Sound the drums, today I’m reviewing the Mattel WWE Legends Kamala figure. He was part of wave 3 of the Legends line, along with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Terry Funk, The Iron Sheik, and “Ravishing” Rick Rude.
For these packages, Mattel’s design team went with the clamshell on the cardboard backing like the Basic line of figures. There are graphics depicting the wrestler featured, along with some nice graphic work that reminds me of the WWE’s Hall of Fame logo, and considering this is the Legends line, I think it fits. In this case, I believe there is a bit much wasted space at the top of the package, but some of the other figures I looked at on the pegs fit better space wise. The back of the package gives a title history and a memorable moment from his career.
His articulation is the same as for the Elite line of figures, and is as follows:
• Ball jointed head
• Ball shoulders
• Cut biceps above the actual bicep
• Single hinge elbows
• Cut writs with hinges
• Cut waist
• Ab crunch with a fairly good range of motion
• Hips are similar to DCUC hips, but are rounded off, I would call them ball and hinge hips
• Cut joint right below the hips
• Double jointed knees; this was truly unexpected
• Rocker and hinge ankles
I was a big WWF/WWE fan in the 1980s/1990s, so I vividly remember “The Ugandan Giant” being led to the ring by his handler Kim-chi, and his manager, the wormy Harvey Wippleman. I remember the first casket match that happened with The Undertaker, which happened as a result of their feud. Having this figure, as well as the Entrance Greats Undertaker has allowed me to relive that epic match from days gone by.
Kamala’s figure does him justice. He comes sporting his tribal mask and shield, along with his necklace and animal “pelt” skirt. What little paint work he sports, is nice and crisp. My figure has little to no slop on his face, which is nice because of the intricate design on his face. The stars and moon on his torso also suffered no paint slop on my figure, but I suggest looking over multiple figures on the pegs if you have a chance, based on quality control with Mattel’s lines.
He also sports a heavier physique, so Mattel wisely chose to go with a unique body that I’m sure will be used for future big men that are Kamala’s size. His articulation isn’t really limited by the bulkier body, which is a nice surprise, but I will warn about possibly loose ankles. I’ve had the figure take a dive a few times, due to his ankle joints apparently not being able hold his weight. Other than that minor issue, Kamala is a great addition to my Legends collection, and would be a welcome one to yours as well.
I picked this figure up when it was new at Target, but I have seen this wave recently at some local area Big Lots and Tuesday Morning stores. If you have any of them nearby, I’d recommend checking them out before resorting to ordering online.
Thanks for reading.