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Hello everyone, and welcome to another Super Powers Highlight!  Fresh out of the post office box today is one of my newest arrivals…and a pretty damn cool thing to boot!  This is the master color key for the Martian Manhunter mini-comic.  I was fortunate to add a couple of these to my collection this past week (the other being Red Tornado), but I selected this one to showcase here in my blog because it arrived with an extra added bonus…an alternate cover that differs from the final version included with the figure.  

Each page contains color code information for the printer, and as far as what is known each copy is one of a kind.  The colors on each page seem to be applied with a watercolor-type marker.  The seller only had examples from Wave 2 of the Kenner figure line, but he did tell me that at one point he had Wave 1 characters as well.  Upon inquiry I was told they were sold years ago at a convention.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Brainiac…well, you know where to reach me.  :-)   Without further ado…here are the images!

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Toy Fair 2011 has come and gone and while this year seemed a bit more sedate for what new items were shown, one group of action figures stood out above all others: DC Universe Classics Wave 18. Why are these toys special, you ask? Because for the first time ever, not only do we get a mass market assortment of Super Friends specific toys, but it’s centered around four figures that you would be justified in thinking no one would ever think to make figures of, let alone all four in one wave! Yes, I’m talking about the controversial "ethnic" heroes: Samurai, Black Vulcan, El Dorado, and C&C Apache Chief.

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I know some people think these characters are superfluous, or not "comic based" and therefore not worthy of a figure, but I don’t agree with that logic. First and foremost, there is a big section of fans who do want these figures and have waited for them for 20 years.  And on top of that, this is a toy line, not the comics. And these guys make GREAT toys! And they do give a selection of diversity to an all too-white toy aisle (with the occasional black character thrown in). How many Native Americans are on shelves? Asians? Hispanics? Is it going to kill collectors to add one more? And Mattel made it super easy to skip this wave if you don’t like it by tying in the C&C to the theme, so if you just want Bronze Tiger, then by all means just get Bronze Tiger.

 

Plus, with the addition of Toyman the Legion of Doom is now complete as well!

 

But the big "completion piece" is Samurai, who wraps up Mattel’s recreation of the fabled Super Powers lineup. With the further additions of Dick Grayson Robin from Wave 16 (out now!) and the upcoming SP Mr. Freeze repaint in the Batman: Legacy line I’ve updated the DCUC/SP picture below. Sure, we could still use repaints of Superman, Batman, and Penguin in more Bronze-Age accurate colors. And Kalibak and Orion would need resculpts to be perfect recreations (although it’s been hinted that the new Lex Luthor armor will be repainted and rereleased down the road to be more SP accurate as well).  But if the line ended with these guys I would be content that we have a complete SP lineup in the greater DCUC line. And with Creeper, El Dorado, and Black Vulcan we’re three more characters closer to finishing off all the unmade SP figures as well!  Now all we need is for the Four Horsemen to make some awesome figures of the sculpted-but-never-produced  Quadrex, Silicon, Rocketman and a C&C Shockwave and I’ll be happy. All of these guys have form factors or special treatments that would make them really neat toys. I’d probably buy Howitzer and Executioner, too, but even I don’t think they’re necessary as figures…

 


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Howdy howdy, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight!  For your consideration today is the other catalog I have relating to how Kenner promoted their toy lines.  This one is from 1985, and was given to Kenner accounts probably either by a representative, salesman or directly at their Toy Fair showroom.  It details all of the various giveaways and purchase incentives that customers would have when buying Super Powers (as well as other) product put out for sale by Kenner Toys back in 1985.   Of note are the changes made to the fan club kit as opposed to the 1984 edition and the specific noted use of the DC comic series as a vehicle to promote the toys.  On to the images…so enjoy!

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Welcome to the Super Powers Blog!  Today I’m highlighting 16 black and white hand-drawn pencil logo concepts that were pitched to represent the line on the figure card backs.  Thanks to a former Kenner employee 24 of these survived destruction when Kenner closed down it’s offices for good.   Oddly enough one was never recovered for what proved to be the final design, but the last one shown in this blog is the closest one to the one used. It is also the only one mounted on an acetate overlay.  Enjoy this glimpse into the early development of the line!

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Hello to all you Super Powers nuts out there!  Today I’ve got a rather large chunk of meat for y’all to chew on, since I’ve decided to expand (in all senses of the word) upon my blog from wayyy back in July of 2009 and turn the spotlight back on the Colleccion Super Amigos figures released in Argentina from Cuick S.A. (Pacipa/Playful).  The blog sported a mere 17 photos, and two of those were place-holders for items that hadn’t even arrived in the mail yet.  Weighing in at a whopping 28 photos and containing some actual information, I feel that this was a better entry to have permanently here at AFi for those wanting to learn the small bit of stuff known about this (kinda) popular line.

