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Thursday, February 25, 2016

WWE Mattel : The Godfather Review !!!

This is the first action figure of the Godfather in the WWE Mattel line . He is part of the Elite Flashback Collection and I purchased him from a local Walmart for around 18.99 . I was not crazy about him as a real life wrestler however I have definitely been looking forward to his action figure and now it is finally here . The reason being is because of his attire being very colorful with the bright green, along with his accessories and for being one of the most entertaining characters in WWE history . Although this is the first time The Godfather "character" appears in this line, it is not the first time Charles Wright ( Godfather's real name ) appeared in the line as a figure . Confused ? In reality , the characters Papa Shango and The Godfather are portrayed by the same man , Charles Wright . More on that scenario in a moment .




It seems as if Mattel changes the look of the packaging every year . Along with a nice new insert as you can see above . Looks like for 2016 they are going back to the red and white color theme that was used before, compared to the blue and white color theme of last year . I myself love both color themes , no matter which one they use .
As you can see , The Godfather comes with a good number of accessories. Five to be exact, if you count his vest . He has his vest, hat, necklace, cane and shades/sun glasses . If you want to remove the vest , I suggest raising his arms up over his head , pull the vest upwards over his outstretched arms and there you have it . To put the vest back on , use one arm at a time, then pull the vest over to the other arm .  As for Godfather the character , he was around when WWE had a rated M for Mature era going on . Back then there was some profanity along with scantily clad women . The character of the Godfather was portrayed as a pimp , as he had his own slogan for the ladies that accompanied him to the ring , which I will not get into because of the mature nature of the subject matter . If you have small kids , and if they want to view videos of the Godfather on Youtube, I suggest they just see him in the ring, the wrestling part, and nothing beyond that because of the mature subject matter.

As mentioned earlier , The Godfather and Papa Shango were played by the same man , aka Charles Wright . Above is a comparison between the two characters Mr. Wright has portrayed . The comparison shots are to see if you can recognize the differences and similarities . Wright was Papa Shango first before he became the Godfather . The two figures above are proof Shango came first , because Godfather has more chest tattoos, proving that Wright had more tattoos added over the years. The tattoos on both of his arms are the same . So in later years , Wright grows a mustache and goatee, along with his hair growing back to become the Godfather . As for similarities in the situation of transforming from Papa Shango into The Godfather, the bone necklace actually becomes a real necklace. The voodoo stick becomes a cane, and his voodoo hat becomes a pimp hat . WWE did a great job over the years having one person play multiple characters, as Wright is not the only one . Kane used to be Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS .
The comparison to the Hulk Hogan figure is for two reasons . Or should I say two items ? The glasses and the boa , the yellow feathery item Hogan has wrapped around his neck and shoulders. Before looking back at Hogan , I was beginning to think that he and Godfather shared the same glasses, but as you can see they apparently do not . Hogan's glasses are bigger and rounder. As for the boa, I think it fits the Godfather's persona / personality more so than Hogan , because this just seems like something that a pimp would wear .
Rather the boa looks better on the Godfather than Hogan is another story , however like I already mentioned this item seems to fit Godfather's personality more .
                                                       FINAL  THOUGHTS
( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Godfather has the regular normal all around articulation that the majority of WWE Mattel Elite figures have .


(2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - The figure stands well with no balance issues .


( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - ALL of the accessories . The cool bright vivid green colors of his attire . The luxury of owning a figure of one of the most popular characters in WWE history . Perfect likeness to the real person .


( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? There is nothing that I dislike about this figure .


( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THIS  FIGURE ? - A tighter grip on his cane would have been nice . The cane fits into his open hand very loosely , however I am not bothered by this , because as you can see clearly in the pics the top base of the cane can rest nicely on his open palm .


( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - A PERFECT 10 !!! I could find no flaws with this figure .


( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - This Godfather figure is a fun figure to own because of the cool accessories and his color theme . If you like posing figures on your desk, this one would definitely look cool to display .







2 comments:

  1. This guy just looks like a fun figure since he's essentially a toy of a flamboyant, silly pimp. I'm digging his hat! The accessories would go really well with a Deadpool figure, too.

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  2. He is definitely a fun figure to own . Good idea about Deadpool. I never thought of that until you mentioned it.

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