Hasbro’s Highly Anticipated 2022 Starting Lineup Figures Return With 8 Top NBA Stars

The Starting Lineup brand of sports action figures has had a long and exciting run. They were initially produced in 1988 by Kenner and became an instant hit with fans.

The figures highlighted stars from all sports, including hockey, football, baseball, boxing, golf, basketball, skating and even auto racing. It was discontinued in 2001 and relegated to cameos as promotional items for sporting events. However, they’re making a comeback, and this article reviews the lineup for the 2022 Starting Lineup series.

If you’d like to read more on the Starting Lineup brand, our Ultimate Guide To Starting Lineup Figures is a great place to start.

Hasbro Starting Lineup figures available for order

Fanatics and Hasbro Pulse released details for wave 1 of the all-new 2022 Starting Lineup on September 22nd, 2022 with the revamped Starting Lineup Figure is an all-NBA set headlined by 8 top NBA stars.

The game-changing collectible line features eight other All-Stars in premium design and detail from last season. The lineup will be Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Ja Morant, Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Dončić, Jayson Tatum, and Stephen Curry.

All eight figures feature modern 6-inch scale articulation, photoreal technology, and impressive detailing, just like Star Wars Black Series and Marvel Legends. Fanatics has a hand in this, so as expected, the uniforms are accurately perfect and come corporately branded.

The figures are infinitely more “poseable” than the old toys and even come with extra pieces. Boxes retail for $50 and come with accessories such as a digital Panini NFT trading card, five extra hands, a complete display stand, and an exclusive trading card like the old boxes.

2022-23 Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 List

The following NBA superstars make up Series 1 of new Starting Lineup NBA figures:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

NFT trading cards?

An NFT is a blockchain token that represents ownership of an item. NFTs have been applied to video game goods, trading cards, profile pictures, and other collectibles. While still relatively new, the NFT market surged in 2021 with over $25 billion in trading volume.

Panini America explains the concept of its NFT trading cards here. Several companies have begun experimenting with digital NFT trading cards. Topps released its Baseball NFT collection a few months ago. Just like regular cards, the NFT trading card with the Starting Lineup figure has rarity levels.

Some buyers might get a common NFT card, while lucky collectors would end up with rare editions of the cards with slightly different artwork. Each player has a 1/1 gold NFT card across the entire run.

Starting Lineup with NFTs

LeBron James

The Starting Lineup Series 1 LeBron James NBA action figure comes in his Los Angeles Lakers Icon Edition jersey and his LeBron 19 Low Nike shoes. Born in 1984, LeBron James is a natural talent on the court.

He made history in the 2003-04 season as the younger player and first Cleveland Cavaliers member to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

With an average of 20 points per game, he was compared to legends such as Michael Jordan. Since then, James has excelled and earned his place in the NBA Hall of Fame.

He helped spearhead the Los Angeles Lakers’ rise to fame and is the first NBA player to have above 10,000 career points, rebounds, and assists. He is also the first player to earn a place on the 2022 Starting Lineup Series 1.

Lebron James 2022 Starting Lineup


LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure
Available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

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Stephen Curry

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Stephen Curry NBA action figure comes in his Golden State Warriors Icon Edition jersey, and his Curry Flow 9 Under Amour shows. Born in 1988 to former NBA player Dell Curry, Stephen showed a glimpse of his talents on the court.

He was drafted in 2009 to the Golden State Warriors and is one of the game’s top players, thanks to his impressive shooting skills. In 2014-15, Stephen won his first league MVP award when he helped the Warriors achieve their first championship in 39 years.

Stephen Currey 2022 Starting Lineup

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure
Available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Stephen Curry NBA action figure comes in his Giannis Antetokounmpo NBA action figure comes in his Milwaukee Bucks Icon Edition jersey, as well as his Zoom Freak 3 Nike shoes.

This talented Greek Nigerian first rose to fame in 2013 when he became one of the youngest NBA players in history. By the end of his first season, he was considered among the top NBA rookies and earned a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie Team.

In his fourth year, Giannis became the youngest player to start in an All-Star Game. When he won his second MVO award in 2020, he joined the ranks of Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in the elite list of players to win the Finals MVP, MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year in their career.

Giannis Antetokounmpo starting lineup 2022

Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure
Available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Luka Doncic

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Luka Dončić NBA action figure comes in his Dallas Mavericks Icon Edition jersey and Air Jordan XXXVI Nike shoes. Luka Doncic currently plays for the Dallas Maverick after starting his career in the Real Madrid Baloncesto youth academy.

