Wrestling Action Playset
Unnamed Luchador (Mistico Bootleg)
5 Inch Scale
By: Greenbrier International
Today’s review is definitely a little something different. This figure was purchased for a dollar, at a dollar store and is a bootleg knockoff of a wrestling figure. Normally, that would be cause for instant ridicule. Bootleg figures rarely have high quality, nor do dollar figures usually have much bang for the proverbial buck. Today’s figure up for examination, however, may have more going for it than normal.
On the surface this figure is unnamed. Even the title of the brand doesn’t make sense. “Wrestling Action Playset”? Wouldn’t a playset typically entail more than just a single figure and accessory? As always knockoff toys don’t care one way or the other. Thankfully, back when I wrote for 411Mania.com I was the Lucha Libre expert and reviewed dozens if not hundreds of Lucha Libre wrestling events. Which ultimately means, I very well know who this wrestler is supposed to be and even what figure this is a bootleg of.
Místico is Spanish for “Mystic”, a religious ring character who is the storyline protege of the wrestling priest Fray Tormenta. Not only is Mistico the top tecnico (good guy) in CMLL, he’s one of their biggest attractions. Mistico’s in-ring presence is nearly unrivaled in Mexico as he has incredible athletic ability and perfect timing.
Mistico was still up and coming when I first spotted him on CMLL and I was really one of the first people here in the states to bring attention to his incredible aerial feats. He’s come a long way from his early lucha shows and has evolved into the one of the biggest draws and complete packages in Mexican wrestling. So much so, that he’s getting knockoffs here in the US.
If a figure has a retail price of an item off the Wendy’s value menu, you can’t expect much in the way of packaging. These aren’t aimed at collectors. They’re designed for kids… Poor kids, at that.
The front is nice enough with the curious labeling of the product. There is no attempt at naming the character, which certainly ruins the charm a bit. That said, by not mentioning any name they definitely further the illusion that this is supposed to be Mistico.
This is the most boring back of a package I’ve reviewed on this site to date. Not much more than a barcode. You’d think they’d show the other figures in the series, given that there were at least 4 or 5 other figures available, but I guess they needed to save ink.
Once Mistico was free from his simple blister card, I did notice that the background logo is pretty neat. It’s an eagle clasping two brass knuckles. It’s not very indicative of Lucha Libre as a whole, but it’s not bad all things considered. Which is sort of a theme for this review.
I suspect that most people who see this figure would just make fun of it. It is a bootleg, after all, but since I am a fan of the wrestler it’s depicting, I can appreciate it more than most.
The first thing that drew me in was the mask. It’s a pretty great sculpt, even if it is a knockoff. CMLL had some pretty good figures released a couple of years ago and it’s obvious that this head sculpt was copied or stolen from that release.
The paint work isn’t complete, as none of Mistico’s side and back designs are painted. Still, the front of the mask is painted surprisingly well. He’s missing Mistico’s trademark white eyes, but I don’t know if that would have been included anyway. The molds on the mask, though, are really pretty fantastic.
One look at this guy and any Mistico fan would immediately recognize this figure as who he’s supposed to be. The body sculpt that is shared by all the wrestlers in the line, seems as if it was specifically chosen for Mistico. It definitely reflects his real life physique.
Unfortunately when you turn the figure to it’s back, you reveal some pretty ghastly screw holes. No attempt was made to hide these. The plastic is also pretty hard and when I moved two of the joints, an arm and leg, respectively, felt like they were going to break. Once I cracked that “seal” though, they moved freely without any issue. I suspect the screws may have been too tightly wound, at parts.
As a result there is some minor creases in the separation between plastics. Scale wise he’s too small for most WWE collections, but he’d probably fit into a WCW or TNA ToyBiz scale with a little fudging. His paint applications are scarce to the point of almost non-existence.
A shame too, since a little paint on the wrist tape and the rest of the mask would definitely make him pop. His feet are cast in gold plastic, but unfortunately the mold runs to the knee so it doesn’t quite work. Again, this probably should have been painted, but given how poorly the paint covers the flesh tone I don’t know if it could have countered the harsher gold anyway.
Credit should be given though to the usage of a pearlescent white plastic, which is very reflective of the tights often wore by Mistico.
When it comes to articulation, a lot of dollar store figures rarely have more than a few points. Bootleg Mistico does better than most, but still isn’t amazing. This guy IS like Spider-man, so a super multi-jointed figure would be perfect.
He ends up with a cut neck, cut shoulders, cut legs and hinges at the knees and elbows. It’s enough to get him in a few trademark headscissor takedown poses, but leaves a fair amount to be desired. Of course he has more articulation than many more costly figures in the mainstream market, like Mattel’s Batman Brave & The Bold line and is comparable to stuff like Ben 10 (which also has screw holes), so the quality isn’t terrible.
It’s been documented before that I played a lot of wrestling with toys in my youth and I can say without a doubt that this guy had enough articulation that he could have been a star in those childhood wrestling feds. He’s better articulated than my last dollar store He-Manish wrestling figures, that’s for sure.
He comes with a single accessory and apparently these are often interchangable. Which means your Mistico may be packed with something different. Mine however, came with a chainsaw. It’s terribly uncharacteristic for the character (or CMLL’s brand of Lucha in general really) but it’s not a bad sculpt.
Actually the sculpt is much better than the chainsaw that came with Jakks Chainsaw Charlie figure. At least until you flip it on the back.
The back side is left hollow. A simple flat piece of plastic covering would have fixed this, but I suppose it was just easier to do this because of the molding process.
On the set of Wrestlemaniac 2?
This is a really hard figure to place a value on. I mean, it literally cost $1 dollar. How can I possibly hold that up to the standard that I would say, a $40 import toy? Ultimately, I can’t. Instead I had to compare it to the other misfits and bootlegs available in the store. Which means, for $1, this is a fantastic value.
Packaging – 2
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 5
Accessories – Chainsaw
Value – 9
Overall – 5 out of 10
This guy scores a 5, which is really about the most he could possibly score. I can’t stress enough that this guy cost less than most bags of chips. To have as good of a likeness as he does, decent articulation and a accessory, he’s definitely worth it. He’s still a cheap, bootleg at the end of the day but this one is definitely better than most.
He’s also not only the most cost efficient way to get a Mistico figure in the United States, he’s pretty much the only way. His plastic is cheap and hard, but didn’t seem particularly brittle. I could see a kid having fun with this toy. As much as I bought him as an experiment to see how shitty he was, I was in the end, surprised at how good he was for the price.