Hit the music! Today I’m reviewing the Mattel WWE Legends Rick Rude 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 Kamala.
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.
The 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 grew up watching guys like “The Ravishing One”, and always cheered for the baby faces to hand him his comeuppance. Rude’s whole shtick around this time was to insult the men in whatever town they were wrestling, and gloat that he’d easily steal their women. Within that setup was his demanding that his music be played as he disrobed for the (almost unanimously) screaming women in attendance. This figure comes sporting one of his robes, emblazed with “Simply Ravishing” across the back. The robe is sturdy in its construction, and hangs well for the scale. I have heard of some people having a bleed issue with the dye used on the robes and jackets of some of these figures, and while mine has not suffered this fate yet, it is something to be aware of.
The other big piece of Rick’s gimmick at this point was his constant rotation of tights with images of himself, women, or other wrestlers on them. One vivid memory is the time he wore a pair of tights with the Ultimate Warrior’s visage on them, and Warrior becoming infuriated with it. The tights on this figure though, feature a likeness of “The Ravishing One” himself, as well as some flames creeping up his legs. The paintwork on the figure is top quality. I couldn’t find any paint slop on the figure I purchased, but with any mass retail line, I suggest looking over multiple figures if the option is available, to find the best version possible.
The other notable piece here is the headsculpt. The design team chose a great expression for Rude, even if he never sees another figure released. He is sporting pouting lips and slightly closed eyes as if he’s blowing a kiss to all the women in the audience. I believe it captures his attitude and mannerisms during his entry into the ring perfectly. While the tights didn’t have any paint slop on my figure, his head does suffer from a little bit of it. There are minor pits around his hairline, and there is one that shows up much more in pictures, than to the naked eye, right under his eyebrow above his right eye. It’s minor, and not a deal breaker on an otherwise great figure, but again lends to the credo of checking all the figures on the pegs if you have the option.
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.