World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Jakks Pacific continue to roll out the latest line of WWE Classic Superstars with Series 15, now released. In this collection are seven superstars and a special LJN figure of The Rock. Here is the rundown of the figures in this series.
Zeus: WWE’s first motion picture, No Holds Barred, starred “Tiny” Lister Jr. as the movie’s main villain and in conjunction with the film’s release, turned Zeus into a wrestler. In a short feud with Hulk Hogan, Zeus was not the bst wrestler, but provided entertainment for fans of the movie. The figure is highly detailed even down to Zeus’s real-life lazy eye and uni-brow. He is dressed in black and white wrestling tights with a Z logo for the belt. Zeus never came close to holding a title in the WWE so his figure has a chain for an accessory. He is not exactly a legend, but a fun figure for collectors and fans of the movie.
Razor Ramon: Anytime a kid in the 1990s would flick a toothpick from their mouth, it can be credited back to this next action figure. Scott Hall’s memorable character, Razor Ramon is finally in the full action figure form with his trademark cowlick and vest. Fans can see what Scott Hall looked like before gaining the fifty pounds he’s added now. Back in his Razor Ramon days he had memorable feuds with I.R.S, Shawn Michaels, and came back for a short feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin in the reformed N.W.O. Wrestling figures.com even has an exclusive two pack recreating the classic Wrestlemania X ladder match pitting Razor Ramon against Shawn Michaels. The match is a classic and the action figures are detailed right down to the same clothes and hairstyles they performed in during that match.
Shawn Michaels: Speaking of the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels is one of WWE’s longest wrestling and most popular superstars. He still continues to draw crowds and more and more fans every day. His figures are also some of the best selling and this one is sure to be one of the best ones as it recreates WWE’s most controversial match: The 1997 Montreal Incident. Contract disputes and miss communications caused the ending of the Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart World Title match at the 1997 Survivor Series to go astray and “screw” Bret Hart out of the victory. The figure is dressed just like Shawn Michaels was then, with matching vest, pants, and wrist bands. There is variant figure that was released too, with no ring gear, but with no other accessories with the figure, the latter is definitely recommended.
Tank Abbott: More famous as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), than a pro wrestler, Tank Abbot had a brief stint in the now defunct, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was a horrible wrestler but the figure will appeal to UFC fans more than WWE fans. The Tank figure features his long goatee and signature black fighting gloves with matching wrestling shorts. The figure also comes with a replica steel chair Tank probably sat in more than he used.
Leaping Lanny Poffo: Leaping Lanny Poffo may not be the most famous wrestler, but his bother, Macho Man Randy Savage is right up there. While Lanny never got the fame that his brother did, he had success as the heel character The Genius. He even beat Hulk Hogan by count out in 1989 due to an interference by Mr. Perfect. This figure comes dressed in “The Genius” gimmick. A full graduation gown and cap and a replica Intercontinental title belt.
Tully Blanchard: Blanchard has a short career in the WWE as a member of the Tag Team, the “Brain Busters” but was fired from WWE after a cocaine bust during a drug test. He will be remembered for what his figured is designed as, an original member of the Four Horsemen. The figure has Blanchard designed for his age in the 80s and includes a full black robe with red trim. The nice figure for 80s wrestling fans.
Lex Lugar: Lex Lugar was supposed to be built up as the next Hulk Hogan, having an “All-American” theme and even a country wide tour bus. He was supposed to be a wrestler for the people, but the people could have cared less. That is where Bret Hart emerged from the shadows and took over Lex’s spot, becoming the new top guy in the company. This figure represents his early days in WCW and NWA where he had memorable bouts with Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. The figure is dressed in black wrestling trunks and white boots and comes with a replica world title.
The collection of wrestlers in this series is not as big as others, but the Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon figures are the two highlights here. To find these figures check out wrestling figures.com or your local toy retailer like Toys R Us.