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 things to showcase that I’m being daunted a bit on coming up with a lot of text for each article. I’ve decided that it’s easier to just caption the pictures and take as many pictures as I can. If there’s anyone still reading my blogs, please pipe up if you like, dislike or have a different suggestion that would allow me to blog more with less effort yet still remain entertaining and informative. I’d certainly appreciate it.
Now, on to the subject-at-hand…
It’s really a shame no photos exist of the Super Powers Toy Fair display when they unveiled the 33-back card style. That must have been damn impressive. This is one of two known carded samples of Firestorm known to exist. The other is virtually flawless in condition, especially when compared to this show-used example.
Rips in corners where velcro circles were applied to hang on the display at Toy Fair.
Hand-cut bubble applied to the card. Regular production figure (note copyright on inner thigh). Lack of inner tray.
Comparison with regular production release Firestorm 33-back.
Close-up of hole punch differences denoting proof card usage for the carded sample.
Close-up of bubble differences.
Comparison with Samurai carded sample from the same Toy Fair showing the velcro circles.
The three carded samples currently in my collection.
Thanks again for following along! Until next time…