Mattel’s WWE Elite Collection Series 63 includes two versions of Shelton Benjamin, a regular one, and a Gold Standard Chase Variant Figure with hair. This is the first-time in about 7 years that Shelton Benjamin returns as an action figure, and both versions are true to his likeness with life-like details, tattoos, and more. The former Continental, US Champion and Tag-Team Champion comes with a ladder that he jumped off of and landed on in the ring and the arena floor.
Thank you to Mattel for providing their WWE Elite Collection Series 63 Shelton Benjamin Figure for review.
Availability: December 2018
Shelton Benjamin is packaged in the standard window box as seen with other modern WWE Elite figures by Mattel, with images of him on the left side, and an action shot of him in the ring on the back along with a brief bio. Also shown are the other figures available in this wave, which includes Kane, Dusty Rhodes, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Namamura and Dean Ambrose.
Shelton Benjamin comes in two different variations in this wave by Mattel, which is unusual as most variations are offered in different waves and line-ups. This wave offers a standard release, as well as a Gold Standard Chase Variant that is meant to be the rare figure.
The regular version of Shelton is offered in a black, white and gold trim trunks, as well as long knee pads with the same color scheme and tall boots. The white and gold stripe paint applications start at his waist and ends at his sides. This version of Shelton Benjamin is smirking with a clean shaven head, a tattoo on his left shoulder and arm printed in black, and white wrist bands painted on. The deco on the trunks, knee pads and books are nicely done with crisp lines and stands out nicely.
The Gold Standard Chase Variant Shelton Benjamin has gold trunks, with black, white and gold on it, long black knee pads, gold and black tall boots. The trunks say Gold on the front, and Standard in the back, with black and gold print and the dragon tattoo on his hips. The head sculpt includes golden blonde hair, with a wash of it on the sides and back, and the smirk is also shown on this face as well. The black tattoo is printed on the left shoulder, and black wrist bands on his wrists that are painted on.
Both figures are muscular, and share the same figure sculpt with different in the ring attire and head sculpts. Included with both figures is a set of interchangeable hand sculpts, and a working ladder that folds up. Both figure sculpts are fully articulated, which 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 calves, hinged and rocker ankles.
Overall, both versions of Shelton Benjamin are great figures with superb attention to detail and likenesses. Fans of the WWE line will surely want to pick up these figures now, which are currently available in select stores and online.
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