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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Cyclotron

THE COMPUTERIZED CRIMEFIGHTER

Cyclotron was an android built by Superman. He was then programmed with the knowledge of all the powers and weaknesses of every superhero and supervillain in order to be the Justice League's tactician.

He was created in the hopes that he would be able to anticipate the next moves a villain would make based on their prior tendencies. He could also recognize heroes unfamiliar to the rest of the League. However, Cyclotron was capable of little independent thought.

Kenner Super Powers Samurai

LORD OF THE WINDS

Seeking to create more super-heroes to help in the defense of New Genesis from the forces of Apokolips and Darkseid, the New Gods chose History Professor Toshio Eto. Bathed in a strange beam of light, Eto was granted the ability to manipulate wind.

By saying "Kaze no Yō ni Hayaku!" (Translation: Swift As The Wind!), he can fly by creating a small tornado around his lower body and can conjure powerful gusts from his hands that can knock back even large objects. Using his new found powers and wielding a blade of energy, Eto now fights against the forces of evil as the super hero, Samurai!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Mr. Freeze

THE FROZEN FELON

Mr. Freeze is a rogue scientist whose design for an "ice gun" backfires when he inadvertently spills cryogenic chemicals on himself, resulting in him being unable to survive at temperatures above sub-zero. In order to survive outside, a special refrigeration suit was designed for himself. Combined with his suit, his strength and durability are augmented to superhuman levels!

Fueled by the desire to make the rest of the world as cold and miserable as he is, Mr. Freeze's crimes are planned around the specific theme of ice and cold, freezing areas around him, often including anyone who gets in his way. This includes not only those trying to stop him, but also any unfortunate bystanders that happen to be around as well!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Cyborg

THE STEEL SENTINEL

While visiting his parents at S.T.A.R. Labs, Victor Stone witnessed an experiment conducted by his mother and father go horribly wrong! With Vic's mother dead, and much of Vic's own body destroyed, Vic's father Silas, crippled with guilt about what had happened, saved his nearly dead son by replacing Vic's damaged body parts with cybernetic replacements.. These replacements left most of his body, including half his face, encased in molybdenum steel. Cybernetic parts were grafted to Vic’s organs, and computerized synthetic nerve bases were attached to his spinal column. Upon recovery, Vic, horrified at what he had become, blamed his father for not allowing him to simply die. Unable to pursue his sports dreams and having lost most of his old friends, Vic lived a lonely existence until joining the Teen Titans. Now he has a new purpose in life, fighting crime as the super heroic Cyborg!

Friday, June 12, 2020

RIP Dennis (Denny) O'Neil

Dennis “Denny” O’Neil, best known for writing and editing Batman comic books, died on June 11 of natural causes. He was 81.

O’Neil wrote “Batman,” “Detective Comics” and “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight” in addition to serving as an editor for DC’s Batman-related comic books from 1986 until 2000. Along with editor Julius Schwartz and artist Neal Adams, O’Neil helped to bring Batman back to his original, more ominous persona after the 1960s “Batman” TV series had a campier take on the superhero.

Teaming up with artist Neal Adams, O’Neil also reinvigorated the characters of Green Arrow and Green Lantern by pairing them up as best friends and “hard-traveling heroes” who traversed the United States together righting wrongs while exploring complex issues of politics and social justice in the 1970s – one of the first comic book runs to tackle these issues in such a way.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Shazam

THE WORLD'S MIGHTIEST MORTAL

Chosen for being pure of heart by the powerful wizard Shazam, young Billy Batson gains incredible powers whenever he speaks the wizard's name. Billy works as an idealistic news reporter for WHIZ radio, but whenever he speaks the name "SHAZAM" magical lighting transforms him into an adult champion for good, Captain Marvel. The powers he has been granted include S for the wisdom of Solomon, H for the strength of Hercules, A for the stamina of Atlas, Z for the power of Zeus, A for the courage of Achilles, and M for the speed of Mercury.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Hardee's California Raisins Promotional Figurines

In 1986 a commercial appeared on television for the California Raisin Advisory Board in which a group of singing, dancing, anthropomorphized raisins sang and danced to the 1968 Marvin Gaye song, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

These little guys later went on to launch a sensational career for themselves! Combined with more TV ads, and even a music album, The California Raisins Sing the Hit Songs, the Raisins’ images were everywhere, and a cultural phenomenon was born.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Tyr

THE MERCILESS MERCENARY

Tyr, one of the greatest of the warlords of the planet Tyrraz, is one the Legion of Superheroes' most vicious adversaries. Besides his enhanced strength and cunning, Tyr also boasts a cybernetic, semi-sentient gun-arm with the ability to function and move independently, firing incredible energy blasts, strong enough to stagger even the strongest of his enemies. Tyr's gun-arm also has the ability to open spatial-warps stargates. After his many defeats in the 30th Century at the hands of the Legion of Superheroes, Tyr has traveled back in time to become a gun for hire, hunting down heroes for anyone, for the right price!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Mantis

THE ENERGY VAMPIRE

Mantis began his life as a member the humanoid insect people of New Genesis. Dissatisfied with his life on New Genesis, Mantis migrated to the planet Apokolips. Darkseid has granted Mantis immense powers, second only to his own, in return Mantis pledged his undying allegiance to Darkseid!

In addition to his own immense power, Mantis is an energy vampire with the ability to absorb energy from other sources. However, once all of his power has been depleted, Mantis must immediately retreat to his power pod in order to recharge. Spending the majority of his time in his power pod, Mantis only emerges when he has a task to perform. Unlike Darkseid's other lackeys, Mantis does not revel in plotting and violence, therefore serving as the perfect soldier for Darkseid. This makes him a particularly dangerous opponent to any who oppose him!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - Ultimate Prank Kit

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

So many pranks, so little time! Hide the speaker near your unsuspecting victim, then use the remote control to trigger 10 different annoying sounds, like a mosquito buzz, water drips, footsteps, farts, and even The Joker laughing. Fake ‘em out with a trick soda can - when they try to pick up the innocent looking can, 20 small balls go tumbling everywhere! Or make ‘em jump with a popper that bursts open to reveal confetti and a collectible The Joker balloon. Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. Speakers require 4 AAA batteries, 2 AAA batteries included. For ages 5 and up.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Super Powers: Apokolips Diorama

Apokolips is the homeworld of Darkseid. From there, Darkseid plots the conquest of the universe through the acquisition of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid is considered to be not only the ruler of his people but also a god! He is perpetually opposed by the warriors of New Genesis. Despite this he has conquered a number of planets, creating an empire with Apokolips as the throne world.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - 2-in-1 Fake-Out Blaster

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

This prank toy is the ultimate blaster fake-out! Gently pull the trigger to release the “BANG!” flag, then just as your unsuspecting victim relaxes…squeeze the trigger and shower them with crazy string or water! Plus, you'll hear the sound of The Joker laughing after you pull the trigger. The set includes 1 specially designed can of crazy string. When the string runs out, use the included water bottle to keep the pranks going! Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included. For ages 5 and up.