McFarlane Super Powers Returns to Retail Flash & Batman Who Laughs
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DC Super Powers Returns to Retail

The McFarlane DC Super Powers line returns to retail in a BIG WAY as Walmart exclusives so get yours today!

After 40 plus long years, DC Super Powers returns to retail shelves! Don’t know about you, but the Kenner Super Powers line was one of my (Toy Sorceress) favorite toy lines growing up! As you know that line was based on the 1980’s Super Friends animated series. I remember getting up super early Saturday mornings with my sister just to watch the Super Friends. I could barely get my eyes open, while sneaking into the kitchen to get a bowl of my favorite sugary cereal very quietly as to not wake anyone up! So, when McFarlane Toys announced that they were going to be re-releasing the line, I was over the moon! But then I heard they were going to be a Walmart exclusive, and I was like womp womp… sad trombones… As you know, Walmart is not really known for their wonderful product distribution, let along their shipping practices. Nonetheless, still super excited that this line is making a triumphant return to retail!

UPDATE 08/14/2022: New Batman Who Laughs & Flash Figures spotted at Walmart!

In classic McFarlane Style, another new unannounced character has shown up in the wild at retail! Posted to facebook, a new character was spotted in one of the those large Walmart displays! Thanks to Juan Zuniga for posting images of the new Batman Who Laughs Character which is an evil Jokerized version of Batman. I hope that we will eventually get a classic Power Powers version of Batman, but it is fun to see these new characters just showing up in stores unannounced! We also got images of yet another figure! Check it out below!

According to Villains Wiki | Fandom

The Batman Who Laughs is an evil version of Bruce Wayne and a major antagonist in the DC Comics universe. He appears as the secondary antagonist of Dark Nights: Metal, one of the two main antagonists (alongside Perpetua) of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the titular main antagonist of The Batman Who Laughs seven-issue miniseries and one of the two main antagonists (alongside Lex Luthor) of the Year of the Villain saga.

He is a “Jokerized” version of Batman who originated from the Dark Multiverse. He is the team leader of the Dark Knights and their goal was to help their master Barbatos plunge the entire Multiverse into complete and utter chaos and darkness. This course of action makes themselves enemies of the Justice League. The Batman Who Laughs traces his origin to a different Earth, which had him actually slay his own version of the Joker. After gaining the powers of Doctor Manhattan via transferring his brain into an alternate Bruce Wayne known as Batmanhattan, he becomes a being of pure darkness with omnipotent power known as The Darkest Knight.

The Batman Who Laughs | Villains Wiki | Fandom
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Batman Who Laughs Super Powers on display stand
Batman Who Laughs Super Powers package front

We also got images of another exciting character to come to the new McFarlane Supers Powers Toy Line, Flash! He was one of the original vintage figures and I think will be highly sought after as well! Thanks to Henry Dowell & Rob Monson on Facebook for posting these photos! McFarlane is coming fast and furious with these! Bring them on!! This version of Flash looks amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on him! We have Walmart links to all the Wave 1 figures and Vehicles below. We have not tracked down these links yet for Batman Who Laughs or Flash, but as soon as we do, we will be sure to update you!

Batman Who Laughs Super Powers package back
Batman Who Laughs & Flash Super Powers package front
Flash DC Super Powers package
Flash DC Super Powers package back

Kenner Super Powers Vintage Flash

The new version of Flash very closely resembles the original Vintage Kenner Super Powers version that was released in the very first wave in 1984. Above you can see a photo of Flash sitting on the pegs at Walmart, and below is pictured the Vintage Kenner Version. You can see how closely the new version resembles the original and with this character, I am happy to see that McFarlane went classic with him!

Flash vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Flash 1984
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Vintage Super Powers Flash 1984

New Super Powers Line

The new McFarlane DC Super Powers toys are overflowing with nostalgia and harken back directly to the vintage Super Powers Line! These new figures and vehicles have been showing up in stores randomly, but now Walmart has finally added them to their website online and we have all the links for you! Plus, a new unannounced figure has been spotted at Walmart! This is just like McFarlane’s M.O to ship out unannounced figures to be found in the wild and then officially announce it afterwards.

Superman DC Super Powers Package
Superman DC Super Powers Package
Batman DC Super Powers package
Batman DC Super Powers package
Green Lantern DC Super Powers package
Green Lantern DC Super Powers package
Darkseid DC Super Powers package
Darkseid DC Super Powers package
Supermobile DC Super Powers Package
Supermobile DC Super Powers package
Batwing DC Super Powers 6
Batwing DC Super Powers Package

It’s been super exciting to see these figures on store shelves! But recently, these huge displays have been spotted in stores as well, photos by TOYSHIZ Instagram page and actionfigureinsider page. And if you look carefully at the bottom of the display, you will notice an unannounced figure made it’s way out in the wild! It’s none other than the John Stewart version of Green Lantern!

