing from this wave at retail. Even though it should have been in stores for months. That’s not a good sign for the line in general, but it makes me feel like I made a good purchase anyway.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Nightstick, Handcuffs, Sunglasses, Ball & Chain
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10
Ready for action…
I’m inclined to give this guy a 9 out of 10, but I couldn’t find anything specifically to bump up on his score. This is a really solid entry into the WWE “Legends” line and I hope that we continue to get figures of this quality. Mattel really stepped up their ball game here and gave the Bossman a fitting tribute.
Now I just need a Big Bubba Rogers!