WWE Basics – Extreme Rules
Sheamus
7 Inch Scale
By: Mattel
$10.99

Sheamus is a guy with several WWE figures, but this one I think is the most colorful. Mattel’s Extreme Rules subset of figures features characters from the pay-per-view of the same name. This is the outfit he wore in his match with Kofi Kingston at that event.

Sheamus is part of a trend in WWE that I hate. Sheamus is a two-time WWE champion, with several wins over guys like John Cena and Triple H and yet, he’s never once truly been “over” as a wrestler. It’s not for a lack of trying as the WWE has thrown everything at him, including the aforementioned titles, wins and various other accolades, such as the King of the Ring. In recent years the WWE has become desperate to create big new stars so they rush certain guys through. The list of failed projects is about a mile long and although Sheamus is a decent big guy wrestler, there’s no reason why he should have the title history that he does.


Sheamus is finally starting to come into his own though, which is a good thing. He’s also good buddies with Triple H, which is perhaps a good reason why he was pushed so heavily in the beginning. A quick bit of research on Sheamus will direct you to his old website, where he basically was making his character up along the way and allowing fans to create roleplays involving him that would then be absorbed into his bio. Yeah, I guess he’s a big dork too… Also he’s pale. Very pale. So pale he glows.

Packaging:
This is actually a slight tweak on the regular Basics packaging. It has the same stylized photo design and this one features Sheamus in these tights, but it also has the Extreme Rules logo on the front.


The back shows off the rest of the figures in the series as well as a pretty cool addition… A recap of the pay-per-view event. I have to admit, this is one of the coolest things Mattel has done with their packaging. This is definitely better than the generic pay-per-view writing they used on the older figures, like the Elimination Chamber one. This one is actually talking about the event that this figure is based on.

Sculpt/Paint:
Although the sculpt here is a reuse of some other parts (as almost all these wrestling figures are) the super white pale skintone makes it seem quite a bit different. I realize that’s an odd observation to make, but it is one of the key differences of this figure. It’s SUPER pale, I mean Pale Force pale…


The body is a good fit and looks quite a bit like Sheamus. In fact this torso may have been specifically created just for him… Don’t quote me on that, though. It gets a bit confusing after a while trying to remember who’s torso was originally for who.


The head sculpt manages to capture Sheamus’ goofy look pretty well. I think that’s part of the reason the guy never could get over as a badass heel like the WWE wanted. He looks absolutely absurd, with his goofy beard, anime hair and when combined with his thick Irish accent… He seems more suited for laughs than scares.


This is from a odd little period where he was United States Champion and he tried to pretend like he was an All-American. Just chalk it up to another attempt to get him over. It did provide him with this great outfit, which isntead of the normal drab green and black attire he normally wears, he got to spice it up.


Mattel did a great job capturing all the little details on the outfit, from his knee pads to the desgins all over his trunks and wrists. I did get a couple smudges on his leg from the paint, but none of the actual paint is messed up, so I think I could just scrape that off.


“Are you SURE he’s not a ghost?!”

There’s a lot of good detail there, but I did find that his beard was painted a little off center. It’s not the end of the world or anything, but it’s worth noting.


Mattel did a great job capturing all the little details on the outfit, from his knee pads to the desgins all over his trunks and wrists. I did get a couple smudges on his leg from the paint, but none of the actual paint is messed up, so I think I could just scrape that off.

Articulation:
WWE Basics don’t have the greatest range of motion, but aside from the T-hips which have limited movement, it’s a pretty decent assortment of articulation points. Obviously the Elites are better, but these guys aren’t completely immobile.


You can get him into a few poses that require little manipulation.


“BROGUE KICK!”

I suspect by now you’ve seen enough of these guys to know that there are some serious limitations on the Basics figures. Don’t be confused and think just because this is a Extreme Rules subset that the articulation is any different.

Accessories:
Bupkis!

Value:
These guys are overpriced at nearly $11 a pop. It’s just the cold hard truth. If you can find them for $9 and under, don’t be afraid to pick them up. Last year around Christmas time, Target had them for closer to $7 and I’d like to see Mattel’s WWE Basics return to that pricing year round. It won’t happen, though.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 7
Accessories – NOTHING
Value – 6
Overall – 7.5 out of 10

Sheamus has had about a half dozen or so Basic figures. The only reason to get this one is because his outfit is brighter and different. Personally I like that because it makes him stand out on the shelf. He only wore these tights for a bit, but it makes for a neat Sheamus to have. If you’re buying one for your kid, I’d pick this one up.

3 Responses to Figure Review: WWE Extreme Rules Sheamus

  • Oansun says:

    Another victim of the Brock Lesnar get over method. Push to the moon then back to the mid card. Hell, it happened to Orton. Guys can't get pushed to the moon as a heel, no one wants to see them when they actually get beat (hi Goldberg!). Brock got over because, let's face it, he was a once in a generation prospect. The size of a Hogan, the skills of an Angle, and the speed of a Michaels. As good as you can get on mic, he's not an Austin, but he was honest and intimidating. Shaemus needed some conditioning (ala Deacon Batista), so his initial rejection will be rewarded with an Orton like rise.
    This figure is SO pale that even Richard noticed glancing and laughed. I can't believe they are getting away with a "Great White" gimmick! Get ready for Rybeck! It's inevitable he will face Barrett soon, but how about against McIntyre? They'd work well. Damn, I turned this into a wrestling rant, my bad.
    This outfit I found kinda neat, but came out of nowhere and went no where. The bucks of the basics make every wrestlers look thinner than you'd want for a toy IMO.

  • It's funny you mention Lesnar, because originally that's what I was going to say is that it's the Lesnar push. It didn't really work for Lesnar either, until Hogan put him over. Unfortunately they've done this gimmick so many times now that Cena putting someone over doesn't do anything for them and sadly, even putting the belt on them doesn't work. It's a shame, they just refuse to take their time and build anyone anymore.

    The outfit definitely went nowhere, but at least we got a figure out of it. I mostly bought him for the knee pads. Pretty sad.

  • oansun says:

    Build….what's a build? Was there a time that a wrestler made it through the ranks and won the Intercontinental title, feuded with a former champion, then won the title in a prestigious fashion that cemented his status at the top? REALLY?!?! I doubt that would've worked.

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