Back in the Legends era, Mattel released an excellent “Cowboy” Bob ‘Ace’ Orton action figure. It just lacked its signature cast, but in all other aspects it was hard to see the need for another.
Mattel acknowledged that it’s been a while since that last Bob Orton figure. And Orton was a big enough ’80s player to warrant his own standalone figure. The previous came in a two-pack with Rowdy Roddy Piper. And Mattel corrected some omissions for this Legends Series 13.
Let’s see if this number of Aces outweighs the previous one.
Packaging: The Legends line remains my favorite of the WWE package setups and just the global figure lines that I collect. I love the gold, brown and yellow color combination as well as a true iconic portrait of the character. This gives a nice elegant presentation.
No one does bios better than Mattel with the Legends line either. It’s a great summary of Orton at this point in his career in early 1986.
Resemblance: I don’t see a significant upgrade with the True FX head sculpt. Not a problem since the original sculpt was very good and looked like Orton.
Again, Mattel went with the slender chest for Orton. Ideally, Mattel would have created a thicker torso between thin and Bulldog for guys like Orton, Piper, Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. This is the best option among the choices available to Orton.
As a basic tights and boots guy, there isn’t much flashiness in his outfit although I appreciate Mattel giving Orton the more flexible knee pads. His default hands are black boxing gloves, which he used in his boxing match against Mr. T in Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Ladder: Orton is 6’1″ just a tad taller than his 6′ BFF Piper and the 5’10” MT He should be watching tag team partner Don Muraco at 6’3″
To paint: Orton has some small paint issues on the various miniatures in my area. It’s usually around his eyes and face with random spots and black marks. Nothing too bad, but it’s nice to be able to sort out the pegs for the best option.
I like blue tights. Beyond the fact that they’re true to the event, it’s good that Mattel didn’t opt for black tights because that would have been a boring option.
Joint: Orton is essentially the same as the previous figure, but the improvements – namely the double-hinged elbows – add a lot.
For a wrestler whose finisher is a superplex, the extra range of double-jointed elbows helps tremendously with poses. And they are also invaluable for boxing stances.
Cowboy Bob Orton has:
- articulated shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Orton has a ton of fun accessories, including properly sized boxing gloves.
This is a fun inclusion and immediately provides another display option for other digits. This is a high value prop because it doesn’t need to be specific to Orton or any other character.
He also has the standard gripping hands, which works for more than one grip since the grip can style a wrestler like Orton.
The next step is her crown. Orton has his classic hat and a leather and fabric vest. It was a good idea. Mattel could easily consider this Orton boxing gear, but went with the full Orton presentation, which was very cool.
The hat is actually scaled correctly this time because it’s not as big. This is something I wonder if most people would have cared about, so it’s very cool that Mattel has taken the extra step to get it right.
Finally, the prop that really puts this one above – its cast. It’s a separate piece if you want to take it off for those rare times when his arm was healthy. It is an essential part of Bob Orton and it was the most needed accessory.
Worth it? For a brief moment, Target had Legends Series 13 on clearance. I was able to get Orton for $10.30, an easy price for a figure with this kind of excellent value. At the normal price of $20, I wouldn’t have thought it was a bad deal, but it couldn’t pass the figure at that price.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I have no complaints with this one. Mattel has upgraded the original Orton figure and added some fun new accessories to make this one really worth it.
Where to get it ? The WWE Legends line is exclusive to Target. Orton and Hurricane Helms seem to have been on the shelves in my area longer than Triple H and Jake the Snake. You can always easily grab Orton through the Target website for hassle-free curbside pickup.