Goofy in-house characters for the win! Yup, I’m of the minority, I know…I actually *like* these guys. While news of their upcoming release in the DC Universe Classics line has caused tremendous uproar and their original inclusion in Super Powers (instead of some of the 3,000 characters already inhabiting the DC Universe) has never been explained…I still like ‘em. On the surface, they’re goofy…they’re neat…and they’re a couple of the more difficult figures to find carded in the line. Due to the quality of plastic Kenner started using during those years (and also on the Return of the Jedi and Power of the Force Star Wars waves) yellow bubbles are very very common. I believe I’ve only seen one Golden Pharaoh with a clear bubble, and the price nearly hit $200 on eBay last year.
Proof cards, on the other hand, are an entirely different beast. Most Super Powers pre-production items are very difficult to come by. First shots and proof cards are very rare with most items having 2-3 examples out there. In most cases hardcopies and presentation boards are one-of-a-kind pieces. I’m certainly fortunate to acquire what I’ve come across, and in the case of these two proof cards there are only two or three of each known to exist. Since this blog will be primarily visual (there’s only so much you can say about these guys), I’ll get right to the pics.
One of the neat aspects of the GP proof is that you can actually *see* the artwork. Since he was packaged with his arms outstretched to the sides, the bubble had to be massive in width. This obscures most of the artwork and was the driving force in me pouncing on this proof card. It also really showcases how the third series card back design was the best. Very bright & clean.
Another thing about the GP figure that not many others had was the inclusion of not one, but two ‘features’ to the figure. This guy not only had the ‘action’ wings, but also the translucent chest that you could shine a light through. Kids, of course, loved it. It’s probably why they created the character in the first place…an easy "toyetic" design that would appeal to the target audience.
A large close-up of the character artwork, quite possibly pictured in full for the first time online. I love being a pioneer.
The standard 33-back card back…exactly the same as the released version. The Tower of Darkness and All Terrain Trapper were not released, as the line was canceled before production.
Ashley Halberstam? Seriously?
Paging Yul Brynner! Paging Yul Brynner! Wait…he’s still dead? Okay…paging Telly Savalas! Wait…what?
For any 33-back proof, this is the way to differentiate between "unused card back" and "pre-production proof." The punch on a proof is this thinner shaped design instead of the ones with the larger balloon-like "peak."
Cyclotron always seemed (at least to me) as a kind-of Masters of the Universe Sy-Clone/Roboto love child. Kids ate it up, tho…they love robots. Again with the "toyetic" theme…and I suppose Kenner employees being lazy as opposed to actually finding some other existing DC character that could sell just as well.
Another figure with two "features" included…the spinning action and the removable face plate.
A close-up of the character artwork, and a testament to how wonderful the upcoming DC Universe Classics figure (sculpted by the Four Horsemen) truly is. I can’t wait to get him, for sure.
Alex LeWitt? Cycloclobber? Seriously?
Until next time, thanks a lot for reading and following my blog! There’s lots more on the way during the upcoming Toy Fair news blitz and AFi’s 5th Anniversary celebration week!