Sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and updates!

Vintage Kenner NHL Hockey Starting Lineup figures

Before we take a look at the Vintage Kenner NHL Hockey Starting Lineup figures let's get an insight into how the NHL was founded and how it progressed to become one of the greatest sports that Canada and America have ever seen.

The Best Action Figure Guide in the World!!

SPECIAL BETA RELEASE OFFER 70% OFF MEMBERSHIP!!

JOIN THE LARGEST ACTION FIGURE DATABASE ON THE INTERNET!!

More than 60,000 action figures listed with information on the release date, company, accessories, rarity, and more!! SPECIAL BETA RELEASE OFFER 70% OFF MEMBERSHIP!! Read More ---------------->>>

CLICK HERE

Foundation of The National Hockey Association

The National Hockey Association, also known as NHA in short was founded in the year 1917 in Montreal, Canada.

It was formed by the National Hockey Association which would look over the start of play as well as any suspension operations.

However the The National Hockey Association was not without its set of controversies in the beginning itself. The first of those controversies involved conflicts between the owner of the Toronto Blueshirts owner called Eddie Livingstone and other team owners.

The other team owners were up in arms against Livingstone because he decided to merge his two Toronto teams as a result of which many top players did not get a chance to play.

Livingstone also resorted to dirty politics where he induced top players from other teams not to play by awarding them big contracts. Livingstone also retorted to tactics like telling the organization that he will soon come up with a rival organization in the United States.

Team composition in the first season

The first season of The National Hockey League saw six teams competing against each other.

The six teams consisted of Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, Toronto Blueshirts. The sixth team was unnamed at that time but included players from the 228th army battalion in Toronto.

All the team owners met at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal to discuss about the future of the sport. However there was one shocking decision made and that was evicting Livingstone altogether from NHA with his Blueshirts team.

Livingstone was not able to attend that meeting due to illness. Livingstone did not attend any of the meetings after the decision and he sent his lawyer to represent his interests.

The first vintage Kenner NHL Hockey Starting Lineup figures were released in 1993 as part of Kenner's successful line of Starting Lineup action figures.

These figures came in yellow carded blisters and each of the 4-inch figures had articulation on the shoulders, neck and waist and a base that resembled a part of the ice-rink.

The first series had twelve players: Ed Belfour, Ray Bourque, Grant Fuhr, Brett Hull, Jaromir Jagr, Pat LaFontaine, Mario Lemieux, Eric Lindros, Mark Messier, Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman.

The figures were sold to retailers in cases of 16 and were designated by the year, sport and a two-digit decimal number, e.g. 1988 Football Case .01, 1992 Football Case .04 etc.

Kenner color coded each of the blisters so that it was easy to differentiate between from a distance with baseball (blue), basketball (red), and football (green) then later when they began to produce NHL figures they had yellow cards.

The Starting Lineup Hockey figures had a great run with their regular series of figures but there were not nearly as many other series produced - which many would argue is a good thing, as it did not over-saturate the market with starting lineup hockey figures in the the 90's.

Kenner also produced a series of these figures in Canada with French cards which tend to be harder to find and are considered to be a lot rarer than the basic NHL Hockey Starting Lineup figures, thus making them a bit more valuable.

NHL Hockey Starting Lineup Checklist

Becketts Guide

Tuff Stuff Listing

SLU Action Figures Checklist

Kenner Starting Lineup Pages

Entertainment Earth

What Are You Looking For?

For all you 1/6 Scale figures, Exclusives, Hot Toys and high-end figures go to (credit terms and payment plans available): http://side.sh/4bw

For all your mass production Hasbro, Mattel, NECA, Playmates, Medicom action figures go to: http://bit.ly/2fuGUUj

For all your Japanese, Manga and Anime action figures go to: http://bit.ly/2fuloik

Are you looking for an Action Figure Price Guide and Checklists? 
THE  AFR ULTIMATE ACTION FIGURE GUIDE IS HERE!!
The Best Action Figure Guide in the World!!
SPECIAL BETA RELEASE OFFER 60% OFF MEMBERSHIP!!

DISCLAIMER

Please note that all prices mentioned on this site are for informational purposes only and are NOT a solicitation or offer to buy any of the items quoted.

When researching for these articles I use many different online and offline retailers and auctions to get an average value AT THE TIME of writing the article.

As such they will almost definitely be incorrect as the prices and values are in constant flux and change.

Please check my articles and videos on how to grade and value your action figures for up to date prices.

How to Grade Your Action Figures

How to Value Your Action Figures

Action Figure Guides and Publications

Share the Love!

Recent Articles

  1. Kenner Batman Returns Vehicles Guide and Review

    Apr 06, 21 01:20 AM

    In 1992 as part of the Kenner Batman Returns line several vehicles were released, icluding a new version of the Batmobile and... [ Read More ]

    Read More

  2. DC Direct 1999 Series 1 Review and Guide

    Apr 03, 21 09:44 PM

    DC Direct released their first line of figures in 1999, which included Sandman, Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing, there were also... [ Read More ]

    Read More

  3. Toy Biz Spider-Man Animated Playsets Review

    Apr 01, 21 07:04 AM

    Between 1994 and 2007 Toy Biz created the Spider-Man Animated series of action figures and playsets based on the original Series. including.. [ Read More ]

    Read More

  4. Kenner Batman Deluxe “Crime Master Edition” Guide and Review

    Mar 19, 21 11:19 PM

    As part of the Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection three limited edition Deluxe “Crime Master Edition” figures were released in 1991 which included [Read More]

    Read More

  5. Toy Biz Spider-Man The Animated Series Vehicles Guide and Review

    Mar 19, 21 02:14 AM

    The Toy Biz Spider-Man The Animated Series Vehicles were released in 1994 and included

    Read More

All trademarks and registered trademarks, whether or not so identified, are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners. The use of a trademark does not imply that such use has been authorised, endorsed or sponsored by the trademark owner.