Saturday, November 7, 2015

Re-Halloween Special: Bray Wyatt (Series 36) from WWE Elite 36 by Mattel

Today is Re-Halloween! I started doing a bunch of horror movie reviews back in September, I did at least one horror themed toy review a day in October, and for the seven days of Re-Halloween in November I've been doing another bonus horror themed review. It's been fun but it's also been a ton of work! Today as I'm off celebrating Re-Halloween (the plans are to go see Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and then to watch Halloween and Trick 'r Treat at some point) I'm leaving you in the company of my favorite WWE Superstar: Bray Wyatt. The New Face of Fear, Wyatt and his followers Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, and newcomer Braun Strowman always put on an interesting show. I'm not sure what will happen with the Wyatt Family's recent kidnapping of the Undertaker and Kane but I'm sure it will be interesting. This is actually the third Bray Wyatt figure I've reviewed and this one features his outfit from SummerSlam 2014 when he beat Chris Jericho. Ready for a closer look at Bray Wyatt? Then follow the buzzards and join me after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 7 inches

Articulation:  Hinged ankles with lateral rockers, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Apron, hat, and lantern.

Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20
 The Positives:

*While this figure's body is a reuse from the series 28 Bray Wyatt it still works just fine here. Bray Wyatt has all of the articulation you'd expect from a WWE Elite figure while still preferring Bray's huskier frame. And while the headsculpt isn't designed for it, you can absolutely put Bray in his creepy spider-walk pose.

* Mattel has given us a new Bray Wyatt sculpt with this figure and it's pretty good. The previous Bray Wyatt figures (series 28 Elite and the Wrestlemania XXX version) have had an almost friendly look to them). This version of Wyatt looks a bit more intense, as if he's making his way to the ring. It's a pretty good likeness of Wyatt and I appreciate getting something different.

* Wrestler Lawrence Windham Rotunda has lots of tattoos on his arms and back and Mattel has pretty faithfully captured them here. There's a lot of nice color and clean stamping here.

* There are some nice painted details on his legs and boots, too. The boots have a cool snakeskin pattern to them while the green pants look like they have the design of a skeletal torso strapped to them. Bray's actual pants from the match were screen-printed  too; he did not wrestle with an actual skeletal torso strapped to his knee. Not for that match, anyways.

* The lantern has come with a couple figures including the series 29 Luke Harper and the Wrestlemania XXX Bray Wyatt. It's a cool piece with a nice sculpt, an articulated handle, and a translucent glass globe. 


* What really sells this figure is the apron. Wyatt's worn the apron on a number of occasions (the one that stands out in my mind the most was when he appeared at Money in the Bank 2015 to sabotage Roman Reigns) and it's a cool piece to have. It's made from a flexible, rubbery material and is really easy to put on and take off. He also has one of his signature fedoras repainted with red trim.

 The Negatives:

*There's nothing technically wrong with this figure and while did Mattel did make a new headsculpt, I wish they'd do one that resembled Wyatt when he's in the ring fighting. The sweaty strands of hair that hang over his face are definitely part of his look and convey the idea that he's a madman who just loves being in the ring.

   Being a huge Bray Wyatt fan, I'm pretty happy with this figure. Bray's a very visually interesting character and I always love to see what weirdness he'll be up to next. This is a quality figure that comes with three good accessories. That's not a bad deal. Yeah, there's a lot of reuse, but none of it feels forced. I'd give this one a Great rating. I'm hoping that we see another Bray Wyatt figure in the future that features the horned hoodie he's been wearing on and off over the past year. It's another great look that I'm sure will transfer well to action figure form.

I've reviewed two other Bray Wyatt figures:

Bray Wyatt (Series 28) from the Elite Collection and the Wrestlemania XXX Bray Wyatt

And I've reviewed the other WWE Elite Collection figures:

Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
Erick Rowan
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Kane (Series 31)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Seth Rollins (Series 37)

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