UFC Legends
Mark Coleman
7 Inch Scale
By: Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific loves physical combat sports. From their WWE, TNA and even Rocky toy lines, they’ve sort of cornered the market in boxing and wrestling figures. The natural evolution of that would be to make a toy line of the sport that more or less combines boxing and wrestling, the Ultimate Fighting Championships. This allowed Jakks to get some more mileage out of their molds and to capitalize on the popularity of UFC.

Before UFC was the PPV powerhouse that it is today, it was more like the Tough Man competition, where competitors of all types of styles and sizes battled it out. Eventually it became the homogenized, carefully selected process that it is now. Mark Coleman was the first official UFC Heavyweight Champion, winning the title at UFC 14 and essentially served as the bridge between what UFC was and what it is today. A former Olympian and collegiate wrestler, he helped popularize the ground and pound style that’s commonplace today.

Unfortunately, Coleman, like most UFC fighters, didn’t make much money and has spent the rest of his career taking fights where he can and doing whatever it takes to make some money. UFC, particularly with Dana White at the helm, likes to run his business essentially with a bunch of young, disposable fighters. The more a UFC fighter becomes a star, the less likely they are to stick around in UFC because of the low wages. Of course UFC is the biggest game on the block and much like WWE, is desperate to put everyone else out of business. For guys like Mark Coleman, that means no money, no fights and if you do get a fight, you’re likely put into a position where you’re set up to fail… But hey at least he’s got an action figure of himself!

The packaging is based off the Jakks WWE Classic Superstars boxes. These are true for both the regular and the “legends” packaging for UFC. The UFC Legends packaging is much more muted, with Legends written underneath and a photo of the fighter and what UFC event this is depicting. This is the outfit that Coleman wore at UFC 11.

The back of the box gives off a few stats and shows off the prototype of the figure. I always wonder why toy companies do that these days. The protos typically look different than the final product and sometimes significantly different. I realize they don’t have the final product in hand, but perhaps they should use something else in the packaging. The sides of the package also shows a small flag of the fighter’s country of origin. It’s a nice touch.

Coleman is sort of a big ugly dude. He was never very pretty to begin with, but after a career of getting punched in the face, he’s definitely worse for wear. This is supposed to be a younger Coleman, and there definitely is a fair amount of himself in the face sculpt, but it does seem a bit off at points.

The head seems a little big and the hair, which is accurate to Coleman’s that night… Also seems a bit bigger than it should be. Perhaps if this head was shrunk about 10%, it would look spot on. As is, it seems a little off, despite the basic features of Coleman being there.

One of my early complaints about UFC figures is the fact that they have big ballooned up bodies, much like Jakks wrestlers, but have scrawny little legs and ankles. This is particularly true for guys who don’t have shoes. I dunno why, but the shoes make him look a little better. UFC fighters no longer fight with shoes.

The UFC fighters are in perfect scale with Jakks Deluxe wrestling figures. So they’ll fit in with the current TNA line and the previous WWE Deluxe Aggression line. However, they tower over Mattel’s lines and also over the RA style Jakks wrestlers.

The body is big and appropriately brutish for a guy like Coleman. There isn’t much detail to capture because his outfit was very boring. Coleman largely fought in a time when UFC fighters weren’t decorated like billboards or NASCAR drivers.

Most of these bodies are made of recycled parts. Yes, that ultimately means that most of these guys share a very limited series of bodies. However, for the most part it works out well. Certainly it could be better, but Jakks has found a pretty good formula and as much as people will complain and naysay, there’s no denying it works and has for years.

With so much of these UFC figures being based off their old WWE lines, you’d think that the articulation model would be the same as well. That’s not true. Jakks added a couple of additional joints to make these guys more able to pose and put into UFC positions.

The biggest addition is these extra shoulder joints. This allows you to move the arms forward and backward on the chest. It’s great for grappling and I really think it would be cool on the TNA line as well, but sadly it’s excluded there. These are similar to joints used in some Toy Biz Marvel Legends, although it’s slightly less visually appalling here… Although it could still be seen as a bit unsightly.

The rest of the body is incredibly poseable. 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.

All of the articulation is loose and moveable, but not floppy. Sometimes 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. A lot of figures that come with articulation these days, make you boil, freeze or pop joints in fear of breaking them. That’s really never the case with Jakks and certainly not the case with Mark Coleman here. Yet, he can still pull off pretty complicated poses, like the piledriver.

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. Mark Coleman comes with a single kneepad, which he wore at UFC 11.

It’s kind of strange to consider this as an accessory, when so many of the wrestlers used to come with two of these and elbow pads as well. Of course a lot of it is the sport, as UFC fighters rarely have pads these days. It has a hard time staying in position, mostly because of the aforementioned stick legs.

The UFC line was wildly popular when it first came around, but it’s definitely cooled some. A lot of that goes back to UFC’s business practice of chewing up stars and spitting them out. Guys like Mark Coleman are largely forgotten and treated as washed up chumps. If Dana White was smart and not so much of a money grubbing jerk, he would have created a “Masters” division a long time ago and kept the old fighters around to fight one another.

Instead, guys like Coleman are lucky to even get a figure and Coleman was generally a poor seller. I particularly like this figure because he has shoes and I find barefoot fighting, odd. Anyway, at $8.99 he’s a decent price for a decent figure. If you wanted to use him as a generic wrestler or as a larger body for some other custom, you certainly could.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 6
Articulation – 9
Accessories – Knee Pad
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10

Even in the world of UFC figures, Mark Coleman is a pretty boring figure. Plain trunks, plain boots, no tattoos or signature gear, all add up to a pretty vanilla looking fighter. However, the articulation is plentiful and the figure is fairly quality for the price. His head sculpt is decent but definitely a bit oversized. He’s more of a fodder character than a shelf star, but if you’re into the UFC, or fighting or the man himself, he’s a solid pickup.

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