Thursday, January 29, 2015
The 25th Anniversary of Hasbro WWF--Part 5
*My list was in no real particular order, but if I was forced to pick a favorite, it may very well be the Doinkster. Hasbro went above and beyond with the Clown, complete with newly sculpted parts and, best of all, real rooted hair. This is definitely a "heel " Doink the Clown, based on his well-remembered early days as portrayed by the late Matt Borne. It was always cool when the announcers would tout what a great technical wrestler Doink was despite his clownish appearance. It added another layer to the already sinister character. For the record, Matt Borne is the Doink pictured on the cardback. I'm thankful that I was able to have one signed before his untimely death.
*Cool, cocky, bad, and another great figure from Hasbro. Honky had long passed his days as one of the top heels in the WWF, but his figure was still planned and released. He wouldn't have been the same without his trademark guitar which, coupled with his "Real Wrestling Action," came crashing down on many other wrestlers. Even with other figures of Honky from LJN, Jakks, and Mattel, the Hasbro is probably still my favorite. It even has the jumpsuit belt that other manufacturers "forgot."
*Speaking of those who should be in the WWE Hall of Fame brings us to
my favorite tag team of all-time, Demolition. I still remember being so conflicted about how to purchase Smash. His single figure was fairly plentiful along with Ax, but the same Smash also came in a tag team set with Crush and their pre-match masks. The two-pack became difficult to find, so for awhile Ax had to fend for himself in my Hasbro ring. Perhaps just a lonely Masked Superstar? Eventually, thanks to a lone Demolition set at my local Service Merchandise store, the trio was united and took on the LOD, The Bushwhackers, Doom, The Horsemen, and The Steiner Brothers (thanks to Galoob for the last three). I even remember an epic singles struggle over the Intercontinental Championship between Smash and Marty Jannetty that mysteriously ended when Hasbro released a sneaky fellow known as Repo Man.
Twenty-five items for twenty-five years. A revival of the Hasbro style would be a no-brainer. It would couple the secondary "action feature" lines that are made to appeal to kids with figures that older collectors would snap up in an instant. Why hasn't it happened? Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe the manufacturers just want to "leave the memories alone..."