7 Inch Scale
By: Jakks Pacific
If you look up badass with a moustache in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Don Frye. UFC series 4 Legends figure celebrates the man, the myth, the moustache that is “The Predator” Don Frye. Not only did Frye win UFC 8, but he’s a former firefighter, a multitime MMA Champion and a master thespian. Seriously, check out Frye’s performance in Godzilla: Final Wars and tell me he’s not the best part. Don Frye is also famous for having a MMA fight in Pride with pro wrestler Yoshihiro Takayama (Ugliest man in the world, just Google him) which is arguably the greatest Mixed Martial Arts battle ever.
It’s almost surprising that Frye has a figure in Jakks UFC line, as Don has long since been critical of the UFC. Don Frye is an old school badass, with a gravely voice and a no nonsense attitude that has put him at ends with promoters. Unlike most fighters who are forced to kiss Dana White’s ass, Frye has called Dana a weasel and remains largely on the outs with the Ultimate Fighting Championships. He’s been skipped over in the Hall of Fame, but at least he gets a well deserved Legends action figure.
Can the action figure live up to the awesomeness that is the man? Read on and find out!
The packaging is the standard “legends” packaging for UFC. The UFC Legends packaging is much more muted than the regular packages, with Legends written underneath and a photo of the fighter and what UFC event this is depicting. This is the outfit that Frye wore at UFC 8, which he also won. Back then UFC events were basically one night tournaments.
The back of the box gives off a few stats and shows off the prototype of the figure. There’s not much difference between the proto and the final figure besides a little softening of the face sculpt. That’s good because this has not always been the case with these figures, as sometimes the prototypes are vastly different than the final figure.
The side of the package has a sepia toned photo of Frye from the event. Oddly enough there is no USA flag present, but typically there is a flag depicting their country of origin. There is a little red, white and blue line underneath, so perhaps that’s supposed to signify the country.
Don Frye isn’t a classically handsome man, but he does have a bit of a better look than many UFC fighters. Maybe it’s the moustache, but Don Frye has a bit of a Tom Selleck look to him. That’s not to say he doesn’t have some serious battle torn features on his face.
I wish I could say the head sculpt was 100% spot on, but it does look a little off. I’d say this was a 90% sculpt. The good news is that Frye’s eyebrows are doing one of his patented “WTF?” looks that he’s known for. It’s a nice touch that gives him the proper edges.
Frye got bigger later in his career and is typically seen as a big, buff guy. It’s a bit of a surprise to see that Jakks went with a smaller body here, but it’s actually accurate to the era. This is depicting him in UFC 8 and Frye was younger, leaner and had less mass at the time.
Don is an old school fighter, so unlike the young punks of today with TapouT and other stupid crap all over their shorts, Frye wears pretty basic shorts. The one neat element of these shorts is that they are three colors, red in the front, blue on the sides and black on the back. No McDonalds advertisements here!
Jakks did a really good job replicating this with paint and plastic. All three colors look vivid and never out of place. It can be tough trying to do even a simple design like this, but they managed to pull it off fairly flawlessly.
Here Don Frye poses with other 80′s video game icon, Karnov.
Don just happens to look a lot like Final Fight hero, Mike Haggar. This lends him to being a great base for a custom. If I can pick up a spare Frye at some point, I will totally crank one out. Given that the real life Frye is much like Haggar, it’s pretty sweet to combine them into one.
At the price point that these UFC figures come in at, they are one of the most articulated lines available. With double jointed knees and lateral as well as horizontal movement at the shoulders. They have a wide range of movements at their disposal.
Obviously this is really useful for the fighting element. You can put these figures into a variety of holds and hammering shots.
With ball joints, double knees, hinges and swivels, there’s a ton of poses you can get this guy into. Sure, there are a few more joints you could add in a few different places, but for the most part, you’re going to have a hard time finding too much to complain about in the articulation department.
Overall the articulation is loose and moveable, but not necessarily floppy. Jakks figures do become loose over time, but it’s nice to definitely feel like you can pose this guy without fear of breaking him.
Jakks WWE lines came with lots of accessories and the original UFC figures were previewed with accessories. However the actual retail lines have rarely if ever had anything to call an accessory. Don comes with a pair of kneepads which are removable. I guess that’s an accessory.
The kneepads fit okay, but not great. The legs are pretty thin below the actual knee, so if it slips too far down they are liable to fall off. However if you secure it tight at the top of the knee, it works fairly well. The pads are quite pliable, which is definitely nice.
The UFC line is still one of the better values out there. Yes the line uses a fair amount of reuse, but so does DCUC and dozens of other lines. With this level of articulation and playablility, it’s hard to find much else to compare for under $10. Especially when you consider that this is a 7 inch hunk of plastic, not a tiny 4 incher.
There is a lot of fun to be had with Don Frye. Whether you’re a fan of the man as a fighter, actor or just overall wicked mustachioed mama jama. It’s neat to have a Colonel Gordon to go with your Godzilla figures as well.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7.5
Paint – 8
Articulation – 9
Accessories – Knee Pads
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10
The UFC figure line continues to be a fun line with a lot of simple, but diverse designs. Don Frye is a throwback to the brawlers of yesteryear and his addition in the Jakks toyline is a welcome one.
The world is a much more interesting place for having guys like Don Frye in it and my toy shelf is equally as unique for having a plastic version of him. Buy a Don Frye figure and grow some hair on your chest. He’s badass, nuff said.