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“THE PHENOM” – THE UNDERTAKER – SHFIGUARTS REVIEW

We’re really excited to kick off our ongoing collaboration with Tamashii Nations UK by taking a closer look at the latest character to join the WWE SHFiguarts line – The Undertaker. Whats more exciting is that he isn’t yet available in western territories so consider this a preview of whats to come!

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Words by Jack Sturman
Shoot by Mark Walker

You can’t hide… from The Deadman.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

• 6″ The Undertaker figure

• 2 Total sets of hands + 1 additional hand sculpt

• 4 Total head sculpts

• 1 Classic Undertaker rimmed hat

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SCULPT – 9/10

Bandai seem to have a knack for nailing their sculpts recently and again the WWE line continues this trend as we arrive at the Undertaker. Lets start with the head sculpt and this time around we have 4 heads here in total which an excellent number as it allows a whole wealth of different arrangements with the body.

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2 of these feature the iconic “white eyes” look with the remaining 2 being a more stern looking face a neutral “Default” version. The sculpts here are very good and capture a latest of the Phenom in his recent years. The hair here is sculpted onto the upper part of the neck as opposed to the head to save on materials and it actually works quite well with each head only containing enough hair detail to cover the top of the head. The general expressions on the faces here is superb for a 6″ scale figure and I think sometimes its easy to forget the scale you are dealing with but what Bandai have managed to achieve here on such a small mold really is noteworthy.

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Looking over the rest of the body we descend into the general male wrestler body sculpt with the additional detailing of the outfits, gloves and boots to round out his more recent look. All of these elements combine to form a really well-rounded sculpt for The Undertaker and he sits very much near the top of best sculpts I’ve seen on a 6″ figure.

PAINT APPLICATION – 9/10

 

 

Moving onto the paint application which for The Undertaker doesn’t really consist of too much other than larger areas of black simply down to his characters look. It’s the standard sort of affair across the outfit and gloves/boots but it really does come into its own on the face. The subtle highlights around the expressions go a long way to do just that – highlight the expressions. This simple addition to the face sculpts allows them to really be defined and for you to notice the work that has gone into the molds all the more easily. The other key area where the application comes into play in any substantial sense is the various body art across Taker’s arms which have been transferred without any noticeable errors that we could see.

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Obviously when dealing with any figure of this scale and where mass production comes into play there will always be small blemishes on some figures and not others and I think the area that this is most likely to occur would be those tattoos purely down to their intricacy on such a small sculpt. Overall though there’s nothing major to mark the figure down on so it gets a solid 9 from us.

ARTICULATION – 10/10

I almost feel that this area is an automatic 10 whenever talk about a SHFiguarts product as they seem to have really nailed the articulation within the line. Whether it be the next joint, down to the shoulders and various joints on the arms and hands to the core of the figure – the range of movement is really something to behold and I truly wish that more 6″ scale figures would take heed from the precedent set here by Bandai.

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The figure has the out-of-box collector and poser in mind as do the rest of the WWE figures in this line as the potential for scene recreation here is limitless and when you couple this with another WWE figure from the line it just becomes mind numbing. The range of poses and movement at play here is some of the best we have ever seen from a figure of this scale and it persists across the line not only in WWE but also to their Star Wars and Marvel characters too and it helps to make the line so desirable within the collecting and photographic communities.

PRICE POINT – 8/10

As both The Undertaker and Kane (review coming soon) are yet to be released in western territories its difficult to get an exact price but we anticipate that he will retail for around the £50 mark in line with the previous entries such as Stone Cold and The Rock. As an opening market price this is very respectable when you weigh up what it actually is that you are getting in the box. You can find him already up on eBay from sellers in Eastern territories such as Taiwan but you’re looking at paying a lot more than the figure is worth here to get it early.

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I’d recommend holding out until the official release in the west in a few months time and picking him up from The Wrestling Shop where he will no doubt become available alongside the figures they already have up – The Rock and Stone cold for £55 each. As with any 6″ figure the price is going to be the largest tipping point and we see this in the Star Wars collectible market with the Black Series line which can be a harder sell in the UK due to its steeper market opening price.  For what you are getting in the box for the price is, in our opinion, very much worth it in this case .

OVERALL DESIGN – 9/10

Drawing all the components together here is the box, which across this line, is really beautifully put together with a striking facade full of motifs and slogans associated with the Deadman. I personally love how busy the box looks at the front which doesn’t distract at all from the figure as he really dominates which is great news for those inbox collectors reading this. However, to keep this guy in box really would be an instant disqualification as there’s just so much you can do with him.

Overall, Bandai has really knocked it over the top rope with this figure in what surely has to be the most pose-able figure of the Undertaker on the market today. The sheer range of poses you can get out of this guy is incredible coupled with the sculpts across all 4 heads makes for a really impressive addition to the WWE line.

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Shots taken by Reviews Editor Mark Walker – @markwalkerphoto.

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JACK STURMAN

Jack is the Director of Exclu and created the platform as a place for creatives and members of the toy industry to connect and share their passion for popular culture. He ensures that the platform connects with both amateur and professional photographers by way of promoting content from across the board. When not maintaining the Exclu platform, Jack keeps a keen eye on the comings and goings of the toy community.

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