BATMAN



Kenner released arguably one of the finest Batman action figures of all time as part of the Super Powers collection. Kenner released Batman in its initial 1984 1st series wave, however the figure, like many other 1st series characters, also saw inclusion in both the 1985 2nd series and 3rd third series assortments. The offerless 3rd series card represents the rarest blister card style for the caped crusader. Batman exists on the following eight domestic (US) Kenner card types:

A 4th series wave was in development during the Super Powers line's cancellation. Plans for the 4th series line-up included exciting new characters in addition to a handful of re-imagined previously released characters. Kenner devised a new Batman incarnation, dubbed "Capture Winch Batman", as part of this re-imagined "Power Plus" sub-series. The Power Plus Capture Winch Batman moved through the initial sculpting stage and progressed to the unpainted hardcopy development stage. A surviving unpainted hardcopy example surfaced and provides evidence of the figure's developmental progress. The hardcopy example consists of a torso, left arm, leg pair, and batarang. To cut production costs, it appears Kenner intended to re-use existing production tooling, also referred to as steel molds, for production of Capture Winch Batman's head and possibly the right arm.

Kenner Canada released 31 of the 33 carded Super Powers figures in bilingual packaging featuring both English and French text to comply with bilingual packaging laws in the country. As such, Batman saw confirmed release on the following card styles:

Shell gas stations in Canada ran a promotion, detailed extensively here, resulting in the release of eight characters, including Batman, on small blister cards devoid of many packaging graphics found on their larger retail store packaging counterparts.

Children residing outside the US and Canada collected Super Powers action figures distributed by additional international companies. International carded Batman figures include:

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