WWE Elimination Chamber (Basic)
Drew McIntyre
7 Inch Scale
By: Mattel
$12.99

Jakks Pacific held the WWF/WWE license since the mid 1990’s and grew the wrestling brand’s toy division into one of the biggest in the boy’s toy aisle. This past January, Mattel took over as the maker of WWE’s toys, hoping to follow in Jakks footsteps. I couldn’t care less about Drew McIntyre. I bought this figure because I had a $10 coupon at Kohls and this guy is generic enough that I can use him in other stuff.

Drew McIntyre is a Scottish professional wrestler signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he wrestles on the SmackDown brand. He is a former Intercontinental Champion and his finisher is a modified DDT, called the Future Shock. At the Elimination Chamber 2010 Pay-Per-View, he defeated Kane to retain his IC Title.

McIntyre, the real life wrestler, is part of WWE’s young guns, who unfortunately are pushed to the moon even if they lack talent or charisma. McIntyre is a decent wrestler inside the ring, but is about as exciting as watching paint dry in every other category. Despite all this, he’s been pushed heavily since his debut, because somebody likes his look and in the WWE, that’s all that matters. Talent is secondary, possibly even thirdary… Thirdary? Anyway, so Mattel now makes WWE figures and they’re going to totally kick Jakks butt with new innovation, right?

Packaging:
It’s a package. Honestly neither good or bad. The WWE logo is displayed huge on the front and I guess that’s nice. The colors are pretty traditional and the photo of Drew is decent. It’s one of those weird, real photos turned into a drawing deals.


The front shows off the figure nice enough. It’s really nothing special or eye catching. Even with the character’s face on the front of the package, I find that these WWE packages kind of all blend together. I was still flipping through the pegs looking at the figures, not the package to see who everyone was.


The back of the package shows off the rest of the figures in the series. Elimination Chamber isn’t really it’s own line, it’s just a subset of the WWE Basics line. Elimination Chamber was a PPV, so they named a series of figures after them. It’s a pretty neat concept, but it’s one that Jakks came up with. The back of the package talks about the Elimination Chamber match and the PPV, but it’s not specific to this character. Which, honestly kind of renders it pointless. McIntyre did have a match at the PPV, why not talk about that?!

Sculpt:
Jakks through the years had a variety of problems. When WWE’s license went to Mattel, many suspected that they were going to completely reinvent the wheel. Honestly, I’m of the opinion that they didn’t do much of anything to the wheel, but give it a new name.


Upon first glance, Drew definitely looks like his real life counterpart. His body is approximately the same size. His face sculpt is pretty good and he generally looks like himself. I find that his legs are a bit long and his kneepads are kind of wonky, but overall he’s a nice figure. Bonus points for Mattel getting his costume to match the one he wore at the PPV, though to be fair I don’t know if McIntyre has other tights.


Some people like to claim that Jakks and Mattel figures are incompatible. As you can see, the difference in scale is pretty minor. While certain Mattel figures will look undersized, the majority fit in just fine. Jakks tended to balloon up the muscles a bit, whereas Mattel is supposedly going for a more “realistic” approach.


Not to get off on a tangent here, but the more “realistic” approach still isn’t very realistic. Guys are still way, way too muscular. The muscles themselves are smaller, but half these guys aren’t nearly as ripped as the bodies they’re on in toy form. Mattel didn’t really improve anything here, in my opinion.


The body is definitely different than the Jakks one, but it’s not that much different. It’s basically two different companies doing the exact same thing. The ball joints are constructed a little different and that’s it. Mattel does offer an “ELITE” line which has more articulation and stuff, which is definitely superior to Jakks Deluxe figures. However, when it comes to comparing basic Jakks to basic Mattel, there really is no difference. All the scuttlebutt is just fanboy nonsense.


I have noticed that the Mattel figures seem to have worse QC than the Jakks figures. Most if not all of my Jakks figures are pretty good in terms of quality control. Some paint slop, sure, but Mattel hasn’t quite got their QC up to par in my view. This big blotch of unpainted hair is just shoddy.

As for the rest of the body, it’s decent. However take a good look at this body. 3/4’s of the Mattel line is this same body. Seriously. I’m not saying that Jakks didn’t reuse bodies. I’m just saying that there really isn’t a ton of difference between the two lines. We’re seeing Mattel reuse the same bodies over and over.


Another gripe I have, is that Jakks had a taped wrist mold. They didn’t always use it and sometimes they wouldn’t even paint it… But they did make it. Mattel has made like, 100 WWE figures already and still haven’t made a taped wrist mold. The cheap black paint around the wrist just doesn’t look as good as it should. Again, this is NOT an improvement from Jakks. Same as it ever was.

