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Re: Aaron's "I finally figured out how to post photos" thread...


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Ugh! That Batmobile is NUTS!!! SOOOO NICE!!!

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Aaron, seriously, get outta town with that Batmobile! Amazing stuff you got there man! Sweet!

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I love the archival status, man. Great stuff!

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WOW They all are in great condition!I love the batmobile! emoticon

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Fan Club Kit


Here's another item from my collection. I'd bought this Super Powers Fan Club Kit late last year. Incredible condition. Anybody got the Superman cape with mailer envelope??

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Sweet!

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Uhhh, WOW! Great collection
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Gather around and I shall tell yee a tale... (Part One)


I wasn't quite sure whether this post belonged in the member introduction section, here in recent acquisitions, or even in reply to Nate's question about what drew you to Super Powers as this post seems to combine elements from all three. I'm including photos of the figures this post is about and either recently acquired them or had them graded, so I settled on recent acquisitions.

So here's my tale...

I was born in '72 and was a consummate "toy boy". I grew up mostly on Star Wars and Mego Super Heroes, but basically any toy line from the mid 70's through the early 80's that was sci-fi, super-hero or military related, I had at least some of them. Micronauts, Black Hole, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Indiana Jones, Shogun Warriors, the list goes on. I even remember buying the first wave of GI Joe and He-Man figures on the racks in 1982. Hell, I even had Eagle Force!

The point being, I grew up playing with toys as well as reading comic books (attended my first comic convention in 1980) and I have so many cherished memories from that period associated with them that still obviously influence me today.

That "magic" of play did eventually start to fade though, as I grew up and my friends and I inevitably turned to other interests. By early '83 I specifically remember buying my last new toys when I almost reflexively (rather than excitedly) bought the first wave of Return of the Jedi figures and didn't really care to play much with them. Soon all of my worn-out and thoroughly played with toys were given away while my thoroughly read-through comics stored away (I did have some foresight) as I moved on to adolescence.

Flash-forward 10 years to early 1993. By then, I was in college and working part-time at a chain book store in a mall. There was a sister store upstairs that sold kids’ books and sometimes employees from the two stores would take turns covering for each-other if we wanted to take a break. I got asked to cover one night and once I got there I saw that the other employee was reading a big trade newspaper called Toy Shop, which I’d never seen before.

Once I started reading it, even now it's hard to describe that initial overwhelming sense of nostalgia. The closest I've ever been able to come to was like being struck by lightning because I felt electrified. I was literally turning each page and excitedly saying "I had that!" over and over again. All the toys I played with as a kid -- all that forgotten stuff and all those memories -- flooded back in and what's more there was this brand new world (to me) of collecting built on it.

That moment literally changed my life. 20 years later and I can say the profession I'm in, my career and the life I carved out for myself and my family started that night.

Funnily though, the toy line that most interested me initially was Toy Biz X-Men. My favorite comics as a kid were primarily John Byrne's X-Men and I could not get over that there was a Banshee action figure, a Sauron action figure, a Magneto action figure and down the line. These were toys that I dreamed of existing when I was 8, and now at 20, here they were.

That fellow employee (who basically instantly became my best friend at a critical time in my life) then became my guide to this world. He explained to me about "collecting" toys and how a trip to Toys R' Us was part of the "hunt" and how the color change Iceman was basically the holy grail piece. Within days I was buying one for $15 at the home of a TRU employee who had snagged it from a case and I was hooked.

So I started collecting that line (plus the X-Force line) with their 1992 releases. Next was going back to monthly comic conventions so I could catch up on 10-years of X-Men comics I'd missed. And at that point I was off and fully immersed myself in the comics and toys world.

It was at these comic conventions that I got my first in-person look at Super Powers. On the shelves, the Kenner Super Powers line had come and gone without me even knowing it. Now these were figures, just like the X-Men, that I had dreamed of existing when I was a kid. I thought the line was basically perfect. The sculpts, the card-backs, the characters chosen -- it all clicked for me. It felt right and I was determined to build a collection of them. And for the first time I would really have to utilize Toy Shop and the secondary market to put a collection together (remember this is the pre-E-Bay days).

I bought a few carded figures (Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow and Red Tornado) from the same dealer at the monthly convention I went to, even then really favoring condition, but quickly realized that the carded figures were just too expensive for me at the time (still a starving college student). So I decided to try and put together a loose set.

This presented its own challenges. My goal was to have the entire set in NM and complete condition. But with Toy Shop it was very hit and miss. These were pre-Internet days, you weren't seeing photos back then, you were going strictly off the seller's brief written description. Sometimes the figure would arrive in great shape. Sometimes what was advertised as "NM" had significant paint loss and loose joints.

Fed up, I finally figured out that I could buy figures still sealed on their beat up blister cards for not much more than the cost of a loose figure and just open them myself (I was already thinking "U" grade back then).

That ended up doing the trick. Within a year or so, I had my set. Some figures still had some rough spots (Superman had a bald spot, Steppenwolf had seen better days, etc.), but I was happy and even put them all together in a display on a shelf of my glass-doored bookcase.

Even then I tried to keep my collecting "focus" relatively limited. So Super Powers was my vintage line and X-Men was the line I went to the toy store looking for. I didn't have the money to buy all of the increasingly longer list of new toys being released and frankly I found the growing selection overwhelming. Toy Biz was coming out with two releases of six figures a year for X-Men and that was perfect for me.

Unfortunately for me, by 1995, Toy Biz started to radically change the way they were designing and marketing the X-Men line. First they went with a generic card and next they started to re-issue figures with new paint jobs (which I saw no point in buying) and then the sculpts for new figures became cartoonish and exaggerated. The Phoenix Saga series in '95 was the last one I bought before the line completely became something I was no longer interested in.

So with my Super Powers collection complete and me no longer collecting X-Men figures, I was done collecting toys for a while. By '98, I wasn't actively collecting comics anymore either (blame Onslaught). Once again, my comic collection got stored away, but this time my toy collection with it.

Next: Part Two...



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Enjoyed the read. X-Men were definitely hugely popular in the 90s! I'm ten years younger so I was still playing with those toy biz toys emoticon Do you still have that collection?

Looking forward to part two emoticon

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