Former WWE Superstar Zack Ryder (Matt Cardona) was on “Keeping It 100 with Konnan” this week to talk about a variety of topics including his release from WWE and his action figure collection.
Here are some highlights:
Matt Cardona talking about his action figure collection: “When I was playing with the toys as a little kid, I don’t have those anymore because I rebought them because I want them in good condition. This is really psycho. We can have another podcast on my rules for collecting. My rule in my psycho brain is I debuted in WWE in 2007, so that’s my cutoff. I don’t get current guys. I don’t get a Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose. Nothing against them, they just don’t make the cut off. If they make an Undertaker 2020 WrestleMania edition, I don’t get that. But, if they make an Undertaker that’s supposed to look like Survivor Series ‘91, then I have to get one. There are just too many. Do I have a K-Dog? Do I have a Disco? Of course, they are my WCW collection. Do I buy and sell stuff if I see that there is going to be this giant lot and can resell it, yea, but, typically I don’t buy stuff to resell it. I open all my stuff up. I don’t keep them in the package. Some of the stuff I have is worth a lot. I’m into pre production stuff that is really nerdy stuff like stuff that was in the magazine ads or commercials that were hand painted prototypes of what the figure would look like before it was mass-produced. I have a lot of stuff like that. I had this company from the ‘80s called LJN that made the WWF big figures in the ‘80s. Some of the sculptures there decided to make a naked Miss Elizabeth. I’m talking naked. No clothes, nipples, naked Miss Elizabeth. I was able to get my hands on it for a pretty decent price. I had it in my collection and I did a YouTube video talking about it but I blurred everything out. It was so weird that it would even be in the back of my display case. I was proud that I had it but I didn’t want to show it off. When I put it on this YouTube video, someone contacted me and said, how much for the naked Elizabeth? I said, dude, I didn’t really want to sell it, make me an offer I can’t refuse? He offered me $45,000. I sold it.”
Ryder tells more stories about his collection: “I probably have 10,000 figures. I have some things I need. It’s almost like a mental checklist. Of course, there are times that I can almost convince myself to buy something. Once you have one thing, it’s almost like a drug addiction, but a figure addiction. You have them all. Now what are you going to do? You’re not going to stop. You want more. I spent $11,000 on a ‘93 Kamala figure. There were only 24 of them in the world. It’s this preproduction one where it has a moon painted on his belly instead of a star.”