Sunday, March 31, 2013

#265 HASBRO'S WWF – LUDVIG BORGA and CRUSH (1994)



In the last months I have analysed waves 1 and 2 of this toy line in series of three articles each that were published consecutively. However, with wave 11, I am doing it differently. This wave has some of the most expensive figures, and I still do not own all of them, so I am presenting the figures in a disordered way.

The first entry with figures from wave 11 was #53, in which the wrestlers analysed were Adam Bomb and 1-2-3 Kid. Now I’ll show two more figures: Crush and Ludvig Borga. If you want to read more about wave 11, please visit that entry, where we talked about prices and difficult figures.

The two wrestlers are quite unknown to me, since I never saw them on TV.

Crush (with Kona Crusher!)


Crush, also Kona Crush was the character played by Brian Adams. We was part of the Demolition Tag Team with Ax and Smash during the years 1990 and 1991, but left for a year to participate in another Wrestling conference, and returned to the WWF in 1992, this time to fight solo under the name of Kona Crush. Kona, by the way, is its hometown, a city in Hawaii. The Hasbro figure comes from these years. He used later other names like Heel Turn. He was also in prison for purchasing steroids, and possessing illegal weapons. He passed away on 2007.

This figure is a repaint of the figure released in wave 7 (one year earlier). The original Kona Crush had a yellow and purple outfit. This figure is much easier to find. Another figure of Crush was available much earlier, but that time in the Demolition Outfit. Some versions of that figure were sold with helmet, some other without.



 
Ludvig Borga (with Finland Finisher!)


Ludvig Borga (real name Tony Halme) was not in the WWF for a long time. He participated only between 1993 and 1994, and apparently played the mean anti-American. A quick check at his Wikipedia entry is very recommended: he was a member of the Finnish Parliament, wroten a few books, and had a career as a professional boxer. He also participated in several wrestling shows and in the Finnish version of Gladiators. He took his own life in 2010, after many controversial incidents.

The figure is big compared with the rest of the toy series, mostly because of those long arms and big hands. The fingers are fragile and could break off. The head is a great sculpt.



Note: three more wrestlers from wave 11 can be seen here #375.


FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: LUDVIG BORGA and CRUSH
  • Toy Line: Official WWF (Wave 11)
  • Year: 1994
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 12 cm or 4,5’’

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