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From Marietta, Georgia… weighting at 215lbs! CODY RHODES!!
The son of legendary Dusty Rhodes, Cody Rhodes have been building his reputation as singles competitor since his days as Hardcore Holly’s tag partner. Now known as ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes, he became Intercontinental Champion in August 12th and retained the title until Wrestlemania 28. Back in January 2011, he legitimately broke his nose during the match against Rey Mysterio. When he came back from the injury, he donned the clear protective mask and his persona became more darker. Thus, ‘Undashing’ Cody Rhodes was born.
Even before you take it out of packaging, you can tell something’s wrong.
Why the fuck does Cody Rhodes have knee pads?
Yes, he does wear knee-pads nowadays, but back when he was ‘Undashing’, he didn’t wear kneepads. At most, he put the knee-pads around his shins, a form of paying tribute to old-school pro-wrestlers.
Easy solution: cut the knee-pads off. I used seam ripper to cut them out, easy too since they’re made out of soft rubber.
I can’t complain much, since they got core elements right. His protective mask is translucent, his C <> R trunk looks solid enough, and he looks like Cody in terms of facial structure (well…close enough). I do find the boots and his hand wrap questionable, since he didn’t wear laced boots often and his hand wrap was black when he became ‘Undashing’.
On a side note, the facemask can’t come off. I tried to take it off, but it’s set on his head tight.
Much like Austin and Punk, Rhodes has Elite-standard articulations. Those are:
- head can turn 360 degrees
- shoulders can rotate around, can also spread arms 90 degrees
- biceps rotate 360 degrees
- elbows bend 90 degrees
- hands are on hinge joint, able to rotate fully, as well as bend front and back
- abdomen can bend at least 45 degrees
- ball-joint hips that also have pivot joints above thigh
- double-knee joints (that are hindered by rubber knee-pads like Punk’s)
- pivot joints on knee-high boots like Punk’s (short boots like Austin’s have no pivot joints)
- hinge ankle joints
- very minimal (and I do mean MINIMAL) sideways ankle movements
Cody comes with his black hooded jacket and plastic paperbag, which was the main reason I got this figure, sad to say. The paperbag will fit over most WWE elite figures (Mark Henry…debatable), and even some of 6-inch figures. The only restrictions to putting paperbags on are V-fins, large head, and/or crazy hair styles….
…which is the case with Tenma here. His spikey hair and head gear prevent paperbag from being applied. But some of the other figures I own, they’re open season.
4.5 Paperbags out of 5
WWE Elite Cody Rhodes is a damn good figure with lot of upsides. His knee-pads, as always, are the most annoying parts. However, you can bypass that with removing the pads. If you’re Cody Rhodes fan, then this is highly recommended figure. If not, you won’t feel that bad for getting it just for paperbag. With right figures, this can make for hilarious photoshoot prop.