Zack Ryder has the Moon Belly Kamala. This is not a drill.
Here on Celebrity Inventory, we don’t usually run stories because of a single tweet. After all, what could one person possibly tweet that would warrant an entire article to be written about them?
… Oh. Yeah, we’re definitely doing this.
Okay, there’s a chance that you might be a bit confused, so I’ll try to unpack the sheer enormity of what’s going on here. For those of you who don’t know, Zack Ryder is not only a WWE superstar, but he’s also an avid collector of WWE memorabilia. And when we say “avid collector,” we mean he’s right up there with the most prolific celebrity collectors we’ve ever covered. Not only is his collection massive, but he candidly shares his stuff on social media for the fans. In other words, he’s one of us.
Now for the B side of this story: Ryder’s figure of retired wrestler Kamala is in no uncertain terms the holy grail of WWE toys. It’s not that this 1993 Hasbro figure should be super rare, but for reasons that are lost in time, the painted moon on Kamala’s stomach was changed to a star when the toy hit the mass market. Yet somehow, a limited number of Kamala figures with his iconic moon were produced, presumably as an initial test run of the product. Only 24 Moon Belly Kamalas are speculated to exist, and who knows how many have been lost or destroyed in the past 25 years.
Though some may chalk the Moon Belly Kamala up as a misprint, this is the rare misprint that’s actually more true to life than the actual figure! Moon Belly Kamala has sold in the past for a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $10,000.
To summarize, the biggest WWE collector in the world has finally obtained the most sought after WWE figure in the world. No big deal.
We know Ryder’s tweet makes it sound like he stumbled on the figure serendipitously, but apparently he’s a pretty good troll on top of everything else. A cursory glance at his past tweets show that he’s been hunting for this Kamala figure for a while now. He even put out feelers to see if anyone would be willing to sell the figure to him, though this too could have been a joke about how crazy rare the Moon Belly Kamala is. Either way, while it would have been absurd for a collector of this magnitude to not know about such an infamous figure, we have solid proof that he’s wanted this one for a while.
We have no word on how much of a dent Kamala made on Ryder’s bank account, but given its historic price range, we’ll leave the final value to our imaginations.
If you’re a collector and you want to follow more like-minded collectors with awesome stuff, then definitely consider following Zack Ryder on social media. Even if you’re not into the WWE Scene, he also has a Funko Pop! collection that you won’t want to miss.
Yes, Ryder is equally as into Funko Pop! figures as he is WWE figures. If you have any doubts, check out his joyful reaction to seeing himself in Pop! form during the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con:
Zack, if you’re reading this, you have our sincerest congratulations for finally nabbing this amazing figure. Normally I’d say I’m jealous, but you know what? Buddy, you deserve it.