I still remember spending days in the front yard, battling my Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan WWE Wrestling Buddies. The stuffed toys were a great way to recreate WWE action. The other day I did a double-take at Toys R' Us when I spotted the new release of Mattel's WWE Brawlin' Buddies. This is one of the best nostalgic WWE toys that should have been brought back years ago.
WWE Brawlin' Buddies are designed to feature detailed caricatures of WWE Superstars. The John Cena Brawlin' Buddy includes multiple wristbands, his trademark camo shorts and sneakers. Protruding ears on the toy's head is nice touch that makes them feel more realistic.
The first set of WWE Brawlin' Buddies feature four elite WWE stars. Along with Cena, kids can get their hands on Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.
It's a nice line-up and the Mysterio buddy really stands out from the rest because of his bright green design and mask. The tattoos on Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio help make them more recognizable, much like their detailed WWE action figure counterparts.
Sound effects can get really annoying on a toy, but they work well for the WWE Brawlin' Buddies. The sensor and random order of the sound effects makes each playing experience unique.
For example, when a child performs a move on the John Cena Brawlin' Buddy, he'll groan and then make another sound effect when making contact with a bed, couch or other object. The fighting noises are complimented with catchphrases like "You want some, come get some" and "You Can't See Me."
In one hour's play, a seven year old boy managed to throw a John Cena Brawlin' Buddy off the bed, into a wall, perform multiple moves and even take it on the trampoline. So far, no sign of wear and John Cena apparently wants more of the fighting action.
The child loves the toy more than other stuffed animals. It's a great companion for "Monday Night Raw," "Friday Night Smackdown" and bedtime. Even if you're an adult with no kids, the buddies are great throw pillows or decorations for a sports room or "man cave."
The potential for future WWE Brawlin' Buddies is large. The first series could have been even better if a CM Punk buddy was in place of Randy Orton. Other colorful WWE characters like The Undertaker, Kane, Zack Ryder, Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara and Brodus Clay would make great additions to the series.
Old school fans would go nuts over an "Attitude Era" series with Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Degeneration X and even a plush Vince McMahon that screams "You're Fired!" If you used Wrestling Buddies when you were little, then the upgrade is a must-buy gift for any young WWE fan in your life.
WWE Brawlin' Buddies retail for $29.99 and are recommended for ages 3+.
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