Mattel’s WWE line went retro last year, and collectors have loved every second of it. The initial 12 figures in the line had a healthy mix of old stars (Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, Sting) and current roster talents (Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose) done in the style of the classic Hasbro figures of old. All of the figures feature actions as well, from body slams to Superman Punches.
Getting my hands on these was like being a kid again. But something was missing: Where could these figures have epic WrestleMania matches? Surely I cannot be expected to have these icons of sports entertainment clash on a floor or couch!
Enter the newly available Mattel WWE Retro Ring! Right off the bat, you never want to open it. They could not have done a better job making this box feel like the classic version, while modernizing it simultaneously. They even have figures hitting shelves now like Finn Balor, Ric Flair, and The New Day pictured on the box. On the back, upcoming figures are teased on the bottom like Shinsuke Nakamura, Daniel Bryan, and Shawn Michaels. It shows a commitment to the line, and that is very important to us collectors. Kudos for that Mattel.
But as much as I like the box, I open my toys. Once you take it out, the nostalgia wave keeps building. The familiar blue plastic. The title belt holder (sadly if there was one misstep here, it’s that there is no belt included). The announcers’ table. The ring steps. The red, white, and blue ring ropes! It is all here.
It takes a total of five minutes to set this up, and then the figures can start flying! Placing the figures into the ring and slamming them around was some of the most fun I have had as of late. There are little nitpicks — the current full-size figure belts don’t fit around the displays. The turnbuckles don’t pull away from the corner anymore. There is no detail on the announcers’ table at all.
Nitpicks aside, this is a must own. At $20-30 (depending on where you buy it), it is a steal to grab some figures, buy the ring, throw that big WWE sticker on a little crooked, and create the mega-card of your dreams.