Tuesday, September 30, 2008

LJN WWF action figure profile coming soon!

Hey everyone,
sorry for the lack of updates recently. I've been really busy. The first LJN figure profile will be posted in the next few days. Here's a little preview of the WWF superstar that will be featured:

Hulk Hogan!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hasbro WWF action figures commercial

Here's an old TV commercial for the Hasbro action figures featuring our first figure profile: Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Also featured are the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Macho Man Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Ultimate Warrior figures. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jake "The Snake" Roberts Hasbro action figure

Name: Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

Series: 1

Year: 1990

Approximate market price: $5 to $20

Accessories: Comes with his snake Damien

Special move: Python Punch

Description: Green pants with brown boots. Damien is also brown with some dark brown/black spots.

Career: Born Aurelian Smith Jr. in Texas, Jake Roberts' father also was a wrestler. His wrestling career began in 1974 and he spent some time in Mid South Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Wide Championship Wrestling. Jake achieved worldwide fame mainly because of the time he spend in the World Wrestling federation from 1986 to 1982 and from 1996 to 1997. Jake had an immense amount of charisma and used ring psychology almost perfectly. As a result, fans were glued to the screen whenever he would wrestle fellow WWF superstars "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Andre the Giant, Earthquake, The Undertaker, Rick Martel, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, etc.

During his second stint in the WWF, Roberts was part of the birth of a phenomenon. Indeed, in the 1996 King of the Ring finals, Steve Austin defeated Jake and gave his famous Austin 3:16 speech that started the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin era.

After 1997, Jake Roberts wasn't seen often in mainstream wrestling federations. In December 2007, Roberts entered a rehab program paid by World Wrestling Entertainment. He was apparently doing well until an Ohio wrestling show on September 12, 2008 where Jake didn't seem sober and wasn't able to work his scheduled match. However, rumors say that Jake may have been drugged by someone.

Thanks for reading this Jake "The Snake" Roberts Hasbro WWF action figure profile!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hasbro WWF action figures image

Here is what the Hasbro WWF action figures looked like. As you can see, the difference between them and the 80's LJN figures is huge. The picture shows Repo Man, The Nasty Boys, Tatanka and Crush.

Come back soon to see who the first individual profile is about!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hasbro action figures

Following the end of the LJN figures, WWF action figures made a comeback in 1990 thanks to toymaker Hasbro. A big change was in stores for WWF fans and action figures collectors. Indeed, the toys were very different. They were smaller, made of plastic and now had a special move. Unfortunately, the plastic made them more fragile than the rubber LJN wrestlers.

Now... take a deep breath... here are the Series' details:

Series 1: Andre the Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Demolition Smash, Demolition Ax, Ted Dibiase, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, The Big Bossman, Akeem and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

Series 2: Dusty Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes (error: Tanned and yellow boots), Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Honky Tonk Man, Jimmy Snuka, The Ultimate Warrior, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ted Dibiase, "Macho King" Randy Savage, The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch), Demolition (Crush & Smash) and The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty).

Re-released with Summerslam cards: Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Hulk Hogan, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Demolition (Crush & Smash), The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch), The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty), The Ultimate Warrior, Honky Tonk Man, Dusty Rhodes, The Big Bossman, Ted Dibiase, "Macho King" Randy Savage, Jimmy Snuka, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Series 3: Sgt. Slaughter, Texas Tornado, Earthquake, Typhoon, The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Koko B. Ware, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and The Big Bossman.

Series 4: Bret "Hitman" Hart, Bret "Hitman" Hart (with purple heart), The Undertaker, The British Buldog, Ricky Steamboat, The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags & Brian Knobbs) and Legion of Doom (Animal & Hawk).

Series 5: Sid Justice, Hulk Hogan, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, The Mountie, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "The Model" Rick Martel, Skinner, Warlord, Irwin R. Schyster and Virgil.

Series 6: Tatanka, Ric Flair, Repo Man, The Berzerker, El Matador and Papa Shango.

