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Like many boys, my oldest son went through a phase of loving WWE and all things related to wrestling and amassed quite a collection of these Mattel action figures. There is a lot of WWE branded merchandise available and various figures are available, depicting most of the main characters from WWE.
There are many different action figures in the WWE range but ours is a 'Flex Force' character, depicting Big Show - one of my son's favourite 'bad guys' from WWE Smackdown and Raw. These Flex Force figures differ from the more basic designs, as they have a spring-loaded middle which helps the models to re-enact different fighting moves. Standing just under 20cm tall, this sturdy plastic figurine also has posable limbs so that it can be positioned carefully to re-create his favourite fights.
The main attraction of this particular series is that each individual figure has been carefully designed so that it can actually perform the character's signature moves. In this instance, Big Show has been jointed and loaded so that he can punch with just a simple flick and twist of the figure. When the model's arm is pulled back and positioned carefully next to another figure, the character manages to hold the other in a head lock or he can perform the rather unpleasant sounding 'chokeslam' on his opponents. One of Big Show's legs is also movable and can be kept in place so that the figure can either kick out or be positioned as desired.
The figure itself is a clear likeness of the real life Big Show, certain to delight any young fan. True to reality, the figure is slightly larger and chunkier than some of the characters in the series but it is still well proportioned for kids to hold comfortably. The facial features are a little caricatured but it is clear, even from the black all-in-one costume that he typically wears, that this is meant to be Big Show.
The main drawback to this toy, and to much of the WWE merchandise, is the over-inflated price tag. We paid over £10 for this single figure alone from Toys R Us. (This is currently selling for £11.99.) Clearly for a child to get maximum enjoyment from this toy, they will need at least another flex force figure to fight with, preferably another three to form a tag team. In addition to this, my son plays with these on a spring-loaded wrestling ring which again needs to be purchased seperately and costs £20 or more, so the costs soon add up.
As a toy that has been played with considerably and, given the nature of the play, very roughly, it has proven to be very robust. Despite the treatment received from my exuberant nine year old, the spring loading has not been damaged and the figure has remained in surprisingly excellent condition. After over a year's play, this is showing no real signs of wear and tear, other than slight scuffing on the base of his shoes from being banged around the ring and floor.
In terms of age recommendations, I would say this would suit WWE fans from around six up to ten years of age. The fighting moves, particularly the speed at which the figure's arm springs back into position after being released, means that younger children may get injured through rough play. (We inevitably get tears from injured fingers when my younger son tries to join in on the action.)
If this is being considered as a present for children other than your own, I would personally recommend approaching the child's parents beforehand. Although I don't think these are any more offensive than many boy's toys, I know some parents would prefer not to have any toys associated with fighting and violence so these may not be particularly appreciated!
Personally, I find that boys grow out of this stage fairly quickly and banning certain toys or programmes only makes them seem more exciting and desirable. My son's interest and enthusiasm has slowly waned through the last year and, as yet, he hasn't been found with another pupil in a headlock!
For a young WWE fan, this would make a fun gift although it does need to be purchased alongside the matching accessories. Personally, I'll be glad to put these away - until son number two decides to be a WWE fan...
Just recently my 5 year old son has shown a preference for wrestling rather than Ben10, which was the previous fad, so after deciding he would quite like some of the merchandise to go with the programme, here I am reviewing it!
The figure in question is - "The big show".
Now I have been a wrestling fan myself for more years than I care to remember, with my husband getting really excite when he see's the vintage programmes, especially one's from the 80's era, so when Connor decided he wanted this stuff, my hubby was more than happy!
Each wrestler (and until going to Argos to get it, was gob smacked by just how many there are to buy!0, comes housed within there own rigid plastic, see through box, which is literally emblazoned with the "WWE" logo, for none wrestling fans this stands for world wrestling entertainment, changing from foundation years ago a mix up with the better known "WWF", the animal variety!
Without risking myself sounding too sexist, this really is aimed at little boy's, from the identical facial expressions, to the endless rippling muscles, even down to the tattoo's the real wrestlers have, Connor's undertaker figure is part plastic part paint with just how many tattoo's it has on it!
The big show, which is a wrestler that has been around for quite some time now, is one of my son's favourites, which is not surprising that he cut's such a dominant figure within the WWE as he is in reality nearly 7ft tall.
