Zack Ryder is all smiles, even though he lost out to Fightful's founder.
On a 2018 episode of Figure it Out, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins went to The Toy Department near Cincinnati, Ohio. Among the figures there was a rare, painted LJN prototype of Sgt. Slaughter. The owner of the figure was insistent he wouldn't sell it. A few months later, however, Fightful founder Jimmy Van was able to procure it for what Ryder accuses to be an irresponsible amount of money.
"Well, here’s the thing. Did you watch the episode at all? Curt Hawkins threw out this insane number that I was not going to spend anyway. So, I was denied. But I wasn’t going to buy it for that price. So, he bought it for way more than that. So, congrats, I guess? I have it unpainted. The painted one’s obviously cooler, but way more money, so I’m actually glad that I don’t have it.I’m sorry. You have it, but you spent way too much money. You got ripped off. Way too much money. And I’m the thousand dollar broski, I’ll overpay for a figure I want. But that was a ridiculous price that he paid. Over ten thousand he paid for that. That’s insane. Nuts," Ryder said.
Ryder reiterated he wouldn't spend that much on a figure, but when speaking with Fightful he revealed his personal holy grail.
"I’ve never spent that much on one figure. That’s insane. If, and that’s a big if, are you familiar with the Hasbro figures from the early 90s at all? Diesel was in the last set that never came out. I have his head. And I have the drawing. But there’s no prototype out there, that I know of. If the actual hand painted prototype did come out, I might spend that kind of money on it. If it’s out there," said Ryder.
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