ToySpotting: Series 1 U.S. Galoob WCW Figures [1990]

"I dare anybody to take us on!!"

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One the packed-in items I include in every WCW Worldwide Gimmick Box is a Galoob figure from 1990, and I somehow managed to come across an extremely clean set of all twelve single figs from Series 1. I was sold the batch from the always awesome owner and founder of BeltsByDan/BeltTalk, and I knew immediately that I had to take some quick pics of these wrestle guys before I shipped them away for others.

Everyone is included up above with a few exceptions. Apparently, there are alternate versions of Arn Anderson and Butch Reed that are floating out there with slightly different paint jobs. Galoob got rid of the trademark infringing NIKE sneakers by painting Butch’s shoes all-white while “Double A” has a variant that harshly leaves a large spot on his head unpainted to replicate Arn’s early signs of male pattern baldness. Some early versions of the figures also had “Presents the Superstars of the NWA!” on the packaging as well:

Rick Steiner “Dogface Gremlin” (Via eBay)

I was aware of World Championship Wrestling by 1990, but I have zero recollection of these toys here in Texas. Fans of the site has sworn to me through Twitter that they recall their K-Marts and Kay Bee Toys being flooded with these guys. That could very well be true, I wouldn’t know. WCW merch was apparently hard to come by in my state during the early 90’s. That being said, I was more into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Real Ghostbusters, so maybe I just never cared enough as a kid to buy these or any wrestling figures. Hard to spend my allowance on things like a Brian Pillman or a Barry Windham when Playmates was putting out Sewer Surfer Michelangelos and Pizza-Throwing Tanks (no offense)!

Galoob would go on and produce another wave of toys under the WCW line for the US that were nothing more than repainted Series 1 figures. I’m guessing that Galoob saw how poorly these were selling in-store as new figures like El Gigante, Dustin Rhodes, Big Josh, and The Freebirds all became UK Exclusives before they shut down the line completely.

Thankfully, eBay is full of these guys if anyone out there would want to start collecting. Their paint apparently wears out pretty easily, so be aware that you could very easily end up with a bare-assed Tom Zenk unless you’re careful.  I’ve gotten a handful of Lugers where his face is completely rubbed off and caved in, which could showcase how hated “The Total Package” was by his original owner. At the very least, it might be worth hunting down a Stinger to spruce up your work desk.

Or maybe a UK Exclusive El Gigante if you want to show off to your co-workers.

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Chris Goujyujin
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I had a couple, mainly remember the sting.

Vinny Nardone
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I still have them all

Rob Hawthorne
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My dog mangled Flair’s head pretty bad.

Drew Holcomb
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The Sting pictured here was my introduction to wrestling. I never watched it til 96′ after Hall invaded. My mom brought home that Sting toy randomly one day and I thought it was the coolest action figure ever. Sting’s been my all time favorite since.

Robby Sobel
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Had almost all of them. Still do lol

Steve Robertson
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I had Sid & Rick Steiner.

Stephen Adams
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I had Sting, Flair, Luger and Ricky Steiner. Plastic was as hard as a rock

Keith Shelton
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Had those and they released some that were bendable as well. Wish i still had them.

Juan Contreras Arce
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i have rick steiner…and that’s all! XD

Christopher L Haring
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I remember some neighborhood kid put my “Flyin” Brian Pillman in the microwave:(

Brent Davis
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Have almost all of them still, and thinking about selling them

Dale Jones
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Daryl Peters

Ronald van der Vaart
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Brian Richter

Greg Mosser
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Talk about a throw back. I had that same ring and half the wrestlers. I used to have a tape of entrance music and used to walk them down the aisle to their theme music. Fuck I’m old.

Josh York
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I have Sting, Windham, and Luger. Also a larger version of Sting that has movable arms and legs.

Daniel Miller
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Sting. It was either mine or my brothers.

Jacob VanderEcken
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I had almost all of them, dad made me a wrestling ring out of plywood, rubber bands for ropes and cut padding for the turnbuckles. Worst thing about the gloobs was if you pissed your little sister off and she threw one of these and hit you. Definitely bruises lol

Christopher Olsen
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I did. Still have them too. Including El Gigante, Dustin Rhodes, and the Freebirds. Lol

T.j. Bodiford
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Yeah I had Flair Sting and both Steiner Brothers

Matt Gaines
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I had a Johnny B. Badd and my brother had a Sting

David McKinney
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Oh yeah, I have most of them and then the Freebirds from Series 2.

BJ Bunten
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Had all of them except for Doom.

Jeff Nozeika
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Had them all. Wish I still did

Paul Meade
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I started getting those a few years later, more like 94 or 95

Georgie George
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I had Sting, Luger and the Steiners. Literally all I could ever find.

Georgie George
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Also had the Sting and Sid bendies

Colin Reed
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I had pretty much every one they did. Maybe one or two exceptions, but I think I had them all.

Frank Sullo
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I had sid Rick Steiner, flair, and luger

Frank Sullo
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Still have the steiner one I believe.

Frankie Fwönk Calloway
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I had the Steiner brothers, Ric flair, and Arn Anderson

Tony Kalman
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Yes I had them all

Ron Franzen
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No, I had them as an adult lol. I was in my 20s when these came out and they were in a war on top my entertainment center lol

Felix E. Cumming
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had sting and flair

C.J. Ferris
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I had a lot of them and played with them all the time

Brian Lane
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I did

Juan García
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I only have one Ric Flair and one Sting

Sean Bateman
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Had Luger

Clint Grimsley
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I has sting…… But not that one

Christian Mcfc Starkey
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Yep had Sting Ric Flair Arn Anderson and Sid and Luger

Jeff McManus Jr.
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Damn I had most of this exact set

Adrian Moorer
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Joshua Foster

Tonia Dillon English
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I had Sting. That was the only one I wanted or needed. I also had the Sting pillow.

Paul Dekle
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Was never a fan of the rubber figures

Barry Malone
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I got Ron Simmons and Flyin Brian standing on my soundbar as we speak.

Adam Boyes
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I had a bunch of them but lost them over time during house moves and the like. A really good line, however my favourite is the san Francisco toymakers line. Will have to post pics on here when they’re out of storage!

Richard Stig Jones
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Loads of these in a shop in rhyl north wales

Adam Boyes
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I might have to go there mate haha

Adam Bradley
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Still got them Z Man and Flying Brian has the most wear

Johnpaul Raeburn
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Ahh i totally forgot about these! i had sting from this photo and hogan and the nasty boys

Danny L Primoloko
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I still do