Fan Takeover Adam Cole Review
It’s common knowledge the majority of NXT talent in elite form in recent years has flown off the shelves and subsequently been difficult to attain on the secondary market unless you’re prepared to part with a substantial amount of money. Elite 71 Adam Cole is one of the most sought after to fall under this umbrella and therefore a second Elite Cole has been a long time coming (third if you count the UE 3 pack). But for fans of Adam Cole, is this the incarnation you were expecting?
The fan takeover line generally divides opinion – how many of these figures are actually chosen by the fans? With tens of other elites, does it seem plausible the fans would vote for yet another Seth Rollins? Disputes aside, Adam Cole was a strong candidate for a place in this line as soon as it was announced – and so here we are.
Whilst it’s going to be a very welcome addition to a lot of peoples collections, the figure itself unfortunately suffers similar issues as the most recent basic – there’s something about the head, and the head placement that’s just..a little off. The head seems to be slightly oversized, and significantly Adam Cole’s forehead just isn’t that big. When viewing the figure in it’s packaging, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this figure for a Mattel body with a Jakks head on it. Imperatively however, and to the relief of some of you reading this I’m sure, this isn’t the case when loose.
Whilst Cole’s gear is relatively straight forward, (and Mattel have performed as expected in that department with accurate deco, tape on the hands and accurate tattoos) this figure is surprisingly toyetic with the really nice looking black / yellow colour way. From a personal perspective however, it’sdifficult to understand the thinking behind the screaming / shouting head scan and is likely not what most fans were expecting. Due to the fact this would only be Adam Cole’s second single pack elite that’d be more readily available, it was anticipated the head scan may be more of a sterner expression to appease the masses. It’s important to consider however, Mattel may have been aware of the potentialbacklash they could face if this figure was what many perceived to be a ‘remake’ of the elite 71.
The NXT title is a nice addition and fans of the brand will certainly appreciate the inclusion, as well as the hard rubber Bay Bay vest. In conclusion, the figure is absolutely a welcome addition, but a few years from now when more Coles have been released – will this be the incarnation of Cole that remains in fans collections? I’m not so sure – SIMPLY because of the head sculpt. It’s by no means bad, it’s just unlikely to be the expression collectors would be likely to display. Overall, the figure is certainly a hit which you might not think at first viewing whilst the figure is in the packagingdue to the illusion of the head being disproportionate to the rest of the figure. For the first time in recent memory, I’d have to recommend this figure displayed loose rather than mint in box.