Thursday, January 1, 2015
The 25th Anniversary of Hasbro WWF--Part 1
*What a rush! What better way to kick off the celebration than with Hawk and Animal, The Legion of Doom! The boys had already seen an action figure release in the Remco AWA line, but this was the first set to feature the famous spiked shoulder pads. Though the pads were molded on (a Hasbro trend), the figures remain a favorite of many. The Hawk figure even made an appearance at the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, standing in for the late superstar. Distribution on the pair varied greatly from area to area for a number of reasons, but the Road Warriors remain a favorite of most any Hasbro collector.
*Hasbro had the WWF license at a perfect time. The style of the figures worked impeccably with the wild and colorful characters that populated WWF rings of the time. Papa Shango is a top example of this, with his hat, facepaint, tattoos, and "bone" necklace. The antics of the voodoo priest were largely relegated to the opening matches once the figure saw release, but that didn't stop kids from continuing the crazy occurrences in the Hasbro ring. Charles Wright would go on to portray several other memorable characters of the squared circle, but this Hasbro figure (and some black goo...) is a big reason why Papa Shango is so well remembered.
*Although the first series of the Hasbro line was filled with top stars, one name stands above the rest. Andre the Giant may have been on his way out of the spotlight, but the decision to include him in the line is appreciated to this day. Whether recreating his feud with Hulk Hogan or being able to create a dream collision with the likes of The Undertaker, Hasbro's representation of Andre ended up as a tribute to a man who is a cornerstone of an industry in which he is still beloved.
Happy New Year! Be sure to return next week for more of the Hasbro silver celebration!