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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist
It’s not often that two independent wrestlers from California and a small toy company from Florida can steal the spotlight from a wrestling empire and one of the largest toy companies in the world.
Leave it to the Young Bucks and Figures Toy Co. to do just that.
On August 8, Figures Toy Co. revealed the first images of the first action figures of Matt and Nick Jackson. Figures Toy Co. had previously released preliminary images of the Bucks’s head sculpts, but the new images give fans a look at the whole package. The Bucks are decked out in tights covered in $100 bills and come with removable sleeveless jackets and headbands.
“The response to the Bucks has blown away our other reveals,” said Chris DePetrillo, chief marketing officer for Figures Toy Co. “We’ve gotten some amazing feedback on reveals for Joey Ryan, Tama Tonga, Doc Gallows, etc. The Bucks have taken it to a whole new level. It just goes to show how much their popularity extends. We’ve gotten messages from people saying, ‘I don’t collect figures, but I’m definitely buying these.’”
The brothers Jackson will be included in Figures Toy Co.’s Rising Stars of Wrestling Series 1, scheduled to be released this fall. Also included in the first series are A.J. Styles and Doc Gallows.
“I expect these to be some of our biggest sellers, if not the biggest,” DePetrillo said. “I always expected them to do well, but the response to the reveal has truly blown me away.”
— Figures Toy Company (@FiguresToyCo) August 9, 2016
Moore’s Thoughts: I got my first wrestling action figure, a Hulk Hogan LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars toy, for my 10th birthday in 1985. I’ve been a fan of wrestling toys ever since – as a kid, an uncle, a father, a writer, and a collector. I’ve never seen anything like the buzz the Young Bucks figures have generated.
Matt and Nick Jackson are an island unto themselves in the wrestling industry. They’re one of the few wrestling acts that might be more successful on their own than with the WWE merchandise machine behind them. I don’t know how many Young Bucks toys Figures Toy Co. is making, but if you’re looking to add them to your collection, you should probably pre-order the figures ASAP.
DePetrillo discussed in a previous interview the possibility of doing figure variants after the initial figures sell out. Given the Bucks’s outlandish ring gear, Figures Toy Co. would have quite a few variant options.