Kenner Super Powers

Super Powers action figures were produced by Kenner in a brief, heady couple of years from 1984 to 1986 and are still hugely popular amongst collectors today, who collect figures not only from series one - Aquaman, Batman, Brainiac, The Flash, The Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Joker, Lex Luthor, The Penguin, Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman - but also some of the lesser known friends and foes featured in the second and third series such as Dr. Fate, Firestorm, The Green Arrow and Cyborg.

Let’s twist again… with Kenner Super Powers Red Tornado!

Kenner Super Powers Red Tornado

It's been a while since I featured any of the figures from one of my all time favourite 1980s toy lines – Kenner's Super Powers. Hands down one of the best crafted action figure series ever, these sturdy 4 inch superheroes, with their accurate paint work, near perfect comic book likenesses, and their built in “super power” action gimmicks, continue to be loved by collectors today. I plan to collect them all! Kenner's Super Powers had a short, but sweet shelf life and ran for only two series … [Read more...]

Kenner Super Powers: Firestorm!

Firestorm by Kenner

Andy over at Action Figure Blues wrote a great review of two recent DC Direct Brightest Day figures - Mera and Firestorm. This has inspired me to take a look back at another classic Firestorm figure from one of my own absolute favourite vintage action figure lines – the Kenner Super Powers. Kenner's utterly cool version of Firestorm first appeared in 1985 as part of the second series, and was closely based on Al Milgrom's designs in the comic book. Compared to other DC Comics characters in … [Read more...]

Kenner Super Powers: The Joker!

Kenner Super Powers - The Joker

After last week's look at Morpheus from The Matrix, here's another iconic figure who looks awesome in a purple suit – Batman's arch-nemesis himself, The Joker! Released as part of the first wave of Kenner's 4-inch Super Powers line from 1984, this is one of the finest renditions of the “Clown Prince of Crime” ever made, which brilliantly captures the maniacal expression of the villain from the original Silver Age DC Comics universe. This groundbreaking Kenner line remains a firm favourite … [Read more...]

Kenner Super Powers: Hawkman!

Kenner Super Powers: Hawkman

Any regular readers of this blog will know that my big collector's crush of the moment is on the vintage Kenner action figures known as Super Powers. Produced for a mere two years from 1984 until 1986 when the line folded after only three series, these 4-inch action figures starring DC Comics superheroes with built-in power action features, are still hugely sought after by many toy fans. Let this post serve as a warning – buy just one of these figures and you'll soon find yourself wanting each … [Read more...]

Kenner Super Powers: Aquaman!

Kenner Super Powers: Aquaman!

Ever since I picked up a vintage Kenner Super Powers action figure of The Flash last year my flirtation with this line has grown into a full blown love affair, accompanied by an inkling sensation that I'll surely give in to weakness and end up collecting every figure in the series! First released in 1984 and enjoying the briefest of runs until 1986, these 4-inch DC Comics superheroes action figures remain some of the best looking sculpts ever - this version of Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, King … [Read more...]

Kenner Super Powers: Superman!

Kenner Super Powers: Superman

Whilst the star of the last post Captain America may have been top dog over at Marvel with the Mattel Secret Wars action figures, DC Comics had their very own leader of the Kenner Super Powers line – none other than The Man of Steel himself, Superman! It's a testament to the sheer quality of these Kenner figures, that nearly thirty years later you'll most likely find that the “super power” action feature of any vintage figure you happen to come across is still working just fine. This Superman … [Read more...]

Kenner Super Powers: Green Lantern!

Kenner Super Powers Green Lantern from 1984

Recent years have seen a huge escalation in the release of superhero movies and 2011 will be no exception with yet more additions to both the X-Men and Transformers franchises, not to mention Kenneth Branagh's Thor. The movie I'm most curious about, however, is Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell of Casino Royale fame. Ryan Reynolds will star as the DC Comics hero in the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern and whilst the release of this blockbuster is slated for June 2011, the actor has … [Read more...]