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click for largerWWE Classic Wrestlers from Jakks-Pacific
story by Lando da Pimp

Jakks-Pacific has made me ecstatic with their WWE Classic Wrestlers line. I was a huge wrestling fan growing up, from 1987 to 1992 I watched the [then] WWF religiously. Jakks has now let loose series 1 of the classic WWE wrestlers and they are amazing. Instead of really going into detail about how cool these figures are (and they are cool as you can see from the pictures). I picked my brain as to who these wrestlers really were (their WWE career), showing why they were picked for the WWE Classic Wrestler line.

click for largerBret "The Hitman" Hart
Bret "The Hitman" Hart was one of the most technical wrestlers in the entertainment sport. Hart began his career with the WWF as a member of the Hart Foundation with his brother in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Winning the Tag Team championship a number of times, Bret eventually started wrestling on his own winning the Intercontinental belt from Shawn Michaels. He would hold that belt a few more times and eventually won the Heavyweight belt defeating "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Hart would go on to hold the title four more times. Bret no longer wrestles but he has hinted on his web site we may have not seen the last of him.

"The Hitman" action figure has the best facial sculpt from Series One. I was a bit disappointed that he doesn't come with the famous Hitman sun-glasses. The figure comes with his classic pink tights with the Hitman logo. The smug look with the wet slicked hair is a perfect representation of the "The Excellence of Execution."

click for largerTriple H
Triple H or Hunter Hearst Helmsley as he was first called debuted in 1995 in the WWF. He portrayed an "American Blue Blood", a spoiled rich kid from Greenwich, Connecticut. Always accompanied by a beautiful valet to each match, he never had the same woman accompany him twice. In 1997, Triple H had already won the Intercontinental and European titles. Aligning himself with real-life friend Shawn Michaels—as well as his real-life at the time girlfriend Chyna—these three formed D-Generation X, where he was referred to as Triple H. When Michaels left the wrestling business, Triple H took over the reigns of the group and added new members in X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws (The Road Dogg and Billy Gunn). Eventually, Triple H won the WWF Heavyweight world title successfully establishing himself among the greats of the WWF.

click for largerThe Hunter Hearst Helmsley figure also has a great facial sculpt portraying the great smug attitude of Triple H. His attire is similar to what he would wear to the ring at the start of his WWF career. Unlike the other Series One wrestlers Triple H comes with the Intercontinental championship belt.

click for largerThe Undertaker
At the 1990 Survivor Series, The Undertaker made his debut to the WWF then known as Kane The Undertaker. At the time The Undertaker was managed by Brother Love, and was the mystery partner for the Million Dollar Man's Million $ team. A year later the Undertaker took on a new manager, Paul Bearer, who was able to control the Undertaker. The Undertaker became an unstoppable force drawing his powers from the urn carried by Paul Bearer. Setting his sights on then WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, with a little help from "The Nature Boy", finished Hogan off with the tombstone on the chair. The Undertaker became WWF World Champion for the first time. Six days later he lost the title to Hogan in a rematch. The Undertaker would go on to win the title 2 more times.

The Undertaker is one of those wrestlers that I thought would never wear a championship belt but has proved him-self worthy of being one of the most classic wrestlers.

The action figure is a good representation of The Undertaker. His wrestling attire is similar to the original look with the purple tie and gloves. His leg stance is exactly the feel that the Undertaker gave as he pinned his opponent. The details of his tattoos are a nice touch. One thing that the Undertaker is missing is his hat and trench coat that he would wear to the ring.

click for largerThe Ultimate Warrior
My favorite wrestler of all time was The Ultimate Warrior. He was the reason why I started to watch professional wrestling. The Ultimate Warrior began his career as a tag team with Sting. The warrior was then known as the Dingo Warrior. However my first memory of him was at Summer Slam '88. The Honky Tonk Man was the Intercontinental champion. His opponent was supposed to be Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. However Brutus was sidelined and unable to take on the fat Elvis impersonator. The Honky Tonk Man walked to the ring and said that he would take on any opponent. Next thing you know the Warrior's music started to play with the Warrior running down the isle and pinning The Honky Tonk Man in thirty seconds to become the Intercontinental champion. I was blown away and realized that I had just found my favorite wrestler.

click for largerThe Warrior later feuded with Ravishing Rick Rude for about a year losing and winning the Intercontinental title leading to his shining moment at Wrestlemania VI. The main event was The Ultimate Warrior versus the heavyweight champion Hulk Hogan. The winner would be the both the Intercontinental champion and the Heavyweight champion. I was in wrestling heaven!!!! I always hated Hulk Hogan and still do. I never really understood why he was a fan favorite. During the match the Warrior managed to lift Hogan over his head dropping him on to the mat. When the match was over The Ultimate Warrior was victorious. For the first time Hogan was shown who was the better wrestler. A year later the Warrior lost the heavyweight belt to the then anti-American Sgt. Slaughter at Royal Rumble and the WWF of course let Hogan win the title again at Wrestlemania VII. The Warrior stuck around for a little while but never regained the title. He made brief appearances in the WCW and WWF over the years but hasn't really been wrestling since. Currently you can see what the Warrior is up to at his website.

Jakks-Pacific's Ultimate Warrior action figure is by far the best of series one. The details they have put into him are amazing. The Ultimate Warrior always wore different make up color schemes as well as different trunks. This attire is similar to what he wore for Wrestlemania VI defeating Hulk Hogan. The arm and leg bands are real cloth and string tied to his arms and legs. The Warrior make up paint on the chest has that look that it was painted on by hand. The articulation of the Warrior gives him the ability to lift his opponent over his head dropping him to the ground.

click for largerJust as a side note. Check out my suave velvet painting that my wife makes me keep in a closet!!! Can you believe that she doesn't want that hanging in the living room!!!

The Ultimate Warrior Toy Fair Exclusive
Stinkhead, Jager, and myself were each given The Ultimate Warrior Toy Fair Exclusive figure this year at the Jakks-Pacific Toy Fair for larger There are only 100 of these in existence, and it is by far one of the best action figures I have in my collection. Of course I don't dare open it although I have been tempted. There are a lot of differences with this figure and the one that will be sold in store. The main difference is that the make up on his chest is not present on the Toy Fair version. He also has different wrestling trunks and leg band/armband color scheme. The Toy Fair version also has a small printed label on his leg stating that it is a Toy Fair Exclusive 1 of 100.

The Classic Line Series One also includes Shawn Michaels as well as Andre the Giant. I haven't had a chance to check these out yet but I will be sure to let you know how cool they are once I do. These figures are perfect for a wrestling fan that remembers the glory days of the WWF. Jakks-Pacific has outdone themselves with these figures. I am looking forward to Series 2, which will include Sergeant Slaughter, Ric Flair, George 'The Animal' Steele, Big John Studd, Mankind, and Dude Love, which will be a Chase Figure. Series One is in stores now.

click for largerIf I can make some suggestions for future series inclusions it would Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, and of course Bobby "The Brain" Heenan!!!

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