Here we go again with another one of these mysterious wrestling figures that Ryan keeps secretly acquiring through trades. I'm going to try not to repeat myself too much with WWF thoughts [please see my Ravishing Rick Rude review for more on the subject] as I review Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.
If you are like me there is only one thing to associate this guy with at first glance. Yes, of course:
In general Brutus sports a wardrobe that I would have died to have in the sixth grade and, in some cases, I think I actually did have parts of it. I would have certainly enjoyed his pink fingerless gloves and a little pink fringe.
I had a pair of LA Gear shoes that would have gone PERFECTLY with this ensemble. You can score those babies on ebay right now if you have been working on your female Beefcake costume.
Upon researching these classics I stumbled upon some breaking sneaker news. LA Gear is bringing back this vintage line of 80s shoes. Whether or not this is good news, I'm not clear. I do know that Ryan wore a more masculine variety of this shoe (green and black, I believe) once upon a time too. I guess it proves we were made for each other.
Now, back to the figure, I do have a few quibbles with the manufacturing company.
You couldn't spring for fully painted pants? How did you have time to get to the more complicated crevices of the nether regions but not a smooth back thigh? Just curious...
Furthermore, what did you do to this man's face?
I'm not saying that pro wrestlers of the 1980s are immune from skin infections, but do you have to represent them so obviously?
Is this a clip-on?!?! Overall I've thought these wrestling figures are really good representations of the horribleness of the costumes but this one might cross a line. The poor guy worked hard on this 'do and the sculptors go ahead and make it look fake. Coupled with the skin defect, I would say Brutus has gotten a bit of a bum rap.
Oh well, he still seems pretty cheery in spite of himself. I'll give him two tentacles for sculpt quality and four tentacles for postive attitude. Result: Three tentacles!