No, this is not a review, this is in fact - what I have been hinting at for months. Finally ready to let the cat out of the bag... so bear with me, I'm not exactly sure how to properly word this.
I take a lot of pride in providing what I, and many others consider high quality photos for WWE action figures. I have been a collector since the days of WWE's Hasbro and WCW's Galoob, all the way until the Jakks Pacific "Classic Superstars" line... alas, that was when I caved in and sold off my collection... mainly due to bad part choices, and lack of detail... nevermind the incorrect body proportions. What can I say? As I grew older as a wrestling fan, I started wanting the over look to be "more", I wanted higher quality.
I ended up settling on Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys (mainly) high-end collectibles... through those, I decided one day I wanted to do product photography - more specifically, toys. So I went out and got a point and shoot digital camera, and went off trying to replicate what I had seen.
Eventually, I made a huge upgrade into the DSLR world, and studied up on everything I could. Throughout that time, WWE made the transition from Jakks, into Mattel. I had no idea what to expect, but I was anxious... sculpts were revealed, eventually prototypes shown, and THEN I found them in stores.
So where is the news? Well, if you're a reader - you know I took what I gathered from high-end collectible photography, and applied it here to the BEST of my ability (though it seems everyday I learn something new). Eventually, it paid off.
Somebody at Mattel contacted me and offered me a deal (which no, I am not going to share all of the details online of). Basically, this is the thing - I am going to be provided figures to review for you guys, so long as I provide them with some shots of the figures. Also, if you've "LIKED" Mattel / WWE on Facebook, you'll soon be seeing my photos there as well.
As a life long wrestling fan, and a collector, I couldn't be happier. I hope all of you join me for the ride!