|My collection of LJN stars|
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents
Yes, I called them dolls in the title. I figured I haven't written about wrestling all week, so I'd make this week's flashback about the subject that got this whole blog started more than 3 years ago. I became a wrestling fan in 1983. Back then, there were no wrestling action figures or dolls, so a kid had to use his imagination.
I was never really into the HeMan figures or GI Joe, but I was crazy about Star Wars. So naturally, when wrestling went main stream and I became hooked, I would have matches with my Star Wars figures. Chewbacca was Andre the Giant, the "Endor Forest" Han Solo was Kerry Von Erich, and for reasons I can't explain, the Emperor was my Hulk Hogan, even though I was a Hulk Hogan fan at the time.
|Hulk vs. Andre|
The summer of 85 was underway, and my family headed to Florida for vacation. We spent part of our time near Tampa with relatives there. One afternoon my aunt took us to the nearby mall. We went into the KB Toys and right there was the first series of WWF LJN wrestlers. I can still remember the pure excitement I felt when I laid my eyes on Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, Andre the Giant, "Big" John Studd, and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. As badly as I wanted all five, I only bought one, Hulk Hogan. My brother opted for the Superfly.
|Savage vs. Steamboat|
Then came the waiting game for more figures to be added. Sure enough, my wishes were granted. Roddy Piper, Hillbilly Jim, Nikolai Volkoff, and the Junkyard Dog were all issued. And one by one I added them all as well. As more dolls (I don't know why we called them dolls) were released, I'd add them to my Christmas and birthday wish lists. I was also saving my allowance and buying them when I could. I can recount getting just about every one of the figures, that's how important they were to me.
|Mean Gene & the Heenan Family|
The last two figures I bought were Slick and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Like I said, I was in high school, and this time we were on vacation in Canada. We happened to go into a store in Montreal and there they were. My plan then was to leave them in their packaging and I'd cash in as an adult. However, on the long drive back to Missouri, I broke into the wrappers and had a mini match on the way home.
|Warrior vs. HTM|
I've seen many of the guys I never got on eBay and I'd love to add them to my collection and maybe one day I will just to say I've got them. I won't lie, from time to time I still break out the superstars and have a quick match. My ring has long since met its fate with the landfill, but it doesn't stop me.
Who were your favorite LJN stars?