Mattel is making action figure history with their Masters of the WWE Universe, a new line of action figures that is a crossover between their popular Masters of the Universe and WWE characters. We first saw this line shown off at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, with additional updates at Power-Con 2019, that were shown along with the Masters of the Universe: Origins line coming in the Fall of 2020. Both lines are compatible to each other, meaning that parts such as arms, hips and accessories can be used for figures from both lines to make a custom look for each character to your liking.
The initial wave includes the ring that is sold by itself, a bundle set with the ring, John Cena and Triple H, single figure offerings of Ultimate Warrior, Finn Balor, Triple H, and Sting. Additional waves were revealed back at Power-Con 2019. This line is the first mashup of its kind between these two franchises, and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that these work quite well together. Both lines are set in the same universe, so He-Man can fight along side The Ultimate Warrior for the first-time in history.
Starting in January 2020, these figures should be released in widespread availability at Wal-Mart Stores, so you shouldn’t have a problem tracking down the figures and characters that you want. Each figure us priced at $14.99, with the bundle set at $29.99, and the ring by itself at $19.99. Below, we also did a video review of these figures, with an exclusive look at the mini-comic that you won’t see in the gallery below. Make sure to watch the video, follow us, like it and share.
Thank you to Mattel for providing their Masters Of The WWE Universe Sting and Ultimate Warrior Figures for review.
Availability: December 2019 / January 2020 – Wal-Mart Exclusive
Each figure is packaged on a blister card with nicely done artwork by Axel Gimenez. This includes the Masters of the WWE Universe logo on top, which is inspired from the Masters of the Universe and WWE logo’s, and the exploding rocks behind it indicates that the logo is bursting out. The figure is placed as if he’s standing inside the ring. On the back is artwork of the character, a brief description and a look at what the figure can do. Also shown is the rest of the single carded figures.
The Ultimate Warrior includes shared parts with He-Man and is given newly tooled parts that are unique to him. While some of the Masters of the WWE Universe figures pay homages to He-Man characters, Ultimate Warrior is one that is given his own look. He has some nicely done facial paint that you would remember from his Wrestling days, as well as painted applications on his chest that is underneath the removable harness, and his logo on the front of his trunks, knee pads and top of his shoes. The figure also has yellow and green bands with ribbons placed over his arms, wrist bands that are painted in orange and green stripes painted on, orange trunks, orange knee pads that are placed over his knees, orange ribbons on his lower legs, and green shoes. Included with the Ultimate Warrior is a staff.
The articulation is the same as He-Man, and includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel-hinged knees, swivel things, hinged and rocker ankles.
Each figure can also break apart at the shoulders and hips, and what we learned is that the head is also easy to pop off to create a custom look for each character.
Sting comes with reused arms from He-Man and other characters, and a new head, newly painted torso, hips and legs. His outfit has some nicely done painted details, such as his shirt wither scorpion painted in white, and silver deco on his upper torso and knees. Most of the outfit is cast in black, but the parts are shared with other figures. His head sculpt is nicely done with long brown hair, a white painted face with black deco on the lips and around the eyes, and black lines in a wavy pattern on the face.
The articulation is the same, and he includes a lobster claw that can fit in his right hand, and a lobster nunchuck weapon that can be held in his left hand.
Each figure comes with a mini-comic, with artwork of each unique character on the front, a mini-comic inside (watch the video above for a look), and images of the rest of the single carded wave on the back.
Overall, Masters of the WWE Universe is a great line that works great for both Masters of the Universe and WWE. The characters and sculpts work well together and we love how the parts can be interchangeable. A line of this scale will undoubtably be a bit hit among fans and with Masters of the Universe coming next year, you will have so many characters to choose from with swappable parts, that the sky will be the limit on this. Make sure to grab yourself a set, as you will be pleasantly surprised by these if you haven’t seen them in person yet.