Mick Foley has maintained three faces (four, if you count his handsome real life face) throughout his wrestling career. Mankind, the wildly bizarre and masked eccentricity, Cactus Jack, the hardcore legend and bandit from the desert, and Dude Love, the peace lovin’, hippy groovin’ dancer. While Dude Love may be considered by many in the WWE Universe to be the least popular of the three, he is certainly the most colorful. Here are a few Mattel WWE possibilities for Dude Love:
Dude Love replaced an injured Shawn Michaels and became Tag Team Champion with Stone Cold Steve Austin, helping him face off against the villainous Hart Foundation! With a different style of tie dye and headband, this figure could also include a WWE Attitude Era Tag Team Championship, complete with full gold faceplate. It is certainly the first exposure of the WWE Universe at the time to Dude Love’s wildly free personality.
Dude Love maintained a look that included a tie die shirt, headband and blue ring pants that he is most known for and mostly pictured as in the minds of many WWE wrestling fans. With round, hippy style sunglasses and a need to dance his pants off, Dude Love brought a level of fun and silliness that wasn’t often seen during the Attitude Era and fans took to his personality, loving or hating his actions at the time. The sunglasses and a removable headband would make great accessories to any Mattel WWE figure, but especially to this one. A Mattel WWE Elite style of this version of Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy would hopefully have enough articulation to dance the night away, including the ability to dance to ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes.’
It is no surprise that a huge proprietor of funk in the WWE would one day return to show the modern day funky folk how it’s actually done. Returning to dance with Tons of Funk on RAW, Dude Love grooved and moved with the modern day WWE Universe, Brodus Clay, Sweet T and the Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) as they joined forces to provide an entirely new level of funk to the WWE Universe. A bunch of dancing machines would only make the universe explode with colors and excitement, so fans of Mattel WWE action figures could easily bring that excitement to their ring with a modern day version of Dude Love to dance along with their modern day wrestling figures. If a fan were looking for Mick Foley to step back into the ring for some type of action one last time, this version of Dude Love would certainly provide a fun, if not colorfully silly, option. A giant smiley face shirt with the possibility of being removed may also provide the first shirtless Mick Foley wrestling figure ever, something fans have been clamoring for since Mattel attained the WWE license. Dude Love remains a bright and cheery portion of Mick Foley’s career, one that fans related to and one that he can be proud of despite its’ reputation.
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