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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?



Plastic Man -1,
Elongated Man - 0
There may have been a lot of stretchy super-heroes over the years, Mr. Fantastic over at Marvel, Elongated Man, even Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen got in on the act, but don't get it twisted, Plastic Man predates them all (except for Thin Man but I bet you never even heard of him!). Plastic Man, created by Jack Cole, premiered in Police Comics #1 published by Quality Comics way back in 1941! Not only that, but Plastic Man is unique in that he can do more than just stretch his body and limbs but he is actually able to mold himself into any shape imaginable, enabling him to morph into anything -- a table, a countertop, even complex machines. The only drawback being his inability to change colors, therefore his shapes always incorporate the colors and designs of his costume, body and, even his face.

When Quality Comics was shuttered in 1956, many of its characters were acquired by DC Comics including Plastic Man, who was added to the mainstream DC Universe. Plastic Man appeared in several DC Comics titles and has even starred in titles of his own over the years since 1960. After appearing in a cameo in an episode of Super Friends during its first season, Plastic Man finally got his own short-lived Saturday morning cartoon series, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show in 1979!

Now lets take a look at the figure!


The Packaging:
Card Front Card Back

Finally, here is a printable bio-card replacement! Just print these two images out on card stock and cut them out and glue them together to make your own replacement bio-card for Plastic Man!


What are your thoughts on today's adventure? What is your favorite Super Powers figure? Did you ever watch Plastic Man cartoons? Let us know all about it in the comments section below!

4 comments:

  1. Nice article! Plastic Man was definitely one of the more desirable figures in the third wave! Shazam and Samurai are the top of my list followed by Plastic Man and Mister Miracle. I'm impressed that you have Plastic Man carded!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and the visit! Next I am looking to get Orion and Mister Miracle.

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  2. Cool looking figure. Didn't realize they had released him.

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    1. Plastic Man was part of the third and last wave of the toy line which included: Captain Marvel, Cyborg, Golden Pharaoh, Cyclotron, Orion, Samurai, Mister Miracle, Mr. Freeze, and Tyr.

      I have my original Captain Marvel that bought when I was a kid! I have since acquired Mr. Freeze, Plastic Man, Orion, and soon Mister Miracle. Thats 5 down and 5 to go... Cyborg is hardest to find complete and most expensive of the lot!

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