We have in-hand images of the WWE Superstars Series 3 figures featuring Mankind, the Million Dollar Man & Papa Shango thanks to Plaityme!
Plaityme has been lucky over the last weekend and scored 3 out of the 4 Series 3 figures from the WWE Superstars line. He scored Mankind, Papa Shango, & Million Dollar Man from Frank & Sons Collectible show down in Southern California where he also scored a Masters of the Universe Origins Wun-Dar figure.
WWE Superstars Series 3
We’ve only seen official images of the WWE Superstars Series 3 so it is great to see the figures on card so you can get a true sense of the colors and the final production of the figures and how they turned out! We must say they turned out amazing! I (Michael) have an affinity towards the Million Dollar Man as I saw him walking through the LAX Airport as a 7 year old and I was in awe! He wasn’t wearing his standard issue green suit but it was so cool to see him so up close. Mankind and Papa Shango also look amazing as all of the these figures use the MOTU Origins buck and we are so happy that Mattel is continuing to make wrestling figures after they ended the Masters of the WWE Universe line. You can also see the cross sell for this series on the back of all the cards and the only figure that we are missing from this series is the Undertaker!
According to the WWE, In 1992, the haunting voodoo practitioner known as Papa Shango made his shocking debut in WWE.
Stalking down the aisle with a smoking skull in his hands, the bizarre Superstar’s horrifying appearance — complete with morbid skeletal face paint and a necklace made from bones — struck fear in his opponents before he even stepped into the ring. Once the bell rang, Shango was even more fearsome, using his 330-pound frame to completely destroy everything in his path.
Although his tenure in WWE was a short one, the witch doctor made a major impact at WrestleMania VIII when he interfered in the main event between Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice, resulting in a disqualification. Shango would keep a high profile due to his rivalry with The Ultimate Warrior in the spring of 1992. Using black magic to intimidate the Warrior, Shango infamously caused a strange, dark liquid to ooze from the former WWE Champion’s head during a memorably twisted interview segment with Mean Gene Okerlund.
The shocking incident would become Papa Shango’s most memorable moment in WWE and earned the magic man his place amongst the scariest Superstars of all time.
Papa Shango on Card
Papa Shango looks great on card and you can see that they’ve illustrated him in his likeness as he appeared in 1992. They’ve recreated his while face paint and outfit from his gimmick in the WWE very nicely and you can see that he comes with a fabric, soft goods cape from the burst on the front of the card. On the back of the card, you can see the full illustration in black and white and they’ve included the moniker: “The Spell Has Been Put On You!”
Papa Shango Figure
Papa Shango was a very unique character and, back in the day, the WWE wrestlers were more comical than serious and the WWE Superstars line does a fantastic job at capturing the likeness of the wrestlers and Papa Shango is no exception! The face paint is pretty much spot on with his character from the WWE as you can see the black around the eyes and on his nose as well as the black outlines for his teeth. His top hat appears to be a repaint of the hat that came with Bray Wyatt but they added a thick white stripe and put a flower on it.
Million Dollar Man
According the the WWE, every time his diabolical laugh echoed over arena loudspeakers, children across the country clutched their allowances a little tighter. That’s because, for the dastardly “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, everybody had a price.
It’s no surprise that the Million Dollar Man had several brushes with WWE gold, the most respected of which is his showing in the WrestleMania VI WWE Championship Tournament. En route to the finals, which would decide the new owner of the vacant WWE Championship, DiBiase defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Don Muraco before ultimately losing to Randy Savage. A tag team rematch featuring the Mega Powers (Savage and Hulk Hogan) vs. The Mega Bucks (DiBiase and Andre The Giant) headlined the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988.
The Million Dollar Man wasn’t all talk, either. Using his nearly limitless fortune, DiBiase purchased everything, from the No. 30 spot in the 1989 Royal Rumble, to Superstar contracts, to the WWE Championship itself after buying it from Andre the Giant. Ultimately, DiBiase created his own title – the solid gold, diamond-laced Million Dollar Championship – which was never officially recognized by WWE brass.
As a three-time WWE Tag Team Champion with partnerin Money Inc., and the head of the star-studded Million Dollar Corporation in the mid-90s, DiBiase’s active career wound down with a brief run in WCW before he was inducted into the 2010 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Million Dollar Man on Card
The Million Dollar Man is illustrated in his classic green suit with the green dollar bills on the lapels of his jacket and his green bowtie! He features his smug look that has earned him the saying that he “always gets his way.” On the pack of the card you can see his full illustration in black and white and is looks great!
Million Dollar Man Figure
The Million Dollar Man’s soft goods green money suit is a total throwback to his gimmick in the WWE. The fabric on the suit does a great job on conveying that shimmery look from his original outfit back in the 80’s. Although his original suit was more of a teal color, we like the money green look of this soft good suit and the dollar signs on the lapels of his jacket really pop! The attention to detail on the face sculpt is great as he has his smug look on his face and they even colored his beard and his hair different shades, to mimic what he looked like back in the day.
According to the WWE, today, he goes by the name on his birth certificate, but Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy became one of WWE’s most unlikely success stories under the guise of three distinct personas — the unpredictable Cactus Jack, the demented hippy known as Dude Love and everyone’s favorite mental patient, Mankind. These “three faces of Foley” were dangerously unique, but all shared a common trait — a willingness to always go one step too far.
Inspired to become a Superstar after watching Jimmy Snuka leap from the top of a steel cage in Madison Square Garden, Mick Foley adopted Superfly’s fearlessness when he entered the ring himself. As Cactus Jack, he earned a fan following not for winning matches, but for surviving them. In a bout against the punishing Big Van Vader in Germany, Foley’s ear was torn off. In Japan, he suffered third-degree burns in an exploding ring. Still, no matter what he suffered through, Foley kept fighting back.
When he came to WWE in 1996, he turned into Mankind, a deranged miscreant who lurked in boiler rooms and shoved his fingers down opponents’ throats. Under the leather mask of this maniac, Foley lived through sports-entertainment’s most shocking moment when he was thrown off the top of the Hell in a Cell by The Undertaker. The unforgettable image of Foley’s body artlessly plummeting to the ground below defined not only his career, but WWE’s “Attitude Era” as a whole.
Man Kind on Card
We have life imitating art (or vice versa) with Mankind’s illustration as he looks exactly like the promo photo above! He is clutching his face like he normally would as he played the gimmick of Mankind brilliantly! Again, we see the inclusion of fabric gear on the front burst of the card and we love that they are doing this for the line! On the back of the card, we can see the full black and white illustration with homages to Mr. Socko and the yellow happy smiley face with the face mask!
When Mankind debut in the WWE, he featured brown attire, which was basically a shirt with a made up symbol and a combination of other signs that means “Mankind.” The symbol over his left breast looks like a cross between an Ankh and Undertaker’s symbol. His brown pants were the 90’s version of the yoga pants in brown as he wore dark brown kneepads and wrestling boots. They did a great job making his flowing hair look realistic and they did a bang up (BANG BANG!!!) job with the face mask. The brown on the face mask is a lot darker than what he originally wore in the WWE but the color ties nicely in with his shirt and silver rivets adds a nice touch as this was a feature in his real like mask, which he hated wearing by the way!