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Mattel Basic Series 45 Ricky ‘The Dragon Steamboat’ Review


Enter The Dragon

When you think of the late 80s, early 90s wrestlers it’s always the big three that come to mind; Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and Ultimate Warrior.  But as you and I know, there were many superstars who put on 5-star matches that didn’t necessarily always get the spotlight. Case in point; Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat. If one were to compare him to a current superstar I think Sami Zayne would be a safe bet. Both are technically gifted with a real good work ethic. Both have worked in many promotions and both are loved by fans. Like an underground/indie artist of sorts. So if you’re reading this and aren’t familiar with Ricky, but are a fan of Sami, I highly recommend you check out his work.

The Look

Some fans would be forgiven for thinking that his in ring attire has always been that of a Dragon. It’s an amazing get up (especially when he’s spitting fire) but he didn’t have that until much later on. This look (we’re about to review) is most famously connected with him during his Wrestlemania 3 match with the Macho Man. An iconic bout and a look to suit for those who remember it. So let’s take a look and see if it did the wrestler (and figure) any good.

Way Of The Warrior

What I like most about this look is its simplicity. It reminds me of the basic Series 68 Seth Rollins I reviewed. There’s not much detail to it, but what is there makes it awesome. In this case, it’s the tattoo (flash) style Dragons that appear on the outsides of his boots. They’re a little cartoony but are still legible (though my figure, in particular, does suffer from some sloppy paint application. which sucks). The rest of his boots are White (like the majority of this figure) with simple Red straps around the top trim to match his head band. Speaking of his head, this scan is really well done. It captures a young Ricky perfectly and, with the torso, replicates what he would have looked like in his younger days.


As with the Seth, there’s nothing really much more to add. The vast majority of his in ring attire is White, and all of that is the bottom half of his figure. Older fans should definitely pick it up as he was a much-loved superstar in the 80s and 90s rosters. Unfortunately, I feel younger fans may see it as a little plain and boring (which is a shame) but given the right education (i.e. Youtube ) they just may warm to him and appreciate the figure. With that being said, I give this a…


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Founding member (and manager of) That Wrestling Site. Covering the UK scene, interviews with indie wrestlers & WWE action figure reviews

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