LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures - The Best Wrestling Toys Ever?

LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures – The Best Wrestling Toys Ever?

LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Macho Man 203x300 ImageGreat toys demand to be played with. Look at almost every LJN WWF Superstars figure released between 1984 and 1989 and you'll notice something common among nearly all that survived -- they've got lots of playtime evidence. One of the most popular products during the WWF's massive growth, these wrestling figures bucked a lot of the action figure trends at the time.

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While Star Wars and G.I. Joe led the charge for small action figures, LJN's wrestling figures went big. Standing about eight-inches high, they're about twice the size of the average G.I. Joe figure from the time. Also, most action figures could bend and came with a growing number of accessories. LJN  WWF Wrestling Superstars are as stiff as a King Kong Bundy punch. Most figures came without accessories save for maybe a hat or cane.

Basically, these are inaction figures.

Yet the LJN WWF figures were wildly popular at the time. Now they can be very collectible as grown adults get nostalgic for a time when Hulkamania meant something.

Despite their shortcomings in the articulation department, these wrestling figures were actually a lot of fun to play with. LJN did an excellent job of capturing the likenesses of the wrestlers and WWF personalities. They might not have the same level of detail as today's McFarlane figures or those put out today by Mattel, but it's still easy to tell who the wrestlers are.

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Figures came packaged with small posters. These were rolled up and stored in the base of the packaging. Also, the packages had a file card on the back, similar to those found on G.I. Joe figures from the same period. Many people collect these today as well.

Today, LJN WWF figures can command big money on the secondary market, particularly for unopened mint figures. Some of the most valuable figures came at the end of the line's run, which is often the case for figures and toys as the decreased popularity means smaller print runs.

The final series came out in 1989. They were actually made by Grand Toy in Canada and not LJN. The figures switched to a new black card and were a mix of a few new figures and several repackaged wrestlers from earlier lines. These black cards are much tougher to find than figures from previous series. As a result, they are generally much more expensive than those WWF figures found in other series.

By their very nature, LJN WWF figures were played with hard. Understandably, paint wear is a very common trait among the toys. This limits the value a lot of these figures might otherwise have.

Besides the figures, LJN also released the Silng 'Em-Fling 'Em wrestling ring and a Cage Match Accessory add-on.

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Below is a checklist of all the LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars figures released between 1984 and 1989. You can shop for specific wrestlers by clicking on their names.

1984 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 1

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1985 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 2

1986 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 3

1987 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 4

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1988 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 5

1989 Grand Toys WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 6 (Black Card)

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If you know of any others, please let us know in the comments below.

LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Tag Teams

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Each tag team set came packaged with two figures and a pair of brown belts.

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Brutus the Barber Beefcake WWF Vintage Wrestling Figure 1985 LJN Titan Sports
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LJN WWF 8" Billy Jack Haynes with Hat! 1987 WWE Wrestling Superstars AWA Remco
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LJN WWF Superstar Andre The Giant (short hair version) WWE Wrestling Toy Figure
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2 vintage 1986 Titan Sports Inc. LJN WWF wrestling figures 8" tall
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Scarce WWF WWE LJN ADORABLE ADRIAN ADONIS Wrestling Figure MINT MOC Vintage 1985
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Hulk Hoagan & King Kong Bundy WWF Strecth Wrestlers - RARE 1980's Toys (LJN)
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LOT OF 4 WWF WWE LJN Wrestling Water Squirt Heads
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1988 LJN Sports Wrestling Ax Axe WWF DEMOLITION WWE Used CONDITION
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Junk Yard Dog & George Animal Steele WWF LJN Wrestling Superstars Wwe Jyd 80's
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WWF Hillbilly Jim Action Figure LJN 1984 Titan WWE Wrestling Used FREE SHIPPING
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WWF Hulk Hogan Action Figure LJN 1984 Titan Sports Wrestling Used FREE SHIPPING
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User Comments

  1. i have a PAUL ORNDOFF with hogan card on back is there more of them?

  2. Good list. I believe I have seen a 1989 re-issue of Big John Studd in other places with a black card. Here is a pic:


  3. A guy brought me 30 carded LJNs at a toy show in Orlando 1998. Among them was Harley Race and a black carded Jake the Snake Roberts. They had been sitting in a pawn shop. I got an instant collection.

  4. i have a ted dibiase ljn in the package but ‘it’s a mistake cause the cardboard and poster read mr fuji. it’s not been altered or anything. is it worth much?

  5. The Strike Force tag team set came with black championship belts. Great list.

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