The following figure review is scheduled for ONE FALL!!
From Victoria, Texas! Weighting at 252lbs… STONE COLD… STEVE AUSTIN!!
AND HIS OPPONENT:
From Chicago, Illinois! Weighting at 218lbs…. C….M…PUNK!
WWE-All Stars is PS3/X360 wrestling game, released on March 31st. According to the critics, it’s a very fun game that’s very reminiscent of the old arcade WWF games. Prior to the game’s release, WWE and Mattel released three 2-pack Elite figures, one of which is Stone Cold vs CM Punk set.
Stone Cold looks like his 2001 version, when he started wearing 2 knee-braces (this was around the time his knee injuries were getting worse). Black trunk, black boots, everything looks like The Texas Rattlesnake in his glory.
Even the knee-pads are the replication of ones that Austin wore (the slit-in-the-back type), and the knee braces are on hinge joints. Meaning, they won’t hinder the articulation of his double-knee joints.
Mattel even got the Texas tattoo Austin has. Sometimes, small things like this makes the figure seem that much better.
Austin comes with his signature cap and ‘DTA’ vest, made of hard rubber. To put the vest on, rotate both Austin’s arms so that they both point backward. Then, slide the vest onto his body. The cap fits his head nicely, and it can also be applied to other figures (not surprisingly)
HELL YEAH!! Wait, what am I cheering about?
CM Punk comes in his yellow trunk and boots, one of many colors he wore (this particular one, is his default in WWE All-Stars game). The body mold is same as Austin, but it looks slightly slimmer than Austin. More specifically, around the chest and collar-bone area. Then again, that could be figure playing mind-trick on me.
Punk comes only with his hair shaver. I do wish he came with his SES t-shirt he had in his single release, especially when you consider the fact that Austin has his vest and cap.
The tattoos on Punk figure are fucking amazing. Granted it’s a little bit blurry, but I can still make out ‘Straight Edge’ on his abdomen. Both arms contain tattoos full of such intricate details, they even managed to put in ‘Drug Free’ on his knuckles. It’s a shame Cobra Commander and Pepsi logo tattoos were not included, but I understand why and it’s a very legitimate reason.
Hell, they even put in his lip ring… AND COLORED IT! One minor complain I have here is that I wish they colored his beard darker. His beard doesn’t really match his hair color, and it comes off slightly awkward.
One big problem I have with Punk figure (and perhaps a lot of WWE Elite figures in overall) are the tube-type knee-pads. Like Austin, Punk has double-knee joints. However, the knee articulation is decreased to 45 degree at most, due to the rubber knee-pads constricting the knee area. This can be problematic for replicating a lot of Punk’s athletic moves.
The points of articulations for Austin and Punk (or better yet, the rest of WWE Elite figures) are as follows:
- head can turn 360 degrees
- shoulders can rotate around, can also spread arms 90 degrees
- biceps rotate 360 degrees
- elbows bend 90 degrees
- hands are on hinge joint, able to rotate fully, as well as bend front and back
- abdomen can bend at least 45 degrees
- ball-joint hips that also have pivot joints above thigh
- double-knee joints (that are hindered by rubber knee-pads like Punk’s)
- pivot joints on knee-high boots like Punk’s (short boots like Austin’s have no pivot joints)
- hinge ankle joints
- very minimal (and I do mean MINIMAL) sideways ankle movements
5 WHATs out of 5, WHAT?
4.5 shaved heads out of 5
For roughly about $27, you’re getting two very great elite figures. Yes, Punk didn’t come with his t-shirt and his knee range-of-motion is limited. But attention to detail on Punk figure compensates for those flaws easily. They’re worth it and I highly recommend them.