Firstly can I just say thank you to all those who contacted me asking when my blog was going to be back - I actually didn’t realise that people read this stuff so I will happily continue to write about my ‘Adventures in Collecting’.
Tonight’s blog is all about a collecting line that is very close to my heart -
WWF Hasbro wrestling figures
But in particular one figure - the one that started my passion for collecting this wonderful line
Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake
Some of you will know that I run the website www.thewrestlingcollector.com - it had a major overhaul last summer and I am currently in the process of updating it as all the old information was sadly wiped when the revamp took place.
The article tonight is centred not around one of the various 2-ups, prototypes or test shots I have uncovered - infact its quite the opposite.
It all about the regular release Series 1 Brutus The Barber Beefcake figure.
Any story behind it?
As it turns out yes. Turn the clock back to 1990 - and a 9 year old version of myself - a massive fan of WWF Wrestling (now WWE) - gets given a present…… what is it? Only a WWF Hasbro action figure - all the way from America.
Now - as it turns out this would be the first of many I got - the line actually hit the shelves in the UK shortly after I was given my Brutus figure - but still - for a short while I was the envy of the playground - once others got figures we’d have Royal Rumbles and matches in a homemade ring (until one of us got the Official Hasbro one) hence the battered appearance of this figure.
What is it?
Its as simple as it sounds - its just a regular Series 1 WWF Hasbro Brutus the Barber Beefcake figure.
Is it rare?
Brutus is anything but rare - he was mass produced however its worth noting that some Hasbro figures are more in demand than others (Such as the Green Card Series) so prices can be high on those as they are harder to find.
The prototypes, 2ups and test shots from the Hasbro line command huge prices in the secondary market.
Brutus can be found now for a couple of pounds and this particular one given his condition wouldn’t even get that much!
Will this figure be back?
Sadly not! The Hasbro / WWF contract ended in 1994 so no more WWF Hasbro figures will be made.
Where can I get him now?
Internet auction sites and car boots are probably your best bet for all your Hasbro related needs.
And another thing
The WWF Hasbro line is arguably the most collectable wrestling figure line ever produced. 20 years on the figures still sell and prove massively collectable with fans of all ages.
Its hard to see the demand for this line falling in the foreseeable future - if anything we encourage people to get involved in collecting this legendary line.
I have plans to do a big article on the WWF Hasbro line so watch this space. For now you'll have to make do with photos of my first ever WWF Hasbro figure - the legendary Brutus Beefcake.