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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.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Comics Flashback: Batman 321 (1980)

Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker... !


Batman, Vol. 1, No. 321, March, 1980, written by Len Wein, pencils by Walt Simonson, inks by Dick Giordano, and cover by José Luis García-López. It's The Joker's birthday - and he's celebrating by blowing up some of Batman's partners in crime-fighting in this classic issue from 1980!

The Joker begins a new criminal plot by rounding up his enemies from all around town and strapping them to his special "Victim-Go-Round" in preparation for his "Birthday Party". Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Selina Kyle, and Alfred Pennyworth are all kidnapped and the citizens of Gotham City have been enticed to the newly built Seaside Coliseum with the promise of free samples from the "Harlequin Baking Company".

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - Mega Pranks Speaker

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!

Hide the speaker near your unsuspecting victim, then use the remote to unleash sound mayhem! Who just farted?!? The Mega Pranks Speaker includes 10 super annoying sounds, like a fake cell phone ring, water drips, footsteps, 3 different farts, a mosquito buzz, and more - even The Joker's laugh! Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. Requires 4 AAA batteries, 2 AAA batteries are included. For ages 5 and up.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - Snake Chase Prank

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!

Clip this fake snake onto the purse, backpack or pants of your unsuspecting victim and watch as they flee, screaming in terror! Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. For ages 5 and up.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Review: Joker Prank Shop - Trick Soda Can

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, we went to the Wal-Mart today in order to stock up on quara-food, I was also in desperate need of coffee as well. The toilet paper aisle was still empty, but I was able to score the last box of Folger's K-cups! Win! Time to hit the toy aisle and see if those re-released Real Ghostbusters figures are in... Rats! Skunked again! But wait, what have we here? Joker Prank Shop branded jokes and novelties!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Mister Miracle

MASTER ESCAPE ARTIST

The son of Highfather, Scott Free was traded as an infant for Darkseid's child, Orion, to end the war between Apokolips and the New Gods of New Genesis. Scott later fled to Earth where he took on the mantle of Mister Miracle, and is considered the greatest escape artist in the universe. He is the husband of former Female Fury, Big Barda.

The 3rd and final wave of the Super Powers Collection, released by Kenner in 1986, included an action figure of Mister Miracle. Mister Miracle features a "Power Action Wrist-Lock Escape," just squeeze his legs together and his arms pop free of the cuffs!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Super Powers: Armagetto Diorama

Armagetto is the filth-stewn slum where the Hunger Dogs dwell
and struggle to survive in the shadow of Darkseid's Palace.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Orion

THE SCOURGE OF APOKOLIPS

Orion is the son of the dreaded Darkseid. He was raised on New Genesis by Highfather as part of a treaty between the warring planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. Highfather exchanged his son for Darkseid's son, as a show of good faith. Orion fights the forces of evil as one of the greatest champions of the planet New Genesis.

Included in the 3rd and final wave of the Super Powers Collection and released by Kenner in 1986, the Super Powers Collection Orion action figure features a "Power Action Astro-Punch" action mechanism, turning the knob on top of his helmet, spins Orion's face from bad to good!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dr. Deadly's Covid-19 Safety Tips


Doctor Deadly gives us the following tips to protect ourselves and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, please stay informed about what’s happening in your community and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Plastic Man

THE STRETCHABLE SLEUTH

During a heist gone wrong, petty crook Patrick “Eel” O’Brian was doused in chemicals, allowing him to stretch his body into any shape he desires. Nursed back to health by altruistic monks, he was inspired to reform and fight crime as super-hero Plastic Man!

In 1986 Kenner released the 3rd and final wave of the Super Powers Collection which included Plastic Man. The Super Powers Collection Plastic Man action figure features a unique "Power Action Stretching Neck" action mechanism and unlike the other figures in the collection has an articulated waist! Plastic Man stands slightly taller than the other figures in the collection... maybe because he is stretching?

Monday, April 13, 2020

Part of this Complete Quarantine Breakfast!

