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 but THIS figure goes above and beyond in capturing a SPECIFIC “white whale” for many collectors – the Argentina only Super Amigos “Riddler” or “El Acerjito” figure.
The Package – I LOVE the package on this figure. The fact that they not only made it a Super Amigos card, but that they wrote the whole card in Spanish is the best tribute in this subline. Just look at it, the bio, the safety warning, even the character names are all in Spanish.
The Figure – This is the third Riddler figure we have gotten in the DCUC line. I think this is my favorite figure in the 6 figure DCUC Super Powers sub-line. The original, vintage Super Amigos Riddler was a repainted Super Powers Hal Jordan Green Lantern figure. Many of the non-Kenner produced Super Powers/Super Amigos figures were produced with much lesser quality with sloppy, shoddy paint and often times the plastic not matching all the parts. This is why the tribute figure has so many mis-matched greens as the Riddler figure was notorious for having discolored limbs and parts. It’s a cute detail.
Collection 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. The Riddler comes with Kalibak’s head and weapon.
Comparison – Unfortunately I don’t have a LOOSE Super Amigos Riddler so the comparison to the vintage figure will have to be carded.
Here’s the comparison of the loose DCUC SP Riddler with the DCUC Hal Jordan.
Here’s the comparison of the loose DCUC SP Riddler with the previous DCUC Riddler releases.
Here is the whole Sub-line together:
This sample was provided by Mattel
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