The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar! What a dominate career this man has had. Next to maybe only Goldberg, Lesnar might have the most impressive win/loss record in the history of professional wrestling. Brock has held the WWE Championship 5 times and the Universal Championship an additional 3 times. Lesnar is a unique athlete, so much so that he’s competed in three different sports professionally throughout his life. He briefly played professional football in the NFL, he’s also been a fairly dominant UFC fighter sporting a 5-3 record, and lastly, but perhaps most impressively he’s had a hall of fame worthy professional wrestling career. I could go on about Lesnar’s historic career for another thousand words or more. But, I should review this figure before the big fella busts out the box and takes me to suplex city.
This Brock Lesnar retro figure was released as part of series one of the WWE retro series by Mattel. The series included (links to our reviews):
Series one was released exclusively at Wal-Mart (in America) and was slow to sell initially. Today, the series one figures are among the more sought after in the entire series.
Lesnar’s run over the past four or five years has been historic. The man has basically destroyed everything in sight. So it honestly was not a surprise when Mattel decided to include him in the first series of figures.
The figure is a great cartoonish looking version of Brock but the tattoo’s, gloves and boots give the figure a realistic feel. The logo on the shorts also was a nice attention to detail as well on Mattel’s part. Lastly the no nonsense look on Lesnar’s face is perfect for intimidating other 4 inch opponents.
A modern feel with a retro look is the way to sum up this box art. A recent photo of the Beast with his new sword tattoo down his sternum and the retro stlye WWF logo create a retro vibe when taking in the entire packaging visually. As is the case with most of these figures my only real complaint is the quality of the cardboard and how the glue chosen for the bubbles seems to fail frequently.
The back of the box depicts Lesnar taking the Ultimate Warrior to Suplex City in a match that is sure to be on many fan’s bucket list of dream matches. The figure’s arms are spring loaded, by placing an opponent in his hands Brock can send them hurling across the ring.
Lesnar’s wrestling career has now spanned two entire decades and over that time he has built up quite the list of achievements. In the end a new set of Hasbro style figures would not have felt complete without a Lesnar so it was a great choice by Mattel to include the ‘Beast in the Bank’ in the new retro line.
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