Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#608 HASBRO´S WWF - EL MATADOR, RIC FLAIR and TATANKA (1993)


Tito Santana "El Matador" (real name: Merced Solis) is a mexican-american wrestler who had the gimmick of being a bullfighter. It was one of the favorites when I was a child in Spain because he could speak our language in interviews and performed the main act in Barcelona 1991, when he became the first wrestler to defeat undertaker. It was a real well-plotted fight, very exciting because Santana was already in the body-bag when he recovered and defeated the Undertaker. Really great! The figure performs the one arm punch (as Jake "the Snake" Roberts), and has a nice paint work with its green pants and golden details. Take care with that golden paint, because it tends to disappear with hand-contact.

 
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Richard Morgan Fliehr, alias Ric Flair is one of the greatest wrestlers of all times. He has fought for the most important divisions both in America and Japan, from 1972 and over 30 years, he is still involved in wrestling activities as ambassador of the WWE. He was also known as the "Nature Boy".

The figure was released in wave 6 partly because we arrived to WWF (from WCW) in August 1991, and he would stay there until 1993. During that time, he mostly played a bad, arrogant guy, so he never became especially popular. In 1993, he returned to WCW.

The figure reuses the cast of Rick Rude with a new head, the movement is therefore quite rare, because it has been used for just a few figures.



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And finally, Tatanka (Christopher Chavis) played the role of a native american indian (he is really native american, or more exactly, a Lumbee) and sometimes performed war dances. He had very good years in the WWF and it was one of the fighters that were really astounding to see. The figure has both arms extended (as the Texas Tornado figure) and practicable elbows, in a rare and interesting action move. Many children did not understand the action move of this figure and tried to turn the waist more than 90 degrees and forced the internal spring too much. Nobody would say it, but the figure´s move is very often not working correctly. Pay attention to this if you plan to buy one on the internet.
 
FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: EL MATADOR, RIC FLAIR and TATANKA
  • Toy Line: Official WWF (Wave 6)
  • Year: 1993
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 12 cm

2 comments:

  1. Wrestling was a lot better in the eighties then it is now. Too bad Vince McMahon listened to the devils and cruelly put Worldly Championship Wrestling out of business. That was really selfish of Vincent to do that.

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    1. Hi Manuel,

      Thanks for your message and your opinion. I stopped watching wrestling when the TV program was cancelled in Spain.

      After that, it was not possible to watch any wrestling for free, so I don´t know much about wrestling after 1992 or so.

      Best Regards

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