Wrestlemania 28 is April 1, 2012 and from now until then, Infinite Hollywood will have special Wrestlemania themed posts. With wrestling figure reviews, news and the like. We start today off with a custom figure…
It’s time for another custom creation, this time, one of my own! You can’t talk about Wrestlemania or wrestling in general, without mentioning Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan main evented the first 9 Wrestlemania events. The event itself was basically a play off the Hulkamania fever that was running wild in the country. He’s since went on to compete in a couple more Wrestlemanias, including his infamous showdown with the Rock, which is arguably the most famous wrestling match since the turn of the century.
However, Hogan has not had a figure from Mattel in their WWE Legends line. Hulkster is signed with TNA, a rival wrestling company and has his likeness right currently being used in their Jakks figure collection. This has left a lot of Mattel fans upset. Let’s face it, for most of the 80s and early 90s, WWF was all about Hulk Hogan and everyone else was a bit player. Not having him in the collection is a huge loss.
I’m sure eventually Mattel will make a Hogan figure, but in the meantime, I’ll share my custom with you. A lot of people have made Hogan customs in the Mattel line. However I haven’t seen anyone make this version. I won’t say mine is the best, but if you’re looking for an easy recipe Hulkster that doesn’t require any painting and doesn’t have a jarring skin tone difference, this one’s hard to beat. Click to read the secrets inside, BROTHER!
Hogan is made up of several parts:
The arms of WWE Legends Series 4 Paul Orndorff.
The head from TNA’s Hulkamania Ring “Genesis style” Hulk Hogan figure.
The boots of WWE Legends Macho Man Randy Savage.
The body of WWE Legends Texas Tornado.
Kneepads from Kevin Von Erich or anyone who has red knee pads.
Then you take some nail polish remover or acetone and remove the stars from the boots and the tornado logo from Kerry Von Erich’s tights. Boil and pop the arms, feet and head, swapping them around to the new Hogan figure.
When all is said and done, you’ve got a perfect to scale Hogan with almost no skintone difference in his face. Many of the custom Hogans out there have a huge difference in the skintone on the head. This one does not. You could take things a step further and swap legs, crack torsos and go for a less “buff” torso… But I pretty much feel certain that if Mattel had made Hogan, this is the exact parts they would use (sans the head) so it’s a moot point.
The head is a tad large, but it’s not that much bigger than many of the Mattel WWE heads. Again, it’s not perfect, but you’re working with some restrictions. Some of the R3 Jakks heads are scaled a bit better, but their skintone is completely off.
Likewise, it is a great scan but it’s an older Hogan. Some folks really want a super young Hulkster, but this is about as good as it gets. I’m guessing whenever Mattel actually does a Hogan scan, it won’t be this lifelike. This is probably the best scan Hogan has done. Even better than the first TNA Hulk Hogan.
For lazy guys like me who don’t want to go through all the trouble of repainting figures and such to the point where you can’t actually play with the figure, this one is about as good as it gets. I can pose Hogan in any fashion and not have to worry about chipping paint or ruining a custom. This is just as good as if he came off the line.
Of course to complete this figure you need to buy a $20 ring and several other wrestling figures which can run $12-$20 themselves. It ain’t cheap, but customs rarely are. The nice thing is that with most of these parts, you can swap them around on the other figures and still have a decent Randy Savage out of it.
“Well ya know something Mean Gene, Brother! I think this is the greatest custom ever dude! I’m hangin’ and bangin’ here at Infinite Hollywood, cause they know how to treat a brother right, brother! And WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN INFINITE HOLLYWOOD’S ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA RUNS WILD ON YOU!!”
These days Hogan’s caught up in sex tape scandals, Rent-A-Center commercials and doing this:
And now you can recreate all the fun with a Mattel style WWE figure!