I’ve decided to start blogging about various things Super Powers as I acquire more items for my collection, hopefully bringing things to light that people haven’t seen before or may be curious about. There certainly isn’t much information about Super Powers merchandise out there, tho the two main (and seemingly only) sites are definitely of top quality.
Also, most of the major collectors don’t seem to have any interest in putting everything they have into galleries online. While that’s certainly fine (hey, it’s their stuff…they paid for it and can do what they want with it), I’m not that type of person. I want to share everything I have and whatever knowledge I’ve gained on what I’ve been able to find.
The first item I’ve decided to highlight is my Plastic Man Carded Sample, which I acquired last year from a vintage Star Wars collector.
Carded samples are difficult to find in most vintage lines (except for Star Wars, it seems), and Super Powers is no exception to that. They usually consist of whatever current series of figures were in production affixed to whatever card backs were handy to test either how the figure looked on the card, how it would fit in the transit case when shipped with other figures, or if the tray holding the figure in place worked in the overall bubble scheme.
The figure is machine made and the bubble is the same as the regular US released figure. Here’s the front of it, and as you can see it was mounted on a Canadian Batman card.
The back of the card shows that it was a 12-back Batman card that they just happened to have a pile of on-hand when they ran the test on this particular figure. Since it was never shipped to any store, the hanger tab remains unpunched. Most test samples exist unpunched.
Here is a close-up of the bubble and card art, showcasing the uniqueness of the piece. It’s nice to have Plastic Man as the only sample I own, since I have other rare releases of the character: 33-back w/clear bubble (US), Estrela (Brazil) and Pacipa (Argentina). However, I’ve been told this isn’t by coincidence. While rare overall, Plastic Man samples are the most common of the characters that have been unearthed as samples.
I’ll try and get to at least one piece in my collection every week, starting with some of the less common ones and heading forth from there. However, if you have a favorite character you’d like to see something from, let me know! I plan on even highlighting all of the regular US-carded releases eventually!