Exclusive WWF Magazine Mail Aways: Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan (3 versions), The Undertaker, Bret "Hitman" Hart and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Series 7: Razor Ramon, Kamala (moon), Kamala (star), Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Crush and Nailz.

Series 8: Yokozuna, Lex Luger, The Undertaker, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Bam Bam Bigelow and Mr. Perfect.

Series 8 (India only): Lex Luger, The Ultimate Warrior, Razor Ramon, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Demolition Smash and Ted Dibiase.

Series 9: Ted Dibiase, Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Tatanka and Doink The Clown.

Series 10: Shawn Michaels (2 versions: black or white tights), Marty Jannetty, Giant Gonzales, Fatu, Samu, Razor Ramon (2 versions: purple or red vest), Bushwhacker Butch and Bushwhacker Luke.

Series 11: Yokozuna, Bart Gunn, Billy Gunn, Ludvig Borga, 1-2-3 Kid, Crush and Adam Bomb.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

LJN WWF action figures image

They say an image is worth a thousand words... so here's what the great LJN WWF toys looked like.
The general profile of Hasbro figures is coming soon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

LJN action figures

Let's start this right with a general description of the LJN era of WWF action figures. Don't worry, we'll soon get to the individual superstar figures.

From 1984 to 1989, LJN gave us a toyline that we will never forget. These popular rubber toys were 8'' tall and some even came with accessories. The LJN figures were very flexible (the same can't be said for a few of the "real life" superstars but I digress). Each package included the wrestler's bio and a poster.

Surprisingly, the attention to detail was pretty good. Body types and wrestling gear were well reproduced. So be assured that Hulk Hogan's mustache and Kamala's belly moon are in place for our enjoyment. Unfortunately, the paint on the figures was easily damaged. That could probably be considered a problem for wrestling action figures... For that reason, figures in mint condition are rare and cost more money.

Here is the breakdown of which superstar was in which Series:
1) Hulk Hogan, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Andre the Giant, Hillbilly Jim, Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Big John Studd, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Junkyard Dog.

2) King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Brutus Beefcake and George "The Animal" Steele.

3) "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Jimmy Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Captain Lou Albano, Magnificent Muraco, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Dynamite Kid, "Classy" Freddy Blassie, Bruno Sammartino, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Corporal Kirchner, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Mr. Fuji, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Tito Santana, S.D. Jones and Terry Funk.

4) Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Cowboy Bob Orton, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, Elizabeth, King Harley Race, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Billy Jack Haynes, Johnny V, Hercules Hernandez, B. Brian Blair, Jumping Jim Brunzell, Ken Patera, Ted Arcidi, Vince McMahon, Kamala, Outback Jack and Koko B. Ware.

5) Hulk Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Slick, Tito Santana, Ted Dibiase, Ax, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, One Man Gang, Rick Martel, Referee and Honky Tonk Man.

6) Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Demolition Ax, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Hulk Hogan, Honky Tonk Man, Bam Bam Bigelow, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Big John Studd, Haku, Warlord, Andre the Giant, Big Boss Man, Miss Elizabeth, Ted Dibiase, Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior.

A few tag team sets were also available:
Hart Foundation, Strike Force, The Killer Bees, British Bulldogs, Brutus Beefcake & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Hulk Hogan & Hillbilly Jim and Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff.

The action happened in a big "Sling 'Em - Fling 'Em" ring. You could also use a cage for your hot feuds.

That sums it up for the LJN WWF action figures. Before we start the profiles of each figure one by one, we will do a similar general post about the Hasbro WWF action figures.

Welcome to LJN and Hasbro WWF action figures

Welcome to LJN and Hasbro WWF action figures. This site provides info, links and memories for wrestling fans and action figure collectors about great WWF action figures from the past. In order to be your number 1 source of information about LJN and Hasbro figures, we will post often. So visit often and please don't hesitate to leave comments. Enjoy!