Monday, December 28, 2020

Action Figure Review: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt from Masters of the WWE Universe by Mattel


   I haven't watched WWE in over a year so I've missed the rise of Bray Wyatt as "The Fiend." It seems to be a great gimmick for him and from what I hear it's quite popular. I was quite excited to see Bray appear in the most recent series of Masters of the WWE Universe with a design that captures the look of his Fiend persona with some of the trappings of, well, Trap Jaw. Ready for a look at another figure in the fourth series of Masters of the WWE Universe? Then let's join Bray Wyatt, The Fiend and Evil Lord of Fireflies, after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 5 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, swivel/hinge knees, ball jointed hips, waist swivel, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged jaw, and a double ball jointed head.

Accessories: Two bicep straps, vest, two interchangeable hands, hand ax, hand mace, and minicomic.

Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars

The Positives:

* Looking at the Fiend you might think you're looking at a juggalo, or perhaps Jeff the Killer. Yeah, he's a pretty freaky looking guy. Clad in black and red wrestling gear, Bray Wyatt's fiend persona isn't wearing anything overly flamboyant. He's straight up menacing.


* He does have a removable leather vest that gives him less of a traditional wrestling feel and makes him seem more like a... clown biker? It's creepy but it's also hard to find words to describe it.

 * The face is horrifying! Seriously, this guy is the creepiest figure in Masters of the WWE Universe to date. He really looks like the Fiend but with actual facial features instead of a mask. The teeth and eyes are terrifying and the yellow dreadlocks just add something to the look. They don't look like they belong but they work with the whole package, you know?

* Here's where the cool Trap Jaw-like features come in: First, the Fiend has a hinged jaw. That's a cool feature in and of itself for a strange looking character but the Trap Jaw connection is also pretty slick. Second, The Fiend has a loop of hair on his head. Why? I think it's a throwback to the vintage Trap Jaw figure who had a loop on his helmet so he could slide down a zip line


* Bray Wyatt also has two interchangeable weapon hands. That's another Trap Jaw feature! The first is a spiked mace with the word "HEAL" on it. The minicomic calls it the Mace of Healing. Would you let the Fiend hit you with a mace to heal you? Me neither.

* It makes a bit more sense that the Fiend is packing a double bladed axe with the word "HURT" on it. This is the Axe of Hurting and I believe it. It looks like it would hurt for sure.

 * The MOTWWEU figures are built like the MOTU Origins figures.  While their bulky frames make the articulation a bit clumsy, they do feel like an evolution of vintage MOTU and wrestling figures. They're quite fun to play with and are very sturdy!

* They're also modular and the parts can be easily separated to make your own lazy boy customs!


* Behind each standard MOTWWEU release is a minicomic of sorts. It's only 4 pages (cover, bio, comic, and back page with cross sell art) but it looks cool and does offer some cool information on the role of "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt in WWEternia.The art looks nice and you get a short comic of Bray Wyatt (dressed like Prince Adam) transforming into the Fiend.

The Negatives:

* My only negative is that the jaw on my figure was stuck. I had to really work at it with heat and a small tool to pry it open.

"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt is one of the coolest figures in this line! He's got unique accessories and some very strong thematic connections to one of the coolest MOTU figures, Trap Jaw. Swap out his wrestling gear clad lower legs with a more traditional Origins figure and you could have an amazing new member of the Horde! This guy is Epic and is loaded with play features. Plus, he's just so darn creepy! I've got two more of these guys on the docket for review (I received Mr. T and Jake "The Snake" Roberts for Christmas) so series 4 should be completed soon! This line had a great year in 2020 and I'm excited to see it continue.

I've reviewed quite a few other Bray Wyatt/ The Fiend action figures on here including the Basic Series #55 figure, the first Elite Bray Wyatt, the series 38 Elite Bray Wyatt, Wrestlemania XXX Bray Wyatt, the WWE Mutants Bray Wyatt, and the Zombie Bray Wyatt .

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