Super Powers Highlight – European Trilingual Hawkman
April 21, 2009

Up for a highlight this time around is the Trilingual Hawkman, released in Europe.  It seems as if the Trilingual figures were manufactured by different companies depending on the country.  Text on the back of the card credits Palitoy, Clipper, and General Mills.  Subtle differences exist in the card fronts, with some having the character’s name in a yellow band on the lower right card front, while others don’t have any band at all (reminiscent of the US 33-backs). As I acquire more examples hopefully I’ll be able to determine which variations come from which manufacturers.  I know that some came with a small white box on the upper right with text in it, but since I don’t own one (at the end I’ll tell how I should, but don’t) I can’t say if that has any relevant info in it.

The cards are smaller than their US counterparts.  Hawkman has the largest bubble of all of them, which takes up nearly the entire bottom 2/3rds of the card, obscuring the artwork.


All Trilinguals have the "speech bubble" that their American counterparts have, only represented in three languages instead of one.  However, some have a "Free Poster" sticker applied over it.  This bubble is from the Superman figure.  As to why I don’t have a photo of the Hawkman speech bubble and had to use the Superman one, read on…




 This is the sticker that covers the speech bubble :


Mini comic included?  Not with that free poster in there!  Also, the examples I have without the sticker that claim the free comic included also don’t have them.  False advertising, indeed!  Call the policia! 






The card back is a 12-back, and those were the only figures released in this packaging.  The aforementioned name in the yellow strip is shown in 3 languages, the 12 released figures are described in three languages, and there are multi-language bios and instructions on the figure’s action/feature.



As of today this remains the only carded example confirmed to exist, with or without the free poster sticker.  Needless to say, I’m very happy it resides in my collection.  Another example sans sticker surfaced on eBay a few months ago, and I did win that auction (along with 5 other Trilinguals without stickers) :


However, the moron sellers (after initially saying the package had been shipped when I asked) never again responded to my inquiries and the package never showed up.  They then never even responded to my Paypal claim…and they lost it.  While I’m glad I recovered my money, I’d have rather had the figures.  So, there’s at least one more example out there virtually (because the picture must have come from somewhere), however it’s not in any known collection. It might have been thrown out with the garbage for all anyone knows, and that’s too bad.

Until next time!




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  • j1h15233 says:

    What a deadly Hawkman. He can beat you down in 3 different languages!

  • ZAXILLA2 says:

    “Call the policia!”

    very funny, and fun stuff. bummer about the auction, but at least you got your flow back. how do you search for such a specific item on ebay? is it just a SP search, or do you search from foreign sellers only? an any case, another very cool sample, thanks for sharing!

  • texgnome1 says:

    Ugh. That’s the bad thing about ebay. Even when you win in the end, you still lose. You’re out the item, and you had to go through a hassle to get your money back. On top of that, you have to restart your search.

    Having said that, thanks very much for sharing. I’m really enjoying this blog series, and can’t wait for the next one. Perhaps you could do a feature on the Super Amigos? :D

  • Darth_Ennis says:

    Man, that does suck about the auction, but at least you weren’t completely screwed.

    Once again a very informative article. I never knew such things existed. It’s really cool seeing the great rarites of one of my favorite toylines.

  • Erik superfriend says:

    Enjoying these immensely. After doing some of mine, I appreciate the time investment considering the photography. Even when you know the topic inside out, putting it altogether can take hours.
    Thanks for the blog.

  • bnjmnrlyr says:

    Who knew that General Mills was a toy manufacturer? And here I thought that all they were good for was breakfast cereal…

    ALl in all … Thanks for the spotlight on Hawkman, he was the 1st Super Powers figure I ever purchased and put a fairly constant beatdown on my Kalibak (which happened to be the 2nd figure I ever purchased, the rest I received as gifts or were acquired with Gramma’s money ;) ).

  • roadhouse says:

    What I find interesting is that Hawkman is holding his mace. Cool find Chip! Too bad you were not into these things in the early Ebay days. So many unique items to be had. Most of the time dirt cheap. I wanted to get them but I was concentrating on getting an entire US C-9 carded collection.

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