THE SPECIALISTS COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Action Figure Evolution - The Many Faces of Mick Foley
Feb 20, 2013 - 10:50:21 AM
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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist
In Brief: Mick Foley wrestled on the national scene for more than a decade before getting his own action figure.
Action Figure Evolution #16: Mick Foley
(1) 1997 Jakks-Pacific WWF Bone-Crunching Action Series 3 (Mankind). Foley had been wrestling as Cactus Jack since the mid-1980s, but it was more than a decade before he received his own action figure (as Mankind). In fact, Cactus Jack was the last of Foley’s three alter egos to receive a toy, even after Dude Love. Have mercy!
(2) 1999 Jakks-Pacific WWF Triple Threat Kay-Bee Toys Exclusive. Cactus Jack’s first toy was released at the peak of Foley’s popularity during the Attitude Era. This three-pack of Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack was only available at Kay-Bee Toys and was very tough to find. At the time, it often sold for around $60 on the secondary market. Today, this set can usually be found for under $10.
(3) 2001 Jakks-Pacific WWF WrestleMania 17 (Commissioner Mick Foley). After the hardcore legend retired from the ring, Foley returned as the goofy commissioner and master of the cheap pop. This figure features Foley with a buzzcut and baseball jersey.
(4) 2006 Jakks-Pacific WWE Classic Superstars Three-Pack (as Cactus Jack, with Terry Funk and Sabu). Foley’s best toys were made after he had retired from the ring. This three-pack partners Cactus up with two other ECW/hardcore icons in Terry Funk and Sabu.
(5) 2007 Jakks-Pacific WWE Classic Superstars Series 19 (LJN Style Chase Figure; as Mankind). Until 2012, only Jakks had produced wrestling toys of Mick Foley. But Jakks gave the Mankind character the LJN treatment and produced a rubber figure designed to resemble those toys of the 1980s.
(6) 2010 Jakks-Pacific TNA Cross the Line Two-Pack (with Samoa Joe). Foley left WWE in 2008 and it wasn’t long before he showed up on TNA television. Jakks shifted from WWE toys to TNA figures in 2010 and included two new Foley action figures. The two look similar, but this one is distinguishable by a Tshirt that features a yellow smiley face wrapped in barbed wire. Both of the Foley toys look similar to older WWE figures from Jakks – albeit with a considerably thicker midsection.
(7) 2012 Mattel WWE Elite Series 17 (as Mankind). Even though Foley’s first match was nearly 30 years ago, the only company that ever made toys of him was Jakks-Pacific. That changed in 2012. With Foley back in WWE’s good graces, Mattel included a Mankind Flashback figure in its 17 series of Elite toys. The popular toy has Mankind in a shirt and tie, with removable mask and Mr. Socko.
PWTorch Collectibles Specialist Michael Moore can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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