Thursday, January 15, 2015
The 25th Anniversary of Hasbro WWF--Part 3
*For as big as they were, the Von Erich family did not see an action figure until "The Texas Tornado" hit shelves in 1992. A great likeness coupled with a "Real Wrestling Action" that fit his actual finishing move, the Tornado was a great addition to the Hasbro lineup. The sad reality was that the figure was released less than a year before the untimely death of Kerry Von Erich. That being said, Von Erich did several known autograph appearances in that time period and was known to be a gracious signer regardless. Does a signed Texas Tornado Hasbro figure exist? Time will tell should one ever surface, but until then we have a great figure of one of wrestling's most storied and charismatic legends.
*Hasbro was no stranger to Sgt. Slaughter. His deal with Hasbro's bread and butter, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, is legendary and made him a household name and pop culture celebrity. However, this figure was his first to officially be produced under the WWF banner. It has an interesting design, as his attire is patterned after gear wore in a photo shoot and not actually in the ring, but it fits the Hasbro style perfectly. I doubt a more perfect facial likeness of Slaughter will ever be captured. Sgt. Slaughter was the first wrestler that I ever met, was in the first tag team match that I ever saw live, and the first (and only) male wrestler to sit on my lap. At ease!
*Talk about having the "look" of a wrestler, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart fits that bill. The Hasbro figure captured that. Though many of us would have preferred "The Anvil" in original Hart Foundation attire, instead we got him in the baggy pants of The New Foundation. His partner in the latter team, Owen Hart, did not come along until a year later. If ever you could hear an action figure verbalizing his catch phrase, it's this one. The Hasbro "Anvil" is screaming "Yeah Baby!" and cackling just as he performs one of his flattening clotheslines. Hasbro also captured the oft-jiggling paunch of Neidhart as well as they did his facial features.
A tornado, an anvil, a Ugandan headhunter, an African dream, and a real American hero. A battle royal if there ever was one is forming among these Hasbro elite, and next week we add another five to the fray!