Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ultimate Warrior & Road Dogg--Returning To WWE & The Toy Aisle
This nostalgia kick also includes past superstars returning to current programming. In the ring itself, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, the New Age Outlaws, returned and captured the WWE Tag Team Championship at the Royal Rumble. The WWE Hall of Fame, always a bastion of wrestling's past, will be headlined this year by none other than the Ultimate Warrior.
It's the Warrior and the D-O-Double G that we'll be focusing on here. Long before their respective impacts on 2014 WWE programming, both of these men were announced to be part of Mattel's 26th Elite action figure series. Joining the likes of Jack Swagger, Big E. Langston, Mark Henry, and Roman Reigns, these two legends are the "Flashback" entries of the set. While Road Dogg's attire has changed little over the years, this version of the Ultimate Warrior is one that have never before been produced as an action figure. Neither figure suffers from looking too small for the Elite box packaging, but there is something missing from one that I'll get to later.
The Warrior is based upon the attire that he wore at SummerSlam '92. He has his shorter hair and a singlet designed to look like muscles and tendons and all of that good stuff. His arm tattoo is here as well. Although it's a nice figure, compared to Road Dogg you just don't feel as if you're getting as much. This is especially jarring when looking at the boxes of both. A notation on the Dogg's box proudly announces that "2 Shirts & Hat" are included. Meanwhile on the Warrior's box we are excitedly told that it includes "Authentic Ring Attire."
These are both great additions to the line and as I said above, they will be hot sellers. This is far from the first Mattel version of the Warrior, but they've always sold well. With his return to the WWE family and hype machine, that's not going to change. The Road Dogg is not only back on tv, but has always been popular. An Elite Flashback Billy Gunn is up next and will be a great companion to the Dogg. I would also not be surprised to see a two-pack of the Outlaws coming up, and hopefully they will look just a tad different to reflect their current image. In short, I'm asking for 50-year-old "skullet" Billy Gunn. And I'm not ashamed. Do it, Mattel!