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Wow, it’s sort of turned into “wrasslin” week here at Infinite Hollywood. That wasn’t intentional, but I’ll roll with it. Big news out of Jakks Pacific, the former holder of the WWE license and current holder of the UFC and TNA license. Check it out:
Jakks Pacific’s Marketing Director of Boys Entertainment Michael Wilde has confirmed that the company has signed a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The deal will allow Jakks to use the NJPW name, logo, and championships in their forthcoming Legends of Wrestling action figure set. The deal opens the door for the company to do New Japan wrestling action figures, but the company would have to sign the wrestlers on an individual basis. The first figure in the legends line under the New Japan deal will be the NJPW era Hulk Hogan action figure. Jakks also has deals with TNA and the NWA.

I had wondered about the NWA line as I wasn’t certain that Jakks would be able to be serious about it. By branding the TNA and NWA line together I thought they were onto something. Now though, announcing that they’ve also picked up the NJPW license? Clearly Jakks is taking the wrestling business seriously. That NJPW Hogan is an awesome figure and definitely one I’ll be picking up. This news has completely flown under the radar of all the big toy websites, but it’s super exciting news to me. Of course I question how many NJPW stars could be marketed to US audiences, but there have been a few big crossover stars.

What has me super excited though is the potential to see other New Japan stuff, like the IWGP title. They specifically mention logos and titles in the press release, which means they likely have the intention of making them. Although the Great Muta doesn’t work for NJPW anymore, I have to think that Jakks will pursue him. They could easily make many of his NJPW versions. Plus with guys like Jushin Liger, Masahiro Chono and Antonio Inoki, the sky is the limit.

I wonder if this is a strictly American agreement? Jakks could easily sell these figures in Japan as well. The Japanese wrestling market is still a big place and if they sold direct to them that could mean that many of those Japanese wrestling stars could trickle into the states as well. Hopefully Jakks makes plenty of NJPW, NWA and TNA guys for fans to enjoy.

8 Responses to Jakks Pacific to Make Japanese Wrestling Figures

  • Damnufine says:

    They only want to make Hogans and Jeff Jarretts. Sux. I need a Muta!!

  • Well I think they're using the talent they have at the moment. I fully expect they'll get more diverse. I mean, they did make a Repo Man figure.

  • RoninTK says:

    Masahiro Chono no longer works with New Japan, so they'll have to work out another deal there.

    I like this idea, and it will be awesome to get this stuff in the USA if it is allowed to be sold here.

  • LNHRT43 says:

    i hope they make a mitsuharu misawa….

  • Thus far Jakks hasn't shown much of a commitment with this. I'd like to see them try a bit more though. With their legends line MIA, we may not get those Japanese legends.

  • Joseph says:

    KENTA , anybody?

  • jAMES aCEVEDO says:

    They have to make the HELL RAISERS!!!!!!! HAWK AND SASKI WERE AWESOME!!!!! AND MUTA,VADER,SCOTT NORTON AND HERCULES!!!! SO MANY THEY CAN DO!

  • James Acevedo says:

    for years I have wanted Hell Raisers figures,I always liked the tights Hawk and Power wore,the ones where Hawk had red and Power had green.They were so over in NJPW I cant understand why they never made figures of them,even in Japan…

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