Even more WWE bootleg action figures!

Those of you who have followed this blog closely will be aware that I’ve developed a bit of an interest in the bootleg wrestling figures scene. A post a while back looked at some WWE bootleg figures based very heavily on the Hasbro figure likenesses of ex-WWE wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Lex Luger. Another post looked at fake figures found in a Pound shop in Manchester; some were clearly WWE knock-offs, while others were of indeterminate origin.

It just goes to show that once you’re on the look out for these toys you notice even more, because a recent shopping trip in Liverpool uncovered a further batch! Let’s take a closer look…

Fake WWE wrestling figure two-pack

X-Treme Warrior Action Wrestling two-pack #1

Among the first batch of figures I found were these guys. On the left is some sort of ninja luchadore with a snake, while on the right is your standard Stone Cold-looking bald guy with a bit of facial hair. This time, however, he has three big bloody marks near his shoulder. How have the marks been made?

Just a guess, but those marks probably have something to do with that massive chainsaw that comes in the two-pack. When I say massive, I mean ‘the size of the figures’. That’s a big chainsaw, and it certainly dwarves the metal baseball also packaged with the figures.

Two bootleg WWE figures

X-Treme Warrior Action Wrestling two-pack #2

Another set from the series features the same mould of the ninja luchadore, only this time he’s in blue sans snake tattoo. The snake tattoo is worn by his packmate: a cheap knock-off of George circa 1998 (or, to be more precise, George Michael 1999-present).


Third pack of WWE bootlegs

X-Treme Warrior Action Wrestling two-pack #3

The third two-pack continues the legendary wrestling feud between the Snake Tats and the Bare Ski– NO! HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! It’s the, erm, skull chests? I’ve been staring at that guy’s chest for far too long by now, but I think it’s a skull. Along with red ninja skull tat guy you get the same figure as the bald guy in pack one. This time though, he’s without the triple scar and wears black trunks, pads and boots. Who could he be based on?

With this pack comes one of the best accessories I’ve ever seen: a ladder. OK, OK, not that good an added extra, but this ladder is well different to other action figure ladders, mainly in that it’s actually shorter than both figures! Perfect for staging those Step Ladder matches!

Most bootleg WWE figures are heavily based on WWE superstar figures, but these guys don’t seem to be. Clearly, they’re cashing in on the popularity of wrestling figures, but they don’t fit with current figures in any way.

For a start, they’re only about 3.5inches, placing them closer in size to the Hasbro WWF figures than modern-day Mattel and Jakks figures. Secondly, they don’t look like any real wrestlers. Lastly, there’s no wrestling ring accessory so, unless your child has an extraordinary imagination or just loves midget matches, there really isn’t much point to these guys…

But wait… there’s more!

No self-respecting pound shop in England would be complete with just one line of bootleg wrestling figures. Indeed, in the very same shop I managed to get myself some more fakes for the princely sum of £1!

Bootleg wrestling figure Wolf

‘Super Wrestling Movable Figures’

As you can probably tell from the picture, the ‘Super Wrestling Movable Figures’ toys are a little bigger than the guys from X-Treme Warrior Action Wrestling. They’d fit alongside Jakks WWE figures with ease, although are a touch taller than the current Mattel line.

The guy above has ‘Wolf’ on his shirt and trunks, so it’s fair to assume his name’s Wolf. He doesn’t look like a wolf though. In fact, he looks a fair bit like Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog but thinner. Which explains why he comes complete with some scales as an accessory.


Bootleg drawing of the Wolf wrestling figure

Just like the X-Treme Warrior Action Wrestling figures, these guys look noting like WWE superstars. However, a look at the top right of the packaging provides a glimpse of a figure holding a toy version of the WWF title belt Hulk Hogan held between 1984 and 1988. Weird.

Super Wrestling Movable Figure bootleg

Super Wrestling Movable Figure #2

The above figure comes with two bins as accessories, presumably to give the owner some choice when they come to trash it (it’s stellar wit like that that’s made me the wrestling figure blogger I am today). This guy again looks like nobody I can think of, so I wonder if he (and any of the others in the line) are actually from other toy ranges. Anyone know? Comment if so…

Wrestling bootleg figure Buff

Super Wrestling Movable Figure #3

And now the last gu— WHOA!!! Just when you thought the feud between the skins and the Snake Tats and the Sorta Skulls couldn’t get any hotter, up pops a giant parallel universe George Michael circa 1998 knock-off.

A giant… parallel universe… George Michael circa 1998… knock-off.

Jeez, Louise, who did the manufacturers think their target audience was?! Anyway, this guy is more of less based on the same mould as the other Bagwell knock-off, only with a skull tattoo instead of a snake, and black wristbands. He also comes with a metal table, perhaps because he’s brought it with him from the morgue where his haircut is kept!

I find these figures endless collectible because they are just so awful. Here’s to more wrestling bootleg figures: the curtain-jerking jobbers in the world of wrestling figures!



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Hulk Hogan costume in figures

“How do I look like Hulk Hogan?” This question was asked by children and adults of the 1980s. The answer was pretty straightforward really; wear red and yellow. When Hogan burst into the WWF for the second time in 1983, he wore a plethora of different coloured trunks. Up until 1987, fans were more likely to see Hulk in white, blue and red than the colour which would become his trademark. Then the WWF decided he should only be decked in what would become the iconic red and yellow scheme. The Hulk Hogan costume was nailed on, and has lasted some 25 years.

This posed a problem for Hasbro WWF wrestling figure manufacturers in the early-90s though, as they only had the one Hulk Hogan costume on which to base their toys. Unlike recreating the Ultimate Warrior costume in figures or ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage figures, there wasn’t a whole wardrobe of different outfits for them to play with. So what did they do?


