Friday, June 02, 2017

Four Horsemen Action Figure Collections

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Years ago just after publishing my book "Ten Pounds of Gold", I put together a collection of action figures to pay tribute to some of the NWA World champions from the 1970s and 1980s that wore that famous belt. The figures themselves were not custom, but I gave them the custom treatment with custom designed ring apparel, NWA belts, and even a yellow rose for Kerry Von Erich.

That collection can be seen here: "Ten Pounds of Gold" Figures Collection 

Soon, we will be featuring a series of posts on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway that will focus on custom action figures devoted to memories of the old Mid-Atlantic territory in the 1970s and 1980s. These will be presented by the creative work of Michael Simmerman.

In the meantime, though, with the release of my new book "Four Horsemen" coming next week, I thought I'd see what kind of action figure collections there were on the web devoted to the Four Horsemen. And I found some very cool stuff!

Here are some of them with links included to where I found them.

The Original version of the Four Horsemen (1985-1987)
Credit: Shellshocker
I especially like the Ole Anderson figure (which was a custom creation) which includes his famous "Damn I Am Good" t-shirt he wore in the mid-1980s. However, the boots are all wrong. Ole Anderson only wore one style of boots his entire career, the famous maroon and gold striped boots. (Simmerman's rendition of Ole will have those special boots.)

The 12th and Final Version of the Four Horsemen (1998-1999)

Credit: Shellshocker
It's the little details that make collections like this really work. Chris Benoit's t-shirt, Mongo's Chicago Bears jacket, the belts, and Arn (who was retired at this point and managing the Horsemen) looking sharp in his civilian clothes. As Dusty Rhodes would say, "looking cleaner than a Safeway chicken, Jack!" That Arn figure is awesome.

The Second Version of the Four Horsemen (1987) - The "Lex Luger" Version
Credit: WrestleFigs Forum poster heartbreakpatri
Cool collection. I'll nitpick a bit in pointing out that Flair's hair is way wrong for 1987. Would have been cool to see Luger with the U.S. belt, too. Nice work with the other belts, though.

More to come! Look for Michael Simmerman's collection of custom figures to be presented here on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway soon.

And don't forget to pick up your copy of "Four Horsemen" on sale this Monday, June 5th!
"FOUR HORSEMEN" now available in the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Book Store and