Howdy folks…welcome to another highlight of the best vintage line around…Super Powers! I can’t really call it Kenner Super Powers anymore, simply because of the vast differences that make the foreign variations so wonderful to pursue. Obviously, if you’ve followed my previous blogs you’ll know one of those lines is Gulliver. Here’s a prime example of how wonderfully goofy a release from a foreign company can be : the Man of Steel, Superman
As one of the rarer characters to find MOC, I don’t think it’s been brought to light just how pencil-necked this geek really is. Until I was finally able to acquire one I had no idea…going off the grainy figure line up on the back of the card it’s not as prominent. Hopefully my pictures will bring a tear to your eye and a knot in your stomach as to how badly ol’ Clark has been mistreated here.
Immediately evident on this example is the condition of the piece. Gullivers have very thin bubbles that become brittle easily in adverse conditions and are difficult to find not only clear but in case-fresh shape. Between that and the unpunched hang tab…well, let’s just say I’m happy that the toy gods like me to the degree that they do. Unlike the Robin and Wonder Woman releases, Superman uses the same art as all the other worldwide versions of the character.
The card back remains the same as all the other heroes. It only changed when the company released El Capitan Ray and changed the logo from "Super Powers" to "Super Heroes." As you can see, Superman doesn’t look that bad here…probably because the original mock-up was just a repainted Kenner figure. Make sure you beware the deadly "Kruptonite!"
The less said about the following pictures, the better. They really screwed him over with the final finished product, eh?
The battle scars were from his last tussle with Brainiac, I’m assuming. He also doesn’t pencil his eyebrows very well. This crappy paint work is typical of nearly all of the Gulliver releases.
Free posters for all! The posters that came with each Gulliver figure featured the card art over a different colored background..a replica of the artwork behind the figure.
I had no idea there even WAS a Portuguese translation for Mr. Mxyzptlk! You learn something new every day, eh?
The prototypes on the back of the card actually look pretty nice. "Lost in Translation" ain’t just a movie, kids.
Welp, that’s all for this round, but stay tuned for another highlight very soon! I’ve got lots of cool items, both figure and non, to showcase in the coming weeks. Thanks again for reading!