Articulation:
One of the big problems with Jakks articulation on their basic figures is that the legs could only move so far forward and couldn’t be moved side to side. This meant that certain moves like piledrivers weren’t really feasible. So how did Mattel fix this? By having the EXACT SAME RANGE OF MOTION as Jakks.


Yup. No difference at all. You still can’t do a piledriver and this figure still can’t sit flush down. The rest of the movement in the arms, shoulders, neck, etc is the exact same as Jakks. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

Accessories:
Finally something different from Jakks! With Jakks WWE line you typically got one accessory, sometimes two. These accessories would range from simple stuff like water bottles, titles and microphones, to larger items like steel chairs, tables and even ladders!


Mattel counters with… A plastic stand with paper name plate. Huzzah?


Sorry but there is just no way not to be disappointed here. The stand is a nice idea in theory, but I’d take a chair, chain or table over it any day. Jakks reused a lot of accessories to the point of nauseam, but thus far the WWE basics from Mattel have come only with this stand. It’s pretty useless beyond just standing there and a lot of wrestling collectors actually like, PLAY with their toys.

To make matters worse, not all of the Mattel figures come with stands. So while you have this stand with the basic, you won’t get a stand with the SDCC Undertaker or the Entrance Greats. So even if you tried to display them uniformly with the stands, you couldn’t. BLAH!

Additional Notes:
So I’m going to break it down for you real quick…

Jakks vs Mattel
Accessories: Point Jakks
Articulation: Draw
Sculpt: Draw
Head Scan: Point Jakks
Scale: Point Mattel
Body Reuse: Draw

That’s pretty much it. Mattel’s single innovation in the line has been scale. And let’s be perfectly clear… Mattel’s scale is far from perfect. Many guys are too tall. Other are too small. Mattel was smart in making one single size for each line, which means that Elites & Basics can be played together. I do like that. But their head scans aren’t as good, the paint and QC is about the same if not worse and the articulation and stuff on the basics is no different than Jakks.

Value:
Kohl’s overcharges at $12.99, but you can usually find these for around $10. That’s a couple bucks more than Jakks offered their WWE figures for. Make of that, what you will.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Stand
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10

I apologize if this whole review comes across as Jakks versus Mattel, but Drew McIntyre is boring so there isn’t much to talk about here. Plus that’s the big 300 pound gorilla in the room, so I might as well talk about it in this review so future Mattel WWE reviews don’t have to focus on it as much. Mattel hasn’t made a bad WWE basics line at all. The line is absolutely fine. It’s just not any different than what Jakks offered, beyond some minor issues with pricing, accessories and better scaling. As I said earlier, it’s a whole lot of “same as it ever was” in my opinion.

15 Responses to WWE Mattel Drew McIntyre Figure Review

  • Mark says:

    I agree with you 100%. I had a review praising the Mattel figures but I was basingthat opinion on the overall line and the few figres I had.
    After really studying them there is nothing that great about them. Much like Jakks it is hit and miss depending on the character and which parts they decide to use.
    Some of te face sculpts are not great, but some are.
    I have the Elite Shawn Michaels and it is arguably one of te best HBK figures.
    I owned loads of Jakks at one time and never had a QC problem with any of them, as or Mattel I ended up with a Mark enry with two left boots.
    The Deluxe and Legends figures are really good, but over priced compared to to Jakks' TNA figures.
    Really dissapointed with Mattels basic figures as, as you said themajor problem with the hip movement is stil the same. It would have been better losing other articulation in hands and boots to get a decent hip joint.
    If I had to make a choice overall I'd have to stick with Jakks.
    Also concerning the state of WWE at this time I'd also stick with TNA as tesuperior wrestling product.

  • Mark says:

    Actualy Imay have been a bit harsh….they are both equal.

    I just saw Mattel new figs from SDCC and they have made and are making some Jakks never did so I will deffinently pick those up.

  • Mark says:

    I guess its win win for the fns, both lines blend well together and all thegreats are getting made.

  • Wes says:

    Interesting review. I personally prefer the Mattel head scans to the Jakks ones — the Jakks figures too often had goofy, caricature-like heads that just didn't work for me… or for the customizing projects I generally wanted wrestling figures for. Mattel's figures are perfect in that respect! Unfortunately, they're not perfect in terms of price, which is why Jakks's current products are still the best bet there.

    Not that I'd ever buy a basic for that purpose (female figures notwithstanding), since they've got those silly inferior t-hips. No sense complaining about the range of motion on t-hips when they're t-hips. What were you really going to do with t-hips anyway? 😛

    And apparently the SDCC Undertaker does come with a stand. I don't know about the Entrance Greats proper, but I think they might too.

  • The Undertaker may come with a stand, but as I understand it, it doesn't match the regular ones. I could be wrong, but what I've seen it doesn't. I don't think Jakks really did caricature so much as they did "screaming" or expression faces, which I definitely hate as well. I loathe them. I dunno why they did them and continue to do them. Unfortunately now Mattel is doing that too. Less so than Jakks, but several figures have got them and I think more will.

