WWE Elite – Series 10
7 Inch Scale
What’s up? What’s up? What’s up? R-Truth is what’s up. Ron “The Truth” Killings is one of the few WWE superstars that actually made his name in TNA Wrestling. I actually recall seeing R-Truth in Memphis doing his K-Krush gimmick before eventually he did a brief and ultimately doomed stint as K-Kwik in WWF. Ron Killings fashions himself a rapper, which hasn’t always worked well in the world of wrestling.
He soon joined TNA, where he developed his “Truth” persona and went on to have a great deal of success as both a heel and a face. He even won the NWA World Championship, one of the few African Americans in history to do so. Eventually WWE came calling again and despite their best efforts, Killings, now dubbed R-Truth, got over huge, In fact I’d say there was a point where he was the second or third most over man on the entire roster. Of course, he was subsequently de-pushed and he’s back to being a midcard act now, but a couple years ago it looked like R-Truth was going to be WWE Champion.
The packaging is the standard Elite style with a double sided window box. This is one of the last packages that looked like this, as it changed in Elite Series 12. Truth was recently re-releases with slightly different attire and deco, in the newer cards.
The back of the package has the faux autograph and talks about his rapping stuff. No big surprise there. This figure actually came out as R-Truth was just turning heel, but it reflects his face persona. Back when he was trying to appeal to all the little Jimmys in the crowd.
This was the second Elite R-Truth figure from Mattel (and he’s since had another) and represents one of those mind boggling choices in a lot of ways. When this figure was slated for production, R-Truth was treading water and was essentially, a nobody. So why did he have two Elites? Who knows. It worked out for Mattel though, as R-Truth’s career took off like a rocket right around the time this figure hit, making it one of the harder to find figures in Series 10.
On the surface this looks a lot like the previous Elite R-Truth. He’s got a shirt, pants and he’s really dark. R-Truth is really dark in real life though. Seriously, the guy is so black that even the night thinks he’s dark.
But underneath is a new body mold. The previous figures had used the “Triple H/Batista” body mold which made R-Truth look way too pumped. R-Truth is muscular, but not THAT muscular. This is a great fit for him.
The head sculpt is also quite good, with no goofy grins or anything. Usually Mattel puts a really dopey head sculpt on the Elite figures, so that you have to buy a Basic figure to swap with. The nice thing here is that they included paint work for all of R-Truth’s piercings and such. It’s a nice job all around.
There’s a ton of detail work all over him with paint apps on his belt, his wrists, his pants and other places. It’s all sharp and clean and it’s not all tampos either. Although he has a fair share of them as well. He also has a nice little sculpted on necklace that could possibly be removed by removing his head, as well as fabric wrist bands that can be removed.
R-Truth has the usual Elite articulation. 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.
This will satisfy even the most annoying Little Jimmy. The legs work well enough that you can his axe kick.
The figure retains a great use of balance and can be posed easily and freely. There’s just no denying that the WWE Elites are Mattel’s best toys on the market right now. Those rocker ankles for example, really help them to stand while posing.
Elite figures have mixed results when it comes to accessories. They’re supposed to come with stuff, but sometimes the crap they come with isn’t all that interesting.
Truth comes with a microphone and a t-shirt. He also has the aforementioned necklace and wrist bands, though I consider that more of a key part of the figure, akin to a kneepad though. Since they’re removable, I guess they are technically accessories to some folks.
The microphone is essential for Truth, because without it, he couldn’t spread his paranoia. Later versions of this figure come with his bullet proof vest. That is a bit missed here.
The shirt looks great from the front, but a little clunky in the back. That’s okay though, I suppose. I prefer the fabric shirts to the plastic ones. Thankfully the Truth is so black that he doesn’t have to worry about any of the fabric ink getting onto his skin cause you wouldn’t be able to notice it anyway! The shirt is fastened with velcro in the back.
If you can get this guy for $15.99 or on sale, he’s a pretty darn good value these days. I think the price has since went up on Elites though. These figures are good, but not worth too much more than that. As they hover closer to the $20 range, you may be a bit more choosey on who you select. I’ve always found R-Truth to be pretty entertaining, especially his heel runs, so I’m glad to have him in the collection.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Microphone, Shirt
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10
Another Mattel WWE Elite that comes away with a pretty good score. I have no real complaints about R-Truth. If he’d come with a couple more accessories, like a chair and maybe his vest, I’d have no problems pushing this guy up to a 9 or so. As is, he’s really one of the better WWE Elite figures out there. No goofy head sculpt, good posing, accurate outfit and body. It’s a great small version of the real like R-Truth.
You can get with this or you can get with that, but you better get with this cause this is where it’s at… What’s up?!