1996: The Year of the Return…to Greatness

by William Renken  I don’t think I’m alone as a wrestling fan in admitting there were periods where my fandom wained. I seem to remember 1994 was the last strong year for me as my interest dropped for about 3 years until Steve Austin exploded into pop culture. 1994 was special for wrestling specifically where … Continue reading 1996: The Year of the Return…to Greatness

Woeful Wrestling Figures: Goldzilla VS Nashra

In the best of 2016 list I featured a giant Goldberg figure among my favourites, mostly because I couldn't quite believe how ludicrously big it was. So imagine my joy upon discovering on a certain online auction site a figure that dwarfs even Big Bill. Ladies and gentlemen, call the kaiju defence force as I … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures: Goldzilla VS Nashra

Woeful Wrestling Figures: Oh So Mysterio.

In amongst my self esteem taking the kind of battering by life that most punching bags would deem excessive I have to admit that finding the wherewithal to try and make jokes at wrestling toys harder than usual, but in an effort to take my frustration and make something good out of it and thanks … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures: Oh So Mysterio.

Woeful Wrestling Figures: Mirror, Signal, WHAT A MANEUVER!

"They see me rolling, they're hating..." Yes indeedy doo it's once again time to plunge elbow deep into the toy box of the past and emerge with a worrying rash and clutching a wonderful slab of pure polymer perfection, a WCW Road Raging Goldberg figure and his beefed up, tricked out personal pick up truck. … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures: Mirror, Signal, WHAT A MANEUVER!

Woeful Wrestling Figures:Changing Faces

Come with me now on a trip back to the heady days of 2005, a time before the credit crunch, before selfie sticks and before Brexit with a quintet of my favourite figures I've encountered so far as a connoisseur of craptacular toys and serve as a perfect example of pre-housing crisis toy manufacturing decadence. … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures:Changing Faces

Woeful Wrestling Figures: An Extra Large Shake.

Throughout the short time I've been reviewing wrestling toys I've often wondered about the multitude of design decisions that lead up to a figure being put into production and landing on store shelves. Most of the time I can see what someone on the design team saw in an idea, even the Maximum Sweat WWF … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures: An Extra Large Shake.

Woeful Wrestling Figures: The Rubber Match.

It's safe to say that Vince McMahon has a "type". He likes his men how he likes his movie popcorn, unfeasibly large and out of all normal proportions. Who can really blame him? After all it was that walking repository of roids Hulk Hogan that brought him mainstream success, tons of cash and a generation … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures: The Rubber Match.

Woeful Wrestling Figures:The Macho Man Can-Can Dance.

It isn't Halloween just yet but I think if I were to review this figure on October the 31st I might bring about some kind of spectral apocalypse upon the world due to its sheer terribleness. The world and his brother will admit the class that was the Macho Man, even during his late WCW … Continue reading Woeful Wrestling Figures:The Macho Man Can-Can Dance.

Total Nonstop Action Figures 4: Paint it black.

On balance I may have been a little harsh on some of these TNA figures but in my defence, the lows were far lower than the highs were high. Scott Steiner couldn't stand under his own power thanks to some shoddy leg joints (of which I can sympathise, or should that be "Sympy-thise"),  Brother Devon … Continue reading Total Nonstop Action Figures 4: Paint it black.

Total Nonstop Action Figures 3: Joe Blow.

Ladies and gentlemen out there in toyland, I now present to you a figure that is simultaneously one of the best and one of the worst figures I've ever seen. First up, the good news.... This figure poses like nothing on earth, I can't believe the range of motion and the tightness of the joints … Continue reading Total Nonstop Action Figures 3: Joe Blow.