Best UFC Action Figures and Toys For Collectors And Kids Reviewed
Toys are not just for kids anymore. The popularity of shows like The Toys That Made Us highlighting the effect that toys have had on people and culture in recent decades, it is impossible to deny that adults may be just as interested in action figures as children are. Some action figures have achieved the status of “Collectors Item” while others, like Funko Pop items, have become modern cult phenomena that cater to multiple fan groups across an array of markets. There is, unfortunately, no hard and fast guide to which toys are popular in most collectors circles. G.I. Joe and Star Wars certainly have near-official lists but other groups like sports fans and UFC devotees have to make do with finding the toys that represent fighters whose popularity have not waned with time or with playsets that let their users immerse themselves in the world of martial arts through their action figures. This list tries to reflect those toys – as well as incorporate a few newer toys from modern lines – so that buyers can find the best UFC action figures and toys for their collections.
- Micro Ring Playset
- Collectors Piece
- Detailed and Articulated
- Exclusive Series Deluxe Brock Lesnar
- Fully Articulated
- Highly Detailed
- Funko Pop! Jose Aldo
- UFC Licensed
- Funko Pop! Quality
Collectible toys are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people find them silly while others deride them as a waste of money. But those who enjoy collecting miniature representations of their favorite fighters or the rings in which they compete are expressing their appreciation for the sport and for its participants in a way that makes them happy. Where some people see small lumps of plastic, others see the nostalgia and joy that brought them to the UFC fan base in the first place and that is certainly something worth investing in. Some of the toys on this list certainly qualify as in investment and they bear price tags that will boggle any newcomer to the market while seeming perfectly reasonable to seasoned collectors. Others are more affordable, often newer rather than nostalgic collectibles, and reflect some of the newer faces in the UFC.
10 Best UFC Action Figures and Toys
1. Micro Ring Playset
The Micro Ring Playset started out as an average toy but quality and scarcity combined to make it something of a modern collectible. There's no telling if the product's value will hold up the way that old G.I.Joe playsets have but given its quick rise in value, it's certainly possible.
Part of this toy's value is in the detail that went into its production. The fencing around the ring is very clean-cut and the spaces between the mesh were properly cut out. Red designs decorate the white floor of the ring much as they did in the actual UFC 100 ring. The font and styling of the lettering are all the same, creating a relatively faithful reproduction of the actual ring used in the fights.
Cost and Value
The value of collectibles largely depends on the people who want to buy them and that is part of what has driven the price of this item so high. It is in the triple digits, even for the most affordable versions, and most of them have been played with and do not come in mint condition. Collectors will still be willing to pay that price, however, especially if the product continues to increase in nostalgia and value.
Highly Articulated Figures
Hard to Find New
2. Exclusive Series Deluxe Brock Lesnar
The majority of action figures on the market have around twelve points of articulation. This allows for movement of the head, hands, feet, legs, and arms. The Deluxe Brock Lesnar action figure, however, has more than double that number. Twenty-nine points of articulation allow fans to create any of the moves and positions that have made Lesnar the powerhouse fighter he is today. These include articulation points in the chest and hips to allow the figure to bend and kick more naturally than most other figures can.
The UFC might license toy through several different companies, but this particular action figure was produced by Jakks Pacific which is also the company that produces the majority of UFC-themed playsets. This consistency allows Jakks Pacific to ensure that the action figures in one line are more likely to fit the playsets from another line, thereby increasing the amount of use that customers can get from the toy.
Cost and Value
This toy is still a collectible and its price reflects that fact. But it is still a relatively easy-to-find product so the price is still in the reasonable double-digit range. It is likely to increase in price as time passes and other versions - especially versions still in their original packaging - are lost or damaged. It is too expensive for a casual toy at this point but would make an excellent and affordable gift for a collector.
One of a Series
3. Funko Pop! Jose Aldo
Funko Pop has products in several different sizes, but their most common is the 3 3/4 inch option that they used when creating Aldo's figure. It is tall enough to avoid getting lost on someone's desk or shelf but small enough that it can easily fit in most gift packs, on most cubicle desks, and in lockers.