Cuick, S.A.is the company that actually distributed the figures produced by Pacipa in early 1989 and then Playful in mid-1990.  As is common knowledge amongst collectors of the line, there are Super Amigos out there sporting both Pacipa and Playful logos in the lower right corner of the blister cards.  Pacipa was the initial recipient of the license from Kenner, and overall has better quality in the card printing, bubble strength and character selection.  None of the figures came with mini-comics, but all of them came with file cards.  Both companies are mind-boggling in what seems to have been actually released.  I’ll try and detail the major oddities before I get to the image onslaught later in the blog.  :-)

The first and foremost glaring omission is the Pacipa Batman figure.  I have never even heard a whispered rumor of someone owning a carded Super Amigos Batman with the Pacipa logo in the corner, let alone viewed a picture of one.  Every single one I have seen has been a Playful release.  That is bizarre beyond words, yes?  To a lesser extent is the Playful release of Superman.  I have seen a (small) picture of one on a foreign public information site and do own a Riddler figure mis-carded on a Playful Superman card back, but other than those two examples I don’t believe there is one known in any collection anywhere.  Again, bizarre.

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Greetings to all, and thanks for checking out this latest Super Powers Highlight.  Today we’ll be taking a look at the four Signature Stamp Sets put out by Craftmaster.  Craftmaster was a really fantastic licensee for Super Powers.  They put out the Stamp Sets, Stain-a-Sticker Sets, Figurine Paint Sets, puzzles, the stained-glass Sun Shiner set, poster paint sets and a few other really neat random items.  A lot of varied product led to a lot of interesting package designs, making them a really eye-popping and interesting addition to the overall Super Powers display that seems to have taken over my entire condo.  LOL.

One great thing about the set right off the bat is the inclusion of Hawkman.  Yes, you’d expect every company that had the Super Powers license to include  the "Holy Trinity" of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman…but Craftmaster managed to give good ol’ Carter his due.  Not only his own set, but with artwork that (to my knowledge) wasn’t used on any other manufacturer’s product packaging.

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Howdy howdy!  Welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Today we’ll be looking at an oddity, for sure : the Golden Pharaoh figure mis-carded on a 33-back Dr. Fate card back.  Two of these surfaced a couple months ago on eBay from the same seller, but apparently it wasn’t a completely unknown entity.   There are now four known to exist at this point in time.  The other two appeared previously in the hobby with the initial one popping up over seven years ago in Australia.  All of them have the same basic characteristics…what seems to be a standard production Golden Pharaoh figure (with copyright information stamped on the inner thigh) machine carded on a full production quality Dr. Fate 33-back card back. 

The reason why it’s such a significant piece is that, while definitely scheduled to be re-released on a 33-back card (as all the figures in the line were), Dr. Fate was never released at retail on this card back.  Further adding to the mystery is the fact that this piece is NOT a carded sample, at least as far as it’s been defined with every other 33-back example.  It would have had to have been hand-carded to a proof card and those differences are obvious to the experienced eye.  The easiest & quickest way to tell is via the hanger hole punch on the top of the card.  All 33-back proof cards have a thin punch similar to the Kenner Canada released figures, and production release 33-back cards have the thicker "balloon" punch that is apparent on all 3rd Series MOC examples such as Orion and Cyborg.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Up for review today is one of the kinds of things I love to find related to this wonderful hobby…the "behind the scenes" ephemera.  This was a promotional flier given to Kenner accounts probably either by a representative, salesman, or directly at Toy Fair.  It showcases all of the various giveaways and purchase incentives that customers would have when buying Super Powers (as well as other) product put out for sale by Kenner Toys back in 1984.  

There were a few surprises when I looked through it, which goes along with how Super Powers is in general to collect.  It seems like every week something new pops up (product- or information-wise), and even almost 4 years in I have found that continues to hold true.  You’ll see probably the biggest "news" to be revealed by this on the 4th interior page, so enough waiting…on to the content!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight.  Up for review today is one of the kinds of things I love to find related to this wonderful hobby…the "behind the scenes" ephemera.  This was a promotional flier given to Kenner accounts probably either by a representative, salesman, or directly at Toy Fair.  It showcases all of the various giveaways and purchase incentives that customers would have when buying Super Powers (as well as other) product put out for sale by Kenner Toys back in 1984.  

There were a few surprises when I looked through it, which goes along with how Super Powers is in general to collect.  It seems like every week something new pops up (product- or information-wise), and even almost 4 years in I have found that continues to hold true.  You’ll see probably the biggest "news" to be revealed by this on the 4th interior page, so enough waiting…on to the content!

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Welcome to the first Super Powers Highlight of 2011.  I’m going to try and produce more blogs this year by writing less and just taking excellent detailed photos.  I’ve found that I’m a little more apprehensive to blogging when I’m forced to write a lot about items that really have no documented history other than what can be gleaned by examining the item or possibly tracking it’s provenance.  So, I hope you enjoy the greater frequency and general increased diversity of subjects being covered.  My collection has nearly doubled in size from this point last year, so there’s lots of enjoyment to be had from both my end and (hopefully) your end.

Today I’m highlighting the set of four temporary tattoos produced for the Warner Brothers Studio Store in 1993.   I was lucky enough to score all four at once, which is fortunate because I think I’ve seen one single example for sale on eBay in nearly 4 years.  They were originally $3 each as evidenced by the WBSS price tag.  The set of four consists of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash.  If others were produced (Green Lantern and Robin come to mind as other logical possibilities) then I don’t know about them at all.  One interesting feature of these is that the logo actually says "Super Powers Collection" which was supposedly only designated for the Kenner action figure line.  I have found a few other WBSS items that also have this. 

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