History of Kenner Super Powers Line

The Kenner Super Powers line was launched in 1984 and ran thru 1986. It consisted of 3 Waves with a total of 34 epic figures, 8 vehicles and 1 amazing playset! The line was heavily influenced by the 1980’s Super Friends Cartoon, but was not a direct translation of the animated series. The first wave consisted of 12 figures and of all DC heavy hitters like Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Joker, Penguin etc.. The second wave had a little bit more deep cuts from the comic books with characters like Darkseid, Firestorm, Green Arrow and Dr. Fate. The third and final wave consisted of very obscure characters which is why they are the rarest of the line and worth a lot of money on the secondary market. The final wave had figures like Plastic Man, Samurai and the rarest Cyborg.

Super Friends

According to Super Powers toyline and products | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom

DC Comics awarded the license of their characters to Kenner Toys, hot on the heels of Mattel‘s “action feature” heavy He-Man toy line. Winning the license away from Mego Corporation and Mattel with their emphasis on action and art, Kenner devised hidden mechanisms within the figures that would trigger an action when the figures legs or arms were squeezed. This emphasis on each figure’s “super power” led to the naming of the line – The Super Powers Collection. Each figure in the first two series were also packaged with a mini-comic featuring that character’s adventures (a detailed list of these minicomics can be found at List of Super Powers Minicomics).

Once the line was in full force a merchandising frenzy took place, with DC Comics and Kenner slapping a Super Powers logo on whatever they possibly could. Three series of figures and accessories were released: in 19841985, and 1986.

In addition, the toy line helped establish the mainstream acceptance of artist Jack Kirby’s seminal “Fourth World” characters, particularly Darkseid and his minions. Evidently, the Kenner representatives were interested in a cosmic line of villains for the superhero characters, and Kirby’s creations were deemed ideal by them for this purpose. In fact, Kirby was commissioned to design the action figures for his characters, such as Darkseid, which resulted in the only time Kirby directly monetarily benefitted from his comic book creations apart from his work-for-hire wages. Another major comic book creator, George Perez, was similarly commissioned to design the action figure for his character, Cyborg.

Super Powers toyline and products | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom

You will notice immediately what an amazing job that McFarlane has done to recreate the vintage Super Powers Packaging! Complete with the Super Powers & character logos, blue, yellow star bursts and stripped background just like the vintage figures! They did choose to go in a totally different design direction with Batman and Darkseid, but overall they kept that nostalgic vintage feel to the figures. Pictured below are the vintage versions so you can see what they looked like compared to the new line.

01_Superman vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Superman figure
Source: Superman | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom
04_Batman vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Batman figure
Source: Batman | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom
Darkseid_action vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Darkseid figure
Source: Darkseid | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom
Aquaman vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Aquaman figure
Source: Aquaman | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom
Hall of Justice vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Hall Of Justice Playset
Source: 1984 Kenner Super Powers Boxed Playset – Hall of Justice (collectorarchive.com)
Green Lantern vintage MOC
Vintage Super Powers Green Lantern figure
Source: Green Lantern | SuperFriends Wiki | Fandom

New McFarlane Superman Figure

The new McFarlane Superman figure is the closest in design and style to the vintage Kenner action figure. To start out with the packaging is straight out homage to the vintage figure. Complete from the vintage style Super Powers logo and Supeman logo, to the cardback graphics both front and back. The cardback includes the same vintage style cross sell and character bio. Superman has his blue and red classic costume with “S” logo on his chest, and red cape with Superman logo on his back. Superman even has his beautiful bright blue eyes.

Superman DC Super Powers Package
Superman DC Super Powers Package side
Superman DC Super Powers Package rear
Superman DC Super Powers 4
Superman DC Super Powers
Superman DC Super Powers 1
Superman DC Super Powers 3
Superman DC Super Powers 2
Superman DC Super Powers 5

Where to Buy

You can check the Walmart Website to see if Superman is in stock in your area. Link is below:

Walmart link: Superman McFarlane Super Powers Figure

Superman Super Powers Walmart listing

New McFarlane Batman (Hush) Figure

The new McFarlane Batman figure is the molder after the Hush Batman design rather than the vintage Kenner action figure. The Batman figure’s packaging is also an amazing tribute to the vintage figure. Complete from the vintage style Super Powers logo and Batman logo, to the card back graphics both front and back. The card back includes the same vintage style cross sell and character bio. Batman has his blue and grey costume with hush style bat logo on his chest, and dark blue cape.

