Embracing My Inner Nerd: I'm A Lifetime Wrestling Figure Collector

Jabroni Journal

November 9, 2018

It’s nice to see people embracing their inner nerd. 

I remember a time when people were made to feel embarrassed for being obsessed with comic books, Star Trek or Magic Cards, when it wasn’t looked considered hip to dress up like science fiction characters and parade around at yearly conventions. 

I’m glad those days are over. 

I’m 33 years old and I collect plastic replicas of sweaty half naked men in spandex…or as you might know them - pro wrestling action figures. 
I’ve been a collector of these things since I first got my hands on my Uncle David’s rubber LJN Hulk Hogan back in 1988. It was all over from there. Next came the early 90’s Hasbro figures, then the mid-90’s Jakks Pacific era.

But nostalgia aside, if I’m going to be honest, I have to admit that we are currently living in the best time for pro wrestling figure collecting. With the love of old school wrestling pushing WWE to embrace their past and release some retro figures, Mattel pushing the standards of figure production and the internet allowing us to order whatever grails we may have missed out on, it’s hard not to get sucked in to the collecting hole and drop all your money on these finely crafted pieces of plastic. 

Since I’m a little too old to actually be playing with the figures, lately I’ve been sticking to the WWE Funko Pop figure line. These are the funky, stylized figures you see everywhere these days – practically every TV show or movie has their own line and of course WWE is no different. I have a pretty sizeable collection at this point and it’s only getting bigger. 

I wanted to shine a little light on a couple other diehard wrestling figure collectors – WWE Superstars Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. These dudes know it all and aren’t afraid to dive deep into figure talk. Not only do these dudes have a weekly wrestling figure podcast called “The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast”, but they’ve also recently started an official WWE YouTube show where they visit small toy shops all over the United States and go figure hunting/shopping. I highly recommend this show. 

Check out episode one of “Zack And Curt Figure It Out” where the Broski drops more than $1,000 on some extremely rare pieces of plastic. 
Embrace your inner nerd and keep collecting what makes you smile.