In what ended up being one of the most complete Looney Tunes figure lines to date, Space Jam (1996) by Playmates are one of the most sought after cartoon figure series with 27 different characters produced. Space Jam figures featured a mix of NBA players from the film, Looney Tunes cartoons characters in their TuneSquad outfits, and Monstars, their court enemies. While this line has a near-complete line up of the film's cast, noticeably absent are Shawn Bradley, Mugsy Bogues, Larry Bird, Bill Murray, and Newman. Some of that is understandable, most kid collectors wouldn't know what to do with a Larry Bird in golfing attire or Bill Murray in an umbrella hat. Hello, Jerry.
1996's Series 1 were released one month ahead of the films release in theaters that summer. Figures were sold as two-packs and were sold to retailers in cases of 18. A news article from December 4 1996 shows that Playmates had anticipated that its $50 million initial shipment of the Space Jam line was expected to sell out Christmas, with a second series coming in 1997.
Series 1 was labeled the TuneSquad assortment. It included Michael Jordan packed Bugs Bunny, Slyvester, & Elmer Fudd and Charles Barkley with Wile E Coyote, and Swackhammer and Tweety. Original prototypes shown have Charles Barkley wearing the TuneSquad logo jersey instead of his released outfit.
Series 2 of Space Jam showed no noticable differences or changes in the packaging. It included Yosimite Sam with Bupkus, Lola Bunny & Bang, Daffy Duck & Pound, Marvin the Martian & Nawt, Taz and Blanko.
Series 3, released in 1997, featured Inter-Galactic All-Stars on most of the figures packaging. Included were Michael Jordan & Marvin the Martian (a re-release), Patrick Ewing & Pepe Le Pew (with bonus Bang Nerdluck), Michael Jordan & Taz, and Larry Johnson & Barnyard Dog, with the last being the most rare in 2018. Interesting figure fact, Mugsy Bogues is featured on packaging back of some play sets to be included with this series, and was set to be packaged with Foghorn Leghorn.
Playmates produced three different figure related boxed play sets. A box set of Michael Jordan was made with Jordan in golfing, basketball, and baseball outfits. Although it has the TuneSquad logo on the jersey, to this date it remains the only Michael Jordan figure in a baseball outfit. Marvin the Martian's Countdown Rock-o-Tron was a silver and red rocket-ship that could be opened up to play a basketball launcher game with the figures. Last but not least was the Moron Airship. Purchasing the Moron Airship was the only way to collect all 5 Nerdluck figures, as only two were released in the figure assortments.
Veteran Tunesquad: Michael Jordan (multiple attires), Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson
Tunesquad: Bugs Bunny, Slyvester, Elmer Fudd, Wile E Coyote, Tweety, Yosimite Sam, Lola Bunny, daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Taz (Tasmanian Devil), Barnyard Dog, Pepe Le Pew
Monstars: Swackhammer, Bupkus, Bang, Pound, Nawt, Blanko