Why won’t someone make the DDP action figure I actually want?!

Posted: February 17, 2012 by Kick Out At 2! in Shane D

I don’t know how many of you guys follow the world of wrestling action figures, but recently Mattel’s WWE Legends line has gone the way of the do-do.  Instead of a stand alone series of Legends figures, as we had for about six waves, the line has been moved to 1-2 figures included as “Flashback” figures in the normal Elite line and six figures only available on http://www.MattyCollector.com, Mattel’s collector only toy site.

While I don’t like any toy line dying, I was actually kind of interested that the fan-chosen figure lineup would include Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Diamond Dallas Page.

DDP was a big favorite of mine in the 90s as I was a tried and true WCW fan until around 1999 when I fully switched allegiances to WWE (Thanks, Vince Russo!).  Watching him go from the down and out guy after Kimberly left him for The Booty Man to rebounding thanks to his mysterious “benefactor”…who, sadly, we never learned the identity of…and the newfound Diamond Cutter was pretty awesome, in my book.  So, when they announced the figure as part of the lineup, I was pretty excited.

Jakks CS DDP

Jakks had given us two DDPs, one in the regular classics line and one in the Classic Deluxe line.  The CS one was based on his WWE days, indicated by the short hair and painted pants, so I wasn’t interested.  I dug DDP during this era, but it wasn’t the DDP I think about when I really look back at the classic era that I loved, so it got skipped.  The Classic Deluxe DDP was a throwback to his WCW days, which did make me purchase him, but it was the DDP right during that 1996 heel run with Eddie Guerrero (over the Battle Bowl ring) and into the 1997 face turn.  It actually got bought and then the arms and head were  swapped out onto the body of a Sandman that I never got around to painting, so it kind of sits in storage as some half finished mutant of a figure.

Jakks CSDA DDP

I figured that the Mattel version would be right up my alley, as they’ve stated that they don’t really like to re-do too many of the outfits that Jakks has already done.  I figured if Jakks had already done the WWE look, and DDP’s 1996-1997 WCW look, then the only real iconic look left was the one that I wanted…the jeans and taped ribs look!

To me, this is the look for DDP.  This is the look he had for a lot of 1997 and into 1998, which, in my opinion, if you’re going to do anything from WCW outside of a classic Sting, this is the era that you pull from.  In a lot of ways, and this comes from a giant WCW fan, 1996-1998 were really the only years that WCW was relevant in the mainstream and if you’re only going to make one or two of a figure, you should really work to pull from this era, in my opinion.

New York Toy Fair was this last weekend and as an action figure enthusiast (especially Mattel stuff…DC Universe Classics is my poison of choice), the reveals are huge to me.  I constantly check my computer or my phone to see what’s been unveiled.  I was excited to hear that they had unveiled the DDP in the new line, so I pulled up a site and feasted my eyes on…

The same figure I already own from Jakks!  Gotta say, let down in a pretty big way.  This went from a must own if it was done in the look I wanted to a definite pass.  Maybe if I can find one on eBay sometime down the road and cobble it together with a Mattel wrestler that’s already molded in blue jeans, we’ll see, but I just can’t for the life of me figure out why no one wants to make the DDP that I want.  The jeans look was a huge part of the biggest section of his career.  To me, it’s his iconic look…why rehash the same figure that another company has already given us, when there’s a better option?

Maybe one day I’ll get the DDP I always wanted…with a WCW US Chamionship to go around his waist.  Until then, I’ll just dream, I guess…for a day when I won’t get a bad thing…I’ll get a good thing.

-Shane

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Comments
  1. DZ says:

    You’re speaking my language! It seems to me that because you and I grew up watching stuff stuff during the Monday Night Wars, we know what our generation wants. Unfortunately, as good of a job as the Mattel guys do, they aren’t able to understand it as well as us. DDP in jeans with taped ribs and his immensely popular Diamond Cutter shirt is THE DDP people have been asking for, and nobody is delivering! Same thing for 96′ – 98 HBK…there’s one sure, but there should be like 3 or 4.

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