Hulk Hogan wrestling figures 1 and 2 from Hasbro

Hasbro Hulk Hogan figure #1 (left), and Hasbro Hulk Hogan figure #2

The first Hulk Hogan Hasbro figure features the generic WWF Hulk Hogan costume. Hulk wears a red headband, yellow trunks, red knee pads, yellow boots and a yellow and red Hulk Hogan vest. He’s based on a 1989-90 style Hogan, as seen from the WWF catalogue page (and note a young Stephanie McMahon modelling a Hogan hat):

Hulk Rules

Hulk Hogan circa 1989

The attire of WWF Hasbro Hulk Hogan #2 didn’t really change other than the image on his vest. The same lower body mould and head sculpt is also used. To compensate for this repetition, Hasbro developed a new body mould. This Hulk Hogan features a ‘bear hug’ action called the ‘Hulkster Hug’ which cleverly works as both a wrestling move and one of the poses Hogan regularly used for hours on end at the end of every pay-per-view in the early 90s.

Interestingly, the ‘hug’ mould wasn’t used again by Hasbro, suggesting the ends to which the company would go to develop another Hulk Hogan figure despite the limitations of the Hulk Hogan costume.

WWF Hasbro Hulk Hogan #3 and #4

Hasbro Hulk Hogan figure #3 (left), and Hasbro Hulk Hogan figure #4

By the time WWF Hasbro wrestling figures series 3 was released, it was time to mix things up a bit. A by ‘a bit’, I mean ‘a little bit’. Hasbro released the same Hulk Hogan costume, with a different image on the vest, along with a new head sculpt. Well, it was the same head sculpt as the old one but with a moulded Hulk Hogan bandana. Hasbro Hulk Hogan #3 came with Hulkaplex action, allowing him to perform a suplex on other figures and retained the same lower body.

Hulkaplex Hogan is one of the more common Hasbros, as evidenced by its cost in our Hasbro WWF figures price guide, but is another example of the company being restricted by the simplicity and ever-presence of the red and yellow Hulk Hogan costume.

The final mass-available Hasbro Hulk Hogan (#4) came in 1993′s series 5. It stands out against the others as it’s the only shirtless Hogan figure. Presenting a ‘gimmick-less’ figure was something Hasbro also tried in 1994 with series 9′s suitless ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase, and the result is two basic but pleasing figures pedantic players could use in the ring (as opposed to using their variants for interviews/promos/storylines etc).


Say Your Prayers, Eat Your Vitamins, Pick Up Your Mail…
Hulk Hogan Mailaway

Image courtesy of WWF Hasbro

A WWF Magazine promotion run in 1993 gave readers the chance to own the rarest of Hasbro Hogans. The Hulk Hogan mailaway is one of the most valuable figures in the line, fetching around £100/$150 per sale according to the Hasbro WWF Figures Price Guide.

It’s the Hulkaplex figure, essentially, but dressed exactly as Hogan appeared when he made a brief return to the WWF in 1993:

It’s the first Hasbro figure without the famous yellow trunks, and it’s a real shame it wasn’t more widely available. It did, however, reach a wider audience through more nefarious means. The mould and costume formed the basis for a wave of Mannix bootleg WWF figures in the mid-to-late 1990s, and there’s a closer look at this fake Hulk Hogan figure elsewhere on this site.

Mannix Hulk Hogan bootleg figure

On the left, Mannix ‘Hogan’, followed by Hasbro Hogan #4 and #3.


Gallery o’ Bollea

Looking at Hulk Hogan wrestling figures from 1989-94 is a drop in the ocean compared to the mass of Hulksters that have been released over the years. Not all of them are kitted in the red and yellow either…

WCW/nWo ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan Figures

In July 1996, Hogan shocked the world by betraying ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and teaming with WCW ‘invaders’ Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to create the New World Order (nWo). This made him a bad guy, but like with the Savage’s turn as ‘Macho King’ in the early 1990s, manufacturers could not ignore the clamour for Hogan figures. ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan, as he was known, ditched the famous red and yellow to don black and white tights (and a daft painted-on beard), and so did WCW licensees San Franciso Toymakers and Toybiz.

WCW NWO Hulk Hogan Figures

(L to R) Original San Francisco Toymakers Hulk Hogan before and after his heel turn

WCW nWo two-pack 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman

Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Hollywood Hulk Hogan figure

Image courtesy of Shopping.com

The above Smash ‘n’ Slam Hogan represents somewhat of a barren period for Hulk Hogan figures. WCW figures in the late 90s were bland and charmless, often with over-the-top actions and accessories which just didn’t capture the quality of the product at the time. The Hulk Hogan costume had changed from the red and yellow to the black and white of the nWo, but the output from manufacturers was stale and lifeless.

Classic Hogan

Jakks’ launch of the Classic Superstars resulted in fans calling out for Hulk Hogan figures. Andre the Giant had been released, as had The Undertaker, even then-WWE-enemies Ultimate Warrior and Bret Hart had received the Classic Superstar treatment. Their prayers were answered in series 8 when two Hogans were released:

Classic Superstars Hulk Hogan #1 from Jakks

The first Jakks Hulk Hogan Classic Superstars figure

The above satisfied fans, but it was still far from perfect. The velco tear-away ‘Hulkamania’ shirt and white headband placed this figure at around 1985 (like the below picture). However, the figure came with the ‘winged eagle’ championship belt, which was active from 1988. Little things, but they do add up, especially with Jakks…

Sports Illustrated cover featuring Hulk Hogan

1985 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Hulk Hogan


Weird Ones
It’s worth noting that the nWo days were not Hogan’s first foray into wearing dark colours. Hogan’s run as a bad guy came as the good guy persona had gone stale. This was something WCW had realised and even acted upon as early as 1995; these frankly bonkers ‘dark side Hogan’ moments hinted at an upcoming change in direction:

In keeping with the weird mood, here are some Hulk Hogan figures that are a little more out-there:

Original Hulk Hogan Thunderlips figure

‘Thunderlips’, the character Hogan played in Rocky III (1982)

Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips figure by Jakks

An update of the figure, released by Jakks, as part of its in mid-200s Rocky line

Grip n Flip wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Goldberg

Goldberg (left and ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan Grip ‘n’ Flip wrestling figures, 1999


Further reading…

Those of you who read my post about the Bret ‘Hitman Hart’ costume in figures will remember hitmansos and his humongous collection of Bret Hart wrestling figures. Well, compare my modest collection to his mass of Hulk Hogan wrestling figures…

Wrestling figures of Hulk Hogan

My Hulk Hogan wrestling figure collection

Lastly, here’s Hogan singing about a dead fan.



