It was just a few short months ago that Mattel restarted their WWE Defining Moments line. The figures represent top stars as they appeared in some of their definitive career milestones. Around four years ago the line was originally launched and included legends such as Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, and The Ultimate Warrior. Despite being a hit with collectors due to high detail and unique packaging, the line was dropped around the same time as Mattel's separate Legends line. Since then, select Legends have been included in Mattel's Elite line as "Flashback" figures.
It's been seemingly hard for manufacturers to nail down Hogan's physique, but Mattel does a very good job. He isn't overly pumped up, nor is he wimpy looking. His unique style of wearing the famous yellow trunks is well captured here, too. The facial likeness is good for the Hogan of the '80s, and the hairline matches perfectly. If the hairline on a Hogan figure does not match the era that it's supposed to represent, the likeness suffers greatly. After all, Hogan's hair has long been a talking point, for better or worse.
For their first foray into Hulkamania, Mattel brings us some never before included accessories. The first is the belt that Hogan wore for much of the mid-1980's. This design has never before been created in figure form. It has the shiny finish and though it is not completely painted (the flags on the side are colorless), it is an amazing centerpiece for the figure.
Well folks, we have a winner here. Even at brick and mortar stores, this figure is at a higher price point. I think that, in part, caused the original demise of this series. If the releases are limited to new-to-the-line names like Hogan and future planned stars like Razor Ramon and Sting, I think the Defining Moments could keep coming. Now, if we could only get that Magnum T.A. figure released...
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