WWE action figures have been released since the 1980s and come from several production companies including Hasbro, LJN and Jakks Pacific. Knowing the difference between official WWE figures and figures from other companies like WCW, TNA or third-party imitations requires knowledge of the figures and an online database that can help you match your product. Once you identify the company and year, you can pinpoint the series, release and value of the classic toys. There have been hundreds of official WWE figures released, including multiple models of the same wrestler, like Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Look on the bottom of the WWE action figure. One of the two feet will have copyright and production information on it. If it is an official WWE figure, it will either say "World Wrestling Entertainment" or "World Wrestling Federation."
Look for the year labelled on the foot to narrow down when it was made. If there is no year, anything with WWF on it was produced before 2002, and anything with WWE on it was produced afterward.
See if the figure has any articulation points. If the figure is 8 inches tall and made of solid rubber with no movements, it is an LJN figure. These figures were released from 1984 to 1989 and include wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Macho Man Randy Savage.
Look for a hollow plastic body. If these figures measure three inches tall, then they are in the Hasbro collection of WWF action figures from the early 1990s. The figures had limited movements in the arms, and each one came with a signature move like a swinging elbow.
Bend the figure's limbs to listen for a slight cracking noise. These figures are the early Jakks Pacific wrestlers from the mid-1990s that include "Bone Crunching Action." The figures' arms and legs moved, but only at one joint. Wrestlers included in these series were Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ahmed Johnson, Mankind and the Legion of Doom.
Check the WWF Champs website to see if your figure is from the Jakks Pacific Classic Superstars series. This series included updated figures for legendary wrestlers like Ric Flair, The Ultimate Warrior and Roddy Piper. They are highly detailed and often included title belts or accessories. There are 28 different sets of these figures.
Use the Wrestling Figs online database to search for your wrestler. The collection includes pictures of every figure and categorises by year, alphabetically or by series.