Make It So: Super7 ReAction Super Powers by Jerry Whitworth
The 1980s was the golden age of the toy industry. The likes of G.I. Joe, Transformers, and the Masters of the Universe grew to become multi-billion dollar industries. One of the lesser known yet financially successful brands that has endured to today is Super Powers. Featuring the characters of DC Comics rendered in plastic masterfully crafted by the sculptors at Kenner, Super Powers acquired its name from the mechanical motion the action figures produced from squeezing hidden trigger levers. Initially releasing an impressive twelve figures in its first wave in 1984 including Superman, Batman, Robin, Joker, Lex Luthor, and Wonder Woman, Super Powers grew to produce 34 figures, eight vehicles, and one playset over the span of three years. Crashing alongside the rest of the action figure market in 1986, toy historian Jason “Toy Otter” Geyer uncovered a myriad of figures that were in the pipeline including a sub-line known as Power Plus. In the years since, the brand has consistently re-emerged time and again, notably in maquettes from Sideshow/Tweeterhead, statues from Kotobukiya, and action figures from Figures Toy Company and Mattel within the last decade. With this in mind, the time is ripe for Super7 to tackle Super Powers for its ReAction line.
Top 10: Possible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no strangers to crossing over with others brands. During their earliest years, they passed through the worlds of Cerebus the Aardvark, Grimjack, Miyamoto Usagi, Flaming Carrot, Garfield, and the Savage Dragon. In more recent times, there’s been series dedicated to their adventures with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman, and the Ghostbusters. It recently came to light the Turtles nearly crossed over with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe until a series of unfortunate circumstances intervened. Ultimately crushed at Mattel’s end, that leaves the door open for New York’s favorite sewer dwelling, pizza eating heroes to continue their proud tradition of universe crossing. Lets take a look at what worlds they might pass through next.
What Could Have Been: He-Man/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Jerry Whitworth
Late last month, creator Freddie E. Williams II began selling pencil studies for a proposed He-Man/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover comic book series. At the time, Williams simple stated the project was delayed twice over the last year before being canceled. Williams had previously worked on such crossovers as Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I-III, He-Man/ThunderCats, and Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe. The art sold depicted mash-ups between various characters from both franchises showing Leonardo as He-Man, Michelangelo with Orko magic wand nunchaku, Raphael in Teela-inspired armor, Donatello with Man-at-Arms-based equipment, Prince Adam dressed as a ninja with the Ninja Turtles’ weapons, and an amalgamation of Shredder and Skeletor dubbed Shreddator. Recently, the creator spoke with the Raging Bullets podcast to discuss the defunct story.
Top 10: Brands for Super7’s Ultimates by Jerry Whitworth
2021 is proving to be the year for Super7 and its Ultimates line. Built off the back of its iconic Masters of the Universe Ultimates, the line went on to adapt the likes of Ren & Stimpy, Toxic Crusaders, ThunderCats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Andre the Giant, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Conan the Barbarian, Disney, Voltron, and the Major Wrestling Podcast. Alluded to earlier, this year alone added the Good Brothers, Transformers, SilverHawks, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Godzilla to its ever expanding licenses. The question remains what could be next for the company with the likes of licenses such as the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Star Trek, Predator, Terminator, Arrowverse, Hellboy, Capcom, Alien, Robotech, Universal Monsters, Shogun Warriors, Legends of Lucha Libre, Robocop, Jem, Army of Darkness, G.I. Joe, and the Munsters having already passed through its doors. It should be mentioned, the likes of Marvel Comics, Wizarding World (Harry Potter), Middle-earth (Lord of the Rings), Jurassic Park/World, WWE, and AEW seem unlikely as they already have a number of toy distributors in place. Lets take a look at what could be coming to the Ultimates line.