Product Type: Vivid Imaginations Action Figure
Newest Review: ... smacked by just how many there are to buy!0, comes housed within there own rigid plastic, see through box, which is literally emblazoned w... more
Big Show...High Price Tag!
Vivid Imaginations WWE Deluxe Figures: Big Show
Member Name: jo1976
Vivid Imaginations WWE Deluxe Figures: Big Show
Date: 09/12/12, updated on 15/08/13 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Can be used to recreate favourite moves, robust toy
Disadvantages: Expensive, can cause injury to younger children
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...
Summary: An expensive action figure which should appeal to young WWE fans