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WWF Hasbro Wrestling Figures Guide Now Online!

Just a quick note to say the official OldWrestlingFigures.com Hasbro WWF Wrestling Figures Price Guide is now online! Thought I’d post about it in case you missed where it lives (below the header, next to the ‘About’ page).

Here’s a vintage WWF Hasbro figures commercial to whet your collecting appetites!


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Simply ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude stands alongside Mr. Perfect, Ric Flair and few others as one of the coolest bad guys of all time. His famed chiselled physique, not unlike that of a boxer, gave credence to his arrogant claims of being simply irresistible to women, and envied by men. Back then, I would’ve worn a ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude t-shirt – he transcended his bad guy status.

In figures, Rude has enjoyed a mixed bag. The most common Rude figure was one of the very first released in the WWF Hasbro line.

'Ravishing' Rick Rude figure

Hasbro ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, 1990

Without doubt, Rude was the worst figure in the first series of WWF Hasbro. The ‘Rude Awakening’ headlock and punch action Hasbro gave him rendered the figure virtually unusable. From a playing perspective, he couldn’t even jab opponents – a shame considering his real-life counterpart was a decent brawler. It was the same body shape that would be used on another wasted Hasbro figure, Ric Flair, and the rare 123 Kid toy from late in the line.

One saving grace, however, was that the ‘headlock’ feature of the figure allowed him to perform his finishing move with ease.

'Ravishing' Rick Rude vs The Ultimate Warrior

The Rude Awakening

With nimble fingering, it was possible for Rude to slip the move on anyone right  from the beginning headlock to the fatal ‘snap’ of the neck at the end. Here it is done by the man himself:

Wrestling fans familiar with Rude will know that he wore very personalised wrestling tights which often featured images of himself or his opponents. It’s a great shame then that Hasbro’s Rude includes a generic purple and black striped pattern. To be fair to Hasbro though, Rude did wear something very similar in this memorable moment involving Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and his wife Cheryl:

The Hasbro Rick Rude was the last Rude figure for a decade and a half. Rude’s jump to WCW was a little too late for an entry in the Galoob series and too early for one from San Francisco Toy Company. It was Jakks’ Classic Superstars series that put Rude back on the shelves.

'Ravishing' Rick Rude Classic Superstars figure

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude Classic Superstars figure, 2005

This Rude was a marked improvement on Hasbro’s, and represented an earlier era in the career of ‘The Ravishing One’. As it comes with an Intercontinental Championship belt, it’s fair to assume this Rude is based on the period between Wrestlemania V and Summerslam 1989, after he had wrested the belt from The Ultimate Warrior with the help of manager Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. The figure features plenty of detail and a more satisfying attempt at his tights. The robe, particularly, is impressive:

The robe of Classic Superstars 'Ravishing' Rick Rude

Classic Superstars ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude robe accessory

The Rick Rude VS Ultimate Warrior feud informed the last Rick Rude figure we’ll look at: Mattel’s WWE Legends series from 2005. Rude and Warrior met at successive Summerslams, 1989 and 1990, with the latter bout contested with Warrior’s newly-won WWF Heavyweight Championship on the line.

'Ravishing' Rick Rude Mattel WWE Legends figure

Mattel’s ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude WWE Legends figure

Just like with the Ultimate Warrior costume in figures and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage figures based on specific attire, Rude’s personalised and ever-changing ringwear gave Mattel a vast wardrobe on which to based this iteration. Legends Rude is based on the aforementioned Summerslam 1990 match, a cage match, and is the first ever Rude figure to feature his short hair.

Mattel 'Ravishing' Rick Rude figure

Image taken from Yahoo

This figure came in series 2 of the Legends line, before Mattel had signed up The Ultimate Warrior likeness. As a result, the company could not feature the image of the Warrior Rude wore on the back of this pair of tights (get a closer look in the match video below). It does, however, come with a very accurate black robe which sufficiently hides the problem. It’s a great figure, and the short-haired Rude I’ve wanted for years.

Rude tragically died in 1999, while reportedly training for a WWF comeback. Whether that comeback would have been successful is not in any doubt as far as I’m concerned; Rude was a fantastic performer and it’s a tragedy we didn’t see his act amped up for Attitude Era WWE. Matches with former ‘Dangerous Alliance’ stablemate ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin would have been particularly great. Oh well, at least they were in the same ring here…

'Ravishing' Rick Rude figure collection

My ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude figures


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How to do Pro Wrestling moves… with WWF Hasbro figures

A short while ago a friend of mine presented me with a couple of very important documents he’d produced as a kid. Back then he was a big wrestling fan too (people grow out of this?!) and he clearly took great time in making these documents as detailed and precise as possible.

The documents outlined how to produce the finishing moves of a number of wrestlers. Sheet one featured ‘Pain full FINISHING MOVES’, while sheet two was all about ‘sub mission holds’. Here they are (click to enlarge):

Instructions for performing wrestling moves


Instructions for performing submission holds

“sub mission holds”

As a kid collecting WWF Hasbro figures, I would have found these documents very, very useful. For you see, the mark of a truly brilliant Hasbro representation of a superstar was not how closely it resembled them, nor was it the accessories or even the action the figure could perform.

No, the true mark of how good a WWF Hasbro figure was, and in my opinion remains, how well the figure performs the finishing move of its real life counterpart.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to (once again) indulge my inner child and use my friend’s instructions to perform some finishing moves using my Hasbro figures.

