Thursday, January 22, 2015
The 25th Anniversary of Hasbro WWF--Part 4
*Macho Madness makes my list twice! Although he was the "Macho King" for less than two years, it was a very cool extension of the Randy Savage character. Coupled with Sensational Queen Sherri, the duo is well-remembered for their feuds with Dusty Rhodes, Sapphire, Miss Elizabeth, The Ultimate Warrior, and Roddy Piper. Despite not being in the title scene of the time, Savage's matches with the aforementioned foes headlined cards around the country. The Hasbro Macho King figure had a regal purple and gold color scheme and came complete with removable crown and a sceptre for bashing opponents ("Ding!"--Jesse Ventura).
*The Hot Rod! Though the Hasbro version of Piper is wearing entrance gear, I.wouldn't have it any other way. Roddy has always been among my favorites in the Hasbro line, and it's actually a version that we haven't seen since. The red elbow pads indicate that Hasbro was trying to capture the look from early in his 1989 return. I have also always appreciated the effort that was taken by combining his "pre-ring" kilt attire with a no-nonsense action pose. And of course, this figure is perfect for recreating his 1992 Saturday Night's Main Event match with The Mountie. You remember. "Shock Proof!"
*Who would've believed, even in 1992 when his first figure hit shelves, that The Undertaker would be one of the longest lasting creations to come from the company? The aura of the character may only be matched by the likes of Andre the Giant. The evolution of the character helped keep "The Deadman" alive for nearly a quarter of a century. The original look and feel of The Undertaker, an old west mortician, was never better captured than in the Hasbro figure. In his second release, it was the inclusion of the cloth overcoat that truly made the figure fresh and unique.
Up next...my final five!