Sizes and Platforms
In general, there are two sizes of modern Electric Football action figures: "Regular" and "Haiti Repro" size -- and the "67 Big Men" size. While both average about an inch tall, there are slight differences in size, platform, and sculpting. This is somewhat noticeable when you place the same figures next to one another. Regular players are less detailed than others; 67 Big Men are older style players popular with many collectors, but not the mainstream players in the hobby; and Haiti Repros are Regular sized, and more detailed. The Regular and Haiti Repro players are the standard. More information about the new Haiti Repros is covered below and in the next section.
As far as platforms are concerned, the Regular, 67 Big Men, and Haiti Repro players will all work with modern interchangeable bases, with one exception. If you look closely you will notice a small rectangular slot in the base of all but the Regular player figures. This slot is to accommodate a Single Clip base.
Unlike other bases which secure the figure at the front and back edges, the Single Clip bases have a single clip that extends from the center of the base upward to secure the figure. If you are a fan of the Single Clip bases, make sure you buy action figures with the rectangular Single Clip slot in the player base.
There are many styles of Electric Football action figures made by Tudor Games and other manufacturers. In the old days, metal player molds cranked out hundreds of thousands of little plastic men each year. These molds were typically used for only a single season, limited by the technology of the day. While the same Fab 5 poses were used, these yearly mold changes had an impact on the characteristics and detail of the players. A very popular mold used in 1974-75 produced "Haiti" figures because the Tudor Games company was having their molded NFL players painted in Haiti at the time. These figures were detailed and well-painted and are highly sought after by collectors today.
Our newest figures are called "Haiti Repros" because they are highly detailed reproductions of the older Haiti figures. They also have the rectangular slot in the platform, making them compatible with all modern Bases. While they are considered "Regular" size figures, they are a bit larger than the Regular figures, huskier in appearance, yet slightly smaller than the 67 Big Men.
We currently offer a collection of player sets from different eras of production, but our go-forward players are the Tudor Games Haiti Repro Action Figures, sold in unpainted white and red sets. Our new NFL team sets are made using Haiti Repro players. We also offer Megawattz unpainted players, which require assembly and are sold in sets of 2 players. Our Pro Line unpainted players are a limited edition of highly intricate figures, and are close to the 1:72 scale of the 67 Big Men players.
The "Fab 5"
There are 11 total players included in each team set. There are 5 different player poses in each set.
First is the LINEMAN figure. You get 3 LINEMAN figures per team. Notice the LINEMAN is bent over, with elbows out to make contact with players nearby. With a lower body position than the more upright figures, the LINEMAN has a low center of gravity. This makes him less likely to get knocked over. Because his mass is spread out equally, it makes him harder to push around. Linemen are best on the offensive and defensive lines, where you want strength and the ability to push players around. Pair with strong bases and cleats.
Next is the SPRINTER figure. The SPRINTER figure makes a good wide receiver and quarterback, and works well as a safety on defense. You get 2 SPRINTER figures per team. Because of their slim design, they can be devastating as blitzing defensive linemen because they are harder to block.
You get 2 ALL PURPOSE figures per team. This player is squatting, with his arms hanging to his sides. ALL PURPOSE is very well balanced. He is a versatile figure capable of playing many positions. Use one at quarterback and the other at running back or tight end. On defense, use them as cornerbacks or defensive tackles.
The BACKER figure is the tall player standing with his hands out to his sides. You get 2 BACKER figures per team. He is often used at the offensive tackle and tight end positions on offense, and can be used at the linebacker, defensive end, and safety positions on defense. His height makes it more difficult for the TTQB (Triple Threat Quarterback) to throw over him. His wide stance offers a greater chance of an errant pass hitting him, increasing the odds of an interception.
The RUNNER figure, while intended to be a stiff-arming running back, can also be used as a slot receiver on offense. You get 2 RUNNER figures per team. On defense, they make great pass rushers at the defensive end position. They also make good cornerbacks because they can grab opposing receivers, preventing them from getting open.