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. They are correcting some of that now.
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. However, this character was never made into a figure for the original Kenner Super Powers line, so there’s no vintage counterpart to compare the figure or the card with in this instance.
The History – We know that Mr. Myxzptlk was at least considered by Kenner for a slot somewhere in the Super Powers line, because his presentation board was uncovered along with many other treasures back in the Super Powers 4th wave scoop we had many years ago now.
The Four Horsemen had already sculpted Mr. Myxzptlk in the DCUC scale as a pack in accessory that was to come with a Superman figure (much like we saw with Batmite in the Batman Unlimited line), however that SKU was cancelled and the sculpt was “on the shelf” for several months. When putting together this sub-line of DCUC tribute figures Mattel looked over our wave 4 scoop and saw that Mr. Myx was at least in the mix to possibly become a Super Powers figure, so this last original sculpt from the Four Horsemen would make it to fans after all in this Super Powers tribute line.
The Package – The figure comes in the same standard white mailer box that we have seen with the rest of this sub-line. The card art of the character seems to be a re-drawn/cleaned up version of the character art from the presentation board.
The Figure – The figure was intended as a “pack in” and not a full figure so he does not have the same articulation as a regular figure in the DC Universe Classics line. Mr. Myx has only 3 points of articulation: neck swivel and swivel at both shoulders. I suspect at some point he was going to come with a stand, so he could “hover” but there is no stand included and there is not a peg hole anywhere on the figure, which we typically see with Mattel figures that work with stands. He is in a seated position and can sit on flat surfaces.
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 (if that had come to pass).
Again, since Mr. Mxyzptlk was supposed to be a pack in figure when sculpted and not a full figure, Mattel included the largest of the collect and connect parts, Kalibak’s torso with Mr. Myx so it would feel to fans that they were getting more for their money.
Mattel’s flight stand works well for this figure if you have one handy. Since there’s no peg hole it just slips around the waist.
Doing what he does best, bothering Superman:
This sample was provided by Mattel
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