    The real problem with the t-hips, both Jakks and Mattel, is that they're really poor for wrestling figures. The range of motion is so incomplete that you can't do a basic move like a leg drop, proper. I find this particularly frustrating with Mattel. Jakks built those original molds and I understand why they likely never changed them. That's a signifigant change… But Mattel came in knowing that the t-hips either needed to be gone or have a better range… But they went and carbon copied the Jakks hips, which left with the same range of motion. It's just silly.

  • Well 100% agreed when it comes to the wrestling aspect.

    I think it's great that we're getting two companies doing wrestling figures. And let's be honest, these are both top quality wrestling products. No matter what you think of Jakks or Mattel. They're pretty darn good.

  • In a lot of ways I'm happy Mattel copied Jakks formula… I just wish they'd actually improved some stuff. The amount of problems they left in, is ridiculous. They pretty much did SCALE and that's it.

    Scale was a big issue, no doubt, but the lack of accessories, the weaker head scans, the same issues with not molding enough new pieces, poorer paint aps, worse QC and several dollar price increase is ridiculous when you think about it.

    The Entrance Greats, as an example are the biggest rip off toy on the market today. A basic figure with some fabric accessories and a stand that plays 30 seconds of entrance music for $20?!

    Jakks was giving you all that (on some figures) minus the musical stand for $8!

    It's little things like that which get me. I'm mostly annoyed at the constant comparison between the two, as if one did something so much different. Mattel just hasn't brought much innovation in the basic line.

  • Oh yes, screw Mattel for going with t-hips. It's 2010 for goodness sakes.

    "3/4's of the Mattel line is this same body. Seriously."

    The body as a whole has only been used for Orton. The torso has been used on Kofi, Morrison, Bourne. That's hardly 3/4 of the (basics) line. The variant of McIntyre has the torso used on the majority of people, but it's been a proper re-use for all of them.

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    "The muscles themselves are smaller, but half these guys aren't nearly as ripped as the bodies they're on in toy form. "

    The figures are still stylized, but IMO the only basics that are too ripped are HHH, Orton & Batista. They're the only Mattel figures with veins sticking out of their arms.

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    "Mattel has made like, 100 WWE figures already and still haven't made a taped wrist mold. The cheap black paint around the wrist just doesn't look as good as it should. Again, this is NOT an improvement from Jakks. Same as it ever was."

    My theory is that since many people wear varying lengths of wrist tape, they don't want to be confined to one mold or be forced to make many different molds encompassed all the different arms sizes. Which I can understand, it's early in the line.

    Jakks figures often had veins ruining through their forearms, so when they painted on tape that went past the wrist, it just looked silly with the veins sticking out through the tape.

    Hopefully, eventually we'll see more sculpted parts. For now, I wish Mattel would at least paint some lines in the wrist tape simulating texture. That'd be a nice little touch.

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    "…you can usually find these for around $10. That's a couple bucks more than Jakks offered their WWE figures for. Make of that, what you will."

    The original RAs were $7.99 I believe. At the end of the line, RAs were retailing for $9.99 like Mattel's basics. I have no doubt we'll see more weapons and accessories in the basic line.

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    "The Entrance Greats, as an example are the biggest rip off toy on the market today. A basic figure with some fabric accessories and a stand that plays 30 seconds of entrance music for $20?!

    Jakks was giving you all that (on some figures) minus the musical stand for $8!"

    I agree that EGs' prices feel like a rip off especially with them being basic style, but with the exception of 2 EGs, they've all been highly detailed:

    Rey Mysterio / HHH EGs had amazingly sculpted plastic entrance gear from WM22. The Jakks cloth versions didn't cut the mustard at all.

    Shawn Michaels – I feel the jumpsuit is a little bit on the cheap side with it being just really faux leather, but with that said, none off Jakks' previous efforts (CS1 or the CSDA exclusive which cost more than EGs) have been as good or as detailed as the EG figure & jumpsuit. Even the Montreal Screwjob CS15 Michaels' jumpsuit wasn't as detailed as the EG's.

    Rowdy Piper / Million $ Man – Neither of these men's previous CS figures have had cloth gear, not to mention cloth gear as good the EGs'. T-shirt, kilt, seperate belt & bagpipes for Piper; Suit jacket, pants, a dress shirt with a bowtie & cummerbund and the M$M title…

    Now when you're talking Undertaker and The Rock. I think their cloth goods are VERY poor looking.

  • I dunno, RA's were still like $8.99 by me and cheaper in several stores. I never saw them near as much as the Mattels and that seems to be the common trend I hear.

    As for the EG's gear, I wasn't comparing any specific figures. I was talking about as a whole. Jakks included cloth outfits and accessories at times with various figures. Sometimes only a little (like the Mattel Elites) and sometimes a whole outfit (comparable to the EG) but the price never drastically jumped up to double. Which is basically what the EGs do.

