Almost There…
August 17, 2009

Well, in the six or so months since I last updated the classic Super Powers line-up with DCUC figures we’ve seen a few more slots filled. It’s amazing to think of it, but within a year we should have (for the first time!) the entire Super Powers roster recreated with a modern day line. So once again, I’ve recreated the well known shot from the back of the 3rd series cards using DCUC figures that have been released or revealed as of now. It’s a lot bigger than the last one, and with all-new, nice big pictures of these greats sculpts (and big thanks to Cornboy for helping to fill in a few gaps!). Click on the pic to embiggen.

Lots of rumors are hitting as to what’s coming next. The biggest being that next year’s SDCC exclusive will be a Plastic Man figure with multiple attachments.  Fans are already going nuts over the news (and not entirely in a good way) so we’ll see what actually plans out in the next year. There has also been talk of completing the line-up by SDCC, with Desaad in Wave 12, and a Golden Pharaoh/ Cyclotron 2-pack to be revealed on next year. 

Is any of this true? Who knows for sure. We did get a pretty accurate leak about Waves 10 & 11 all the way back in Nov. 2008, so anything is possible. It’s a pretty safe bet in any case that we’ll wrap up the Super Powers homage sooner rather than later. And that’s where it gets really interesting for me:once the full lineup is released, will we see any of the characters that WEREN’T produced? We already have a few of them: Man-Bat, Bizarro, Kid Flash, Vigilante, John Stewart, Deathstroke, Supergirl, and the Wonder Twins. But is it possible we might see Quadrex? Silicon? Howitzer?!? 

Only time will tell. 


Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
AFi Editor-In-Chief Jason Geyer has been part of the online pop culture world for nearly 20 years, having founded some of the very first toy sites on the web including Raving Toy Maniac, ToyOtter, and now Action Figure Insider. Along the way he helped pioneer online coverage of industry events such as San Diego Comic Con, E3, Toy Fair, and CES. He is also a former toy designer who is now a marketing genius. If he does say so himself. And he does.
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  • xrmc20 says:

    I love your work on this image and the updates. Thanks.

    I really hope that Desaad doesn’t end up with the goofy-ish SP harness thing permanently attached to him. I don’t need it at all, but if they include it I hope it’s an accessory.

    Quadrex? Silicon? Howitzer?!? (question marks are appropriate…who?)

  • Chip Cataldo says:

    Okay, sign me up for a 4H-style Quadrex, Silicon and Shockwave.




  • Howard the Duck says:

    Completing the Super Powers lineup is a great thing indeed! Even though I pick and choose my DCUC purchases, I want to see it happen.

    And it sure wouldn’t hurt if we saw the same thing happen for Justice League Unlimited(hint, hint, Mattel)

  • Zodach says:

    I was just thinking about this checklist last week. Thanks for updating it. It would be great if we get Desaad, MM, Samurai, Tyr, and Golden Pharaoh/Cyclotron 2-pack before SDCC next year with Plastic Man to top it off. Maybe Mattel will make a Super Powers poster similar to this available at SDCC.

  • Mario says:

    A classic Dick Grayson Robin needs to be included in DCUC, & his left hand MUST be a karate chop. IT MUST!!!

  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    Man, I love looking at that poster. Thanks, Jason!

  • Erik superfriend says:

    Comparing the two lines is always cool. I have yet to hear any rumors relating to Samauri or Tyr.

  • Brainlock says:

    Dick and J’onn are the two most glaring omissions, right now.
    (altho regularly released Plas and Samurai would be welcomed!)

    Let’s not forget who else was in the upcoming waves: Lois Lane, Wonder Girl, Blue Devil, pre-Crisis Supergirl.

    …Dang, that’s all I can remember from that Tomarts column several years back. I know they had a NTT side-line (Kory, Gar, & Raven?) and Titans Tower playset in the works with Lois’ chopper, GL recharge/comm station, among others.

  • Daniel Pickett JuliusMarx says:

    Tomart’s article? Bite your tongue! HERE’s everything you need to know about what was planned for the future of the Super Powers line:

  • […] UPDATE: Also – I just found this: Toy Otter over at Action Figure Insider has update his Super Powers list with the newest figures. These updates are awesome, go check it out here! […]

  • Ou Sooner 1997 says:

    JLU has it’s own line. Keep that out of DCUC.

  • Emerald says:

    I figured Samurai was a given for 13 and Tyr for 14, but nothing’s necessarily a given in this business. Consider that a rumor then.
    Great pic, but that isn’t Dick Grayson Robin, plus a retooled Mr.Freeze might be in order.

  • Mr. Skittles says:

    Have we all forgotten about the AWESOME Clark Kent figure we got in DCSH? I love the orignal SP one and still have the mailer box along with the figure it came in back in 84 or 85….it also came with a record. It was the “Super Friends” vs Darkseid….anyone remember that?….Anyway, Clark was part of the SP bunch and I personally am very happy to have that figure in the scale with DCUC. He also came with that generic file folder that just added something more to the figure itself……Mr. Otter, you should add him to that visual checklist….I would like to think that since Mattel has reigns to the DC Universe and even though GP and Cyclotron were characters created for the SF show (maybe Samurai too)….we should see the SP Collection realised. I do agree however that Mr. Freeze could use a little minor tooling (throw him in a TRU 2 pack or add him in a Walmart Exclusive Wave…….wait….don’t do that…..Give us our classic Dick Grayson and if that C&C Darkseid comes true….pure awesomeness……

  • ToyOtter says:

    I had a secondary graphic of Clark and the 4th wave figures they didn’t make but we’ve gotten in DCUC (Man-Bat, Kid Flash, etc) but didn’t finish it.

    And Brainlock, that Tomart’s article was nearly 100% made up based on them seeing a few pieces of concept art from the original pitch. NEVER trust that mag for info, just for nice pics.

  • Daniel Pickett JuliusMarx says:

    Already outdated! Time to add Desaad! 🙂

  • Mr. Skittles says:

    Desaad and let us not forget Cyclotron…..when we have pics….hooray!

  • SPAddict says:

    Sorry to be a Johnny-come-lately, but I just discovered your blog, and more importantly this post…I don’t think I can contain the sheer joy I feel after seeing this poster mock-up, sir. I had no idea DCUC was so close to matching the SP line. I’ve been trying to do the same thing myself recently with DCUC but including Brave and the Bold and JLU, and also including characters from the Super Friends show that were not in the SP line (why Kenner didn’t just follow the SF character line-up I’ll never know). As a sidebar, my heart leaped out of my chest and I SPRINTED to the Target checkout when I finally saw JLU’s 3-pack of Samurai, Apache Chief, and Black Vulcan. BOO-YOW.

  • Rod92905 says:

    Love the nostalgic feel of these DCUC and that they have given such a nod to the Super Powers line. My all time favorite toy line as a kid. It was the 1st time many of us who were not die-hard comic book readers got introduced to characters like Dr. Fate, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter and Red Tornado.

    I have recently started going back to getting the modern versions of my favorite Super Powers figures. Thanks for this guide.

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