Showing posts with label Super Powers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Super Powers. Show all posts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Comic Book Toy Ads!


If there's one thing I love more than random comic books, it's the random toy ads in those random comics. Here's four of my favorite ads from my meager collection.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Young love

This week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is:

When I was a kid, my favorite ______________ was _____________.

You wouldn't think this would be such a tough question, but I've been racking my brain for the answer for the past week now. I wasn't kidding when I commented that my favorite thing changed on a weekly basis. Should I go with a toy, or a movie? How about a TV show? Finally, after much deliberation, I have an answer.

When I was a kid, my favorite comic book ad was for Kenner's Super Powers. Specifically, this one:








I seem to remember seeing this ad on the back cover of a Jemm: Son of Saturn comic. The sad thing was, I didn't see this ad until 1988 or 89, and Super Powers had been out of the nearby stores for a couple years by then. It was also after my Superman had gotten broken, and after my Robin got chewed up by our dog. Every time I looked at the back page of that comic, I missed those two toys more and more. I still had most of a Hawkman, Martian Manhunter and Doctor Fate, but that did little to lessen pain I felt over the loss of my two favorite action figures at the time.

It's probably one of the coolest ads I've ever seen, with the hand operated Superman action figure beating up an illustrated Lex Luthor. Thinking about the implications of that scenario gives me a headache. Not only did Lex Luthor stumble upon a photorealistic universe, he ended up in one where everyone is controlled by huge disembodied hands. That isn't a look of pain on his face, that is a look of complete and utter terror. Lex has seen behind the curtain, and he'll never be the same man again.

This advertisement is still effective, even today. It took me hours to write a few short paragraphs, because I kept going back and forth to e-Bay, trying to get my hands on another Hawkman or Superman. Dammit Kenner, even though you're gone, you've still got it.

Here are some of the other League members' favorites

That Figures' favorite Star Wars figure was..you'll have to read it to find out.

Adventures in Gaming really loved his bicycles.

Random Nerdness was the Master of his Universe.

Goodwill Hunting for Geeks loved going on big adventures with little figures

Fortune and Glory (Days) shares some great childhood photos.

Tupa's Treasures has had a lifelong companion in the form of Winnie the Pooh.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have Super Powers too...

Eric's post over on Toyriffic reminded me that I recently came into possession of a Super Powers Robin action figure.


Unfortunately, my example's karate chopping action feature doesn't work that well, but it's still a great looking figure. I originally received a Robin figure as part of a birthday gift from my grandmother when I was 5 or 6. If I'm remembering correctly, I also got a Superman figure, as well as a set of Superman, Batman, and Robin pajamas. It's one of those random occasions that I vividly remember.


I was in the dining room, and my family was all around me. My mom handed me a rectangular box covered in wrapping paper. I tore the paper off and lifted the lid, and saw Superman and Robin's smiling faces staring back from their plastic bubbles. It was almost like they were saying, "Happy Birthday, Chris. Looks like your grandparents are pretty cool for giving you such a great gift." Superman and Robin would be my two favorite toys for quite some time. They would get into all kinds of adventures together, and would often team up with G.I. Joe, since I didn't really have any other super hero figures. Unfortunately, tragedy would eventually strike, in the form of a half-chihuahua, half-terrier named Rascal. One day I left my Robin figure on the floor of my playroom and went outside. When I came back in hours later, I discovered that Rascal had chewed up Robin's legs and face. I was devastated. I remember going to my mom and crying, and her telling me that she would buy me another one. Alas, it was not to be. The Super Powers line had been cancelled, and all the local stores were sold out. I never really played with Robin after that, but I still couldn't bring myself to throw him out. In the end, I'm pretty sure he wound up in the trash heap during one of my many toy purges. After all the fun we'd had, he really did deserve a better end.

Holy Halloween Batman! I thought you would be taller!
 Now I just need to get a Super Powers Superman, and I can relive some of the adventures we had.
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