Trapped at home watching cartoons all day, it's time for some breakfast so I have decided to eat the Saturday morning breakfast of choice from my Gen-X youth... Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries! Part of this nutritious complete breakfast of toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese, pancakes, fruit, vegetables, orange juice, and of course milk!

You know how all the cereal ads say, "a good part of this nutritious -or complete -breakfast?" This phrase is so prominent that we need no other references. Every cereal ad spouted that phrase over a huge heaping bowl of the product along with 2 slices of buttered toast and a glass of orange juice. Some scenes even include a glass of milk [more milk!] or other breakfast foods like eggs and bacon, sausage or ham! Generation X was so inundated with cereal commercials during Saturday morning cartoons that if we needed a secret pass code to identify each other, “Part of this nutritious breakfast” would be it.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Action Vehicle

Ecto-2 Action Vehicle
The Real Ghostbusters Heroes can take to the skies or the streets in the Ecto-2 which changes from a road to a flying vehicle.

The Ecto-2 (also known as the ecto-copter) is a small ultra-light helicopter capable of converting into a small road vehicle when the wings are folded up. It is the second vehicle used by the Ghostbusters in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters originally seen the episode titled Ghosts 'R Us. Capable of carrying 1 passenger and the pilot, it has 2 folding wings and a winch and cable. It was also shown to be capable of fitting in the back of the Ecto-1 when folded into driving mode.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child Playset

Entering the yard
An Unearthly Child (sometimes referred to as 100,000 BC) is the first serial of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on BBC TV in four weekly parts from 23 November to 14 December 1963. Scripted by Australian writer Anthony Coburn, the serial introduces William Hartnell as the First Doctor and his original companions: Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman, with Jacqueline Hill and William Russell as school teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton. The first episode deals with Ian and Barbara's discovery of the Doctor and his time-space ship TARDIS in a junkyard in contemporary London. The remaining episodes are set amid a power struggle between warring Stone Age factions who have lost the secret of making fire.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Super Powers Catwoman Custom Figure

Thanks to the wonderful talent of custom figure maker Justin Vinson, Catwoman has now joined the Gotham City villians.

If Catwoman had ever made it to the Super Powers Collection odds are that the design would have been based off the Bronze Age DC Comics Catwoman as featured in the DC Style Guide by José Luis García-López. Justin has perfectly captured that design with this figure and she fits in very well the other villains in the collection.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Corgi 1:16 scale Die-Cast Robin Cycle

In 2005 Corgi released a 1:16 scale die-cast Robin Cycle that is almost an exact copy of Robin cycle featured in the the DC Bronze Age comics and in the DC Style Guide. Packaged in a nice open face display box (approx. 5.5" x 4"), at 1:16 scale, making it perfect for the Super-Powers collection! The Corgi Robin Cycle comes with a non-articulated Robin figure attached to the bike, but with a little effort the figure can be removed and the Super-Powers Robin figure actually sits nicely on the bike.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Super Powers Telephone Booth Playset

Thanks to Pat Crawford with Reprobubbles and his 3D printer a long lost un-produced playset from the Super Powers collection is now a reality!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Story of JAUP! An Interview With The Original JAUP Master.

Back in 1996 an internet sensation called JAUP appeared. JAUP (Just Another Useless Site) was a site list featuring an award for websites, not necessarily because they were useless, but merely because they weren't yet in the top 5% (or the Bottom 95%) of the web.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Joker's Toxic Lab Playset with Figures

Joker, Penguin, and Riddler have captured Robin! Will they dowse
him in a bath of acid or will Batman save him? You decide!
Has Batman arrived in time? With Robin in the clutches of the Capture Claw™, dangling over a bubbling vat of deadly acid, Joker bounces around on his pogo stick, Penguin menaces with a huge machine gun, while Riddler laughs on manically at the dire situation. What happens next? You decide!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Joker Toxic Lab (unboxing)

Box Front
He's a toxic terror! The Joker is mixing creepy chemicals to poison the citizens of Gotham City. Can Batman save them? Re-create scenes from the animated series with this action-packed playset!