Red Tornado along with four other heroes and six villains comprised Kenner's 1985 2nd series figure wave. Kenner sculptors exquisitely rendered the character in three-dimensional action figure form and designed the toy to include a "Tornado Twist" power action where squeezing the right arm caused the figure's lower half to twist back and forth. Although Red Tornado debuted in the 2nd series line-up, he along with six other 2nd series characters were reissued on 33-back offerless cards and shipped as part of the final 3rd series wave. Red Tornado remains the single rarest of the eleven 3rd series re-release characters. Red Tornado's release is documented on the following five domestic (US) Kenner card types:

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, Red Tornado saw release on the lone 2nd series Kenner Canada card style:

Children residing outside the US and Canada collected Super Powers action figures distributed by additional international companies. Unfortunately Red Tornado did not enjoy release in any non-US country except Canada and possibly Australia.

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