Mattel’s DCUC Super Powers Collection Tribute – Batman
August 4, 2014

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As announced, back in February at Toy Fair 2014, the final figures in Mattel’s long running 6″, Four Horsemen sculpted, DC Universe Classics line will be a series of tributes to the 30th anniversary of Kenner’s beloved DC Comics ‘Super Powers’ 3.75″ action figures.   Mattel is repainting 6 figures (including a collect-and-connect figure) and giving us one last new mini-figure sculpt as a “thank you” to the fans.   In it’s 7+ year run, Mattel’s DC Universe Classics has released 6″ versions of all 34 characters that were released in the 1984-1986  Kenner Super Powers line, however not all of the paint jobs on the Mattel figures matched their vintage counterparts.

I think by now everyone that knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan of the original Super Powers line.  After all we house the Super Powers Archive here on AFi as well as have a dedicated Super Powers blog.  I have loved and encouraged and even helped Mattel out with some of the past DCUC Super Powers figures so I was greatly looking forward to these, and even with Mattel sending me samples I will be buying a second set to keep carded when they are released.

I think it’s important to note that these are merely a Super Powers tribute/homage and not a intended to be a replica in figure or card.   There are quite a few differences in details on all of the cards and figures from their original Kenner release.  That said it’s still a nice and fitting end that the line end with a tribute to it’s roots.  While some will argue that the DC Universe Classics line surpassed it’s predecessor in terms of “wow” factor, and certainly DCUC has far surpassed the Kenner line in terms of time and character selection, still all involved with the DCUC line were big fans of the original line and wanted to see it recognized as a blueprint to doing a great line of in the same style and in the same scale DC Comics action figures.

THE PACKAGE

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To Mattel’s credit they did use the original image out of the actual DC style guide for the card.   Kenner took the same image and modified it to better fit the card.

THE FIGURE

The Batman figure that is repainted here goes WAY back to the first wave of DC Universe Classics Detective Batman, which is not the same as the original Mattel’s 6″ Batman in their DC Super Heroes waves.   The original DCUC Batman was a much darker gray color on the body suit and a slight darker blue for the rest of the costume.   It also featured the “mask shadow” on his forhead that was prevalent in the 70’s.  We did get a lighter colored Batman that was closer to this figure in a 2-pack with a re-release of Clayface, but the colors were still not light enough to match his Super Powers counterpart and the figure featured a battle damaged chest emblem.   The colors on this figure are a much better match for his 1984 Kenner counterpart, the only difference is the gold highlight on the belt buckle.

Just like the Super Powers 3.75″ Batman, this Batman does not come with any accessories.

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COLLECT AND CONNECT

The Collect and Connect Kalibak piece is in the mailer box not in the bubble with the figure.  It is polly-bagged and taped to an “L” shaped piece of cardboard in the mailer box so that it’s not in the package with the figure, as that would not be accurate to it’s vintage counterpart.   Batman comes with Kalibak’s right arm.

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When you collect all 6 figures in this Super Powers tribute you will be able to build a brown, more Super Powers accurately colored Kalibak figure.

COMPARISONS

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Here’s the dynamic duo:

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The first 3 figures:

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The other 3 figures will be Mr. Mxyzptlk, Gold Superman, and The Riddler.  The figures will  be sold in waves of 3 and will be $30 a piece. These first 3 will be available to order this fall on MattyCollector.com.   Click here to see our feature on the Super Powers style Superman figure.

This sample was provided by Mattel

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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7 Comments »

  • Jonatan says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if Mattel release all those figures showed on the back of the card in Super Powers style, with some repaint jobs? What do they have to lose if they already have all tools to make the figures??? I would love to see Giganta and Apache Chief in 6″ inside that blue card (dreams, dreams, dreams!!!)……

  • Rjackson says:

    Not to be a jerk, but the Gray Batman with the Damaged chest/Bat-symbol was from a two pack with the Red Azreal Bats, not the Clayface – that came with a mud-splattered black and gray Batman.

    Thanks for doing these pieces – I wish these weren’t so expensive (especially with Matty’s inflated shipping costs) as I would like to get one to keep on card and one to open.

  • demoncat_4 says:

    once again mattel is sending the dc classics line out with style by doing even a super powers batman figure. a nice way to end one dc line plus honor the line that set the bar for dc figures too.

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  • AwesumSawce says:

    Just what I wanted. Not Miss Martian. Not Vandal Savage. Not Impulse or Cassie Sandsmark. Not Dr. Sivana. Not even Oberon or Indigo-1. Forget Ravager. No Circe for me, thanks! You can keep your Hugo Strange. All I need is another Batman repaint and an unarticulated Mxyzptlk pencil top eraser. That’s great! Thanks, Mattel. You really know how to run a toy line.

  • Andrew Breeden says:

    These take me back to when I started collecting Super Heroes figures. I have read the reasoning behind the Riddler (because the Riddler was released as a repaint as the Green Lantern in Mexico) and the Gold Superman (was to be a special release for Superman’s 50th but never was released) but I would have preferred to have seen the original 12 figures released but in the modern 6″ figures. As we can see above Batman with the Robin figure, it would have been great to be able to get him as well. Also to have available Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman and Aquaman, also bad guys Lex Luthor, Joker, Penguin and Brainiac. All these have been release by Mattel, even Lex in his suit and Brainiac like he was originally released. I know some will say “Why didn’t you collect them when Mattel released them”, well being from Australia you don’t see all the series released available here.

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