If there is one toy series from the 80’s that I think really lacks the nostalgia fan base appreciation today, it is the Kenner toy line of Super Powers Collection. This to me was one of those ultimate toys that every kid had to have. They came in these really bright colors that made them very eye catching. I guess you can say that’s where my infatuation with something as simple as colors on toys or sneakers first developed. Another benefit to the toy line was that they were very affordable. I don’t remember the prices, but I do remember my parents buying me a ton of these figures.
The figure that I loved the most from the series was the Superman version. Unfortunately just like this Kenner toy line, Superman has had a very underappreciated following. I guess it’s because DC has been investing more in their Batman series, with toys and movies. Speaking of movies, the last great Superman film was back in 1987 with Superman IV. I am hopeful that the new Superman movie (Man of Steel) will bring back the popularity of Superman. Plus it will feature Amy Adams, as Lois Lane.
For now though, I am delighted that at a recent toy convention I was able to pick-up a Superman figure. This toy really brings me back to when I was a little kid and I would play with him for hours (now I just stare at him for hours, lol). Other figures I owned were the Green Lantern, Aquaman (yuck), Martian Manhunter, and the Flash. I have been very hesitant to buy this toy again because I knew that as soon as I bought one, I would want to buy more and more. But honestly, I’m glad that I picked him up (for $2.50) and now plan on collecting more figures.
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