    As for the bodies, I may have been a bit glib, but the fact remains they're reusing bodies just as frequently as Jakks did, if not worse. You say only a few guys, but how many of those guys have had repaints? The number of characters and bodies we're seeing just isn't as high as I think it should be. Kamala and Dusty Rhodes have the same body again. No different than Jakks. Except the Jakks body was better for both men. I've got a handful of Mattel figures and the others I haven't got and they reuse the bodies a ton already. This was going to my higher point that the differences between the two company's practices were minute.

    The price increases just don't equal the "improvements" IMO. I find the EG Dibiase to be a really poor figure. Ill fitting clothes, belt that doesn't fit or adjust, little to no detail on the hair. He's $20?! Come on.

    You took everything a bit too literally. I may have over generalized a bit, but the concept that there is some huge divide between the quality just isn't true. But I appreciate the thoughtful counter points, regardless.

  • Dick Cheatum says:

    Gotta agree with the review. First, Drew sucks. He got beat up by his GF, lol.

    Second, Jakks wasn't perfect or no saints by any means, they got especially lazy towards the end. However, Mattel hasn't come in and done anything amazing. I see everyone raving about Mattel and I gotta agree they're just making slightly smaller Jakks figures.

    Some of the Mattel head scans are just pitiful too. Compare some of the Jakks Undertakers to the Mattel ones. It took Mattel three figures to mak a decent Undertaker and it still looks about as good as the old JAKKS TTL ERA! Your right in the comments though, Jakks would often screw up a great scan with a goofy grin. Seems like they do half and half.

  • Dick Cheatum says:

    Had Jakks not made all those accessories and rings and crap, people would be hating Mattel right now I think. Mattel gets a pass cause all the collectors already have a ton of accessories from Jakks, so they don't even factor that in. I'm glad you brought that up, cause I think it's a big ass factor in value.

    Mattel's new elite ring costs way more than Jakks and has plastic pads and posts. With Mattel, you just feel like you're paying for every frickin piece fo tooling, where with Jakks it seemed like sometimes they'd take a hit and just give you a few cheaper figures to make up the cost difference.

  • I did finally find a Undertaker scan from Mattel I like. I think the first few were painted bad or something, but you're right. They definitely looked like chariactures.

    You raised a good point about with Mattel feeling like you have to pay for each new tool.

    I like that Mattel learned a lot from Jakks, I just sort of wished they had learned a whole lot more from like what Jakks didn't do great. As I've said a few times now, I feel aside from scale (which Mattel has some issues with too but nowhere neard as bad as Jakks) they didn't really "fix" anything.

    The Mattel figures are good though, but like, so were the Jakks. Both companies have had some duds, but Mattel really shouldn't. They've seen how to do it right and how to do it wrong. They should have come out with nothing but rights, or at least a better batting average than they have.

  • Anton says:

    Actualy call me crazy but i prefer the jakks figures. I liked that they sort of made everyone a little larger than life. There's no way you're gonna get unique sculpts for everyone and stuff. so why not make them all a little more interesting? With mattel's they all seem gangly, long legged and lean. some look downright sickly. Like the great Somalian fighters or something. my little cousins love the jakks guys moreso than the mattels too. They liked the couple new mattels we got them until they broke. You can throw those jakks figures down the stairs, off the roof, into hot lava lol, they won't mess up. Mattel's guys? Good luck keeping that 20 dollar figure long, kids tear that crap right up.

  • I don't understand what's wrong with re-use of bodies as long as it's appropriate which it has been for the vast majority of Mattel's WWE line. They'd never said they'd make unique bodies for everybody just when necessary. And they've made tons of character specific molds like Mark Henry's singlet, boots & arms, Evan Bourne's kickpads, John Morrison's tight jeans & furry boot covers, HBK's sculpted chaps, 2 kinds of Big Show singlets, etc. etc.

    Dusty Rhodes & Kamala sharing the same body is fine, and I gotta strongly disagree that the Jakks' version of these two had better bodies. Jakks' Kamala was wrapped in wrist tape, and the first CS Dusty had wrestling boots poorly disguised as cowboy boots. The next CS Dusty had a six pack of abs and bulging muscles & veins! Jakks' polka dot Dusty was fine for what it was, but it still pales in comparison to Mattel's IMO.

  • To be fair, Jakks Polka Dot Dusty wasn't a regular release, it was an exclusive. Not a "lots of new molding" kind of exclusive either, but a cheap repaint exclusive. Comparing the two isn't really fair.

    Anyway, the new Mattel Dusty has abs and bulging muscles, so I don't see the difference. Dusty is closer to the Jakks fat body than he is the Mattel pumped body. Same for Kamala.

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