Hello, and welcome to "Back To Normal" week here at The Highlight. LOL. Today we have the "Small Card" Green Lantern figure, which is technically a Shell Gas Station promotion produced for the Canadian market. This sub-line was released on smaller cards due to less space being available at point-of-sale (hey, it’s a gas station). No hanger-hole punches were stamped into the cards, so individual stations would sometimes use a standard hole-punch to hang them up. Finding perfect-condition examples is usually difficult due to that reason alone. Only eight characters were available : Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Green Lantern, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, and Red Tornado. The second series figures (as far as the main line) are generally more difficult to find on these cards, but while I used to think that Red Tornado was the most difficult I now believe that Green Lantern is.
They are also sometimes called "slim cards" and are also susceptible to yellowed bubbles. This leads me to believe they came out closer to the 3rd series of US figures since Kenner obviously changed the quality of plastic used on them at that time. A quick perusal of Kenner’s Star Wars Return of the Jedi and Power of the Force figures on eBay confirms this wholeheartedly.
The sculpt of the figure remains awesome. The likeness of Hal Jordan was certainly nailed to perfection here, right down to the lantern accessory. One of the most popular Super Powers figures even to this day, I would think.
This sub-line is also fun to collect due to the small number you have to obtain, as well as the relatively tiny amount of space you would need to display them. The cards have a nice, clean look to them due to the only artwork besides the logo being the character artwork behind the figure.
Batman remains the most expensive figure of the lot, due to his immense popularity. He’s easy to find yet rarely sells for below $50 on average. Red Tornado has varied the most of any of the, price-wise. I’ve seen them sell from $20 to over $200. It makes no sense, really, though he is one of the more difficult to locate.
As far as the mail-away promotion goes, it’s unknown if there was a plain mailer box for this (one has never surfaced), or if they just sent out bi-lingual retail boxed Boulder Bombers (which actually seem more plentiful than the US versions).
Thanks for reading, take care and stay tuned for more cool highlights coming this week!