Stephanie McMahon has witnessed plenty of WWE history during her time in the company. She knows the history of many things very well including who gets credit for figuring out that WWE Superstars would make great action figures.
Fans have often joked that WWE Superstars are like Vince McMahon’s real-life action figures. He has a very big collection and an overflowing toy box in Orlando full of toys he hasn’t even played with yet. He also gets very bored of his toys easily.
Ironically, it was Vince McMahon’s son Shane McMahon who would inspire Linda McMahon to get the ball rolling on WWE action figures. Stephanie McMahon revealed this as she accepted the Women In Toys’ Changemaker Award at the New York Toy Fair.
“So I’ve been working in WWE since I was 8-years-old. I was a child model. You can look it up. It’s pretty embarrassing. I did not get paid, but yeah I started working then.”
“My mom was the CEO of the company and I think that is incredibly important because I know for me I always had her as my example. I always just assumed that women should be in the top of business. I just assumed they should be CEO.”
“It was actually my mom when she saw my brother playing with his GI Joes when she first had the idea that we should have a licensing business for WWE, I think our Superstars should have action figures and here we are so many years later with our partners Mattel.”
WWE action figures are stronger than ever. Mattel is pumping out line after line of figures. Their basic series 100 was a huge landmark as well. In the end, everyone scratching that figure itch has Linda McMahon to thank.
In case you wanted to see those old WWE catalog modeling photos of Stephanie McMahon, then you’ve come to the right place too.
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