Funko Pop! Quality
Part of Funko Pop's rapid rise to popularity is the quality of their products. These are not easily-cracked and hollow plastic models. They are heavy plastic and though they won't withstand being thrown against a wall, they can handle the wear and tear of being played with or accidentally knocked off a table. They are also usually fairly faithful to the people or characters that they represent, despite the limited detailing on the figure's face. In the case of Jose Aldo, they got his signature mustache and the tattoo on his should shoulder as well as much of his muscle definition.
Cost and Value
This is the most affordable product on the list. Funko Pop products are still considered collectibles but they are far from rare at the moment and likely won't reach high-value prices for several decades due to the current market saturation. They still make excellent gifts for UFC fans, however, and their prices are very reasonable which allows fans to get more figures for less money in order to build up their "legacy collection" or a collection that can mature in value as time goes on.
Funko Pop! Quality
3 3/4 inches Tall
Detailed Body Design
Little Face Detail
4. Chuck Liddell Deluxe
Whereas most action figures have around a dozen points of articulation, this Chuck Liddell figure has twenty-nine. It stands seven inches tall and its height, combined with the number of joints molded into the figure, allow fans to pose this highly-detailed toy into any one of countless positions, poses, and stances that Chuck Liddell actually uses when in the ring.
Most collectibles quicky climb from retail price to triple-digit collectible prices, but this one is a bit of an exception. Some sellers still offer the figure for slightly more than the store price while others have already doubled the product's original price. It is by far one of the most affordable collectibles on this list and is a great starting point for someone who may want to begin a UFC collection or add modern pieces to a collection of classic figures.
Cost and Value
This Chuck Liddell figure occupies a unique and limited space between when a toy is a toy and when it becomes a collectible. At the low end of its current price range, it is a slightly expensive action figure for a young UFC fan. At the higher end of the range, however, it is a low-cost collectible that will likely mature into a highly sought-after item in the years to come.
No Longer Produced
5. Georges St-Pierre Deluxe
While most fans can go into any big box store and find UFC figure on the shelves, fans of St-Pierre are going to have a slightly harder time tracking down this particular product. It is available online through other collectors but it is increasingly rare and can cost a pretty penny. Its rarity also increases its value, however, particularly in light of St-Pierre's current and indefinite hiatus.
This is another highly-detailed sculpt, much like the Brock Lesnar and Chuck Liddell offerings. St-Pierre is depicted wearing gloves and shorts, both of which are rendered with a fair amount of detail, down to the raised cuffs of the gloves around the fighter's wrists. His tattoos and muscle definition are also included, as is his signature shaved head. There is no mistaking the quality of this piece or its canny likeness of St-Pierre.
Cost and Value
This is the most expensive single-figure offering on this list and the cost is more than understandable from a collector's point of view. St-Pierre has been on hiatus for more than a year and nobody knows if or when he will be back. This action figure depicts him during one of his championship competitions and is a vital and realistic representation of the legacy that he built for himself among MMA fans. It is still currently listed in the double digits but as the length of his hiatus goes on the value of this figure is likely to increase on the assumption that new championship depictions of St-Pierre won't be coming out any time soon.
High Price Point
6. Pride Championship Ring
This playset was released in 2009 and modeled after one of the four-sided rings used in the Pride Championship matches. It is a faithful recreation of that ring, down the painted-on decals on the sides, the colors of the ropes, and the setup that held the ring together.
Fits Most Figures
Jakks Pacific is one of the UFC's main toy producers. They produced this playset as well as most of the detailed action figures licensed by the UFC. This allows them to create product lines that work well together which lets customers and collectibles use the action figures from one line to recreate fights or set up their own dream matches whenever they want to.
