Fans who grew up in the 1980s no doubt fondly remember Kenner’s Super Powers Collection, if not for the action figures themselves, then for the comic-book miniseries, ubiquitous ads and the two Saturday morning cartoons it inspired (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians). Ah, the ’80s, when many animated series were merely long commercials for toys …
As the name “Super Powers” suggests, the emphasis was on the characters’ powers. OK, not so much powers as whichever action a figure performed when a kid squeezed its arms or legs. Aquaman had a “Deep Sea Kick,” The Flash “Lightning Legs,” Wonder Woman “Deflector Bracelets” and so on. I remember them being fun, if perhaps overly muscular, even for comic-book superheroes. But those damned capes …
Now Japanese collectibles company Kotobukiya is teasing a return to those halcyon days with its own Super Powers Collection, with a line of “vintage-inspired” ARTFX+ statues that promises “‘Power Action” stances, multiple points of non-articulation and real cloth capes.”
I’ll go out on a limb and guess these will be significantly more expensive than the originals, but if Kotobukiya’s collection includes Samurai, Golden Pharaoh and that sweet Hall of Justice playset, it may be worth any price.
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