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Welcome back to our series of in-depth looks at the Toy Biz DC Superheroes action figure line. This week we’ll be looking at Batman’s archenemy, the villain of the Tim Burton Batman movie, the one, the only…The Joker!

Mr. J had had a few figures prior to this one – a couple of entries from Mego, and of course the Kenner Super Powers figure – so he was no stranger to toy aisle shelves. How did the Toy Biz entry stack up to his predecessors? Read on…


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Welcome to the first in a series of in-depth looks at the figures of the Toy Biz DC Superheroes action figure line. In this installment we’ll be looking at what is arguably the flagship figure of the line, Batman.


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We just stumbled across this classic Burger King commercial that features their 1985 Super Powers cup promotion.

Thanks to the Super Powers Collection Facebook page for pointing us to this.

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I’m just going to come right out and say it: I think the Toy Biz DC Superheroes figures are great. 

I know this may not be a popular opinion.  I’ve seen fights break out over it.  Internet fights, so as far as I know no fisticuffs were involved, but fights nonetheless.  I hesitate to call it a hot-button issue, but it’s at least a topic for discussion in certain circles.

I’m certainly not saying that the Toy Biz DC figures are better than Kenner’s Super Powers figures.  I’m not interested in comparing the two, to be honest.  Well, some mild comparisons, similarities and differences, might be made, but that’s not my goal.  I’m saying that – looking at the Toy Biz DC Superheroes figures strictly on their own – they’re great.


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I’m a bit late on getting these posted, but better late than never!  

Back in August we showed you collector Brad Rader’s cool custom Super Powers display where he built a custom shelf, and blew up the figure line up for the Super Powers line up from one of the 33-back SP cards for his display.  The then put all of the coresponding Mattel DC Universe Classics figures next to the Super Powers figures. 

Brad sent us even more updated pictures as he wanted to include his newly acquired SDCC DCUC Swamp Thing (even though Swampy is only an ‘honorary’ member of his Super Powers collection and was never planed to be included in the vintage line) and his display of Super Powers mini-comics.   We give you part II of Brad’s impressive collection display:




Thanks again to Brad for letting us showcase his display and collection.

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Last week Super Powers collector Brad Rader posted some pictures of his custom Super Powers display on the AFi Facebook page.  It was so cool that I asked if I could post them on our Super Powers blog.   He shot some new pictures and sent them over.

The cool thing about his display is Brad found the highest resolution image of the figure line up from the original 33-back Super Powers cards, blew it up and used it as the basis for his custom display cabinet.   Then he took the original Super Powers figures, matched them up with their corresponding DC Universe Classics figures and posed them together in the same poses as the card back image.

Check out this impressive display below:






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We’ve got a lot of great stuff related to the Kenner Super powers collection coming up in the months ahead, and this new blog will be the place to read about all of it!

To launch this we’re running an interview with famed Super Powers fans, the Four Horsemen (Eric “Cornboy” Mayse, Eric Treadaway, Chris Dahlberg, and Jim Preziosi). These amazingly talented guys have injected their love of SP into the ongoing Mattel DC Universe Classics line with all-new versions of such SP classic characters such as Golden Pharaoh and Cyclotron, with more on the way. The interview was originally conducted in May 2008 for the SP article done by Jason Geyer for Back Issue magazine #30. All answers are by Eric Treadaway.
Why do you think Super Powers has stood as an iconic toy line? What does the line mean to you, personally?

I think that Super Powers is so iconic for a number of reasons. The main reason I think, though is that it contained such a broad variety of characters in a completely consistent size and scale. The line also had great vehicles, cool mini comics, and really nice packaging with classic artwork. For me personally it set one of the great benchmarks in super hero toys, and it remains one of the more inspirational toy lines that I collected as a kid.


When did you first hear about the unproduced Super Powers toys?