Though the figure doesn't really represent the true difference in size, with this being around the same size as most of the other figure's available, though the much shorter figures are represented by much smaller figures, which does baffle me!?
The figure itself is made from moulded plastic, and has full moveable arms and legs, prefect for giving the child a chance to re-create their favourite stars signature wrestling moves, and they all have one!
This figure is dressed in the same manner as the wrestling star, and really does look like him, though the face does seem to be slightly more aggressive looking!
This has loads of play, and has been dropped, thrown and even stood a coupe of times, and is still going strong, so for the £8.99 I paid for it is a bargain.
These are available from www.argos.co.uk for the above price, but are available from www.amazon.co.uk but tend to vary greatly in price, so for a toy to be played with rather than a collectors item I would veer towards the Argos option.
This is a nice toy, that though not representative size wise is still a loved and well played with toy, recommended.
Thanks for reading x
I have no problem in admitting that I am still a wrestling fan, and I still enjoy playing with WWE toys, even though they are aimed at children between 8 - 12 years old.
If I was being picky, when I bought The Big Show, I bought it because I thought it would be the biggest action figure I have (because in real life he is the biggest wrestler).
However, I was disappointed to see that he had the same physique as all the other wrestlers, and he didn't really look much like the Big Show to be honest.
However, my 6 year old sister loves to play with these figures as much as me, and she couldn't care less and still plays with all my wrestling toys to this day
All this shows is that even though they are pretty expensive (the Big Show cost me £15), kids do enjoy playing with them (as well as older fans of WWE), and they will have hours of fun, but I would recommend about 5 or 6 wrestlers and a ring if you're thinking about getting it for your child.
Released in 2006, the "Big Show" toy is a part of World Wrestling Entertainment's "Deluxe Aggression 5" set of action figures which commemorates the professional wrestler of the same name. It was distributed in the United Kingdom by Vivid Imaginations and was available in larger national retail outlets. I can't quite remember where I purchased this figure, though I believe it was in the now defunct Woolworths at the cost of £11.99. The toy is not currently in production and may not be found in retail shops today.
Action figures have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Even in my adult years, I still enjoy staging wrestling bouts using these toys as I enjoy the freedom and nonrestrictive ways in which these toys can be operated. The item measures just over 15 centimetres tall which allows seamless compatibility with earlier and more modern play sets through its similar size. The toy also features bendable elbow and knee joints which pivot on a visible screw. While I do find the visible screws somewhat take away from the alluring look which this figure could have featured, I do find it enhances the playing experience as punches and kicks can be guided more smoothly and gently without the need to hold the figure's arms and legs in awkward positions. Earlier wrestling figures were notorious in their flimsy construction and several have lost limbs in wrestling matches, however Big Show and his wrestling brethren from the Deluxe Aggression 5 series are still standing strong with no obvious wear or tear on the joints.
Realism is a personal factor of mine when considering commemorative action figures. Big Show features his well known single strap singlet characteristic of giant wrestlers, black boots, and black kneepads. This is typical to what is seen of him on television and is something I appreciate, however I find his facial features are very lacking. The action figure sports visible blue eyes which are stunning and overwhelm the facial region. Unfortunately, this is not accurate to the professional wrestler as the man himself sports dull green eyes.
This is a toy I would still recommend despite its faults. It has proven to be a durable object which has been put through several fantasy championship wrestling matches. Those interested in the title character would likely find this toy to be a suitable addition for their collection.
Got this Vivid Imaginations toy for my nephew this is the Bigshow and this will cost around 11.99 at most places. You can buy this at stores such as Argos and online with Amazon you can buy this to.
The design of this is very realistic everything with the Bigshow in the figure has been done real. He has been given his beard and also you can make him do poses. The pose he is doing right now is the real one he does in real life. I do not think they have done his weight right in the figure though. He actually looks like a normal guy in build wise when in real life he is much bigger. So he does not look to real at all with this body build here in the figure.
These figures are very easy to break as when you move their hands around and play with they could snap. Little kids like my nephew would play with them and throw them around. This is what my nephew did and he ended up breaking the arm of this toy.
When buying these figures you need to show your kids how to use it or else they can break easily. I do not think the grip of the figure has been made tight with these WWE Deluxe Figures on sale.