WWE Legends Series 2
7 Inch Scale
Kamala is one of the most recognizable faces on 1980’s wrestling and he maintained a presence until the mid 1990’s throughout both WWF and WCW. Kamala actually got his gimmick in Memphis, battling Jerry Lawler and his storyline of being a untrained savage from Africa was hardly out of place in the territory. He was able to take that gimmick and turn himself into an international superstar.
One of the more interesting things about this Mattel WWE Legends Kamala figure, is that it was even made in the first place. Kamala has been very outspoken about how poorly the WWE treated him. He has claimed racism and among other things, said that many upper management in the WWE wanted gay sex for pushes.
Perhaps the most interesting of all the allegations that Kamala has leveled against the WWE, is that he never made any money off of his figures. Kamala had an original LJN figure and he said he never received any money off of that figure. He apparently was owed 1/4 of a penny per figure sold. He then received a Hasbro WWF figure and he says he made about $10,000 total off of that figure. Even the 2005 Jakks figure, he claims he only received a few thousand dollar for. So yet, despite his claims of receiving little to no money and various accusations of unscrupulous business practices of Vince McMahon, somehow Kamala has yet another WWE figure.
I don’t know if poor Kamala is getting paid for this figure, but I can tell you that it’s his best figure yet!
The Legends packaging is pretty much the same as always, with a stylized photo of Akeem on the front and back. The back of the package talks about his infamous SummerSlam match with the Undertaker. It doesn’t mention this on the package, but according to Kamala, Undertaker was paid $500,000 for the match. Kamala’s paycheck? Only $13,000.
Actually, this sort of depresses me. Let’s hear Kamala sing and shoot in his semi-reality YouTube show…
This figure was listed as one of the Mattel WWE design team’s favorite figure and I can see why. It’s really one of their standouts and arguably the best figure they’ve done in the line.
The head scan is fantastic. Typically I don’t like a scan where the person’s face is doing an exaggerated expression, but in this case it works because Kamala is doing one of his patented face poses. Kamala was always making crazy faces and smacking his belly, so it works quite well. It also probably doesn’t hurt that Kamala looks the exact same today as he did in his prime, so Mattel didn’t have to touch up the scan at all.
The body is the same fat body we’ve seen a couple of times from Mattel in the WWE line, but it works quite well here. Kamala was never this buff, but I can appreciate the muscled look. It’s certainly better than the Jakks Kamala fat body.
It seems to me that part of his black skintone is painted on, but I can’t say for certain. One odd thing is that his skirt is made onto the figure. So you can’t remove it. You can lift it up, but you can’t take it off. The skirt doesn’t get in the way too much with posing, either.
The rest of the figure is pretty nicely done, with a nice barefoot mold in place of boots. It’s nice to see that Mattel went ahead and molded these, especially when it’s unlikely that too many others will use the barefoot fat mold.
The paint is really well done with the moon on his belly and the stars on his boobs. He has excellent face paint as well and there’s good paint work on his accessories. This is really fine work from Mattel.
Kamala has the standard Legends/Elite articulation with double knees, ball neck, torso hinge and the ball hinge legs. There are the normal assortment of hinges and swivels as well in the arms, wrists and legs. Because Kamala is a big man, his leg articulation is a bit more limited by the sculpt, but for the most part he is quite poseable.
He can do most of his poses decent, although I would have loved some chop hands. Kamala did a lot of chops and he can’t properly smack his belly with the regular hands. Not a major deal, though.
Kamala wasn’t exactly a mat technician, so you can probably get him into most any pose he actually did in real matches.
Kamala has more accessories than most WWE figures. He really makes out quite well.
He gets his African tribal mask, which is a must. It’s really nicely done and fits on his head perfectly.
It has a little strap on the back to keep it on.
He also gets his shield. He doesn’t have a spear, but I’m not too bent out of shape about it.
The shield has a handle which fits snug in Kamala’s hands.
His necklace is also removable and he gets a nameplate stand as well. This really feels like a great value at the price.
With a great head sculpt, great paint and a ton of logical accessories, Kamala is one of the best WWE Legends figures out there. He perfectly recreates a classic character and is bar none the best Kamala figure to date.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 9
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Mask, Shield, Stand, Necklace
Value – 9
Overall – 9 out of 10
“Why your paycheck so much bigger than Kamala’s?”
“Kim-Chee doesn’t get a cut.”
Kamala is probably the best Legends figure in Wave 2 and one of the best overall Mattel WWE Legends to date. He’s got a ton of great accessories, good sculpting and he channels the legendary wrestler in every way. Hopefully the real Kamala gets some money out of the deal this time around. PUSH IT and PULL IT!