TNA iMPACT (Ruthless Impact)
7 Inch Scale
By: Jakks Pacific

When Jakks Pacific lost their WWE license and took over the Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling figures, they asked fans what they wanted as figures, what styles, etc. It would appear that the fans actually wanted the “Ruthless Aggression” style, which is a more basic style. Fans seemingly wanted this style, as opposed to the Deluxe style with more articulation, because essentially wrestling fans had built up collections of hundreds of figures in the “Ruthless” style. The term Ruthless Aggression, now dubbed Ruthless or Regular Impact, was so named because the era that the figures debuted in was called the “Ruthless Aggression” era of WWE.

Originally debuting as a “big scary dude” who lived under the Asylum arena in Nashville, Abyss has become one of the most dominant figures in TNA and all of wrestling. The 6 foot 8 inch monster has had a tormented past, including trying to kill his father and serving several years in prison. In and out of mental institutions and insane asylums for the majority of his career, the monster now finds pleasure in giving others pain. He’s one of the most fierce and dangerous men in all of TNA Wrestling.

Long story short, fans may have wanted that style, but stores did not. Jakks needed to add more value for their buck and retailers wanted deluxe style figures. Jakks promised to offer up Ruthless Impact figures, at secondary retailers like Drug stores. Now after some time, the first series of Ruthless Impact (Or just Impact if you prefer) has hit. These are showing up at Walgreens and other retailers across the globe.

These are packaged in nice little six figures per box set at all sorts of Walgreens and other Drug Stores. The individual figures come in a simple bubble card. It’s a nice package, still showing off the six sided ring, but the new Deluxe Impact figures are getting a new design so I imagine these will too.

The packaging is similar to Deluxe Impact Hulk Hogan but in more of a slate gray than the red and silver design. It’s a similar thing, but slightly different tweak. For a simple budget line, I think the package is pretty good.

The back of the package shows off the rest of the figures in the series. It’s a nice little design that everyone can relate to. They show off the six sided ring, but they show the even cheaper figures in the ring. They did that with the Deluxe figures too. I don’t know why you’d show the Big Lots style figures, when there’s other stuff.

Right off, this figure uses mostly old parts with a new head sculpt. Somehow this is the bane of the industry, but Mattel does it all the time with DCUC and MOTUC, so I think it’s fine here for a Walgreens figure. Is it perfect? Oh hell no, but it’s not the end of the world either.

This is supposed to be Abyss shortly after he returned from his latest stint in a mental institution. That was a pretty great storyline, but it only served to reinvent Abyss for a few months. Sadly the wrestling cycles have grown even shorter these days, so a storyline that used to could run a year, is lucky to get three or four months tops. That’s about what Abyss in institution white got.

The outfit isn’t perfect, because it should actually be all white. His pants are black here and I don’t actually ever recall him wearing black pants and a white top. The body is actually an old Shane McMahon body where they had him in a baseball jersey. It seems like an odd choice, but I think it works perfectly for Abyss’ outfit.

Sure the body could be fatter, but Abyss is a large man, not necessarily a fat man. For this outfit to be a bit more accurate, it really needs to have his inmate number on the front of his shirt, as well as PARKS on the back. Abyss real name, as displayed in the mental asylum. Jakks didn’t do that here, which is a shame but Abyss does get his tattoos. Historically these Drug store versions have even less accuracy, so all in all it’s not terrible.

My absolute biggest, hugest problem is the head scan. It’s actually REALLY good and I can’t stress that enough. If you have this guy in hand, you would no doubt admire too how much like Abyss it looks… Except for the screaming part. Jakks LOVES a screaming head scan and unfortunately here, it totally takes away from an otherwise great sculpt. Abyss looks like he’s a Muppet or something. It’s a big deal here, because on head sculpt alone, if his mouth was closed it’d be like an 8 but with it open this far it’s like a 5. It’s just a big deal breaker.

Jakks doesn’t do scale, but Abyss works well enough in context for most Jakks figures. He can also do battle with WWE figures. He’s a tad smaller than he should be, of course. His head scan is actually pretty small, so it makes the figure shorter. If he had as big of a head as some of the TNA figures, he’d be better fit. If you need a bigger Abyss, look no further than Deluxe Impact Series 4 Abyss which has a lot more size, girth and no goofy head sculpt.

Also, just so there’s no confusion… The regular Impact and the Deluxe Impact are two different scales. That means you really can’t have them compete together. Unless of course you buy a character in the RI style that’s supposed to be short, then they can mix with the DI style without too much of an issue.

The articulation is the same as the Ruthless Aggression style figures have been for years. If you’ve bought any Jakks figures that had that style, you’ll know the drill. The Mattel WWE Basics have almost identical articulation as well, with the addition of a boot swivel.

You can kind of sort of get him into his famous pose, but not as good as the old Toybiz version.

He can perform the Black Hole Slam, his patented finisher quite well.

Of all the figures thus far in this series, Abyss seems to be the weakest or at least near the bottom. Even with that said, he’s not a terrible figure. If you’re just a WWE basics or RA collector, this Abyss isn’t a bad pickup for your collection. He’s not quite as imposing as he should be, but there’s some potential there.

These Drug & Dollar chain figures don’t include any accessories as of yet. Oddly enough the even cheaper figures with less details and paint, include title belts. I don’t quite understand it, but whatever.

The sculpt is hindered by a screaming scan, there are a few paint aps missing and he’s a tad under scale… Yet the value is incredible! Buying this figure by himself, he’s $6.99 and at that price he’s not the best value around. Even though the WWE basics are hovering in that $8-$10 range, this still feels like a bit much. However, Walgreens is running a promotion on these where they’re buy two, get one free this holiday season. That works out to about $4.66 per figure. At that price, Abyss is a darn good value. If you have to pay the $6.99, he’s still not terrible but I have more grievances at the higher price point.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Articulation – 7
Accessories – N/A
Value – 9
Overall – 7 out of 10

I’m keeping Abyss at about a seven overall. He’s cobbled together from parts, but still works well as Abyss. If that head scan wasn’t screaming, this figure might even go up to an 8. For the price however, you’d be hard pressed to find much better. I’m really looking forward to the Deluxe Impact Series 4 Abyss, but this is a nice (and cheap) little diversion in the meantime.

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