Mattel’s DCUC Super Powers Collection Tribute – Superman
July 20, 2014


As announced 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’ action figures.

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.

This figure has been a long time coming for a lot of fans.   This repaint was originally designed to be part of a second wave of retailer 2-packs along with a repainted Bizarro.   A hand full of samples were run overseas and escaped the factory onto Ebay.   Now every that wants one finally has a shot at him!






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.   As you can see there are some differences in the card (apart from the obvious toy maker logo change) but it’s great to see these old red, blue and yellow cards again.


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



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.




 This is a repaint of the DCUC Superman that we got several times in the line in 2-packs (Superman vs. Parasite, Superman/He-Man) and single carded (DCUC All Stars).    You can see the comparison pictures below of the original release, the Super Powers figure and the new SP repaint.   Taking these pictures I realize that I am in desparate need of a new loose Super Powers Superman who’s torso hasn’t darkened over the years

The lighter blue paint job still doesn’t quite match the original Super Powers blue paint, but it is way closer than anything we have gotten up to this point and I think he looks great!   Mattel painted the belt buckle gold, which I actually like, but is not accurate to the figure. And there’s no “S” shield on the back of the cape despite it being on the original figure and on the original DCUC figure.  The “S” shied on the front of the figure has also been changed from the original DCUC release.


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The first 3 figures:


The other 3 figures will be Mr. Mxyzptlk, Gold Superman, and The Riddler.  The figure will  be sold in waves of 3 and will be $30 a piece. These will be available to order this fall on

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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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  • GeekSummit says:

    My only wish in closing this line with a bang was that we’d get some true homage to the original line. And thank you for your assistance in steering Mattel for once into some direction that really sang to us ’80’s kids. But why… oh why couldn’t we get a new corrected SP Clark Kent in place of Myx, Gold Superman, or even… the Riddler? which we already got 2 years ago? I’ve already owned my SP styled Superman for 5 years now (25th Anniversary intentionally?) though illegitimately, but even by the sample shown here, my chinese bootleg/factory contraband has much brighter production colors, correctly overlaid “S” emblem and even and “S” on the cape.

    But even worse… why oh why just a generic non-era related repaint of Kailbak as a BAF? I’m glad it’s come to a close though, the hunt for quality Mattel product has been a long one, and a hard one, and lately a fruitless one. Do I even have to mention 4″ Movie Masters? Oh Mattel, we’ve got a funny relationship, You’ve got just enough of what I like to keep me coming back, but you obviously don’t respect me. Let me Grudge-Buck you with this fist full of Hamiltons.

  • Black Arbor says:

    Hey, they changed up his S symbol too! that’s a nice touch.

  • Lazarus Knight says:

    Man that supes looks a off… too big a body for too small a head.. why couldn’t they just re-release the SP ones with additional articulation?

  • What caused the discoloration of your SP Superman? Was it displayed with sunlight getting a peak of it? I’m freaking out here thinking mine might turn into that. Though mine is protected from sunlight though the room temperature is kinda humid

    • GeekSummit says:

      Hey Action Figure Planet!!! My blogging buddy. I figured I’d see you around here no pun intended. I’ve bought several of these bright blues over the years and only bought one that was discolored.

      These if they are to be as this sample dictates will have that deeper aqua blue, which is definitely a good SP tone.

      • So I need not worry about discoloration like this? I’ve been chasing this figure for 20 plus years and could only find one in a not so beat up condition at a price that I’m willing to pay. I worry about the possibility of discolorations like this. My favorite Pre DCUC Superman action figure, the Total Justice Superman already suffered a discoloration like the one above. I’m kinda sad about it

    • Joe G. says:

      I’ve had similar issues with a few of my figures – Wonder Woman and Joker’s torsos are both discolored. I’ve never displayed any of my figures in direct sunlight. It may just be part of the natural decay of the plastic.

  • Lee in MI says:

    Why paint the belt buckle gold?
    Why leave the yellow “S” off the cape?
    Why not make the “S” on the chest correct since you changed it anyway?
    Why not just do it right?

    I’ll buy but please please please Mattel, take my money and just die into kid toy oblivion already.

  • demoncat_4 says:

    superman looks a little more bulkier then the original super powers one. but dc fans should be happy mattel did try with dc classics to live up to the legacy of super powers including even making some of the characters that never saw the light of day in the original line like the wonder twins. sad to see the line end but it was a nice run. not to mention mattle actully making a super powers riddler after 30 years

  • Joe G. says:

    NNNNnnnnnnnnngggggg I was really wanting to not buy these but man that Superman looks great on the card. What are the dimensions of the cards, Dan?

  • Green Lama says:

    I’ve never understood the appeal of the SUPER-POWERS line. I guess it’s nostalgia?

    • AwesumSawce says:

      I don’t get the Super Powers attraction either. I had several as a kid and I’d have burned them for DCUC figures if given the option. By comparison they’re terrible. I’d have thrown my Mego figures into a wood chipper for DCUC and Marvel Legends when I was 8. I don’t see what makes them so special now. It’s not like a straight rerelease, even. It’s just plastic that could have gone to characters they haven’t done yet. Instead they wasted it on figures we already have. How is that “going out with a bang”, exactly?