Cost and Value
Most playsets this old are either dirt-cheap or priced out so that only collectors would be able to buy them. This set, on the other hand, is still sold at roughly the same price that it was sold at when it first arrived in stores almost a decade ago. This is good in the short-term for anyone who wants the playset but it also calls the future value of the product into question. Collectors should be aware that this stagnation in value inflation may mean that the product will never reach high-level collectible prices.
Fully Detailed Ring
Sized to Fit Many Figures
Hard to Find
7. Ultimate Collector Series George Rush St-Pierre
This depiction of St-Pierre was developed after UFC 83 in which he bested Matt Serra. It is part of a six-inch-tall line that utilized the garments and poses used by the fighters to commemorate the various bouts. The line is considered an official collectible of the UFC. In St-Pierre's case, it also comes with a championship belt and multiple points of articulation.
Includes Bio and Fighter Picture
Fans of the UFC, and of UFC 83 in particular, get more than just an action figure when they purchase this particular toy. The product comes with an official fighter portrait as well as a biography of the fighter in question. St-Pierre's biography has been well-chronicled, including a biopic, but die-hard fans will almost never say no to another reminder of the work that their favorite fighter put in to become the champion.
Cost and Value
This is a surprisingly affordably product. UFC 83 happened almost ten years ago but the products are still being sold at roughly the same prices as they were when they first arrived in stores. This is good news for fans who want to get their hands on these iconic championship celebration figures but it is not a good sign for collectors who want to create a collection that will mature in value over time. There will come a time when these figures are valuable, but it will likely be several decades before that time comes.
Comes with Belt
Stands 6" Tall
Includes Fighter Bio
Multiple Articulation Points
No Protector Included
8. Funko Pop! Chris Weidman
Funko Pop figures seem to be a dime a dozen at the moment, but they won't always be so easy to come by. The company is clearly prepared for this and have begun to sell some of their figures with protective cases that are already in use when the customer buys their figure. The clear case is like a second layer of protection within the cardboard box, ensuring that the figure stays in mint condition unless the case is opened.
As with all Funko Pop figures, Weidman's face is relatively lacking in detail. The company chooses instead to focus their detailing on the body of the figure and in this case that meant getting Weidman's blue shorts, orange-cuffed gloves, and shoulder tattoo correct. They've also managed a fairly faithful representation of his brushed-back hairstyle and the obvious tone of his muscles that are on full display when he is in the ring.
Cost and Value
These figures are still incredibly affordable as far as collectibles go. Nobody is really sure how well they will mature in value, unfortunately, but this figure brings an added level of insurance to the odds of maturation thanks to the inclusion of a clear protective case.
Comes with protector
Official Funko Pop! Figure
Not Fully Detailed
9. Set of 6 Championship Action Figure Belts
These belts imply a two-slot belt closure system and have a very long tongue length. This means that they can be added on the waist of nearly any action figure or fashion doll from Barbie to G.I.Joe and any number of UFC-licensed action figures. There is almost no limit to the ways these belts can enhance creative play for younger fans while allowing older fans to supplement belts missing from older action figures or to adorn favorite figures in their collections.
Includes Several Belts
This set contains three styles of belts and includes two of each for a total of six belts. Extra belts will come in handy in those instances when a younger fan loses one of the other belts or when a collector needs to use the replacement belts on a few different. The set includes two UFC championship belts, two Pride belts, and two WEC belts.
Cost and Value
The value of these belts is a little hard to pin down as they are not a stand-alone toy and they are not collectible pieces, but they are something that a UFC fan - whether young or old - would enjoy receiving. Some customers have found them a little hard to put on, especially when they are brand new. A little practice tends to solve the issue, however, and they are a great addition to the creative play options presented by action figures.
Fits Several Figures
Several Belt Styles
Official UFC Product
Annoying to Put On
10. Liberty Imports Mini Wrestling Ring Playset
This playset has several dozen pieces including cage walls for the either of the rings, a stretcher, side tables and folding chairs, medical equipment and barricades. There is a ton of room for free-form creative play that will encourage users to not only recreate favorite fights but the set up their own matches and practice their storytelling as they work through the scenarios.
