Sunday, December 8, 2013

WWE Superstar #59 - Tamina Snuka - Mattel 2013
The end of 2013 has been a crazy year for female wrestling figures.  So much so that I'm losing my ability to randomly rant about characters I know next to nothing about (yet am somehow inexplicably drawn to the toys).  I first saw this toy at NYCC 2013 and in my eyes she was the standout figure of the huge WWE display.  Maybe it was the fact that she was at the top of the display, maybe it was her bold red outfit, or maybe it was the fact that her figure is just very attractive in general.  But either way she was the girl I had been hoping to find on the shelves during the past few months (I'm woefully ignorant of upcoming releases and street dates for the WWE lines).  But being ignorant of those things is actually something I've come to embrace with this one particular line.  For instance, if there's a new Catwoman figure coming out, I know six months in advance and am budgeting for, making shelf space, and planning my hunt (or online purchase) well in advance.  The whole process is fun in its own way, but overall it seems a little mechanical and less thrilling than finding someone unexpected on the shelf.

Here is Tamina's official WWE profile: "With a father like WWE Hall of Famer “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Tamina’s knack for climbing the turnbuckle and punishing her opponents is a nod to the type of dazzling aerial offense her dad made famous.  First aligning herself with Jimmy & Jey Uso, this second-generation competitor made a literal splash during her WWE debut in May 2010, when she led a top rope assault on “the first family of sports-entertainment,” The Hart Dynasty.  Tamina stunned the WWE Universe at Survivor Series 2012 when she ambushed AJ Lee, leaving the spunky Diva decimated and the crowd perplexed. Tamina was back and badder than ever. Although she couldn’t wrest the Divas Title away from reigning champ Kaitlyn at Elimination Chamber, Tamina proved that she is a Diva to fear.  After a long absence from WWE, Tamina returned in late 2013 to stand at the side of Divas Champion AJ Lee (whom the second-generation star once targeted) as the intimidating enforcer for the pint-sized titleholder.  As hard-headed as her legendary father, Tamina refuses to let any defeat thus far hinder her dreams. And if “Superfly’s” legacy is any evidence, the sky is the limit for Tamina."

Interesting fact:  Tamina is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's cousin.





Time for a Comparison Pic!



  1. It took a long time, but we finally got a Tamina! Worth the wait too. It's a great scan & the body is pretty awesome.

    It has been nice seeing her more on TV in recent months as she is now AJ Lee's bodyguard.

    1. Oooh good to know about her and AJ. If I pick up that black repaint of her I'll make sure to photograph them together.