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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!

Included in the third wave of Kenner's Superpowers collection, the highly detailed Cyborg action figure features "Power Action Thrusting Arms," along with three different arm attachments. One of the last figures produced before the line was cancelled, Cyborg is one of the rarest of the Super Powers Collection figures. Finding a Cyborg action figure complete with all three arm attachments has become nearly impossible! In addition to his scarcity, Cyborg is also the only Black character in the line and one of the only vac-metallized ones.


Cyborg, created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George PĂ©rez, made his first appearance in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980), and regularly appeared in the New Teen Titans comic book that was launched the following month. Cyborg also appeared in the final incarnation of the Super Friends cartoon, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, voiced by Ernie Hudson.

Here are a few images of the figure:


The packaging:
Card Front Card Back

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 Cyborg!


Super Powers figures of the first two waves included a free mini-comic illustrating a short adventure with the character, but due to cost cutting measures, the third wave of figures had no comics. Interestingly, the Brazilian company Estrela did release a mini-comic with their release of the Cyborg figure!

Speculation suggests that Kenner originally intended for the third wave of figures to include the mini-comics and that this is but one example of the comics that were actually completed before the idea was abandoned. Perhaps somehow Estrela was able to get these few completed third wave mini-comics when the license was acquired from Kenner. The comic, however, is in Portuguese not English, but is entertaining none-the-less.

Anyway, here is the entire mini-comic for you to download and read as a CBR file, just follow the link to the left.

CBR files hold comic book pages as images in a compressed archive format enabling them to be viewed, sequentially, from within a comic book reader program or app such as CDisplayEx.


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