Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hasbro WWF action figures: Yokozuna

Name: Yokozuna

Series: 8

Year: 1994

Approximate market price: $5 to $40

Accessories: None

Special move: Sumo smash

Description: Black and red tight

Career: Born in October 1966, Rodney Anoa'i portrayed the well-known Yokozuna character in Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation. Contrary to what his time in the WWF might suggest, Anoa'i wasn't Japanese and never competed as a sumo wrestler. He was of Samoan origins and comes from a family of professional wrestlers. His uncles Afa and Sika (the Wild Samoans) trained him.

Between 1984 and 1992, he wrestled in Japan, Mexico and the United States (for the AWA).

In October 1992, Yokozuna appeared for the first time in the WWF. He was managed by Mr. Fuji. He won the 1993 Royal Rumble to get a WWF title shot at Wrestlemania IX against Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Yokozuna defeated Hart and won his first WWF championship after Fuji's interference. After the match, a confrontation with Hulk Hogan led to a match that Yokozuna lost. His championship reign is the second shortest in the company's history. Yokozuna took the title back from Hogan at the 1993 King of the Ring event.

After feuds with Lex Luger and The Undertaker, Yokozuna lost his championship to Bret Hart at Wrestlemania X.

At Wrestlemania XI, he was Owen Hart's secret partner. They defeated The Smoking Gunns to win the WWF tag team championship.

He was released in 1998 after he didn't pass a New York State Athletic Commission physical test.

On October 23, 2000, Anoa'i died in his Liverpool hotel room.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

LJN WWF action figures quiz

Test your knowledge of LJN WWF figures with this fun little online quiz:

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Honky Tonk Man LJN WWF action figure

Name: Honky Tonk Man

Series: 5

Year: 1988

Approximate market price: $5 to $20

Accessories: Guitar

Description: Red and blue costume. Red scarf.

Career: Born in January 1953, Roy Wayne Farris is the cousin of WWE Hall of Famer and Raw commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler. In 1978, Farris' career began in Memphis Wrestling. He arrived in the World Wrestling Federation in 1986 where he portrayed an Elvis impersonator. On June 2, 1987 he won the WWF intercontinental championship from Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. He lost that belt to the Ultimate Warrior at the first ever Summerslam event in a match that lasted only 29 seconds. Honky Tonk Man is still the longest reigning intercontinental champion in history (1 year, 2 months and 27 days or 64 weeks according to Santino Marella's Honk-a-meter).
In 1989 and 1990, Honky Tonk Man formed a team named Rhythm and Blues with Greg Valentine.

He briefly worked for WCW in 1994 before a conflict led to Eric Bischoff firing him.

Honky made a comeback to the WWF in 1997 as a Raw commentator. He was also the manager of Rockabilly (Billy Gunn). He was also a part of the Royal Rumble in 1998 and 2001.

For the last several years, Honky has been busy wrestling for American and Canadian independant wrestling companies.

WWE's current intercontinental champion, Santino Marella, is now trying to beat Honky's record of 64 weeks as champion. Marella keeps track of his own progress everyweek on Raw with the Honk-a-meter. Fans can vote for Honky, Goldust or Rowdy Roddy Piper to face Santino at Cyber Sunday for the WWE intercontinental championship.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Next LJN WWF action figure profile

Here's a video of our next LJN WWF action figure profile, a man who may face WWE's intercontinental champion Santino Marella at Cyber Sunday: The Honky Tonk Man!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Kamala WWF Hasbro action figure

Name: Kamala

Series: 7

Year: 1993

Approximate market price: $5 to 15$ for Kamala with a star on the belly. Several hundred or thousand dollars for the very rare Kamala with a moon on the belly.

Accessories: None

Description: White paint on face, 2 withe stars on chest, 1 yellow star (or yellow moon) on belly, white necklace and black & white loincloth.

Special move: Kamala Krush

Extremely rare figure: Only about 24 Kamala figures were produced with a moon on the belly. This very rare Hasbro is therefore sold at high prices. Lookout for fakes/imitations.

Career: Born James Harris in 1950 in Mississippi, Kamala made his debut under the name "Sugar Bear" Harris in 1978. The Kamala persona was created in Tennessee with the help of Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler. Called Kimala at first, Harris portrayed a cannibal from Uganda.

Kamala wrestled for the WWF from 1986 to 1988 before making a comeback in the early 1990s and leaving in 1993. Kamala then worked for World Championship Wrestling where he was victorious at his first pay-per-view (1995's Bash at the Beach) but eventually left the company in October of 95.

Kamala made a few other appearances in the WWE: Wrestlemania X-Seven's Gimmick Battle Royal, a 2004 Diva Search segment, Smackdown in August 2005, 2005's Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view, 2006's Vengeance and the Raw after Vengeance.

Kamala also makes some appearances at independant wrestling shows and was part of TNA's 2008 Slammiversary.

Click here to visit Kamala's official website

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hulk Hogan LJN WWF action figure

Name: Hulk Hogan

Series: 1

Year: 1984

Approximate market price: $5 to $30

Accessories: Championship belt

Description: Yellow boots and trunks, red kneepads, white headband & wristbands, blond hair & mustache.

Career: Born Terry Gene Bollea in 1953, Hogan had his first match on August 10, 1977 with Brian Blair. Two years later, he became a champion for the time when he won the NWA Southeast Heavyweight Championship.

After an initial stint in the World Wrestling Federation from 1979 to 1980 and the filming of the movie Rocky III, Hogan wrestled in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) from 1981 to 1983 and New Japan Pro Wrestling from 1980 to 1983.

Eventually, Hulk Hogan made his way back to the WWF after Vincent K. McMahon purchased the company from his father. On December 27 of 1983, Hogan made his return in St. Louis. Less than a month later, in New York's Madison Square Garden, he won the WWF Championship from The Iron Sheik. Hulkamania was born.

At Wrestlemania III, Hogan defeated Andre the Giant in a championship match during which he bodyslammed the massive giant. However, Andre eventually stopped Hogan's reign at 4 years and 13 days when he won the belt after making a deal with "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase.

Hogan other title win came against "Macho Man" Randy Savage at Wrestlemania V, Sgt. Slaughter at Wrestlemania VII, The Undertaker at This Tuesday in Texas and Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX. His WWF run ended in the summer of 93. In 1994, Hogan admitted in court that he used steroids for 12 years but never accused Vince McMahon of distribution.

Hogan signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in June 1994 and won the World Championship against Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach in his first match. He lost the belt at Halloween Havoc in 1995 (to The Giant aka The Big Show). In 1996, Hogan formed the NWO (New World Order) with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash at Bash at the Beach. Now known as Hollywood Hogan, he enjoyed several years of success with the highly popular NWO. In July 1998, the undefeated sensation Bill Goldberg defeated Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Hogan returned to the WWF at the No Way Out pay-per-view in 2002 with NWO friend Nash and Hall. He won the WWF Championship for the sixth time from Triple H at Backlash and his first Tag Team Championship (with Edge) from Billy & Chuck on Smackdown (July 4, 2002). Hogan defeated Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania XIX. After a run as the masked Mr. America, Hogan quit the company during the summer of 2003.

In 2005, Sylvester Stallone inducted Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame and saved Eugene from a Muhammad Hassan and Daivari attack at Wrestlemania 21. At Summerslam, Hogan defeated Shawn Michaels. The following year, again at Summerslam, he defeated Randy Orton.

Finally, on the 15th anniversary of Raw, Hogan made an appearance during which he had a short fight with The Great Khali to help Hornswoggle.

Click here for Hulk Hogan's official website

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