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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Action Figure Evolution #2 - How The Undertaker has changed over 20 years

Nov 6, 2012 - 5:57:46 PM
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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist

In Brief: Over the last 20 years, toy companies have captured all of the Undertaker's many looks.

Action Figure Evolution #2: The Undertaker

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(1) 1992 Hasbro WWF Series 4. Mark Calloway arrived in the WWF just after Hasbro released its first series of WWF toys in 1990. A couple years later, Hasbro produced the first of many Undertaker toys.

(2) 1996 Jakks-Pacific WWF Superstars Series 2. Jakks included an Undertaker toy in its first series of new WWF toys, and then re-released this figure in Series 2 with odd glow in the dark flesh.

(3) 2000 Jakks-Pacific House of Pain. The Undertaker underwent a major makeover in 2000, as the dead man and leader of the Ministry of Darkness returned as a biker. The first Undertaker with this new look was included in the only House of Pain series, which was one of the first to utilize Jakks’s real-scan technology that gave the figures lifelike faces.

(4) 2011 Mattel WWE Entrance Greats. The Undertaker’s WWF debut at the 1990 Survivor Series remains one of the most memorable entrances in wrestling history. Mattel captured that moment with an Undertaker Entrance Greats figure, which features “the Phenom” with shorter hair, a black trench coat, tie, and hat, along with a battery-powered stand that plays his entrance music.

(5) 2012 Mattel WWE Elite Toys R Us Exclusive. The Undertaker unveiled another new look at WrestleMania 28, when he removed his hood to reveal a Chuck Lidell-like buzz cut and mohawk. The first Undertaker toy sporting this new look was just released last month, and is being sold exclusively at Toys R Us. The figure also comes with toys of the sledgehammer and steel chair he used to defeat Triple H.

If there is a wrestler you would like to see included in the new Action Figure Evolution feature, send your suggestions to michaelmoorewriter@gmail.com.


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