12" WWF Ringside Rebels Stone Cold Austin

Something that I don't review enough is wrestling related action figures.  Why?  Well, I have to be honest and admit to not being a fan of that entertainment, but I know an awful lot of people love both the shows and the figures.  Here to help me out is Mark D, reviewing one of the 12" Ringside Rebels.  Take it away, Mark!

Item Reviewed: World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Ringside Rebels "limited edition" 12" action figure of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin by Jakks Pacific. They have released several 12" figures in the past but these are the first to boast the "Real Scan" sculpting on the heads. The "Real Scan" technique is done by making 3D scans of the wrestlers and having computers assist in making the sculpts. The realism is incredible. The three 12" figures available are Austin, "The Rock" & "The Undertaker". I took Austin first because I'm also a bald, mean looking man.

Packaging - **1/2
The package is a large convex plastic bubble glued to a standard card with J-Hook. Pretty simple but just right for this item. It had some nice colorful graphics and a photo of the real man. The large bubble allows for full viewing of the figure, so much so, that all the positives and negatives (that I'll be listing) were pretty much visible without opening the package. I don't know if purist would be able to open this without damaging the card. Personally, I love shredding my packages to free my action figures.

Sculpting - ***1/2
This is the best part of the figure. The 'Real Scan' technology that Jakks uses on its wrestling figures is improving all the time. When the scale is increased to 1/6 scale the detail gets even  better. The company has really captured the likeness of the man. The photo does not do justice to the sculpt.

Paint - ***1/2
Jakks matched their sculpting ability with their painting ability on the head. The rest of the body has no painting or shading. However, the head's painting is on par with 21st Century and catching up to Dragon.

Articulation - **
The figure sports 8+ points of articulation. I say 8+ because besides the 8 decent joints (neck, shoulders, waist, thighs, wrists) he also has Barbie-like rubber over ratchet joints in his elbows and knees. He's capable of holding a few poses but the mobility in the elbows and knees only allow about a 25-degree range of motion. Jakks did do a good job of the muscle sculpting on his arms and body, and that's the only thing that helped him keep a decent rating in this category.  

Accessories/Clothing - *1/2
He comes with a black t-shirt with logo, jean
shorts and boots. The shirt and shorts have Velcro closures on the back and overall are passable...barely. The worst part of the entire set is his huge clod-hopping boots. He needs them to cover the oversized freakish feet they gave him but even so, the boots are thick plastic that are loose fitting and take away from the other positives of the figure. Another negative is the lack of any accessories. I mean c'mon guys…a championship belt, beer can or some little token would be nice here!

Play Factor - ** ½
Toys are meant to be taken from the package and they are meant to be played with. This boy is thick and solid and will take a beating if the kids get to play with him, but those who are looking for realism may want to look elsewhere.

Customization Capabilities - ** ½
I know a lot of 1/6 collectors like to make
their own custom figures so I added this blip. The head sculpt is a *** but the rest of the body is a *. The head is mounted on a high neck so finding a matching body donor may be difficult but if anyone could find one, they'd have one bad looking dude. The body is such a hulking mass that finding any clothes to fit him would be virtually impossible. Note the body comparison to the nude Dragon Shane figure. 

Value - **1/2
I picked him up for $15 at K-Mart. Non wrestling fans may think this is a bit high when compared to the carded GI Joes and 21st Century guys of similar cost but with better articulation. What can I say? I'm a wrestling fan and finding a great looking head sculpt like this made my day.

Overall - **1/2
As an action figure collector I can only give this guy a ** 1/2, but I know wrestling fans (like me) will want him based on his individual merits and will like him anyway and rate him higher!

About the Reviewer
- Mark D is an avid action figure collector old enough to have gotten vintage GI Joes for Christmas as a kid, but still young enough to play with his toys. He collects mostly vintage AT GI Joe stuff but still likes to grab the cool stuff that comes out now, especially law enforcement figures and accessories. He's been a regular at The Sandbox ( since he first came on line bout five years ago. He's always looking to swap with other Joe-head and assist them in finding the hard to find stuff. You can contact him at

Figure from the collection of Mark D

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