Brainiac Protomolded Paintmaster

This piece represents an interesting look into the painting of the Super Powers line. It is called a paintmaster, which serves to show exactly which portions of the figure are painted a certain color. The four paint swatches that accompany the piece represent the four colors to be used on the figure: purple, black, yellow, and red. The attentive collector will immediately notice the color purple was not used on the production color. Apparently the small circular torso portion was initially slated to be painted purple. It was left blank on the production figure.

Above you can see a close-up of the paint swatches. Notice the handwritten labels on the reverse side of each swatch. Black was used for the head stripe, red and yellow for the arm and brain detail, and purple which wasn't used on the production figure as discussed above.

This piece is cast in a milky white plastic and is handpainted. Collectors refer to these as "internal first shots". The term is used to describe pieces cast in a proto plastic from low yield aluminum molds. This preocess was done in-house at Kenner and offered a less expensive method of creating photography/paintmaster figures.

Finally, we see the paintmaster compared to the production figure. The paintmaster is on the left and production figure on the right. This piece was handpainted using a metallic paint as opposed to the vac metallized production figure. The Cyborg hardcopy photo sample was painted in a similar paint. It certainly makes for a striking prototype when the two are compared.

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