Kenner Super Powers Action Figures



2015-06-26 11:07:33

Kenner Super Powers Action Figures were a line of figures based on DC comic book characters produced by the American toy company Kenner.


The Super Powers line of action figures was produced by Kenner from 1984 until 1986. The line was seen as in direct competition with the Mattel Secret Wars line featuring Marvel characters released the same year, although that line lasted just a year and was discontinued in 1985.

The toys were launched in a huge wave of publicity, and the Super Powers logo appeared on a wide range of merchandise from colouring books, stickers and a lunchbox to pyjamas, a series of comic books, View Master reels and fast-food promotional gifts.

Although a fourth line of figures was planned, along with a number of new play-sets, falling popularity and sales led the Super Powers line to be discontinued in 1986. However, the popularity of the figures with collectors combined with the high quality of many of the designs has meant the line has influenced other DC figure ranges ever since.

Figure design and features

The main gimmick behind the line was that each of the figures had a ‘super power’ mechanism which was activated by squeezing their legs or arms together. These ranged from a super punch or kick to the Flash’s running motion, Hawkman’s flapping wings and Plastic Man’s extending neck.

The majority of the figures also came complete with accessories such as weapons, or removable items of clothing including capes and helmets.

Kenner Super Powers Action Figures

The figures were released in three waves, with the first produced by Kenner in 1984. This included the majority of DC’s Golden Age heroes including Superman, Batman, Aquaman and the Green Lantern, along with classic villains such as Lex Luthor and the Joker.


The second series of figures, released in 1985, featured lesser-known characters from Jack Kirby’s ‘New Gods’ comic book series. Several of these, including Darkseid, Kalibak, Desaad, also appeared in the Hanna-Barbera DC heroes cartoon ‘Super Friends’ which had been renamed ‘Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show’ in an effort to promote the toy line.

The third series of figures featured figures based on minor characters created specifically for the Super Friends cartoon, and others created solely for the toy line itself.


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