So, which Hasbro WWF wrestling figures best perform their finishing moves? To find this out, we need two things: a camera and a willing victim on whom the moves can be performed. It’s a tough job, so it might have to be someone pretty desperate… maybe even lonely.

Step forward Lonely Virgil!



Undertaker #1 – Tombstone Piledriver

Up first is popular Hasbro figure Undertaker #1 performing the Tombstone Piledriver. Here’s the instruction, followed by the Hasbro giving it to poor Virg.

How to perform the Tombstone Piledriver

“1. lift for power slam 2. but fall on your knees holding your opponents head between your knees. (hurts head)”

Tombstone Piledriver from the Undertaker

Hasbro Undertaker #1 Tombstone Piledriver

Great execution from the Hasbro Undertaker here, as he picks Virgil up and onto his shoulder with ease. Dropping to his knees, however, is a different story. The best he can do is a falling slam or running power slam. 5/10


Ultimate Warrior #1, #2 and #3 – Gorilla Press slam

How to perform a gorilla press slam

“1. lift opponent into the air, press him up and down. 2. and slam. (hurts all over)”

Ultimate Warrior Gorilla Press

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior #1 Gorilla Press slam

Ultimate Warrior #2 Gorilla Press slam

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior #2 Gorilla Press slam

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior performing Gorilla Press

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior #3 Gorilla Press slam

I’m a bit torn here, as all three Hasbro Ultimate Warrior figures perform the move with ease. However, it is a bit of a balancing act, and this is probably the easiest move to perform. For that reason, I’m going with 7/10


Sid Justice – Powerbomb

Instructions for the Powerbomb

“1. Get up for pile driver. 2. carry on lifting until on your shoulders. 3. move from underneath your opponent and push him down. (hurts back)”

Hasbro Sid Justice performs Powerbomb

Hasbro Sid Justice Powerbomb

Definitely the most complex of the moves to perform, and the most fiddly hand-wise. That doesn’t give Sid a free pass though, as poor Virg has to do all the work for this move to look good (as usual, eh, Virg?). 3/10

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts – DDT

How to perform Jake 'The Snake' Roberts' DDT

“1. hold opponent in standing front face lock. 2. Slap opponents back with free arm, kick legs away from under him and fall back. 3. slam face to floor. (hurts face)”

DDT Jake The Snake Roberts

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts DDT

A move as simple as Warrior’s, but what a disaster it would’ve been if the Jake Hasbro figure couldn’t pull this one off. As soon as he’s got Virgil in that front face lock, tip Jake back and the three count is academic. Great stuff. 8/10

Mr. Perfect – Perfectplex

How to perform the Perfectplex

“1. position for suplex but hook one leg. 2. throw back to ground, hold on to leg and head and bridge to pin opponent (hurts back) (virtually inescapable)”

Perfectplex Hasbro

“Now you’re gonna see… the Perfectplex!”

Hasbro Mr Perfect performing Perfectplex

Hasbro Mr. Perfect #2 Perfectplex

Both Perfect #1 and #2 used the same model, so I’ve opted for #2 in the photos as it’s a more detailed figure and looks class. As for the move itself, what the camera doesn’t show is that by winding Perfect’s arm back at the front face lock stage, he often flips backwards into a PERFECT Perfectplex, with bridge and everything! Virg swears he had his shoulder up in this pic, but both myself and Michael Hayes refuse to substantiate that claim. 9/10


sub mission holds

Rick ‘The Model’ Martel – Boston Crab

How to perform the Boston Crab

“1. hold legs up. 2. turn and sit back till submission.”

Boston Crab by Rick Martel

Hasbro Rick ‘The Model’ Martel Boston Crab

A good effort. Like with plenty of moves, the successful execution of the Boston Crab depends largely on the ‘victim’ figure. Still, a twist of Martel’s waist on the right opponent and it’s locked in good with no escape. 7/10

‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase – Million Dollar Dream

How to perform the Million Dollar Dream

“pull an arm and half-nelson”

Million Dollar Dream Hasbro

‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase #1 Million Dollar Dream

Hasbro Million Dollar Dream 2

‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase #2 Million Dollar Dream

Hasbro Million Dollar Man

‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase #3 Million Dollar Dream

All three Ted DiBiase Hasbro figures fail pretty spectacular with this move – you’d think it’d be the opposite considering the opponent! Ted DiBiase #1 looks like he’s taken Virgil to one of those awful trust exercise, fall-backwards, team-bonding things. Ted DiBiase #2 is dancing with him and Ted DiBiase #3 is performing the cross-face chicken wing! A great move admittedly, but not what we’re after. 4/10

Ric Flair – Figure Four Leglock


How to perform the Figure Four Leglock

“1. Wrap 1 leg round your own and lift the other. 2. turn and lift your legs over each leg, the opponents bent leg should go over straight leg but straight leg must go over your abdomen.”

Figure Four Leglock by Ric Flair

Hasbro Ric Flair Figure Four Leglock

Hasbro’s Ric Flair figure was a real let down for fans. Just like with ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude – another top class bad guy – Hasbro gave Flair an almost unplayable body sculpt. However, it sorta works when performing Flair’s trademark Figure Four Leglock, if you can get over the fact it looks more like a leg grapevine. 5/10


Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake – Sleeper

How to perform the Sleeper hold

“apply chinlock but hold on to your fore arm and hold on to forehead.”

Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake Hasbro Sleeper hold

Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake #1 Sleeper

Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake #2 performing the Sleeper hold

Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake #2 Sleeper

The first Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake Hasbro figure nails it, as far as I’m concerned. That crook in his left arm is perfect for the sleeper (the most boring move in wrestling). However, Hasbro Brutus #2 looks more like he’s popping something in Virgil’s mouth to get him to sleep – a move your writer has personally used on dates. 6/10


The Hart Family – The Sharpshooter

How to perform the Sharpshooter

“1. apply leg grapvine on yourself. 2. turn and pull legs back.”

