Zack Ryder's top 10 wrestling toys

Zack Ryder’s a toy addict, and he doesn’t care who knows it. Since he was a child, Ryder has scoured toy stores and comic shops for plastic replicas of his in-ring heroes. Even though he has sold off or lost many of his original toys, Ryder has amassed an impressive collection of more than 1,000 action figures from a variety of WWE, WCW and ECW toy lines, recapturing his childhood one eBay score at a time.

“It’s all about the thrill of the hunt,” said Ryder, who invited to his Long Island home to dig through nostalgia-filled bins of vintage sports-entertainment collectibles. “Back in the day, before the Internet and before I had a credit card, it was all about making sure you were the first one at Toys ‘R’ Us or making sure you knew when KB Toys was getting their shipment in.”

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As a cardboard Zack Ryder standee stood watch, the real-life “Broski” emptied out his bins of loose, polybagged WWE figures, many of which were encased in plastic pouches labeled “biohazard.” Zack’s Adam Bomb (with “Nuclear Knockout”) has never felt more at home.

“My mom works at a hospital, so she was able to get me these bags for free,” Ryder explained. “Plastic bags are expensive, you know?”

Speaking of expensive, Zack wouldn’t divulge the exact worth of his collection, but that doesn’t matter to him. Long Island Iced-Z collects purely for the fun of it. But which items in Ryder’s inventory are his top picks? Zack dug deep to pluck his 10 favorite sports-entertainment toys out of his titanic tubs, including his first eBay find and a toy that currently has an undefeated streak on YouTube. 

Here they are, in no particular order ...