…and we’re back! Boy, that commercial seemed like an eternity, eh? Wait, what? It really HAS been over 5 months since the last highlight? Wow…I’ve been a supreme slack-ass, for sure. Well, rest assured loyal readers (reader?) that one of my (few) New Year’s resolutions is to blog more…to the tune of once a week at least, and to start things off I’m "debuting" a vintage piece that has previously not shown up on the collector’s market…the Playful Super Amigos Shazam!
Let me tell you how excited I was to have the opportunity to purchase this for my collection…well, yeah. THAT excited. I mean, think about something you were *really* excited to find…like REALLY excited. Well, go beyond that by a factor of 10. Yup, THAT excited. I know, I know…"Shaddap, Chip and make with the actual review already, willya???" Okay, here we go!
There he is, in all his glory. One thing that astute Super Powers collectors will notice right off the bat is the fantastic presentation the carded figure makes due to the different artwork used for the card. One thing Pacipa and Playful did right with their Super Amigos lines to differentiate them from the regular US releases was use other images from the DC Comics style guide for some of the characters. In Shazam’s case this works so well that in my opinion it’s far better than the US release, which was basically just a horizontal flip of the Superman card artwork’s pose. It suits the character perfectly with a more "majestic" stance instead of flight.
A closer look at the artwork. I think it’s the billowing cape that really offsets the card as a whole. Just fantastic, and a nice surprise that they made this figure with the different art.
…and now to the ugly : the figure itself.
He looks…weird. Odd. Strange. Crappy in quality. So crappy, in fact, that I’m not going to waste many more words in describing how crappy he actually is. When they don’t have chrome to throw all over a figure the crudeness kinda shines through, eh? I think the problem for the most part is the paint work on the face.
Even looking past all the paint rubs on the bubble, the fact that his left eye and eyebrow are thicker than his right all while he’s smiling out of the side of his mouth kinda creeps me out a bit. He looks like a distorted Quagmire reflection in a fun house mirror. I’m going to stop now because I have to try and get some sleep soon.
You know, I’m starting to think "Con mi potente punetazo!" means "I have the potential to creep you out with my crooked smile! Muah-hah-hah-haaaaaa!" Yeah, it’s about time to wrap things up.
Here’s the back of the card, which pictures all of the Super Amigos released by Playful. Why they chose these characters I have no idea, as it seems to be just a random assortment across all three US waves.
As I stated to begin with, one of my New Year’s resolutions has been to blog more, and as the Toy Karma Gods have decided once again to start shining their wonderful light on me I’ll definitely have more to write about. Look for another Super Powers highlight soon, and thanks for reading!