The Sharpshooter from Hasbro Bret Hart

Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart #1 Sharpshooter

As with Perfect, both Bret’s had the same sculpt. I’ve opted for Hasbro Bret Hart #1 here, after going with the second iteration in my post about the  Bret Hart costume in figures. I said it then, and I’ll say it now: this Bret gets as close to the Sharpshooter as the Hasbro line can. Twisting the hip to synch in the hold spells the end just as much as Bret’s last pull back on Mr Perfect’s legs to win the Intercontinental Title at Summerslam ’91. 9/10


Hercules – Full Nelson


How to perform the Full Nelson

“hold arms but push head”

Full Nelson by Hasbro Warlord

Hasbro Warlord Full Nelson

Hasbro didn’t produce a Hercules figure, so I’ve gone with that other proponent of the move, The Warlord. Erm, this one doesn’t work at all, and it actually looks like poor Virgil is being pinned against an invisible wall for some barbaric Powers of Pain action. 2/10


Iron Claw – Von Erich Family

How to perform the Iron Claw

“squeeze forehead”

The Iron Claw from Hasbro 'Texas Tornado'

Hasbro ‘Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Eric The Iron Claw

By this point, I think my friend had given up with his instructions. Still, for a 10-year-old kid growing up on a strictly-WWF diet, how he knows about The Iron Claw and who The Von Erich clan is unknown and impressive. Did WWF really reference the entire family when Kerry was there? Anyway, if my friend had drawn Kerry Von Erich’s Discus Punch, I’d be giving a ten here. As it is, Virgil looks to be bowing to King Kerry and kissing his hand. 3/10


Crush – Crush

Head squeeze by Crush

“Crush head”

Hasbro Crush with the Cranium Crunch

Hasbro Crush #2 Crush

My inner geek tells me that the move was actually called The Cranium Crunch, but I’m happy for it to be called ‘Crush’ if it means more sentences like my friend’s “Crush by Crush. Crush head.” As for the figure, unfortunately, he looks more like an overenthusiastic uncle greeting his nerdy nephew at a family barbecue. No “Crush head” here. 2/10


And the winner is…

I’m going have to award this to Hasbros Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart and Mr. Perfect. Both performed their real life finishers with aplomb, their plastic representatives proving just as good ring workers as they were. Who’s better? They can tell you…



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Bootleg WWF Mannix Figures Close-Up

I’d long heard of the bootleg WWF Mannix figures during my time collecting; I’d even seen some in person. These toys weren’t like the Hasbro WWF figures you’d get in toy shops, more discounted toys you’d get in newsagents and pound shops. In fact, I distinctly remember deciding against picking up Shawn Michaels and Diesel Mannix figures because they looked cheap and nasty. If only I knew!

Earlier this year, to my surprise, I found these two Mannix WWF bootleg figures selling for £3 each in a Manchester second-hand shop:

Lex Luger and Hulk Hogan WWF Mannix bootleg figures

Lex Luger and Hulk Hogan Mannix WWF bootleg figures

To be fair to Mannix, both are fairly good knock-offs. It’s obvious who they both are, with Hulk particularly not a million miles away from the mailaway Hasbro version released towards the end of the line.

Here’s how ‘Hulk’ compares legit Hasbros:

Mannix Hulk Hogan bootleg figure

On the left, Mannix ‘Hogan’, followed by Hasbro Hogan #4 and #3.

As you can see, this Mannix WWF bootleg uses the same head sculpt used in the  third and fourth (and fifth: the rare mailaway) Hasbro Hogans. Luger, however, is a slightly different story…

Mannix Lex Luger bootleg

On the left, Hasbro Lex; on the right, Mannix Lex

Other than the obvious size issues in the bodies, it’s clear that this is a different head sculpt. Here’s a closer look:

Bootleg Lex Luger and Hasbro Lex Luger

Hasbro Lex left, Mannix Lex right

It’s quite clear that the Mannix bootleg is supposed to be Lex Luger, but his face is thinner, his hair is slightly shorter and he wears a (somewhat) more neutral expression. Now, bear in mind that the original Hasbro Lex Luger was released in 1993 during his bad guy ‘Narcissist’ days, and by the end of 1993 he was a good guy. Those who know their WWF Hasbro history will know that a good guy USA Lex Luger was supposedly planned for a 1995 ‘Orange card series’ release before the line was discontinued. Is this the head sculpt that would have been used?

Most likely – as another Mannix WWF bootleg that hit the shelves was in the likeness of Diesel. He was also planned for that doomed series. Here’s an image showing him taken from the Wrestlingfigs.com forums:

Bootleg WWF figures from Mannix

Four Mannix WWF bootleg figures (image courtesy of wrestlingfigs.com forums)

But the real question is: how do the bootleg WWE wrestling figures compare to their WWF Hasbro figure counterparts? Only one way to find out… FIGHT!

Hasbros vs Bootlegs

Right from the off, Luger sticks ‘Luger’ in the Torture Rack, while the Hulkster nails a vertical suplex on ‘the Hulkster’. But what’s this?!

Marshmallow Man and Slimer

Slimer and Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters run in and nail all four of them, claiming the WWF Tag Team Championship for themselves. Are there any tag team figures good enough to defeat them? Tune in next time, folks!

If you’d like to know more about fake wrestling gear, here’s another post I’ve written about WWE bootleg figures.




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Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart costume in figures

Few wrestlers met with the tragedy and controversy that struck the latter years of the career of WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Hart left the then-WWF in 1997 having been ‘screwed’ out of the WWF title (for real) by Vince McMahon, a man he had enjoyed a father-son relationship with. He joined WCW only to see his career stall, then in May 1999 his brother Owen, still competing for the WWF, died in a ring-related accident. Just over two years later, Hart siffered a stroke after falling from his bike, and it was apparent that his wrestling career was over.

