It’s obvious that Tudor has found a successful formula with its new Uni-Forms line of NFL teams. Honestly that has been a hard thing for me to accept. And to Tudor I need to apologize. My first reaction to them was that “this is a terrible idea and the worst mistake that they have ever made”
But since their introduction I have seen many reviews, both positive and negative. The negatives have mostly come from “old heads” like myself who grew up with the game in the 60’s and 70’s and then later rediscovered the game in the 90’s and 2000’s.
When Tudor introduced their line of NFL teams in 1967 the paint jobs were actually pretty bad. But they were still the NFL and with a little imagination you could still identify the teams even though the team logos on the helmets were often just dots in the primary color of the logo or the jersey, pant and sock stripes were not the same as the actual uniforms. This trend continued throughout Tudors existence until 1989 when the company was sold and eventually went out of business.
Even when Miggle Toys acquired Tudor Games and reintroduced their line of NFL teams, the paint jobs where still not very good. They got better with the introduction of “Stamped Helmet” logos, and then in the decade of the 2010’s the current owners of Tudor games began producing teams with decaled logos and stripes. These were some of the most beautiful teams ever produced.
But with the introduction of throwback uniforms and alternate uniforms by many NFL teams every year, it became very hard for Tudor to keep up with the consumer demand for them and remain profitable.
Then came 2019 and the global Covid-19 pandemic. With long lead times, rising production costs and the inability to get products from China in a timely manner, it was time for another change.
Uni-forms has given Tudor the ability to react faster to the ever changing uniform designs being introduced by NFL teams and the opportunity to produce classic and alternate uniforms and even more options to their line of NFL products.
It does take some time to apply them and with some patience, practice and the right tools, you can acquire the skills to produce some very nice-looking teams.
As for me, it is still going to take some time to accept them as an alternate to a beautifully hand painted team. But they have earned their place in the history of electric football and are a testament to the creativeness and use of technological advancements that hopefully will keep the game and hobby of electric football going well into the future.