It seems like this was something that I had heard rumors of for years, but it was the article on your site where I got to see the real deal. I love seeing what could have been! When looking at some of the concept art and future plans, it impressed me to see how relevant the line-ups would still be today.



Have Super Powers had any influence in your work, especially the DC toy lines you are working on now?

Absolutely! The entire time we have been doing D.C. characters one of our main goals has been to create a modern incarnation of Super Powers, and to even go beyond it if we are lucky. The Superman wave that we did with Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and Darkseid was a dream wave for us, and in retrospect was the first hint of what was to come.


And finally, do you think there would be any interest in reviving a Super Powers-like toyline today?

I definitely do. I know that I personally have been waiting for a revival for years. In a way I think that we are already attempting to do it. Certain things in the DCUC are different -such as the scale and lack of action features, but I think that at it’s heart DCUC is a lot like Super Powers. We are really trying our hardest to maintain the quality and spirit of the originals. Super Powers had such an impact on fans that in some peoples eyes it can never be topped, but that won’t stop us from trying. I think the fact that Super Powers still creates that type of inspiration is the sign of a what a classic line that it really is.

Thanks to the Horsemen for the interview and all the great toys!

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Hello, and welcome to another week of me sprouting off about Super Powers awesomeness to no one in particular!  Today the Super Powers Highlight focuses on all the figures released at retail on the offer-less, comic-less 33-back card design. 

To many SP collectors, the 3rd series card back redesign is known as both a step back for the overall line and a huge step forward as far as visual presentation.  No included mini-comics, no artwork behind the figure and no special offers meant that cost-cutting was taking place behind the scenes, and as a result the line would not be long of this Earth.  However, it also meant a wonderfully crisp and clean card design that showcased the amazing sculpts of the figures and the industry-leading artistry of The Masters…Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, George Perez and Jack "The King" Kirby.

For the bulk of those brave enough to take on a carded Super Powers collection, the 10-character populated 3rd series is the final hurdle…usually more of a financial strain than even a full set of 12-backs.   It’s also something not instantaneously achieved, since carded examples of all 10 pieces aren’t usually available at the same time even when haunting eBay.  Factor in a somewhat nice condition desired and you have a true challenge before you.

Read the rest of Super Powers Highlight – The 33-Back Production Set


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Wow, really?  Another edition of The Super Powers Highlight, so soon after the last one?

Yes, you’re right…I must be sick.  

Today we’ll be looking at the right-hand toady of one of your more major villains…Grima Wormtongue…err…I mean, DESAAD!  Darkseid’s torture master was indeed part of the Super Powers line from Kenner toys back in the mid-1980′s, and when looking around my display hoping to be inspired to write another blog I realized I had a small Desaad focus amongst my collection.   Desaad, along with the rest of the Series 2 characters released was a major reason why the line was eventually canceled.  If you want to be cute you could say that he tortured the line to a slow retail death.

However, since I’m not keen on acting cute…to the pics! 

Read the rest of Super Powers Highlight – Desaad


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Junk.  Waste.  Garbage.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and oh BOY is this trash a treasure…at least for me!  

Welcome, one and all, to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Today we’ll be looking at some of the various shipping cases used to transport Super Powers figures to their intended retail destinations (way back when).

Yes, that’s correct.  We’re looking at boxes.  Three different boxes.

Used shipping cases are very difficult to come by, especially for vintage toy lines.  I don’t think I’ve seen pictures of any other Super Powers shipping cases on the internet, but I’m sure that some of the "high-roller big-baller" collectors have examples in their stashes.  I also know that at least one case of Canadian-release 33-backs was cracked open at some point, since there are AFA-graded U90 (the "U" stands for "uncirculated") MOC Shazams and Orions on eBay.  Sad that a sealed case had to be destroyed to make something desirable for those silly label collectors, but that’s a profanity-laden blog for another day.  I’m sure I’ll get to it, since I can’t stand stuff like that.

On to the pics!

Read the rest of Super Powers Highlight – Shipping Cases!


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