S.H Figuarts WWE: Stone Cold Steve Austin REVIEW!
"And that's the bottom line, 'cos Stone Cold said so!"- Stone Cold Steve Austin
Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), is better known by his wrestling name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He is a retired professional wrestler, American actor, media personality, and producer.
Stone Cold carved out an impressive career in the WWE during the nineties, and was one of the wrestlers responsible for the company's tilt towards the "Attitude" era. Stone Cold portrayed himself as a disrespectful, beer-swilling antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss, company chairman Vince McMahon. This later became one of the biggest factors in WWE winning the weekly ratings war against their competitors World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Stone Cold held 19 championships throughout his wrestling career; he is a six-time WWF Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion, thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, while also being a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW World Television Champion, a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion in WCW.
He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998, and 2001 Royal Rumbles, making him the only three-time winner of the event.
Just like S.H Figuart's The Rock figure, Stone Cold comes in a compact, collector-friendly box which has plastic trays to store the figure as well as the accessories.
Stone Cold comes with:
- three heads with different facial expressions
- three pairs of poseable hands
- one vest
- two beer cans
- two "splash effect" parts for the beer cans
Unlike S.H Figuarts' offering of The Rock figure, I was not particularly blown away with this figure. There are some plus points for the figure. I like the fact that his hands allow him to show us his trademark middle-fingers, and I do believe they've managed to catch Stone Cold's facial expressions almost perfectly.
But (at least for my figure), Stone Cold has some issues that might take the shine away from this review. The way his legs are positioned make it a little frustrating if you want to get him to do a normal standing pose. And this Stone Cold figure just looks a wee lil' bit too tanned. AND its a weird kind of tan, like a pinkish hue.
This is the part which really bothers me. S.H Figuart's The Rock was perfect in the sense that the joints moved along seamlessly and you could get him in almost any wrestling pose you wanted to. BUT DON'T DO THE SAME WITH STONE COLD.
Unlike The Rock, the Rattlesnake's leg and thigh joints are extremely stiff, which makes it very difficult for your to really get him to bend or squat. And if you insist on trying, you'll hear creaking sounds so my advice is be gentle with Steve. The ball joint which connects the legs and thigh is also very thin and quite fragile. I've read complaints where collectors had applied too much force in trying to get Stone Cold to pose and the figure eventually broke.
You can definitely Stone Cold to do some of his more classic poses, but don't expect him to be able to execute moves that require more leg and thigh articulation. BUT having said that he's still a pretty cool figure. :)
I'd say Stone Cold is a keeper if you're looking to start a WWE Attitude Era classic wrestlers collection along with The Rock. The next one will be Triple H, followed by the Brothers of Destruction- Undertaker and Kane.
Big Bad Toy Store has him for US$49.99 (RM222.36), or you can scour Ebay for a reasonable deal.
OVERALL SCORE- 7.3/10
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