Encourages Free Play
I might sound like a bit of a broken record player on this one, but free play is incredibly important and after a whole series of collectors toys it is nice to get into the meat of what makes toys so great. Playsets like this one not only let people engage with their favorite fighters and recreate matches that they enjoyed but it encourages them to come up with their own matchups. And, as any fan will tell you, the match isn't just about the fight. It's about the drama int he lead-up, the way the fighters interact, and the commentary that hypes up the crowd. It's all storytelling and creative play which is fun - not to mention good for our brains - at any age.
Cost and Value
One might expect a playset this big to be expensive but it's very nearly the most affordable product on this list. It isn't a UFC product exactly but that won't stop UFC fans from enjoying the toy with some of their favorite UFC action figures, not to mention other low-cost additional pieces that can be found on sites like Amazon and eBay. It wouldn't be hard to build this set up into a little fighting empire all their own.
Lots of Accessories
Several Figures Included
Can be Added To
Not Technically UFC
Collectors both new and experienced are on the lookout for the products that will expand their collections. Some of the pieces on this list are hard to come by and may be snapped up by collectors as soon as they are spotted. Others are newer and easier to get ahold of, and they may one day be the collectible pieces that everyone is scrambling to find. Action figure collections might seem easy to build but as the prices and scarcity of these product show, it can be a truly intense undertaking. Most people will say that their collection will never be complete but, instead, will be an evolving reflection of their appreciation for whatever they have chosen as their focus. This is especially true for fans of the UFC where every new fighter, new championship, and new venue offers another opportunity for collectibles.
Criteria for Evaluating UFC Action Figures and Toys
Part of what distinguishes run-of-the-mill toys from collectible pieces is the detail and accuracy with which they are produced. Details like the style of the fighter’s clothing to their tattoos to the definition of their muscles are all taken into account and, in the better products, recreated faithfully. Playsets are given a little more wiggle room as most rings or octagons are similar in appearance. In these cases, the detail of the reproduction rests on things like clean lines between the “wires” of the fencing around the octagon and the realistic details applied to the points where the ropes of a ring meet one another.
- Poses: Some fighters have signature poses that they take in every photo op, every biography picture, and at the start of most fights. The pose varies from person to person and not every fighter has one. But some of the best UFC toys on the market are either produced with the figure already in the signature pose or are articulated so that fans can recreate the pose themselves if they open the package.
- Articulation: Articulation refers to the points on an action figure where the manufacturer has included a joint or pivot point so that consumers can change the position of the dolls arms, legs, hands, or wrists. Products with a higher level of articulation usually have a pivot point in the center of the chest as well so that the figures can be bent over slightly to recreate some of the more dynamic fight positions that occur during a UFC match. A few of the products on this list have over 20 points of articulation which is well above the average of six or seven with which many toys are produced.
- Tattoos: A fighter’s tattoos can often be as well-known as their face. No action figure can be complete without a faithful reproduction of the fighter’s tattoos, though some exceptions may be made if the images are lewd or contain strong language due to the wider market for the figures including younger people. With those few exceptions, toys that become collectibles tend to reproduce a fighter’s tattoos as clearly as they can so that there can be no mistaking one fighter for another in the decades to come.
- Uniforms: UFC fighters don’t have uniforms per se, but some of them do tend to have a signature pair of shorts or color combination on their equipment to help distinguish them from the rest of the fighters. In these instances, toys that reproduce these unique choices often retain their value at a much higher rate than toys that opt for a more neutral and widely-applicable choice of garments.
- Muscles: This might seem like an odd detail to get hung up on, but UFC fighters are very much on display when they compete. Toys that try to give the fighters a “smoother” physique by omitting muscle definition tend not to do as well as toys that try to be as accurate in possible when depicting the physical tone that many UFC fighters possess.
