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May 9, 2011
kalibak.jpg Hello, and welcome to another week of me sprouting off about Super Powers awesomeness to no one in particular!  Today the Super Powers Highlight focuses on all the figures released at retail on the offer-less, comic-less 33-back card design.  To many SP collectors, the 3rd series card back redesign is known as both a step…

 

May 1, 2011
desaad-cromalinback.jpg Wow, really?  Another edition of The Super Powers Highlight, so soon after the last one? Yes, you’re right…I must be sick.   Today we’ll be looking at the right-hand toady of one of your more major villains…Grima Wormtongue…err…I mean, DESAAD!  Darkseid’s torture master was indeed part of the Super Powers line from Kenner toys back…

 

April 30, 2011
assortments.jpg   Junk.  Waste.  Garbage. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and oh BOY is this trash a treasure…at least for me!   Welcome, one and all, to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Today we’ll be looking at some of the various shipping cases used to transport Super Powers figures to their intended retail…

 

March 3, 2011
mmcomic10.jpg Hello everyone, and welcome to another Super Powers Highlight!  Fresh out of the post office box today is one of my newest arrivals…and a pretty damn cool thing to boot!  This is the master color key for the Martian Manhunter mini-comic.  I was fortunate to add a couple of these to my collection this past…

 

February 6, 2011
Howdy howdy, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight!  For your consideration today is the other catalog I have relating to how Kenner promoted their toy lines.  This one is from 1985, and was given to Kenner accounts probably either by a representative, salesman or directly at their Toy Fair showroom.  It…

 

February 5, 2011
Welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight!  Today I’m showcasing 16 black and white hand-drawn pencil logo concepts that were pitched to represent the line on the figure card backs.  Thanks to a former Kenner employee 24 of these survived destruction when Kenner closed down it’s offices for good.   Oddly enough one…

 

January 16, 2011
Hello to all you Super Powers nuts out there!  Today I’ve got a rather large chunk of meat for y’all to chew on, since I’ve decided to expand (in all senses of the word) upon my blog from wayyy back in July of 2009 and turn the spotlight back on the Colleccion Super Amigos figures…

 

January 15, 2011
Greetings to all, and thanks for checking out this latest Super Powers Highlight.  Today we’ll be taking a look at the four Signature Stamp Sets put out by Craftmaster.  Craftmaster was a really fantastic licensee for Super Powers.  They put out the Stamp Sets, Stain-a-Sticker Sets, Figurine Paint Sets, puzzles, the stained-glass Sun Shiner set,…

 

January 14, 2011
Howdy howdy!  Welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Today we’ll be looking at an oddity, for sure : the Golden Pharaoh figure mis-carded on a 33-back Dr. Fate card back.  Two of these surfaced a couple months ago on eBay from the same seller, but apparently it wasn’t a completely unknown entity….

 

January 13, 2011
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Up for review today is one of the kinds of things I love to find related to this wonderful hobby…the "behind the scenes" ephemera.  This was a promotional flier given to Kenner accounts probably either by a representative, salesman, or directly at Toy…

 

January 12, 2011
Welcome to the first Super Powers Highlight of 2011.  I’m going to try and produce more blogs this year by writing less and just taking excellent detailed photos.  I’ve found that I’m a little more apprehensive to blogging when I’m forced to write a lot about items that really have no documented history other than…

 

December 24, 2010
brainiac-xmas.jpg May all your presents be safe from evil this holiday season!   Wishing a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my toy collecting friends.  Take care and be safe! Peace, Chip

 

October 29, 2010
firestorm07.jpg Howdy howdy!  Welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Today I’ll be focusing on one of the latest additions to my collection, the Firestorm 33-back carded sample used at Toy Fair in 1986 to sell that year’s product to retailers. This also debuts a kind-of change for the highlight.  I have so many…

 

October 17, 2010
att6-blog.jpg Howdy folks!  Welcome to a (very lazily delayed) new edition of the Super Powers Highlight!  Today I’m focusing ATTention (heh) on a very rare piece…something that only one of which exists, and something where the subject matter never ended up being produced by Kenner before the line was canceled.  It took some begging, pleading and…

 

September 28, 2010
33backs.jpg   What a hellish day I’ve had.  However…in the mail…redemption!  (…and you wouldn’t believe the hotness of the chick taking the photo!)  WOOT!   As if that wasn’t enough, ALSO in the mail today…the completion of the eleven previously-released characters on the 33-back Super Powers card SET (flanking the Samurai hand-painted carded Toy Fair sample). …

 

July 24, 2010
06.jpg Okay, only a scant twelve hours have passed since the big Friday Mattel showings of SDCC 2010…and I think it’s high time I shut the hell up. I believe I owe Scott Neitlich an apology.  I’m sorry, Scott…you have it right.  Not only that, but you took the general criticism of the "loud but not…

 

April 29, 2010
shazams.jpg What’s old is new again! You know, as much as I rag on Scott Neitlich (ToyGuru) for his efforts on the Justice League Unlimited action figure line, I have to give him the ultimate props on what he’s done with DC Universe Classics.  This line is what the Super Powers line could have been had…

 

April 22, 2010
As was previously reported by a very dubious source, this week marks the Wooden Anniversary of Action Figure Insider. (No really, it’s wooden!  Look it up!  Jason Lenzi told me!  Seriously!). To celebrate this wonderous occasion, we (yeah, that damn Lenzi again…taking all the credit for himself) thought we’d do something different with our blog…

 

March 5, 2010
samurai12.jpg Hello, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight!  Since Toy Fair 2010 has recently passed us by, I thought it appropriate to photograph this piece this week…the Samurai carded sample. It’s unclear as to what this sample would have been used for, but until subsequent information disproves me I’ll continue thinking it…

 

March 5, 2010
cyborg09.jpg Howdy all, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight here at Action Figure Insider.  Today I’m calling attention to a rarity most people might not know about.  What’s generally known amongst people who collect this fantastic line is that there were three total waves of figures released from 1984 to 1986.  The…

 

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