Thursday, January 8, 2015
The 25th Anniversary of Hasbro WWF--Part 2
*For some reason, when I began collecting the Hasbro line in 1991 the first tag team set that I wanted was The Bushwhackers. Though they were a pure comedy act for the duration of their stay in the WWF, Luke and Butch obviously "whacked" their way into the hearts of many fans. As far as their figures went, a nearly undecipherable appearance (as far as their verbalizing was concerned) in the first Hasbro "tag team" commercial probably went a long way as far as cementing them into the collections of kids all over. The team from Down Under even saw a repainted re-release on single cards complete with switched heads and "chewed" cap accessories in 1994.
*Few superstars remain as beloved as Randy Savage, but when the Hasbro line was initially designed in 1989, the Macho Man was fast becoming a hated heel. By the time that the second series was planned, Savage was being billed as the "Macho King," but the first series included a figure that appeared much as he had since his WWF arrival in 1985. A headband, sunglasses, and stars on the tights. This is how so many of us will always remember the Macho Man. This first Hasbro figure of Savage provided that simple yet effective look and while he would make more appearances in the line, many collectors consider this the ultimate version.
*There were a few items in the Hasbro line that if you blinked, you missed them. If you were lucky enough to see it on the shelf once and wanted it, you hopefully added it to your collection. The King of the Ring ring was definitely one of those items. Released in 1994, the ring was a reissue of the original Hasbro ring molded in yellow and red and including King of the Ring stickers. It will always be my own personal speculation that this item was designed intended as a Hulk Hogan-themed ring. When his brief 1993 return ended (at the same time that this item would've been planned), the colors were retained but King of the Ring stickers were included instead. There is no shred of evidence to indicate this, but it certainly seems plausible.
It couldn't have been so many years since my Hasbro Dusty was battling the Galoob WCW Arn Anderson or Yokozuna was being slammed in the King of the Ring ring, but it has. Time flies when you're having fun, and Hasbro certainly provided that. Next week, five more in store!