What’s the most valuable wrestling action figure you have ever come across? WWE non-fanatics may mumble at that question. The fact is that there are many WWE action figures out there. However, only a few of them are rare and valuable. Some of these dolls are so rare that only five of them were ever made. For example, only five of the Ultimate Warrior exclusive Jakks action figures were ever made. This incredible rarity and high demand has also driven the prices of the dolls way up.
Figurines such as the “Warrior America” Ring Giant have commanded prices of up to $1,225 at auctions while box sets such as the LJN’s Hart Foundation have fetched up to $2,025, which is 168% over what experts set its value at. The “Macho Man” Randy Savage Wrestling Superstars ‘89 Black Card and the Kamala with a Moon on his Belly action figure dolls are some of the rarest in the world, having fetched top dollar in the recent past, and we discuss them on our list.
Here are 10 of the rarest WWE action figure dolls you would want to get your hands on:
10 Demolition Ax Black Card
Prominent during the 1980s and 90s, Demolition was a tag team made of Smash, Ax and Crush (Crush came in later). They hold many records such as the most combined days as reigning champions as well as the single longest tag title reign. They also have one of the priciest and rarest action figure dolls ever to sell. Recently, a Demolition Ax Black Card, MOC, was bought for approximately $900. The rarity of the doll didn’t come that cheap as the Demolition tag team worked hard and won WWF Tag Team Championship, which increased their authority among their fans.
9 Honky Tonk Man Black Card
The Honky Tonk Man Black Card figure is one of the rarest action figures in the WWE universe, and has been sold for prices ranging from $600 to $1130. The Honky Tonk Man is well known for the 64-week WWF Intercontinental Championship record he held, losing it to the Ultimate Warrior during the first SummerSlam in 1988. During his inaugural match at WWF, he defeated Terry Gibbs. Then, the federation started promoting him as an ‘Elvis lookalike’ and he caught fire. Afterwards, he went on to win the UWA Heavyweight Championship once, the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship once and the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship four times.
8 Hulk Hogan Wrestling Superstars Black Card
In recent times, Taboo, a member of the American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, asked Jordan Hembrough to find a rare Hulk Hogan figure to add on to his toy collection. Jordan Hembourg said that that was the most remarkable and rarest find he had ever been told to search for. So he went directly to ‘The Unstoppable Force’ himself. Jordan negotiated for the figure and got a price of $700 from Hogan. Then, he sold it to Taboo at $1,000 and, in his own words, made a nice profit to boot!
7 AWA Mat Mania
What many wrestling fans aren’t aware of is that the American Wrestling Association (AWA) wrestling figure line distributed by Remco came out way before the LJN’s WWF Classic Superstars hit the shelves in 1985. In fact, they were the first line of wrestling figures on the market. They were released in series, and their last series, Series 4, was the most valuable. It was called ‘Mat Mania’ and was boxed. The line included superstars such as Ric Flair, John Nord and Shawn Michaels. These extremely rare figures have sold for as high as $1,500 at auctions.
6 Ultimate Warrior ‘89 Black Card
What makes the Ultimate Warrior Wrestling Superstars ‘89 Black Card so valuable is that it is the first Ultimate Warrior toy ever manufactured. Ultimate Warrior memorabilia usually commands significant prices in the range of $50 to $2,500 with loose Ultimate Warrior LJN figures going for as high as $150. After joining WWF in June 1987, the Ultimate Warrior went on to become the first wrestler to concomitantly hold the WWF Intercontinental Champion and the WWF Championship titles. He then retired in 1998, and enrolled as a public speaker. He died on April 8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona, two days after making an appearance at WrestleMania XXX.
5 Ultimate Warrior Limited Edition Dolls
In 2000, Ultimate Warrior struck a deal with Jakks Pacific to make the rarest Ultimate Warrior figure dolls ever. The deal involved making 20 WCW 1998 Return figures, 20 One Warrior Nation figures, 20 “Zombie” figures, 20 Unmatched Fury Warrior figures, and 25 “Warrior America” Ring Giant figures. In addition, only 5 of the Ultimate Warrior exclusive Jakks action figure dolls were made. Recently, one of the “Warrior America” Ring Giant figures sold for $1,225 at an auction while a One Warrior Nation figure fetched a cool $2,000 at another recent auction. An Unmatched Fury Warrior figure was also scooped for $2,000 at a recent auction and one is selling for $3,000 on eBay.
4 Miss Elizabeth Purple Skirt
Miss Elizabeth, best known as "Macho Man" Randy Savage’s manager, is the only woman who was made into a figure doll in WWF’s inaugural toy series. A few variants of the manager were made with her having a gold skirt in one and a purple one in another. Some of her dolls were also made from rubber while others were made from plastic. WWE doll collectors have also lamented on the rarity of this doll, with one – a Series 4 MOC purple skirt Miss Elizabeth – being sold for $1,800 at an auction recently. It is only sad that she succumbed to a drug and alcohol overdose in 2003.
3 Hart Foundation Box Set
LJN’s Hart Foundation boxed set is one of the highly sought after wrestling figure dolls among collectors. The box consists of the original members of the Hart Foundation – Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Bret "The Hitman" Hart – as well as a poser, and 2 tag team championship belts. An opened boxed set can go for up to $500 while an unopened one can fetch as high as $800. In fact, authentic toy reviewers put the value of an unopened Hart Foundation box set at $1,200 and they couldn’t be farther from the truth. Recently, one MOC sealed Hart Foundation box sold for $2,025 while another fetched $1,650.
2 Randy Savage ‘89 Black Card
The “Macho Man” Randy Savage Wrestling Superstars ‘89 Black Card is so rare that one of the admins at WrestlingFigs.com says he keeps $5,000 to purchase this doll – if ever one decides to surface. He estimates that one Randy Savage ‘89 Black Card can command a price as high as $4,500. To put you into perspective of how rare this doll is, one collector recently bought a creased doll for $2,250. Even more surprising, the poster that comes with the doll has fetched $180 in the recent past – alone. With that being said, we leave it up to you to speculate how much one in perfect condition will go for.
1 Kamala With a Moon on his Belly
Now we come to the most valuable wrestling figures of all time - the Hasbro Series 7 Kamala With a Moon on his Belly. It is speculated that not more than 24 Kamala With a Moon on his Belly dolls were made. The action figure came out in 1993 as part of Hasbro’s Yellow Card Series 7 line. In 2013, Lee’s Toy Review sold a Kamala With a Moon on his Belly in almost tip-top condition for $6,500. Reports of this doll selling for as much as $10,000 have also surfaced, making it the rarest WWE figure that you could possibly want to get your hands on.