Batman DC Super Powers package
Batman DC Super Powers package
Batman DC Super Powers package side
Batman DC Super Powers package rear
Batman DC Super Powers 1
Batman DC Super Powers 5
Batman DC Super Powers 2
Batman DC Super Powers 3
Batman DC Super Powers 6
Batman DC Super Powers 4

Where to Buy

You can check the Walmart Website to see if Batman is in stock in your area. Link is below:

Walmart link: Batman McFarlane Super Powers Figure

New McFarlane Green Lantern

Thanks to Kastor’s Korner’s Instagram page, we can see some images of the new John Stewart Green Lantern. It’s very cool that McFarlane went with the John Stewart version of Green Lantern to give us another more modern version of him. Just as they did with the Hush Batman. He retained his vintage lines, and 7 POA design with the John Stewart character design.

Green Lantern Super Powers package front
Green Lantern Super Powers package front
source: Kastor’s Korner Instagram
Green Lantern Super Powers package rear
Green Lantern Super Powers package rear
source: Kastor’s Korner Instagram
Green Lantern Super Powers Bar code
Green Lantern Super Powers Bar code
source: Kastor’s Korner Instagram
Green Lantern DC Super Powers package cropped
Green Lantern DC Super Powers package
Green Lantern DC Super Powers 1
Green Lantern DC Super Powers

Where to Buy:

You can check the Walmart Website to see if Green Lantern is in stock in your area. Link is below:

Walmart link: Green Lantern McFarlane Super Powers Figure

Green Lantern Super Powers Walmart listing

New McFarlane Darkseid Figure

The new McFarlane Darkseid figure is the molded after a more comic looking design rather than the vintage Kenner action figure. Darkseid packaging is also an amazing tribute to the vintage figure. Complete from the vintage style Super Powers logo and Darkseid logo, to the card back graphics both front and back. The card back includes the same vintage style cross sell and character bio. Darkseid has his blue and grey costume with yellow and red accents.

Darkseid DC Super Powers package
Darkseid DC Super Powers package
Darkseid DC Super Powers package side
Darkseid DC Super Powers package rear
Darkseid DC Super Powers 4
Darkseid DC Super Powers 1
Darkseid DC Super Powers rear

Where to Buy

You can check the Walmart Website to see if Darkseid is in stock in your area. Link is below:

Walmart link: Darkseid McFarlane Super Powers Figure

New McFarlane SuperMobile Vehicle

The Supermobile is a take on the vintage Super Powers vehicle but with a new twist. It includes two “hands” that come out of the front of the flying vehicle that have a punching feature by turning the knob on the bottom of the vehicle. It includes a translucent red canopy and two compartments on the either side as “prisoner” compartments to store baddies in there when Superman captures them. The packaging for the Supermobile is again super nostalgic with the same styling as the figure card backs.

Supermobile DC Super Powers Package
Supermobile DC Super Powers Package side
Supermobile DC Super Powers Package rear
Supermobile DC Super Powers 1
Supermobile DC Super Powers 4
Supermobile DC Super Powers 2
Supermobile DC Super Powers 5
Supermobile DC Super Powers side
Supermobile DC Super Powers rear

Where to Buy

You can check the Walmart Website to see if Supermobile is in stock in your area. Link is below:

Walmart link: Supermobile McFarlane Super Powers Figure

New McFarlane Batwing Vehicle

The Batwing is a new vehicle that we did not get during the vintage line. It takes its cues from the Batwing in the Michael Keaton style movies, but with a vintage Blue with yellow canopy color scheme. The packaging for the Batwing is again super nostalgic with the same styling as the figure card backs.

Batwing DC Super Powers 6
Batwing DC Super Powers package
Batwing DC Super Powers package rear
Batwing DC Super Powers 2
Batwing DC Super Powers 1
Batwing DC Super Powers 8
Batwing DC Super Powers 3
Batwing DC Super Powers 7
Batwing DC Super Powers 5

Where to Buy

You can check the Walmart Website to see if Batwing is in stock in your area. Link is below:

Walmart link: Batwing McFarlane Super Powers Figure

Toy Sorceress’ Vintage Collection

If any of you follow our Toy Habits Instagram page and The Toy Sorceress Instagram page, you will see the Toy Sorceress loves Toy Photography, so here are some photographs for your enjoyment and inspiration!

Toy Sorceress Vintage Super Powers Collection 1
Toy Sorceress Vintage Super Powers Collection 2
Toy Sorceress Vintage Super Powers Collection 3
Toy Sorceress Vintage Super Powers Collection 4

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