Years later, Hart and McMahon finally patched things up. Apart from the bitterness Hart felt was subsequently relived, this reconciliation allowed for a magnificent legacy to be celebrated through Bret Hart action figures, DVDs and other merchandise, all with Bret’s blessing. Alongside older figures released during his time as an active competitor, Hart fans can now collect new versions of ‘The Hitman’, in that signature ‘pink and black attack’ Bret Hart costume, recalling classic moments from his career in fine detail.

Just like a previous post explored the Ultimate Warrior costume in figures, this post looks at the Bret Hart costume in a variety of plastic iterations…

Hasbro Hart

Hasbro released two Bret Harts which were widely available. The first had very pale skin. Like, Undertaker pale, to the point where the figure wouldn’t even look like ‘The Hitman’ without the signature ‘Hitman’ costume.

The second Bret Hart Hasbro released addressed Bret’s vitiligo issue and then some. This Hart is tanned and features extra detail on the tights. It’s definitely my favourite of the two, and the best Bret figure I own.

The two most common Bret Hart Hasbro figures

On the left, tanned later Bret, and on the right is pale zombie Bret

Hart Hasbro figures reversed

And from the back, and the later Bret has a bit more detail

As you can see, the more tanned Bret features the Hart family logo on the midsection and four hearts on the thigh (incidentally, those stars represent Bret’s kids, so between the release of the first and second Hasbro Bret, he and his wife must’ve had a child). What’s curious about the second Bret is that he wears his trademark glasses, but in silver. People like me who had too much time on their hands as a child will know that Bret liked to express his good guy/bad guy allegiance with his sunglasses:

Bret Hart's moods based on his glasses

L to R: Bad guy Bret in regular shades in 1987, good guy Bret with silver shades in 1990, good guy World champ Bret with pink shades 1993, bitter bad guy WCW Bret with regular shades again

So according to my primitive chart, Bret only wears the crazy glasses when he’s happy and up for a laugh. When he’s got cheating and eye raking on his mind, he wears the serious specs. My chart also shows glasses are actually on the wrong figure; the later Bret should have pink shades, the former silver. Strange that they updated the costume, but not the colour of the trademark Hitman glasses. It’s rumoured that Hasbro originally planned to release Bret along with Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart in a Hart Foundation tag team two-pack among the first tag team series. That Bret should’ve worn silver glasses, but of course wouldn’t have had the fourth heart…

As a toy, Bret was one of the more versatile and poseable figures, making it possible to for him to have killer wrestling matches (not unlike the first singles Shawn Michaels and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage figures – third from left in linked pic). One cool feature was that Hart’s overly large arms, turned in at the wrist, made it easily possible to put other figures in Hart’s signature Sharpshooter move. Simply place one of Hart’s legs between the legs of an opponent downed and on his stomach, hook the foot in between the arm and hip and twist the waist to lock it in. Here’s one of my Bret Hart Hasbro figures Sharpshooter-ing Ric Flair into submission, just like he did when he claimed his first WWF title in 1992.

The Sharpshooter

Many a figure met this end in my old wrestling figure promotions…

The Pink and Black Attack is Jakks

In the mid-2000s, Jakks introduced their Classic Superstars figure line. What helped the figures become, well, classics is that they managed to sign deals to produce wrestlers who were somewhat on the outs with WWE. Bret Hart was one of those wrestlers. In 2006, during a visit to New York, I managed to pick up this figures from Classic Superstars series 3:

Bret 'Hitman' Hart Classic Superstars

Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart from Jakks’ third series of Classic Superstars

This figure is much more detailed and realistic than the Hasbro versions, but it loses a little out on charm in a couple of areas. For a start, it would have made more sense for Jakks to create a Bret Hart head sculpt with the glasses moulded on. They just look weird and oversized on top of his hair.

Secondly, and this really is nitpicking, the figure originally came with the Attitude Era WWE Intercontinental Championship belt – that big long thing that replaced the beautiful one I’ve pictured my Bret with. Sacrilege, I’m sure you’ll agree…

The Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart costume depicted in this figure is from Wrestlemania VIII, when our hero took on friend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper in a rare good guy vs good guy match for the Intercontinental title. A great match it was too, and it’s nice to see the outfit so faithfully recreated.

Hart VS Piper, Wrestlemania 8, 1992

‘The Hitman’ battles ‘The Rowdy One’ at Wrestlemania VIII (image from WWE.com)

Screwed-Up WCW Figure

The Montreal Screwjob is one of the most controversial events in wrestling history, with ramifications felt across the entire industry. It’s covered better elsewhere though, and you can read up on it in all the usual places.

For Vince McMahon and the WWF, the Screwjob proved the launching pad for their eventual dominance of wrestling in the US. Bret Hart, on the other hand, went to WCW and floundered. Plastically, he didn’t fare too well. Here’s a figure I picked up a long time ago for reasons still completely unknown…

WCW Bret Hart Ring Fighters figure

WCW Ring Fighters Bret Hart w/ ring, 1999

This is a pretty awful figure, to be frank. I must have bought it for the ‘cool’ ring stand, which presents it nicely. It formed a full ring with three other figures, which presumably you had to rotate in order to enjoy. This guy explains it better than I do…

And here’s an arty pic of this figure I also found…

Arty 'Hitman' shot


Never Been A Right Time… To Say Goodbye

Bret did patch things with WWE in 2010. He even engaged in a fued and eventual Wrestlemania match with Vince McMahon. Things may not have turned out how he had planned, but at least they righted themselves in the end, eh? Still, I feel he should’ve gone back to his video games programmer past once he got fed up with wrestling (from 3:07)…

I’ll leave you with the obligatory all-figure group shot of my Brets, an awesome video of some guy’s Bret Hart collection which quite frankly renders this whole post irrelevant, and a love song sung by the Hitman himself.

Bret Hart figure collection

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‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage costume in figures

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage figures prominently in any fan’s list of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Whether he was in the ring performing in his trademark hi-octane style, or cutting a crazy interview, he was one of the most loved superstars in the WWF – even as a bad guy!

