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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!

THE PACKAGE

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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.

COLLECT AND CONNECT

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.

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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.

THE FIGURE

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 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:

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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 MattyCollector.com.

This sample was provided by Mattel


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It was announced last month that the Super Powers themed line of Medicom Be@rbricks would be continuing this summer as SDCC 2014 exclusives.   Many fans wondered if this line was still going as it was announced last year we would be getting a new pair of figures every other month and that never happened.  The first pair (Cyborg and Robin) were released mid-year last year and that’s been the last anyone has heard about it until now.

This new pairing of Green Lantern and the Joker both come from the original 1984 series of figures and it corrects a couple of “near misses” in the line.   The original DC Be@rbrick done on these retro Super Powers cards was not a “figure” at all, but an accessory.  It was painted in the form of Green Lantern’s power battery.   Now we get the actual Green Lantern to go along with it.   We have gotten one previous Joker, but it was based on his appearance in Frank Millers “The Dark Knight Returns.”   Now we get a SP version as well.

If you are attending SDCC there will be many retailers that will carry these for about $11-$15 each.

Even if you are not attending the show you can order a set of these from ShopAFX.com.

To find the past releases you can check out BigBadToystore.com and EntertainmentEarth.com.

 

SDCC 2014 DC SUPER POWERS: GREEN LANTERN BE@BRICK – SDCC 2014 EDITION
From Medicom Toys! In brightest day, in blackest night, the Green Lantern Be@rbrick shall not escape your sight! Available exclusively at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014, this 2” tall figure features Medicom’s Be@rbrick platform redone in a Green Lantern uniform. This SDCC 2014 edition is limited to 1,500 pieces. (NOV138233) For a complete list of SDCC exclusives and what retailers on the show floor will be selling them, visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth (#2401).
Bearbrick      $14.99

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SDCC 2014 DC SUPER POWERS: THE JOKER BE@RBRICK – SDCC 2014 EDITION
From Medicom Toys! Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime joins Medicom’s fan-favorite Be@rbrick line in a new piece exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con 2014! This figure stands roughly 2” tall and gives The Joker a makeover in Medicom’s Be@rbrick platform. This SDCC 2014 edition is limited to 1,500 pieces. (NOV138234) For a complete list of SDCC exclusives and what retailers on the show floor will be selling them, visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth (#2401).
Bearbrick      $14.99

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