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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.  That said it’s still a nice and fitting end that the line end with a tribute to it’s roots.  While some will argue that the DC Universe Classics line surpassed it’s predecessor in terms of “wow” factor, and certainly DCUC has far surpassed the Kenner line in terms of time and character selection, still all involved with the DCUC line were big fans of the original line and wanted to see it recognized as a blueprint to doing a great line of in the same style and in the same scale DC Comics action figures.

The History

There’s a lot I COULD say about the Gold Superman figure that Kenner had planned as part of the Super Powers action figure line and tied into the 50th Anniversary of Superman, but it’s all already been said by AFi co-founder Jason Geyer right here in the Super Powers archives:

In 1988, DC Comics was due to celebrate the Man of Steel’s 50th Anniversary with a new series, a new movie, and other scattered odds and ends. Kenner was making plans in 1985 for this celebration, too. Mainly, there were planning on painting a bunch of existing items gold. To start with, the basic superman figure would be re-released, possibly with new arms and a new “flying” action feature. The irony here is that Gold Kryptonite caused Superman to lose his powers. The mock-up of the card for this figure surfaced a short time ago (click on the link to see Michael Mensinger’s page about it), but nothing else was know until now. We can see that in addition to the figure above, they also were planning a golden collector’s case, much like the golden C-3PO case long featured in their Star Wars line. Kenner also planned a gold repaint of the existing Supermobile, which they made a mock-up of for the presentation.

It’s safe to assume that the final products would be vac-metallized gold, not gold paint. Basically, this is a chrome-like finish like that on the existing Brainiac and Cyborg figures. This process can only be achieved at the factory, so the mock-up pieces can only use paint to demonstrate the rough concept. I made a digital mock-up of what the carded figure might have looked like below, based upon the existing card mock-up and the concept art above. The card mock-up shows his shorts as being gold, also, but I went with the red as on the concept art.

The Card – The Card is similar to the other cards that we saw in the first wave, but this one has a twist that is very topical…

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  Interestingly enough the actual card mock-up from Kenner that was to be for this figure 25 years ago is now on Ebay being sold by Mark Huckabone. (So if you’ve always wanted to get me something but didn’t know what I’d like… this please :) )

When Jason was originally writing the article on this figure back in 2004 he hand-drew the card for the mock-up for the feature.   It looks like Mattel might have done the same thing using his mock up.

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The Figure

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Collect 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.  Gold Superman comes with Kalibak’s right leg.

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Comparison-  Here’s Gold Superman next to the new Super Powers style Superman.

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I have a custom Super Powers Gold Superman that I bought off Ebay many years ago, so here’s what he looks like next to that.

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Gold Superman will be available later this year in the 2nd wave of 3 figures on MattyCollector.com

You can see our earlier features on DCUC Super Powers Superman and DCUC Super Powers Batman by clicking on those links

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This sample was provided by Mattel.

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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.  That said it’s still a nice and fitting end that the line end with a tribute to it’s roots.  While some will argue that the DC Universe Classics line surpassed it’s predecessor in terms of “wow” factor, and certainly DCUC has far surpassed the Kenner line in terms of time and character selection, still all involved with the DCUC line were big fans of the original line and wanted to see it recognized as a blueprint to doing a great line of in the same style and in the same scale DC Comics action figures.

The Package – 

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One interesting thing about this card is that there appears to be an error corrected by a sticker.   The contents list at the bottom says “One toy figure”

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But if you peel back the sticker you see that it originally said: “One toy figure with accessories.”

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The correction is because the SP Wonder Woman figure doesn’t really come with an accessory.   She has her lasso but it is permanently attached to her hip.  It is not removable.

Below is the card of the original Kenner Super Powers Wonder Woman as well as the Gulliver foreign release of WW which both had different artwork than the Kenner version.  As you can see Mattel went their own way on the art on their card and didn’t use either version of these.   I’m not sure why.

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The Figure – This figure, like the lighter colored Superman, surfaced on Ebay from Chinese sellers as factory sample discards several a year or so ago.   Clearly Mattel had some plan for her to be released, perhaps in a multi-pack that never came to fruition.   The main difference from her regular release is all of the gold parts are now yellow and her bracelets are now blue instead of silver.

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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.  Gold Superman comes with Kalibak’s left arm.

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Comparison – Here is a look at the Super Powers tribute Wonder Woman alongside the the first DC Universe Classics release and next to the original Kenner Super Powers Wonder Woman.

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You can see our earlier features on DCUC Super Powers Superman , Gold Superman and DCUC Super Powers Batman by clicking on those links

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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.  That said it’s still a nice and fitting end that the line end with a tribute to it’s roots.  While some will argue that the DC Universe Classics line surpassed it’s predecessor in terms of “wow” factor, and certainly DCUC has far surpassed the Kenner line in terms of time and character selection, still all involved with the DCUC line were big fans of the original line and wanted to see it recognized as a blueprint to doing a great line of in the same style and in the same scale DC Comics action figures.

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.

THE FIGURE

The Batman figure that is repainted here goes WAY back to the first wave of DC Universe Classics Detective Batman, which is not the same as the original Mattel’s 6″ Batman in their DC Super Heroes waves.   The original DCUC Batman was a much darker gray color on the body suit and a slight darker blue for the rest of the costume.   It also featured the “mask shadow” on his forhead that was prevalent in the 70’s.  We did get a lighter colored Batman that was closer to this figure in a 2-pack with a re-release of Clayface, but the colors were still not light enough to match his Super Powers counterpart and the figure featured a battle damaged chest emblem.   The colors on this figure are a much better match for his 1984 Kenner counterpart, the only difference is the gold highlight on the belt buckle.

Just like the Super Powers 3.75″ Batman, this Batman does not come with any accessories.

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COLLECT 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.   Batman comes with Kalibak’s right arm.

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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.

COMPARISONS

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Here’s the dynamic duo:

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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 figures will  be sold in waves of 3 and will be $30 a piece. These first 3 will be available to order this fall on MattyCollector.com.   Click here to see our feature on the Super Powers style Superman figure.

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COMING SOON: Super Powers Action Figures With Fist Fighting Action. These action figures come with fist fighting action! One position allows for a karate chop when you hit the switch on the back of the figure, and the other position allows for both arms to punch.  Series 1 includes Superman, Green Arrow, Shazam & Aquaman. Series 2 includes Batman, Robin, Riddler & Joker. Each figure comes with an authentic cloth outfit and in resealable plastic clamshell packaging that opens and shuts without damaging anything.

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These will be available in October. PRE-ORDER HERE -> http://bit.ly/1p2U9pJ


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