Junk. Waste. Garbage.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and oh BOY is this trash a treasure…at least for me!
Welcome, one and all, to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight. Today we’ll be looking at some of the various shipping cases used to transport Super Powers figures to their intended retail destinations (way back when).
Yes, that’s correct. We’re looking at boxes. Three different boxes.
Used shipping cases are very difficult to come by, especially for vintage toy lines. I don’t think I’ve seen pictures of any other Super Powers shipping cases on the internet, but I’m sure that some of the "high-roller big-baller" collectors have examples in their stashes. I also know that at least one case of Canadian-release 33-backs was cracked open at some point, since there are AFA-graded U90 (the "U" stands for "uncirculated") MOC Shazams and Orions on eBay. Sad that a sealed case had to be destroyed to make something desirable for those silly label collectors, but that’s a profanity-laden blog for another day. I’m sure I’ll get to it, since I can’t stand stuff like that.
On to the pics!
According to what I’ve been able to figure out, this is the case for assortment 67000 which was a revision case of Series 3 characters and 33-back re-releases. I’m not sure if the assortment numbers changed with each new half-year of production, but this case has a sticker for assortment 67000 that’s been placed over a sticker for assortment 67600. That leads me to believe the cases were returnable and re-used multiple times. I know this sometimes happens in retail.
This particular case was shipped to a Kay-Bee Toys warehouse in Danville, Kentucky.
This Kay Bee internal label was used to ship the case from the warehouse to a store in Arlington, Virginia.
Here’s the case pictured with a few of the 33-back figures originally released at that time.
Darkseid, Lord of Apocalypse, was such a badass that he had his own shipping case. As most Super Powers collectors know, due to the size of the figure Darkseid had an over-sized card back that was unique to him. So, because of that reason he was shipped in a different assortment composed entirely of himself. What an ego, eh?
The ultimate bad guy along-side his favorite method of transportation when his Boom Tube is on the fritz.
Finally we have a shipping case for assortment 67600. The original owner acquired this in 1986 at the time Series 3 was released (he purchased several of them the same day), so that makes me think this was the first assortment of 33-backs sent to retail.
Here’s the shipping label on the case, showing it was sent from Kenner to a K-Mart in Michigan. How cool is the SS Kresge designation on the title? Those were the days!
Finally, here’s the case with a few rarities from that era of Super Powers at retail. No, they aren’t for sale.
This last image is a treat for y’all. It’s from the Super Powers section of a Kenner retail buyer internal order sheet. This was from late 1986 after the bridge assortments were finalized that were to fill shelves until Series 4 was released. As you can see, all of the 33-back re-releases are listed across two assortments. Of particular note is the confirmation that Clark Kent was indeed to be released carded at retail. Until the mock-up proof card resurfaces (it was sold years ago by a well-known dealer), this is the only confirmation known of this information.
These cases are a fun way to complement any existing Super Powers collection, and are a great reminder of the glory toy-buying days of our youth. I’ve been lucky enough to find these three so far, and hopefully I can acquire more examples of them in the future.
Thanks for following along and reading my meanderings…until next time!