Challenger was modeled in mid-1973. Originally, it was a limited line consisting of only the most basic pieces: 12", 10", and7" plates, cup, saucer, vegetable bowl, and coffee server. All of the shapers were round and cylindrical. Because of its unique flared rim, many piece underwent several revisions. Challenger was released into production in late 1973. According to HLC's modeling log, the following pieces were added in January and February 1976: sauceboat, handled mug, sauceboat stand, shakers, butter dish, and a covered casserole.
Shown to the right on the Challenger shape is the treatment, "Earth" -- a white speckeld glaze with a single brown stripe on the flatware. This line was available in S&H Green Stamps catalogs in the late 1970s.
In comparison to HLC's other shapes of the 1970s, Challenger can be difficult to find. Flatware is much easier to find than the hollowware. In some instances, the hollowware was matched with flatware from International to create a new shape.
See also section on International.