WWE Elite – Series 10
7 Inch Scale
I like the Big Show. There I said it. Perhaps it was my affinity for Andre The Giant, or perhaps it’s just something about his personality, but I’ve always been a fan of the Big Show. In fact for a time, The Giant (Big Show’s name in WCW) was my favorite wrestler around.
The Big Show debuted in WCW in the summer of 1995, as The Giant, supposedly the son of (then deceased) Andre The Giant. In this largely pre-internet era, you could still get away with bogus claims like that. Some longtime wrestling fans disapproved of the idea of billing the Giant as Andre’s son, but it never bothered me and I was a huge Andre fan. The Giant was amazing, huge, agile, and a better big man wrestler in his first year than most “big” wrestlers ever are.
Eventually WCW stopped mentioning Andre, because the Giant was enough of a credible threat of his own that he didn’t really need to be attached to Andre. The Giant ran roughshod over WCW for a brief period, defeating Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Title (in controversial fashion) in his FIRST official match. Shortly after he would be stripped of the belt, but would regain it a few months later where he proceeded to dominate anyone and anything that got in his path.
I have no idea how long the Giant’s reign of terror might have lasted, had the nWo not hit. Once the nWo came into the forefront, the Giant was forced to play second fiddle to the hottest storyline in the history of wrestling. It was a shame and eventually the Giant joined the nWo (as did everyone who was worth anything and many who weren’t) before breaking off and after being lost in the political landscape of WCW at the time, heading to greener pastures in the WWF. There he would become known as the Big Show!
Redubbed the Big Show, he’s been with the WWF (now WWE) since 1999. Although he’s taken a few breaks and has been demoted a few times to polish up his skills. In all actuality, the WWE worked very hard to “humble” the Big Show, who came from a very different locker room in WCW. When you hear the Big Show talk about it, you realize that despite all the drama in the WCW locker room, they were in a lot of ways better for a guy like him. They were supportive of him, tried to help him get better, etc. When Big Show got in the WWF, everyone in the locker room tried to make him look bad. Wrestling can be an odd business sometimes.
But despite a few hiccups, Big Show has persevered and become one of the most recognizable and successful wrestlers in all of wrestling. He was the first man to become the WCW, ECW and WWF Champion. He’s also one of the few wrestlers who actually was a REAL WCW World Champion and a WWE Champion. When WWF bought WCW, they basically passed around the WCW belt to all the top WWF guys, giving a lot of guys the bogus claim that they had been WCW champion… But I digress.
With numerous championship reigns in both singles and tag team and an infectious theme song that he’s had for over a decade in one form or another, Big Show continues to be one of WWE’s most solid performers. The Elite series 10 figure reflects Big Show during his multiple tag title reigns during 2008-2010. Up until a few months ago when he changed his tights, this could easily pass for a “current” Big Show as well.
The packaging is the standard Elite style with a double sided window box. This is one of the last packages that looked liek this, as it changed in Elite Series 12. Interestingly, I’ve been seeing this figure show up more in recent weeks with Elite 13. I have no idea if Mattel is packing older figures into the case assortments or it’s just happenstance. But I only find the Big Show.
Elite 13 features a Big Show that is virtually identical to this, so maybe Mattel is sending this one instead? Or maybe people are returning this one to get the new one? I have no idea.
The back of the package talks about him winning the ECW title and becoming the first man to hold all three major World Championships. Actually I think he’s not just the first, but he’s the only man to do that. Who else has done that? Big Show was awesome as ECW Champion. It was probably my favorite era of him in the WWE, because they finally booked him as the unstoppable monster he should be.
This is hardly the first Big Show figure that Mattel has made, but this guy did get a new sculpt. Big Show previously wore one strap tights similar to Andre the Giant. He then changed to a blue two strap outfit. Mattel’s first Elite Big Show had a cloth singlet, but this one got a brand new sculpted singlet mold.
Show’s singlet mold looks great and it’s very functional. My only complaint would be that the paint doesn’t really cover up enough of the underside of the torso joint. Meaning you can sort of see flesh where you shouldn’t.
Of course I can’t really talk anymore about this figure without addressing the headsculpt. I HATE IT! Unfortunately, I can’t take Mattel to task too much for it because it looks a lot like the Big Show… And he does this same smile a LOT. That doesn’t mean I want a figure of him grinning like an idiot, though.
Big Show has his arm tattoos on both shoulders.
They’re full color as well, which is nice. Well except for the one that’s not color in real life.
Mattel even included the little tattoo of “Bess” on his back. Bess is the Big Show’s wife. He’s such a sweet man, right? I guess it could be worse, he could have Sara tattooed on his neck and then start cheating on her, but you’d have to be a real douchebag to do that, right Undertaker?
He doesn’t have any of his leg tattoos because of those weird little sock things that he wears on his legs now. Mattel went the smart way here and actually molded his lower legs in black. It looks good and won’t chip or scratch. The only downside is that he’ll look odd without knee pads.
His height is nice and large and he’s pretty much the same size as Andre. He’s not as fat, although he is quite hefty himself. That’s accurate as well.
Big Show has the usual Elite articulation. It’s good that he’s not missing anything just because he’s big. The complete breakdown is a ball neck, swivel-hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ab crunch, ball hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, swivel boot tops, hinged ankles, and ankle rockers.
That’s more than enough articulation to get Big Show into a variety of poses. He’s not someone known for a lot of dynamic posing, so of course, he works even better with this articulation. A basic big boot to the face is still a hard pose to pull off, though.
Still, it should be fairly easy to put Show in any reasonable position without too much effort. The Mattel Elites can be a bit tricky at times as some seem to move better than others, but Big Show makes out pretty well in that category.
One of the big selling points of the Elite figures is not only their improved articulation, but also the accessories. They used to come with stands, but Mattel removed them to save costs and because they were largely pointless.
Big Show comes with some awesome accessories, with a bit of a caveat.
Since Big Show unified the Raw and Smackdown Tag Team Titles, he comes with both belts. Unfortunately he comes with only ONE of each. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal if another figure also came with one of each. HOWEVER, only the Big Show has these belts. Which means if you want a complete set, you need to buy two Big Shows. D’oh!
There is some nice detail in each belt and yes they are painted.
For the longest time, I thought the belts were scaled a tiny bit too small. Having them in hand, though, I realize that it’s actually just that all the other Mattel belts are too big. These are scaled just right.
Unfortunately neither belt can fit around Big Show’s waist. They do fit on other figures perfectly, though.
Big Show also comes with a removable cloth t-shirt. It’s a tight fit on Show and he comes packaged WITH it on… But thankfully, no staining. Maybe Mattel finally has figured that out?
Two belts and a shirt isn’t too bad.
If you can get this guy for $15.99 or on sale, he’s a pretty darn good value these days. The belt issue is confusing, but the belts themselves are nice. Even if you have to buy him twice to get a complete pair. However some stores have jacked up the price of these guys to $16.99-$18.99 and at that price, Big Show is a bit of a tougher sell.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Raw Tag Belt, Smackdown Tag Belt, Big Show Shirt
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10
“OH MY GOD!”
If this figure didn’t have the goofy head sculpt (accurate as it may be) I would have ranked him a bit higher. I also would have loved for Big Show to come with all the tag belts, but I guess that’s asking for a bit much. Perhaps they should have just included the ECW title belt that they were talking about on the back?
If you’re a fan of the Big Show, this is a nice figure to pick up. It’s also the only way to get these tag belts. If you want the figure but don’t like the accessories, look for the Elite 13 release, which is the exact same figure but with different accessories. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try and get the Big Show’s theme out of my head!