Mattel continues their WWE Elite GameStop Exclusive Retrofest Collection with the Honky Talk Man that is inspired by his early 1990’s appearance. So far. This line also includes Macho Man Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels, which are both available now. The word RetroFest is a term based on the old WrestleFest WWF arcade game, and if you’re old enough to recall this arcade game then you’re old enough to recall how difficult some of these games were to play at the time.
The Honky Talk Man made his debut in the WWE in 1986 and one if his career highlights was winning the Intercontinental Championship through 1987-1988, before loosing it to The Ultimate Warrior. This figure pays homage to one of the WWE’s most iconic characters from the golden age of Wrestling, and comes with authentic fabric clothing that he is best remembered in.
Thank you to Mattel for providing their WWE Elite Retrofest Collection Honky Talk Man Figure for review.
Availability: October 2018
The Honkey Talk Man is packaged in the retro GameFest inspired packaging that is similar with what was offered with Macho Man Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels. The packaging pays a great tribute to the classic video game of the WWF that so many children played with and spent many hours and quarters on this classic game. The Honkey Talk Man is featured on both sides in this USA outfit and there the wording on top reads WWF (now WWE) RetroFest. On the back, is his bio such as height, weight, place of birth, signature moves and finishing move.
The Honky Talk Man stands roughly at 6 3/4″ tall and is inspired by his early 1990’s appearance that is now considered the golden age of wrestling. This particular ring attire outfit stands out more than anything else we, and most fans best remembers. The outfit is made of fabric with velcro in the front holding it in place, and is completely detailed with some of the best paint applications mixed with soft fabric goods that we’ve seen,. This includes images of him on the front and back, along with musical notes and various other detailed applications. The facial details on this is beyond spectacular, and this is truly one of the best WWE figures from Mattel, which says a lot right there. The ring attire is made of one piece, and can only be opened up from the front and carefully removed from his body. The boots tend to get caught up with the fabric clothing and as you can see from the image, the boots make the fabric stretch out a bit around them.
Once removed, the figure is ready to wrestle and is sculpted and painted in light blue pants, with red musical notes, guitars and the word Memphis across his buttocks, and white wrist bands, and white boots, which is also memorable from his days in the ring. His is muscular and bulky, and the head sculpt has a great likeness to him. The hair is black and has that iconic style that he was known for, including those sideburns.
His articulation includes a ball jointed neck, ball hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, double hinged knees, swivel boots/calves, and hinged rocker ankles.
Also included with The Honky Talk Man is his iconic guitar that can break apart in three different pieces. This is meant to use against opponents in the ring or behind stage, which is what the guitar was always used for. The guitar breaks apart easily and is a well sculpted accessory with a great likeness.
Overall, The Honky Talk Man is a big win for Mattel’s WWE brand team, and this figure features a superior likeness with great accessories, and we’re just loving that fabric ring attire. Fans of 80’s and 90’s wrestling won’t want to miss out on this one, as the memories of those days live on now with new WWE figures by Mattel.