Tudor Figures: The HAITI Era
Welcome to the Tudor Figures: The HAITI Era page. The purpose of this page is to give collectors and Electric Football enthusiasts a visual history of a time when Tudor’s electric football figures were produced and painted in Haiti. The Haiti figures are considered by collectors, the BEST painted figures of the Tudor line. The attention to detail and the accuracy of the paint schemes were unmatched. What also intrigues collectors of the Haiti figures is the plastic that was used in making of them. The plastic is more of a pure white, rather than the translucent whites of the Hong Kong era figures. Although there are some examples of Haiti teams being painted on amber plastic rather than white. The amber figures were used more widely in the later versions. Also, some later Haiti figures were translucent. (see white shoe, white jersey Bengals #70). Some collectors believe the reason for that is that the molds weren’t cleaned and they were some of the last figures produced.
Within the electric football community, it’s widely accepted that the Haiti figures were produced from 1974 thru 1978. Although, some collectors believe that they could have been produce as early as 1973 due to some of the paint schemes of the early Haiti teams. It’s also been suggested that they were produced as late as 1979 as well. Should anyone know the exact timeline of the Haiti era, please feel free to contribute that information and it will be added to the site.
There were actually 2 versions of Haiti figures produced. The early version had the shoes painted black, like the 67 Big Men, Hog Leg & Chicken Leg Hong Kong figures. These are referred to as BS teams. The BS figures were only produced for a couple of years. Then, somewhat coinciding with the NFL teams wearing white shoes, Tudor began leaving the shoes on the figures white or the shoes were painted white on the amber figures. These are referred to as WS teams. The BS teams are by far the most sought after by collectors of the two versions. Not only for their superior paint jobs but also for their scarcity. Examples of the intricate paint details are multiple sock stripes and sleeve stripes. The later WS teams weren’t as neatly painted and not as detailed as the BS teams but are still nicely done compared to their earlier Hong Kong counterparts and the post-Haiti Hong Kong teams.
Haiti figures are a little smaller in size than the ’67 Big Men figures but are also a little larger than the Hog Leg figures.
Haiti figures are fairly easy to identify, for the most part. As stated above, the plastic is brilliant white. (See exceptions above). Each figure has little “burrs” on the sides of the bases. They are excess plastic where the base was removed from the spru. The 3 lineman figures have either a recessed or protruded dot or circle on their butts. Very similar to what the older Hog Leg teams are like. Each figure also had an identifier number on the underside of the base. A letter/number combination. These letter/number combos were larger in scale than those used on the older Hong Kong figures. With all that said, the best way to identify a Haiti figure is the quality paint job!
All 28 NFL teams that existed during the Haiti production period will have a photo posted of their respective home and away uniforms in BS & WS versions. There will also be photos of any uniform variations of teams that are known to exist. So please, if you have a variation that is not shown, send submit a photo. We will examine it and if it’s deemed to be a legitimate paint job, it will get posted. Enjoy the photos and feel free to contribute any information or photos you may have.
Please email any photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to thank all those who have already submitted photos to this page. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!
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