  • Rodrigo says:

    Very cool, but I still feel lack of four indispensable figures to close with golden key the DCUC line: Vixen, Granny Goodness, Dr. Sivanna and Doomsday (unleashed). By the way, where’s Obsidian in the gallery? Leave of sloth Mattel! It’s not do so much!

    • Darrell says:

      Just 4 essential figures? While I don’t agree with all of your ideas of essential (besides Vixen, that is – it’s beyond sad she didn’t get made – and MAYBE Granny Goodness) my wish list alone could have kept this line going for another couple of years easily. My Teen Titans shelf looks pretty incomplete without an Aqualad or at least Tempest and a Jericho to complete the classic and Wolfman/Perez line ups. A Cassandra Sandsmark Wonder Girl, a Miss Martian and a Ravager would have been nice, too, They also should have made Mera, and I would have loved to have see a JSA-style Wonder Woman, Liberty Belle and Amazing Man. A figure of the female Dr. Light, and the male Dr. Light for the villain side, and … well, there are LOTS more beyond that that I wish had been made, all never to be. I’m not knocking Masters of the Universe, but for the life of me I cannot understand how there can be more fans of MotU than of DC characters to keep that line going. But weird character selections, quality and customer service issues and having to order blind almost a whole year’s worth of figures, not being entirely sure what you were gonna get stuck with, killed it for a lot of folks. But keep blaming the fans if it helps you feel better, Mattel.

      • Rodrigo says:

        Dude, I am totally agree about much others figures that could be made, and simply Mattel don’t did – and nobody is speaking about new tools. An so special and canonical figures line like this (with bodies, paints and sculptures very worked out) don’t could go away without, at least, finish the some groups like Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, Outsiders, Freedom Fighters. And could has made more figures from New Genese/Apokolips characters (like Grand Father, Granny Goodness, Female Furies, Forever People), Fatal Five and LOSH (Where’s Mon-el and Dawnstar?), Young Justice, more DCAU/JLU like Shining Knight and Vigilante (Greg Saunders), much more female figures (agree to you: Vixen, Liberty Belle, Crimson Fox, Gypsy, Katanna, Killer Frost, Live Wire, and even Amanda Waller), muche more enemies (Merlyn, KGBeast, Golden Face, Dr. Polaris, Felix Faust, Dr. Sivanna, Blockbuster, Count Vertigo, and so on), much more red/yellow/blue/indigo/sapphire/white/black lanterns, and trying make iconic figures from the most important DC’s saga ever (Crisis on Infinite Earths: Pariah, Psycho Pirate, Dr. and Dra. Light, Lady Quark, Harbinger and Monitor)… Unfortunately, the blindness from the CEO’s of Mattel made they choose a complete wrong strategy, no understanding that the DC fans so eternals, nothing like a passenger bandwagon – I not saying that MOTUC is! And now, they want to compensate with this poor hommage. Seriously! Mattel lost the golden chance to become the biggest among comic’s fan. Like has being made by Hasbro. Excuse me griping… but from here (Brazil) I can just lament all this.

        • Dave says:

          Hasbro used to have the license to DC’s figures and they foolishly sold it off. I’d bet that they would love to have it back and be able to produce both DC & Marvel product.

  • Sais says:

    Where’s Miss Martian?

  • trenton d hancock says:

    I wish they would just make additions to the original 80s line that are accurate to that particular style. This version looks over blown and just plain weird.

  • Jaime Casillas says:

    I´ts sad to see this figures, all my life waiting for a figure like the superpowers line and when I thought “finally”, but no, its no even close, it is just other of many superman´s dc universe classics, Just look the shield on superman’s superpowers, the cloth cape, the “S” on the back, even the new superman have a sad expression, I think as good customers, we deserve a better work on it, I bet a lot of fans should be buy the new figures just for the card, and then that green lantern riddler…….very sad….. 🙁

    • demoncat_4 says:

      actully the original green latern riddler for the original line is like the first red tornado and cyborg rare since it was only released over seas and not part of the original line. here in the states. so some fans of the original who never had the figure may like having it in the line. to each his own. even though the slot could have been used for like granny goodness or ragman

  • Sunny Day says:

    Mattel has never shown respect for the fans of DC. They just did whatever they wanted to. Their set up at the SDCC was a disgrace. I waited in line for over one-hour and thirty minutes to pick up a pre-ordered Batmobile. The hostility in-line from the fans was unbelievable. The scalpers ruled the whole process. It is sad that DC renewed their license, but at least they are doing good work at DC Collectables.

  • StanTheMan says:

    $30??? Pass!

  • Dave says:


    You stated that these are not replicas and I didn’t see a blast on the cards. Will these figures have the Super Powers actions built into the figures like the Superman and Batman “punch”, or are they just static figures for display. And if so, why bother calling them Super Powers?


  • Adam Carter says:

    I think they are an excellent tribute to the Super Powers line. Being in Australia I never knew I had the Australian packaged versions of the first 12 figures which differ from the overseas packaging. I still retain all of them and glad that the Kalibak BAF piece is not part of the blister card, but included in the white box. Wonder Woman is excellent as the others, but it may of been nice to have her lasso as a gold rope like the original; Superman’s “S” shield on the cape etc, but it’s a great tribute overall.

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