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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Evolution of the Fabulous Freebirds figures, including the late Buddy Roberts

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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist

In Brief: Not many toys have been made of Michael Hayes and the late Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts, but most are available at very reasonable prices.

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Action Figure Evolution #5: The Fabulous Freebirds

(1) 1985 Remco AWA Series 2. Though the Freebirds are remembered for time spent in Georgia and Texas, they also feuded with the Road Warriors in the AWA. Remco included the first figures of Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts in its second series of AWA figures. All three had red ring jackets, and Gordy was available on both muscular and flabby bodies.

(2) 1991 Galoob WCW (U.K. Exclusives). Galoob released two series of WCW figures in the U.S., and later figures were released only in the U.K. Two versions of Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin were produced: basic figures that were sold individually and as a tag team, and a deluxe package that came in a box with an electronic sound device. Images have also surfaced of unproduced prototypes of Hayes and Garvin figures wearing robes.

(3) 1997 Jakks-Pacific WWF Buried Alive Box Set (The Executioner). Terry Gordy’s only WWF run came late in his career, when he donned a hood a carried a mask as Paul Bearer’s Executioner. He only lasted a couple of months, but Jakks still included a toy of the Executioner in a special Buried Alive box set sold only at Target. The figure is available for a few bucks now, but in the early 2000s it sold as high as $80.

(4) 2005 Jakks-Pacific Classic WWE Superstars. To date, these are the only modern era action figures of the ‘Birds. Hayes, Gordy, and Roberts were sold only as a three-pack, and each came wearing pretty cool entrance gear: a colorful robe for Hayes, an old school jacket for Roberts, and a simple vest for Gordy.

If there is a wrestler you would like to see included in Action Figure Evolution, send your suggestions to michaelmoorewriter@gmail.com .


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