- Playset Details: Details on playsets differ from details on action figures. Good-quality playsets tend to have details like small rivets molded into the plastic where real rivets would be on an actual ring or twist texture added to ropes. Certain sets, like the wrestling playset at the end of the list above, has several pieces that add a deeper level of play for anyone using the set and that is what sets it apart from other sets that provide the ring and perhaps one or two other accessories. Additional pieces like a stretcher, a med kit, and barricades allow users to more fully immerse themselves in the world of the sport and that is often the most valuable offering that a toy can bring to the table.
Value does not always refer to the monetary tag attached to a collectible piece. When the topic at hand is toys that are highly sought-after long after they’ve left store shelves, the value lies in what they mean to collectors, if they are part of a set, and how hard they are to find. A few other things add value, such as the details discussed above and the application of an official license from whatever organization or “fandom” is represented by the collectible.
- Collectors Pieces: Collectible pieces are valued more highly than other toys for a variety of reasons, many of which are listed above. But when one is compiling a list of the best UFC toys, collectors options are going to top the list because most recently-released toys are simply not tested enough to have a real rating on them. Collectible pieces are a safer bet, however, because they have proven their worth time and again, and are beloved by – usually – several generations of fans.
- Set Pieces: Pieces of a set are often the most heavily sought-after collectibles in any market. People can start a set but there is no guarantee that everyone can finish it, especially if the toys are older. Things get broken or lost and a toy that was once easy to come by becomes a rare find that multiple people need to complete a set they have been working on. This is the reason that many figures on this list are numbered by the manufacturer; so that collectors new and experienced know where in the line the toy falls.
- Rare Pieces: As mentioned above, some pieces become rare over time. They can be destroyed, lost, or thrown away which then increases the value of the remaining copies because collectors have no other avenues by which to get the product they want. Scarcity can drive up prices but it also increases the product’s inherent value well beyond what a price tag might reflect.
- Licensed Merchandise: There might be a million unlicensed versions of any given toy, but collectors and enthusiasts know that there is nothing like the quality of the real deal. One of the best ways to ensure that a collectible will carry on with this quality is by finding a product that was produced using an official license from the company that owns the characters or represents the athletes, such as the UFC in this case. While the UFC does produce their own toys, companies like Jakks Pacific and Funko Pop pay for the rights to use the UFC’s name and their fighters’ likenesses. This allows for a greater diversity of toys while still supporting the UFC and its fighters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are some of these so expensive?
A: Hard-to-find or classic toys will carry a higher price tag because sellers know that buyers are willing to pay more for special products that are no longer carried in stores. The products may have been $5 or $10 brand-new but nostalgia, scarcity, and a viable market of collectors will drive up the price of any collectible toy.
Q: Are these for kids?
A: Some of them can be, yes. But the collectible pieces on this list should not be given to children as it is unlikely that most kids would keep them in good condition and the toy itself may be very rare and impossible to replace if it is damaged or broken.
Q: Why are some so hard to find?
A: Most of the toys on this list are older. They were easy to find when they first came out, but time is part of what sets collectibles apart from the rest of the toys on the market. Unfortunately, time also makes the toys more like to be thrown away, damaged, or lost and this reduces the chances of future collectors getting their hands on a product they want.
Q: Where can I find the rest of a set?
A: Sites like Amazon, eBay, and Mercari are a collector’s best friend if they are trying to complete a set of any given toy line.
Q: Are there multiple lines of UFC toys?
A: Yes there are! The UFC license a new line of toys every other year, though sometimes the lines come out once a year. They differ based on the fighters included, the details on the figures, and the company that the UFC chooses to collaborate with.
Q: Did the UFC give permission for all of these?
A: All of the toys that bear the UFC name had to be licensed through the UFC or they would have been considered illegally produced toys. This did occur relatively often in the 70’s and 80’s, but new copyright laws are much tougher on people who produce products without the permission of the company or organization to whom the images or references belong.
Q: Do all fighters have action figures?
A: Most of the big-name fighters have their own action figures but not all of them agree to be modeled as a toy or have made it “big” enough to be considered. The specific selection of fighters with action figures changes from year to year, however, so it is hard to keep up with who exactly has their own plastic representation and who does not.