Hog Leg or Chicken Leg?


Welcome to my blog concerning the collecting aspect of miniature football. Hopefully I can answer your questions about collecting teams, gameboards and some of the other stuff related to collecting miniature football related items.  I have a relatively large collection of miniature football items, but one thing I have learned is that my collection is extremely small compared to alot of others.  Anyway, Stay Tuned…..


Now for the answer. One of the first questions that come up when comparing figures and their collectiblility is “Is that a Hog Leg figure or a Chicken Leg?  Here is a pic of a Classic Hog Leg and a Classic Chicken Leg.        

 Hog leg and Chicken Leg

The Colt figure on the left is a Hog Leg. Hog legs are thicker at the calf and ankle than other figures. Typically Hog legs are the first deluxe players made by Tudor in 1967 and are the first figures to be painted in Official NFL uniforms. This figure is from a Tudor NFL Model 510 game set that included the Colts and Packers. The Packer figure on the right is a Chicken leg. Note the thinner calfs and ankles.

Here is another pic of some chicken leg figures. They are early Patriot and Oiler figures.


And here is an extreme example of some chicken leg figures


Certainly Hog Leg figures are more valuable to a collector since they are older and harder to find than other figures. Plus the fact that these are the original NFL uniform teams. Expect to pay Premium prices for these figures and gameboard sets.  


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  1. clmdesign says:

    Now this should be fun. I have a ton of Haiti white and black shoes.

  2. charlie says:

    actually 1967 bigmen were the first tudor produced…they are bigger than hogs, chicken and then haiti figures…..hogs came out in late 1968 and early 69….chicken legs were produced in 1970 to 73 or 74….then haiti figures took over to about 78 or 79….then figures went back to a chicken leg figure in late 78 or 79.

  3. CoachRip says:

    The oiler picture shown is a Haiti, I’m pretty sure, I have a set like that, I also have some chicken legs Oilers, and their uniforms are different.

  4. Coach k-lo says:

    in your first picture, you have a picture of a china stampted helmet player. that is not a ‘chicken leg’ player.

    Another feature of the hog leg figures is the “dimple” in the middle of the butt of the players and also where the sock would be on the calf is thicker.

    some other elements of the ‘Chicken leg’ players are slightly smaller.

  5. eflfanatic says:

    The Packer pictured is not a stamped helmet but has a green dot with a smaller white dot. Did come in the ’97 or ’98 Super Bowl game with the Patriots which was also before the Stamped Helmet era of figures. What years do you consider Chicken leg figures to come from?

  6. Mike Pratt says:

    This is a really deep subject. Proper records were not kept to say exactly what was produced and for how long. Or at least they were not considered important enough at the time to make public knowledge. And then there was the fire. Add to that, old, leftover (NOS-new old stock) bags of teams being sold along side their replacements. Worse, sometimes a bag would have a mixture of figures. Let’s not forget those HTF (hard to find) “Interim” mold teams. Ever seen them? Very cool but also sort of weird at the same time. And then there was Playtime – A company that sold the game as Superior bit the Dust and just before Miggle emerged with ownership. Though the Playtime figures looked nothing like the FAB5 but the bases (all TTC’s) were usable…. They were Brown. Playtime did not hold the NFL license agreement that tudor and Superior had, so just Red and Blue figures, Brown TTC bases and a Battery Only operated board. I have one upstairs stored in the attic….. somewhere.

    Figure, base and board identification is the hardest thing to explain to even the hobby enthusiast – nearly impossible to explain to outsiders. It’s all very eclectic.

    Short List – Not Completely Accurate & Never Will Be:

    Big Men – 1966/67 – Early 1968: At least 3 different molds or mold adjustments were used to produce these. Thus the Gen(eration) I, II and III designations used by collectors.

    Hog Legs – 1968/69 – Early 1970: Also at least 3 different molds or mold adjustments used for these. Gen I, II and III would/could also apply.

    Chicken Legs – 1970 – 1974/75: Some mold changes or adjustments were used on these as well. But they are a bit harder to see without close inspection and a lot of scrutiny.

    Haiti – 1975/76 – 1978/79: At least two molds or mold adjustments were used during this time. Easy to spot… “Frankentein Bolts” or no bolts on outside of the figure platform.

    Back To HK & Chicken Legs – 1979/1980 Until Miggle’s Solid Platform figures (china). These molds were not well maintained and the degradation can easily be traced by the faulty platforms.

    Above is just a couple grains of salt in this enormous salt mine. There is more…. MUCH, MUCH MORE!

  7. charlie says:

    I agree with mike…..i guess we will never know exact dates and all would be approximate. little things i have noticed while collecting…. there are 2 different sizes of bigmen…1 set was a little larger and the tackles were up farther on the base….early hogs had 2 white tackles and later runs went to 1 white and 1 african american…….i have to think that late hogs didnt have the 2 te’s with the hong kong marking but the other 9 figures in the set were what i would call true hoglegs…..i have seen a bunch of these type teams……..but i continue to marvel at the possibility of seeing more of the old teams, and learning more about them….i really enjoy this hobby.

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