Before video games and fantasy hockey let us take control of our favorite NHL teams and players, people were left with nothing but actions figures and their imagination to live out their hockey dreams. While the toy business may not hold the same popularity as it used to, I decided to take the time and look back at some of the greatest mini-men to ever grace department store shelves. Below, I have compiled the ten most memorable, interesting, and funny hockey-related toys in recent memory.
Enjoy the list!
10. Dion Phaneuf
One of the most realistic hockey figures on the market, this Dion Phaneuf figure by McFarlane Toys perfectly mimics Phaneuf’s on-ice play style – standing still and doing nothing.
9. Roberto Luongo
Although this Roberto Luongo action figure is a great item, its high price tag may make it hard to trade at toy conventions.
8. Hockey Puck
It’s hard to find a toy that more exemplifies hockey than the lovable hockey puck from Disney’s “Toy Story”.
7. Martin St. Louis
Standing at 6 inches tall, this Martin St. Louis action figure by McFarlane Toys is about as close to a life-size hockey toy as you can get.
6. Eric Lindros
This bobble head is a great representation of Eric Lindros’ entire career. It’s great for a while and then the head stops working.
5. Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky’s status as an NHL legend was solidified when McFarlane Toys decided to commemorate his 18-game stint with the St. Louis Blues.
Armed with the mask of Drake DuCaine, Wildwing led a cartoon crime fighting group based on the NHL’s Mighty Ducks. Although the show was short lived, it made us all wonder what the NHL would be like if goalies were able to have “puck shooter” arm attachments.
3. Don Cherry
Quite possibly the most profitable of all NHL toys, the Don Cherry action figure is poised to make millions if they ever decide to sell all of his famous suits separately. While it may fall more into the realm of Barbies, buying floral print suits for a 6 inch Don Cherry would be a joy for anyone.
2. Ilya Kovalchuk
This action figure of Ilya Kovalchuk in an Atlanta Thrashers jersey is a great reminder of two things that no longer exist in the NHL.
1. Casey Jones
Armed with a hockey stick and vintage goalie mask, it’s fair to argue that TMNT’s Casey Jones may have been just as relevant as Wayne Gretzky to 8-year-old hockey fans in the 90’s. While Gretzky may be the “great one”, there isn’t one recorded incident of him ever having to battle members of the Foot Clan.
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