Welcome, one and all to yet another Super Powers highlight. Today I’m showcasing perhaps the most common of the Gulliver Super Powers releases, Wonder Woman. Keep in mind that when I use the term "most common" I mean it’s still rarer than nearly every single US carded release and most of the Super Amigos. So, in essence, it’s just the one that most SP collectors seem to have when they have a Gulliver carded figure.
For those that don’t know, Gulliver Juguetes was a Brazilian toy company pretty much known for one figure…El Capitan Ray. This Wonder Woman is part of their Super Powers line of figures (naturally), however Mister Lightning is not on the back of the package. The lovely Amazon warrior was obviously released first, and the cardback shows only 7 figures in the first wave. More on them later on. Gulliver released two waves of Super Powers figures, Secret Wars figures, and their own line of characters, the Future Warriors. However, I don’t know anything about that last line at all. Heh. Anyway…
The first thing that jumps out at you when you see this figure is how small the cardback is.
One of the intriguing things about this piece is the use of a different logo color scheme and card artwork. While it’s a nice picture of Diana, she’s not really facing the camera and she blinked when the flash went off! The US artwork was sourced from the DC Comics Style Guide, but since I don’t have one (yet) I’m not sure if this was also taken from there. As of yet it hasn’t surfaced on any other Super Powers merchandise.
Gratis, gratis, gratis! I’ll tell ya, toy companies outside the US sure do love giving away free items with their action figures! In this case it’s a free poster, which is the same as the European Trilingual releases. Apparently outside of the US people really aren’t a big fan of comic books…or the cost was too high to manufacture them to include with the figure. These figures do have copyright info on them, so at least this first wave was licensed by DC Comics.
There are seven figures on the back, so at least seven of their releases were legal. I currently have Aquaman and Batman, and that rat Joe recently beat me to the punch on a Robin. (Hi Joe! Heh.) I don’t have any of the second wave (which includes El Capitan Ray), so I’m not sure if there’s any copyright info on those cards at all. Since two Hulks and a Spider-Man are pictured on the backs of those, I doubt it. You’ll notice the bio card to cut out was a pretty popular thing, since it is similar on all other countries’ releases. The figures pictured on the back sure look like they were beaten with an ugly stick repeatedly over a several year period when they were young, eh? Very very scary, indeed!
See what I mean? Presenting : "Toupee Superman!" "Constipated Batman!" "Starched Cape Robin!"
(Yes, those are plastic capes and not fabric like the US releases.)
Finally, I leave you with some wonderful Engrish…
Thanks to everyone who has given me positive comments since I started doing these highlights. If you’d like to see a particular character or piece featured in my blog, please let me know and I’ll get to it. I’m also toying (heh) with the idea of starting Secret Wars and Future Warriors highlights, as well. If that’s something you think you’d like to see, drop me a line! Until next time…
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