I’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80’s & 90’s. I started purchasing some vintage toys out of nostalgia. Well, WWE and Mattel sucked me into their new stuff. I now buy a few figures a month. You can view photos of my collection on my Instagram account.
The lineup in Elite 49 is pretty good. Five out of the six figures are the wrestler’s first elite. There are some awesome figures in this set, but I question a few accessory choices.
The WWE Superstars included in Elite 49 are Becky Lynch, Enzo Amore, Big Cass, Apollo Crews, Randy Orton & Brutus Beefcake.
We give our thoughts on each figure and include some pictures.
Becky Lynch – This is her first elite and it comes with the gear she wore at Wrestlemania 32. The hat is a nice touch and I like the new headscan. I would have liked it to come with a cloth jacket, but the figure is great.
Enzo Amore – First off, the headscan is amazing. The detail on the tattoos is sold and I have a feeling many Enzo elites will be made in the future. He changes up his gear on a weekly basis, so Mattel will have a hard time catching up.
Big Cass – This goes with the Enzo Amore elite in the series. It comes with two different shirts, but they are both molded plastic. It would have been nice to get one cloth shirt instead of these two plastic ones.
Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake – This flashback is outstanding. It comes with a cloth robe, barber shears and a bowtie. I’ve been waiting for a Beefcake elite for quite some time. I can’t wait to own this one.
Randy Orton – This is a flashback figure from his days as ‘The Legend Killer’. It comes with a sweet ‘rko’ t-shirt that is quite iconic. Orton elites are usually pretty bland, so I’m glad they changed it up this one.
Apollo Crews – It is Apollo’s first elite and they stuck him with two molded plastic shirts. He was barely in NXT (less than six months), so it is a little weird that they gave him an NXT shirt. I would have just liked for him to come with a cloth gray Apollo Crews shirt.
Elite 49 should be found at retail by late-May.
Elite 50’s lineup has already been announced and I’ve already seen MOC images of them. I wanted to post Elite 49 before them, even though there haven’t been any MOC images of Elite 49 yet.
You can pre-order everything at RingsideCollectibles.com. I’m not getting paid to plug them (although it would be nice to get a nice discount – wink wink). I just highly recommend them. I’ve been pleased with every purchase.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.