Power Action Lightning Legs
About This Vintage Toy
The Flash character was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert. The original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 released in November 1939; however, it was cover-dated in January 1940. The original Flash comic was published by All-American Publications, one of three publishing companies that would eventually merge to operate under what we now know as DC Comics.
Many identities have used the Flash name over the years. Although Barry Allen was the secret identity used by the Super Powers Collection version of this character, the original identity went by Jay Garrick in the early 1940s. The original Jay Garrick Flash, back-storied a college student who obtained his superpower speed through the consumption of hard water vapors; however, when re-introduced in the 1960s, the Jay Garrick version of the Flash absorbed his superpowers through exposure to heavy water. An alternate Flash character was introduced in the comic The Flash #110 in December of 1959 and featured Wally West as the hero’s identity.
Following the two original Flash identities, the Criminal and Forensic Science Division of Central City Police Departments Assistant scientist position was held by lackadaisical Barry Allen. Barry would frequently frustrate his fiancé Iris Wes with his lethargic personality and lack of punctuality. One evening when he was working late in his lab, a random bolt of lightning struck the lab and hit a supply of chemicals that inadvertently infected him. As a direct result of the chemical infection, Barry Allen quickly discovered that he could run extremely fast and had superhuman reflexes. Following the incident, Barry Allen became the Flash outfitting himself with red tights and a yellow lightning bolt across his chest, reminiscent of the original Fawcett Comics Captain Marvel (also known as Shazam) Superhero character created in 1939. The Barry Allen Flash then became a superhero crime fighter and patrols the streets of Central City, keeping it safe from crime and protecting justice. When in civilian form, Barry Allen creatively stores the Flash costume in a ring that uses a particular gas to compress cloth fibers into tiny molecules.
The Flash action figure offered a mechanical “Power Action Lightning legs” feature that activated simulated rapid running movement when both arms were squeezed inward. The sculpting of the action figure was highly detailed for the time and very reminiscent of any expectations based upon the previous comic books and animated programs. The flash action figure did not include any accessories, and both hands of the Flash were completely sealed in a closed fist sculpt, not allowing for the Flash to grip or support any weapons or accessories.
The Flash action figure offered 7 points of articulation with the hips, knees, shoulders, and neck. The innovative mechanical “Super Power Action” often created loose joints and limbs over time, making some action figures challenging to stand an offer possibility. Finding an action figure with a perfect “Super Power Action” functionality along with mint condition paint and accessories can fetch a much higher value on the current collectors market.
Included Mini Comic
The 1984 Flash Super Powers TV Commercial
Collector’s Price Guide
|Image||Product Name||Alliance||Type||Series||Year||MLC||MIB / MWC||MISB / MOC|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Wonder-Woman-THUMB.jpg||Wonder Woman||Good||Action Figure||1||1984||$95||$140||$165||https://retrotoyquest.com/action-figure-wonder-woman-super-powers-kenner-1984|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Green-Lantern-THUMB.jpg||Green Lantern||Good||Action Figure||1||1984||$60||$70||$95||https://retrotoyquest.com/action-figure-green-lantern-super-powers-kenner-1984|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Lex-Luthor-THUMB.jpg||Lex Luthor||Evil||Action Figure||1||1984||$30||$45||$100||https://retrotoyquest.com/action-figure-lex-luthor-super-powers-kenner-1984|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Lex-Soar-THUMB.jpg||Lex-Soar 7||Evil||Action Vehicle||1||1984||$85||$125||$155||https://retrotoyquest.com/action-vehicle-lex-soar-7-super-powers-kenner-1984|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Hall-of-Justice-THUMBb.jpg||Hall of Justice||Good||Playset||1||1984||$125||$325||$650||https://retrotoyquest.com/playset-hall-of-justice-super-powers-kenner-1984|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Super-Powers-Collectors-Case-THUMB.jpg||Super Powers Collection Carrying Case||Good||Neutral||1||1984||$135||$155||$210||https://retrotoyquest.com/carrying-case-action-figure-carrying-case-super-powers-kenner-1984|
|https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Missing-Item-THUMB.jpg||The Whole Collection||NA||SERIES 1 TOTAL||1||1984||$1,210||$1,896||$3,665|
How To Use This Price Guide
MLC = “Mint Loose Condition” This is when the action figure or Vehicle is in excellent condition, and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, but without the packaging and original included paperwork.
MIB = “Mint in box” This is when the collectible is in excellent condition, and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories and original included paperwork.
MWC = “Mint with Card Back” This is when an action figure os is excellent condition, and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, however included the original card back fully intact. If the original blister bubble is intact, It can bring additional value depending on the condition of the blister bubble.
MISB = “Mint in Sealed Box” This is when the Collectible is in excellent condition, and is factory sealed and was never opened or used.
MOC = “Mint on card” This Is when the action figure is in excellent condition and is factory sealed and it’s original blister bubble and was never opened or used.
COMPLETE = “Complete” This is when the collectible is 100% complete with all of its accessories. Additional paperwork included with the original package does increase the overall value but does not necessarily consider the item complete
DISCLAIMER: All values are estimated by Retro Toy Quest and subject to change and discrepancy, depending on the advanced nature of any collector.