Below are some of the BCA customs I mentioned earlier. Hope you guys like them. My first custom wrestling figure was a Cactus Jack made out of an extra Mankind body and an extra Al Snow head. I remember being so excited that they were gonna do the 3 faces of Foley and we were getting a Cactus Jack. But when I finally got him, I was worried I'd mess him up or something, so instead of wrestling with him, I made my own.
Thanks, I used a Gangrel head for Smash and a Ken Shamrock for Ax. I started working on these I think was a little before Jakks started releasing Classic Superstars. And when the first couple of Classics set came out, I quit doing my classic BCA's so I could just buy them from Jakks.
There was talk of a classic line as early as late 1997 from what I've heard, but Jakks Pacific acknowledged that a potential drawback to creating such a line would involve licensing disputes for WCW's talent and there were likely many hurdles to overcome.
I don't know if these figures ever would have been available in the traditional BCA molds, but there were discussions in and around the time that the first Legends Series was to be released in stores. Guys like King Kong Bundy and George "The Animal" Steele would have been a lock for future series, and Hogan could have been a possibility for the BCA line if he had signed with WWF, leaving WCW in the process, in late '97 to early '98.
I may have heard a rumor about a four or six-figure BCA boxed set, too, with classic figures but I doubt there was much truth to that.
Hey Chicago, who would you say out of all the BCA figures had the most variants?? I am gonna take an educated guess and say it was Billy Gunn. I know I owned 3 versions of him, and I have seen many other versions too from various lines. Do you think he had the most figure variants??
Stone Cold Steve Austin, and I would bet everything I've ever owned in my entire life lol.
I couldn't even begin to count how many variants he had, but the Big Brothers Wrestling Figure Museum website tallied close to, if not actually more than, 80 variations, and that page hasn't been updated in a long time. I would think Undertaker would be second, and The Rock/Mankind should be in the running, too.
The BCA figures were so great when it came to playability. Sure they didn't have knee or elbow joints, and the shoulder joints didn't have the range that the TTL's and RA's had, but they didn't need any of that. They were just awesome how they were. I used to have so much fun with my old BCA's, unfortunately as time went by I grew up and my free time grew shorter. I would love to be able to go back in time for awhile.
I know its a long shot, but I wonder if we will get any BCA TNA figures. I know they won't be the same as the WWF BCA's were, but it would still be cool to see how they would look, and if done in the same design would give collectors the opportunity to have more wrestlers.
The old BCA molds died out back in 2001 with the KB Exclusive Backlash Series, and the newer BCA style figures didn't last very long either after that.
I still wish there was a decent explanation for Jakks not continuing a cheaper Dollar Store-esque line for the original BCA figures like they've done with TTL for YEARS now. Titan Tron Live made its debut in the fall of 1999 and BCA was phased out almost immediately despite the overwhelming response from collectors to keep it going.
Would Jakks have realistically lost any money on using up the remainder of the original BCA molds? I doubt it. Hell, they created so many unique molds for the wrestlers and barely, if ever, used them again.
I've skimmed down my original collection a bit just because I don't have room and needed cash. However I never got rid of any that had special meanings or were just awesome.
However I'm really pissed at the fact I have no idea what happened to both of my Monster Rings. I had the RAW one and the original one...I think somewhere in between a move they must have been sold or lost. It's a shame. I want to hunt down a RAW Monster Ring again someday.
I'll never forget the day I found the "Bad Boys" Superstars Series 4. The first figure of Stone Cold, Lawler, Vader...Amazing set, and I was soooo excited.
I wanted to keep it simple, but maybe I will change it if more people jump into the discussion.
As for the rings, I've been fortunate to find both Monster Rings and the Attitude Ring, all MIB, for around $18-22 on eBay in the past two years. It took a while for me to find a few really good deals, but it was worth it in the end.
I probably used the Raw Is War Monster Ring more than any other as a kid (except for the blue Hasbro WWF Ring, of course); all of my original rings aren't with me any longer, but most had cracks or a lot of wear and tear so it doesn't bother me much. For the most part, I've replaced them all.