Okay, I finally got around to taking new pics of my Super Powers collection, and I figured I would highlight it in my blog in case anyone was interested. I may add to descriptions of things later on, but for now I’ve put up some explanations on certain photos so people would know what they’re looking at. I hope everyone enjoys the photos as much as I enjoy collecting this line…it’s really been a LOT of fun! A few thank-yous before I proceed : Mike Mensinger at http://www.kennersuperpowers.com…Mike has been a wealth of knowledge and is always around to offer support and give me a heads-up on something I might want. Jason & Dan here at AFI…what can I say that hasn’t been said already about these guys? They are Super Powers fanatics through-and-through, and they inspire me to be as obsessed as I am…same with all the guys who haunt the Vintage forum here at AFI like Kastor and Roadhouse. Finally, the guys over at Rebelscum both in the forums and in the chatroom…Allan, Josh, Lee, Steve, James, Shane, Dan…you guys are the best, especially humoring me when I pop into the middle of a Star Wars discussion and start my SP crap.
Okay, here we go…
The entire collection is housed in the bedroom, and I’ll be buying a 5th bookcase for expansion this weekend. After the 5th is filled I may need to re-think where I put all this junk! Oh, and for those worrying about what women will say when they look at such an avalanche of nerdness…hey, it’s in the bedroom! If they’re in there I’ve already won the battle!
This is the main display across from the bed…that’s a small HDTV in the middle where I view programming at all hours of my insomnia-filled nights.
The side case near the door, then the case facing you as you walk in the room.
Deatils! I’ll start with the first wall, since it’s pretty basic. It’s a full US-card release set, with every card having the "Fan Club Offer" on the front. I went with this card form because I thought it looked the cleanest, and the only one I’m missing is Darkseid. He’s very tough to find with a clear bubble on this cardback.
The Shazam is the most difficult debut card to find in the US set. He and Pharaoh are nearly impossible to find with clear bubbles.
The bottom shelf has 3 of the 10 previously released characters on 33-back cards (think POTF as a related concept). These three characters are the most common examples.
This is the full set of 8 Canadian small card figures from Shell Gas Stations. Of these, Red Tornado is the toughest to find, with Green Lantern coming in second. Also in this picture is the SP metal lunchbox, Darkseid Saga 45rpm record premium, SP bumper sticker, and an unreleased Justice League of America coffee mug.
On top are two 13×19 Super Powers posters framed together. I’m not sure if they were sold in stores.
Next up is the side case. In this shot we’ve got the Super Powers carrying case, which I was lucky to find still sealed. Also on this shelf is the Burger King cup holder premium store display.
My first batch of European Trilingual figures. The cardbacks are smaller than the US releases by about a third, and they were released with and without the large "Free Poster" stickers. The Superman is one without it. The carded Hawkman is the only example known to exist at this time.
Three carded Gulliver releases from Brazil. The figures are a rubbery material and are probably bootlegs since there’s no DC copyright information anywhere. They also came with posters, and the cards are smaller still than the Trilinguals.
Ah, the oddball stuff. Eventually I want to track down everything I can find in this category. Here we have The Trilingual card Luthor (who came right from some European battlefield…the condition sucks), boxed Nerf Wrist Fliers (with an extra Wonder Woman dart inside), unused Lily Ledy overstock parts (Flash and WW heads being the highlights), and a sealed book & tape set of "The Darkseid of the Moon!" Too corny! On the bottom shelf are a set of four unused kid’s meal boxes from Burger King.
Now the case facing the doorway. Some of my favorite stuff is in this case! Here are three proof cards : "Fan Club Offer" Aquaman and Green Lantern flanking a Cyclotron.
Next is the Brainiac shelf. Superman Cape offer 23-back, unreleased 33-back proof card, and department store stock sealed baggie figure stapled to a card.
Estrela Hawkman & Plastic Man from Brazil, and a carded sample of Plastic Man mounted to a Canadian bilingual cardback. From what I’ve read I believe this sample is the most commonly found.
Three more previously-released characters on 33-back cards. The Firestorm has only 5 known examples I believe, and the Robin is the only one I’ve ever seen for sale or pictured (tho I’m sure Mike Mensinger has one).
Jaymar Heroes and Villains puzzles (the bad guys are still sealed), carded Super Amigos Riddler from Argentina, and the cardback for the Super Amigos Darkseid.
Welp, that’s it for now, but I’m sure I’ll be ready for another update in about a month. Here’s a small preview of what’s to come! If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, and thanks for checking out my collection!