When a popular character finally debuts as a figure, it immediately becomes a hot item. Bray Wyatt has the distinction of his first two figures being released simultaneously. One is in the Basic Mattel series while the other is an Elite figure. When choosing between the two it isn't always a no-brainer, but it is with Wyatt. The Basic is just as the name says, basic, while the Elite includes two of Wyatt's most recognizable props, his hat and shirt.
I decided to pass up the Basic and go right for the Elite. Why buy an incomplete figure when the "gimmicks" are so important to the presentation? Right away, Wyatt passed my "Mattel packaging test." As I've discussed before, the Mattel WWE figures have occasionally looked as if they're "floating" in the package. Bray does not suffer from this, and it is helped by the shirt packaged in the corner.
Facially, I don't think that they could have come closer. The eyes. The grin. All the creepiness that is present not only during his promos, but in his matches as well. The hat fits on top perfectly, which brings us to the shirt. We've got some soft goods here, and I could not be happier about that. The rubber shirts just don't work as well. I don't think that we've seen the last of the rubber, but I'm glad that it's not a Mattel standard.
Bray certainly has the whole WWE Universe in his hands, and rightly so. It's a great character that has elements of Kevin Sullivan, Waylon Mercy, and even a little bit of Cactus Jack. It's something that is seemingly too edgy for modern day WWE, yet it is exactly what the people want. And if it ever stops working, they can always revert to my idea of a Pawn Stars stable. Just imagine Steve Austin as Rick, Greg Valentine as The Old Man, Bill DeMott as Corey, and Bray Wyatt as Chumlee. Follow The Dollars?