The Macho Man forms part of the WWF’s ‘holy trinity’ of 1980s/early 90s top stars, along with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. While Hogan was the undisputed top dog, Warrior and Savage provided alternative heroes for fans to cheer for.

While Hogan was always decked out in red and yellow, the Macho Man and Ultimate Warrior costume departments were constantly churning out new clobber for the pair. They even converged upon the formation of their Ultimate Maniacs union.

Like with Warrior, Savage’s penchant for mixing up his appearance has been capitalised on by figure makers over the years, making his name a regular fixture in early 90s merchandise lines. In fact, before writing this post, I didn’t realise just how many Randy Savage figures I actually had, including these two miniature figures (on the right is an ‘Ink Stamper’, the left might be a Burger King Kids toy. Any ideas?)

'Macho Man' Randy Savage mini figures

On the right is a ‘Macho Man’ ink stamper. Anyone know what’s on the left?

Hasbro Man

Savage existed in figure form before Hasbro came along; LJN released toys of both him and valet Miss Elizabeth in the mid-80s (including an extremely rare ‘black-carded’ version). I’m starting with the Hasbros, however, as ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage in his classic three star orange trunks was actually the first figure I ever owned. Here I am proudly showing it off on my 7th birthday:

Seven-year-old me showing off my Andre the Giant and ‘Macho Man’ birthday presents

(I’ve actually owned that figure twice, after the first lost its arm delivering the Macho Elbow from the top of my custom-made WWF Steel Cage – Hasbro ring surrounded by the electrified gates from the Jurassic Park Compound playset.)

Hasbro released four Randy Savage figures, and none of them are particularly difficult to get hold of today. Here they are:

'Macho Man' Randy Savage figures from Hasbro

Left to Right: ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage with ‘Macho Masher’, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage with ‘Savage Slam’, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage with ‘Elbow Smash’ and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage with ‘Macho Masher’

The original Savage (third from left) ranks among the best Hasbro WWF figures ever, largely due to its flexibility and how easy it was to play with as a kid. The mould of the top half was later used for the Shawn Michaels ‘Sexy Boy’ figures Hasbro released, as well as ‘The Model’ Rick Martel and singles Marty Jannetty.

By series 2 in 1991, Savage was in the middle of his ‘Macho King’ era, but Hasbro still felt he was lucrative enough to warrant a new mould (with accessories). However, by March, Savage had ‘retired’ and was a good guy again, leaving Hasbro with a dilemma: How do we capitalise on Savage’s resurgence in popularity?

The answer was to re-release the ‘Macho King’ figure in 1992′s series 3, only this time without the accessories and with ‘Macho Man’ on the back of his tights instead of ‘Macho King’. The result was a bit of a rip-off for fans.

Hasbro's 'Macho Man' and 'Macho King' figures

The differences between 1991′s ‘Macho King’ figure and 1992′s ‘Macho Man’ figure

The fourth and final Savage Hasbro released was the flamboyant, cowboy hat-wearing ‘Macho Man’ fans knew as the WWF’s resident legend. By 1993, the WWF felt that Savage’s days as an in-ring competitor were over and so placed him behind the Monday Night Raw commentary table alongside Mr. ‘What a Manouever!’ Vince McMahon. Despite making several forays back into the ring, Savage clearly felt he had something to offer and left for WCW. Rumours of bad blood between him and McMahon persist, even today, but it could’t have been too bad a split for McMahon to make this classy gesture on a Raw broadcast:


The relationship between Savage and the WWF did go downhill after that, however, with the infamous ‘Billionaire Ted’ skits on Raw, which featured parodies of Hulk Hogan and Macho Man wrestling with zimmer frames. Both had defected to WCW and were enjoying considerable success, although rumour has it that the WWF almost re-signed Savage in the winter of 1996 after his initial WCW had expired.

When WWF bought WCW in 2001, ‘Macho Man’ was one of the few big stars who didn’t end up in WWF. Why that is remains unknown, and is again subject to much speculation. All that fans need to know is that in 2011, Savage came to an agreement with WWE merchandisers Mattel, and has since appeared in numerous iterations as part of their lines. I only own the one, but I think it’s their best.

'Macho King' Randy Savage Defining Moments figure

The ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage Defining Moments Mattel figure

This figure is based on the Career-Ending Match between Savage and the Ultimate Warrior from Wrestlemania VII. It’s a classic, but is probably more famous for its aftermath than the match itself. Savage, defeated, is battered by his manager ‘Sensational’ Queen Sherri. Miss Elizabeth, his former manager, is watching on, and decides she’s had enough. The runs to the ring, gets rid of Sherri and reunites with Savage. As commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan pointed out, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

RIP Macho Man

Randy Savage, real name Randy Poffo, died in 2011 after suffering a heart attack behind the wheel of his car. He is remembered as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and lives on in millions of pieces of merchandise bearing his unforgettable likeness all over the world.

Macho Man Randy Savage collection

My collection of ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage figures

Here’s a brilliant round-up of some Macho Merchandise from Ringside Collectibles:




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BEWARE: Fake WWE Figures UK Shops Stock

Bootleg wrestling figures are nothing new. In fact, refresh this page enough times and you’ll eventually see my bootleg blog header featuring two famous bootlegs: Mannix Hulk Hogan and Lex Luger.

The Mannix figures used WWF Hasbro moulds, usually with generic 1980s-style plastic bodies decorating in a garish fashion. Among the head moulds used were Hulk Hogan (Hulkaplex/Hulkster Slam variant), Razor Ramon, HBK (without glasses), Lex Luger (looking less smug than ‘The Narcissist’ Hasbro figure), Diesel and Adam Bomb. Here’s a picture of a selection taken from a post on WrestlingFigs.com:

Mannix WWF bootleg figures

Mannix wrestling figures, mid-1990s

I’ll post a more in-depth look at the Mannix line in the future, but for now here are some modern day bootlegs I found at a discount shop in Manchester.

Possible WWE/TNA Bootlegs
Bootleg WWE Figures

Doesn’t the bottom left figure look like Samoa Joe?