He made his NBA debut in 2018 and won the Rookie of the Year for the 2018-19 season. He became the youngest European to start an All-Star game and broke Jason Kidd’s most triple-doubles record. In May, he featured in his third consecutive All-NBA First Team, and in September has earned himself a spot on Starting Lineup Series 1.

Luka Donic starting lineup 2022 figure

Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure
Available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Jayson Tatum

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Jayson Tatum NBA action figure comes in his Boston Celtics Icon Edition jersey and Air Jordan XXXVI Nike shoes, complete with the Taco Jay Nike logo. The naturally talented Jayson rose to fame in 2017 after being drafted by the Boston Celtics.

He earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Team in 2018 and earned his first NBA All-Star title by 2020. He helped the Celtics get to the NBA Finals and made the NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP award in 2022.

Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure is available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Jayson Tatum 2022 Starting Lineup figure

Ja Morant

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Ja Morant NBA action figure comes in his Memphis Grizzlies Icon Edition jersey and Air Zoom G.T. Run Nike shoes. Ja Morant is the 2022 NBA season’s breakout star. He was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019 and earned the NBA Rookie of the Year title in 2019-20.

Morant has broken the OVC’s free throw record and is the first NCAA Division 1 player to average 40 points in a single game.

Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure is available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Ja Morant 2022 Starting Lineup figure

Joel Embiid

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Joel Embiid NBA action figure comes in his Philadelphia 76ers Icon Edition jersey and Embiid One Under Armour shoes. Joel declared for the NBA draft in 2014. Despite facing several injuries, he overcame them to become one of the NBA’s fastest-rising stars.

Joel played for the Philadelphia 76er and earned the NBA All-Rookie First Team distinction at the end of the 2016/17 season. After a couple of injuries, he ranked second in the NBA MVP Award voting and, in 2022, became the first center to average over 30 points since 1982. Joel is also the first internationally-born player to lead the NBA scoring.

Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure is available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Joel Embiid starting lineup 2022

Trae Young

The Starting Lineup Series 1 Trae Young NBA action figure comes in his Atlanta Hawks Icon Edition jersey and Trae Young 1 Adidas shoes, complete with Peachtree colorway.

Trae Young started his basketball career in college. His rise to fame came off the back of leading the NCAA in both points and assists. He officially signed to the NBA in 2018 with the Atlanta Hawks.

Young joined Luka Doncic to earn the NBA All-Rookie First Team honor in 2019. He’s the second Hawk player in history to score at least 30 points in his post-season appearances. Trae is the second player in NBA history to get at least 30 points and 10 assists in a post-season debut. He earned a spot at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.


Trae Young starting lineup figure 2022

Trae Young Atlanta Hawks NBA x Hasbro Starting Lineup Series 1 Action Figure
Available for $49.99 at the Fanatic official store.

Bottomline of the 2022 Starting Lineup Series 1

Series 1 features eight of the best modern basketball players at the top of their game allowing NBA fans to collect Starting Lineup figurines of their favorite basketball players of today. It’s unknown if the series will feature players from other sports such as soccer, football, baseball, or hockey in the future.

However, even if it focuses on basketball, Hasbro has a lot of material to work with in its archive. We expect to see game legends such as Jordan, Shaq, or Bird.

Several 80s and 90s cultural trends have made a comeback in the collectible industry. These have all been big deals, and we expect the Starting Lineup to perform just as well.

While nostalgia plays a huge part in the success of these comebacks, the Starting Lineup brand wouldn’t rely on the nostalgic factor to be a success. The NBA is even more popular than it was in the 1980s and these new figures come with premium detailing and several accessories, increasing the appeal with collectors and sports fans.

From Hasbro:

Starting Lineup is bouncing back into action with a game-changing line of NBA action figures. This figure features premium design and detail, bringing the legacy of the original 1980s Kenner Starting Lineup figures to today’s fans and collectors. Figures come loaded with accessories, including extra hands, a flight stand, and an exclusive Panini basketball trading card that can only be found with Starting Lineup 6-inch figures. Thanks to modern design and detailing, photoreal technology, and premium articulation, the latest Starting Lineup figures will have fans cheering as they celebrate some of their favorite NBA players with super accurate details and portraits in iconic poses right out of the game!

As our Ultimate Guide to Starting Lineup article advises, this is a great time to grab several copies of early Starting Lineup figures as their value could soar with their return.

John Bassey


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