Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16 – AUSTIN 3:16 SAYS I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS!.
Today we are taking a look at a recent drop from Mattel’s WWE Ultimate Edition figures – Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Texas Rattlesnake gets an upgrade from his previous Elite entries with additional articulation and a slew of accessories. For those that follow I am a VERY casual collector of WWE stuff, focusing mainly on the Attitude Era, and besties at that. Stone Cold stuff always gets me though. This Ultimate Edition is an upgrade over the last one I grabbed which was the Defining Moments 6 (see our gallery for that here) so I had to grab him.
He’s out now in certain spots, I grabbed mine at Ringside Collectibles (no sponsor connection) with pre-orders still inbound at others. Make sure to get your POs in because he’s selling out pretty quick.
We’ve run him for a set of pics, basic and fancy, including some comparisons. Read on to check them out along with some additional thoughts!
WWE Ultimate Edition Stone Cold Steve Austin
Note: The Arena Backdrop seen here is from Extreme-Sets.com – use code TOYARK at checkout to get 15% off your order!
Oh Hell Yeah! I dig it. So, after getting it in hand, he’s close to the Elite Defining Moments 6. There are some upgrades in the articulation – new torso cut tech, butterfly shoulders, double elbows. Slightly taller. Legs and feet look the same aside from toe cuts. Knee brace and vest are the same. Leg tat is exactly the same. Vest has some new print on it, has the triple skull on the back which is from his early days. In all this setup of gear is from his early run, leading into and right after becoming champion. One brace, early jacket prints, OG shirt, etc. He only has one belt here, which is the Big Eagle circle belt, but on the blue backer. Had to look that up, but that is what his first use of that belt was. The mouth closed head looks to be the same as the Defining Moments one as well, but this time using the TrueFX face printing tech. So at it’s core, this is really an upgraded Defining Moments. The new stuff includes a gold chain, Austin 3:16 shirt, skull hat, WWE mic, 2 extra sets of hands, 2 extra heads. Some of these accessories were released with Elite versions before.
The new heads are great. They capture his likeness in sculpt, and the digi paint is well done. Much better than the default head in both aspects. While the laughing face doesn’t work in most situations, it really captures his “i just ran over your Lincoln with a monster truck and am giggling” face. And makes me giggle every time I look at it. The mouth open face is a bit weird straight on sometimes, but it works well in photography or if you have him posed in attack mode. The 3rd head from Defining Moments – doesn’t quite work again. Eyes are a bit too close and the digi paint goatee kinda bled onto his mouth. I think a new angry head should have been done to replace this, as the other two are really good.
The shirt is good, stretchy so it can get over the head and arms while keeping form. Hard to replicate soft goods at this scale so it does the job, especially at a distance on a shelf. Only problem is that this was usually worn with jeans or jorts. Looks weird with the trunks. Extra hands are nice, but the lack of middle finger options is disappointing. I get the mass retail kids angle, but maybe figure a way to appeal to Attitude Era fans who are now adults and want that edge on their shelf. I guess it’s Photoshop time for pics :)
Overall, as a Stone Cold fan I am happy with the piece. I however wish that this was “more ultimate” for lack of better terms. I get that wasn’t the goal here, to be the complete definitive Stone Cold figure to rule them all, but I would want that, still do. If you combine things seen in previous Elite Stone Cold offerings together, you’d get a lot. Things that would include for me are:
• Heads – New angry, mouth closed head. Some additional expressions like the ones here, since those were great.
• Hands – Fingers. Middle fingers. Come on.
• Hands – Beer grabbing ones, and beers. Both opened/exploding and closed.
• Hands – Stunner grip ones. So that you can have him cupping the head of an opponent while in Stunner drop mode.
• Shirts – A selection of his greatest hits. What? etc. Ref shirt.
• Vests – A selection of his greatest hits.
• Belts – All the others he’s had, Big Eagle on black, Smoking Skull and Winged Eagle. Intercontinental, Tag Team, Million Dollar, why not.
• Knees – Extra brace for later in career.
• Lower Half – A completely detachable lower half under the waist cut. Swap in jeans and jorts lowers. No overlay ones, that never works. Full new lower halves.
• • If that’s done, then go into the camo jacket and hat style stuff like Defining 4.
• Stunner Stands – stands that allow Stone Cold to be mid drop, and a second figure to be neck out, gripped, on his way down, and a third stand for a second fig to be in “pop back up” mode.
In addition to all that, I want an in-scale beer truck with hose, a zamboni, and a monster truck. :)
Plus a catapult beer launcher to put outside the ring along with a case of Steveweisers that I can toss at him. Maybe make the hands and beers magnetic so you can try and get him to catch it.
So yeah, all in all great fig, but I look forward to additional ones, or maybe a Mattel Creations Ultimate Zamboni Edition with all that stuff above :). If you dig Stone Cold and want the best version to date, he’s worthy of a pick up. And that’s the bottom line, because Tony_Bacala said so! (Glass breaks).