This ‘No Way Out Super Wrestler’ collection features four mini wrestling figures, none of which have any particular resemblance to WWE toys. However, the packaging includes the WWE logo, a Money In The Bank-style briefcase and the No Way Out pay-per-view event logo – which seems to have been lifted directly from the 2008 No Way Out event.

While this set doesn’t seem to have used WWE moulds, the figure in the bottom left corner does look like TNA star Samoa Joe. Strange…

Even weirder is the back of the packaging:

Bootleg WWE Toys

Screenshots from Smackdown VS Raw 2009?

What I found most bizarre about the set was how it featured screenshots from a WWE video game on the packaging. I can’t place the game – I think it’s Smackdown VS Raw 2009 (any guesses?) – but I kinda like how they’ve just forgot about the figures and stuck any old pictures of the back of the box.

Definite WWE Bootlegs

In the same shop I found this:

2-pack of WWE bootlegs

KennedyTaker and Jeff Hardy?

This ‘WrestleKing’ set of two figures features what looks like a Jeff Hardy rip-off on the left. He comes with the World Heavyweight Championship. On the right is Mr. Kennedy’s/Anderson’s head stuck onto an Undertaker body from around 2005 (I think – the body has the ‘Sara’ neck tattoo) along with a pre-2010 tag team title belt. In the middle is a massive chair.

The reverse of the packaging shows even more bootlegs:

Collection of WWE Bootleg Figures

Collect them all!

And close-up:

WWE bootleg toy figures

The Oddities

Guesses from left to right: John Morrison, Cactus Jack, Undertaker, Triple H, no idea, Diamond Dallas Page, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy.

WWE bootleg toys part 2

More bootleg WWE action figures…

Left to right: Jimmy Wang Yang, John Morrison, John Cena, no idea, Undertaker, Jeff Hardy, Mr Kennedy/Anderson, Rocky Balboa (Jakks, WWE figure producers at the time, also made toys based on the Rocky movies).

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Ultimate Warrior Costume in figures

It’s no secret that my favourite wrestler ever is the Ultimate Warrior (aka Jim Hellwig, Warrior, whatever). Why? Many knock his wrestling skills, even more knock his politics but, for me, there has simply never been anybody as exciting as the man from parts unknown.

One of the reasons behind his popularity (a popularity which has endured, I should add) is the Ultimate Warrior costume. Warrior’s ring gear came in an array of different colours and designs, and you’d be hard-pressed to find two matches where he wore the same combination of trunks, knees, wristbands and boots. Of course, for action figure makers, this made warrior an absolute dream…

The first Ultimate Warrior figure hit US shelves in 1989 and saw him in a pretty basic Orange trunks/white boot combo…

LJN Ultimate Warrior

LJN Ultimate Warrior, 1989

Considering Warrior was the Intercontinental Champion when this figure came out, it was hardly the toy fans had been clamouring for. Up next is one of the first wrestling figures I owned…

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior 1

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior #1

This Warrior was miles better than the LJN iteration. The trademark Ultimate Warrior costume was represented well this time, with neon green a much closer look. The figure is clearly based on this look…

Ultimate Warrior as WWF champion

Ultimate Warrior, WWF champion, 1990

(I said earlier that Jim Hellwig never wore the same Ultimate Warrior costume twice, but the above picture was taken in 1990. The first Hasbro Warrior hit shelves in 1989, so I guess he did double-up on occasion…)

In 1996, Jakks took over the WWF toy licence and were lucky to be able to boast a returning Ultimate Warrior to its first line. Warrior mysteriously disappeared from the WWF in 1991 after an alleged contract dispute. He then resurfaced looking much leaner and with a shorter haircut (leading to all kinds of daft Warrior conspiracies. Not true – the truth is in the teeth!). Then he disappeared again, only to resurface at Wrestlemania XII to take on Hunter Hearst Helmsley (later, of course, Triple H).

Jakks Ultimate Warrior #1, 1996

Hasbro Ultimate Warrior #1, 1996

This Warrior was closer to the original LJN iteration than the cartoony, ferocious look Hasbro opted for. The Ultimate Warrior costume painted on to this figure is based largely on that Wrestlemania XII appearance, although Jakks would later go on to better this attempt with their the fourth Warrior in their post-2000 Classic Superstars line (I’ve got nearly 20 Warrior figures, and an Ultimate Warrior wine stopper. I’ll do a full round-up soon).

Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania XII

Ultimate Warrior, Wrestlemania XII, 1996

That Classic Superstars line was truly groundbreaking among wrestling figures, and it was a real surprise when Warrior – who has long been on the outs with WWE – was announced in the initial batch.

The first Ultimate Warrior figure in Jakks' 2004 Classic Superstar line

Jakks Classic Superstars Ultimate Warrior #1, 2004

This Ultimate Warrior costume is THE Ultimate Warrior costume. It’s the one in which he beat Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania to become the first ever WWF Heavyweight AND Intercontinental Champion. The costume itself can’t be faulted; it looks great and emulates and betters the initial Jakks offering by having both real arm and boot tassels. However, if there’s one complaint I’d level it’s that the face doesn’t look quite right.

It took another six years (and around eight more figures) until someone perfected a figure in this premier Ultimate Warrior costume. Mattel did it with their second WWE Legends interpretation of Warrior…

Mattel's Ultimate Warrior Legends figure from 2010

Mattel WWE Legends Ultimate Warrior #2, 2010

This improved on Jakks’ in every way. The Warrior logos on the kneepads now had eyes, the colours were bolder and brighter and, crucially, the expression on Warrior’s face was truly ultimate. If I was a true geek I’d compain that Warrior didn’t have the yellow-strap WWF title with that costume but, erm…

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed this short perusal through the plastic existence of toy Ultimate Warrior costumes. I’ll have a look at another wrestler next time. Until then, enjoy the Warrior’s finest moment…

(LJN Warrior image courtesy of PWTorch)





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