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 ManGreat 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.

LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Macho Man Poster

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.

LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Ring  LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Cage Match

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

LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Roddy Piper MOC

1985 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 2

1986 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 3

1987 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 4

LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Jake the Snake Roberts LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Jim Neidhart MOC

1988 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Figures Series 5

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

LJN WWF Wrestling Figures Demolition Ax Black Card MOC

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

LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Tag Teams

LJN WWF British Bulldogs

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

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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.

  6. My husband has well over 40 of these posters. Still rolled never opened are they worth anything? He’s been saving since he was a kid.


  8. I do believe that Adrian Adonis has an 1989 black card reissue.

  9. Please identity my loose 1984 LJN LTD figure. Arms up, paint splattered (red and blue) over entire figure. Thanks sw

  10. As the top Google listing, you should be careful to point out that the Fling-em-Sling-em Ring was recalled because too many kids got impaled by the ring posts… I don’t know how many is too many, but just one punctured organ would be enough for me to put out a serious warning to would-be collectors. That said, anyone got a ring to sell me?

  11. You’re missing dozens of small variations: Jesse Ventura with Red Hair, Blond stash or Blond Hair & Stash or Red Hair & Stash; Capt Lou with Red Painted Lapels on his T-Shirt or Plain White; Bobby Heenan with Scrolls detailed on his shoulders or not; Mean Gene with the WWF logo on his Mic; Classy Freddy in plain yellow or in a nicer goldish colol; Strike Force figures with or without their nice lightning bolt logos; etc, etc…

  12. i am missing ksamal the kiler bees tag team the hart foundation/bam bam bigelow one man gang million dollar man /hacksaw jimduggan demolition ax /ultimate warror jake the snake roberts/mr.fuji.haku ravishing rick rude/big boss man with night stickhulk hogan with white shirt honky tonk man /refferee llucious jhonny valaiant i do not have a job to buy any loose figures with posters i collected quite a few in the late 1980s.for birthdays and christmases.do you know where can find these figures.thank you.

  13. Brutus Beefcake, Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd and Ted Dibiase all had black card re-issues.

  14. I have a Jake with a black Damein. I have looked online and have never seen another black snake.
    has anyone else ?

    stevedonovan@hotmail.com if anyone has any info

  15. Not forgetting the G.I Joe mailaway only Ljn figure of Sgt. Slaughter. Uncarded

  16. Are you sure those dates/lineups are correct? I vividly recall then first coming out in April’85 after WrestleMania 1. That original line up was, Andre, Hulk, Studd, Superfly & Sheik. (Those are the ones even shown in the first comercial circa 1985). Piper, JYD, Hillbilly, etc came afterward. Anyway, thanks for listening


  18. Where is the Smash figure. I remember on the back of the Black label package. It showed Smash was one of the new figures.

  19. Where is the Smash figure? I remember when I bought Rick Rude they showed all the new figures coming out with the new Black line But some of the figures didn’t seem to get released like both Powers Of Pain etc.

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