Power Action Umbrella Arm

About This Vintage Toy

Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the supervillain charter Penguin, who first appeared in Detective Comics issue #58, published in December of 1941. Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot (Penguin’s birth name) became a supervillain adversary to the superhero Batman and is one of his most diabolical enemies known to cause chaos and terror throughout Gotham city. This Gotham mobster often refers to himself as a “Gentleman of Crime,” wearing a sophisticated top hat, monocle, and tuxedo. When the Penguin finds himself in immediate need of a weapon, he is normally armed with his signature umbrella, which doubles as a retractable concealed sword. His arsenal of modified umbrellas is often used as guns, gassing mechanisms, cutting tools, a mini-helicopter, and other eccentric gadgets.

 Throughout the decades, the Penguin character traditionally appears as a short, fat, waddle-walking human male with a long nose, dubbing him Penguin. Following the stereotype of a traditional 20th-century gangster, the Penguin owns and operates a Gothom City nightclub appropriately titled the Iceberg Lounge. The lounge provides a convenient cover front for his malicious and criminal activity. At times, Batman uses the lounge to shakedown underworld crooks and source useful criminal information. It is rumored that the Penguin character was inspired by the mascot used in the Kool cigarettes advertising campaign of the 1940s, and Co-creator Bill Finger added that the stereotypical image of high-society gentlemen in tuxedo resembled, you guessed it, penguins.

The Penguin also frequently appeared on the cult classic 1960s live-action TV show and was like the Joker, also featured in the full-length film released to theaters on July 30, 1966.


The Penguin action figure offered a mechanical “Power Action Umbrella Arm” feature that activated simulated arm movement when both legs 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 Penguin action figure includes an umbrella accessory with the retractable sword. Notably, the retractable sword function is similar to the 1978 version of the Star Wars action figures, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Penguin 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 Accessories

Penguin Umbrella Top
Penguin Umbrella Inside
Penguin Umbrella Cain
Penguin Umbrella Cain Other Side
Penguin Umbrella Top with Sword

Original Packaging

Packaging Front
Packaging Back

Included Mini Comic

Superman Mini Comic Front
Superman Mini Comic Back

The 1984 Penguin Super Powers TV Commercial

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Collector’s Price Guide

ImageProduct NameAllianceTypeSeriesYearMLCMIB / MWCMISB / MOC Figure11984$70$135$280 Figure11984$90$140$285 WomanGoodAction Figure11984$95$140$165 Figure11984$25$40$90 Figure11984$70$95$210 Figure11984$80$100$210 LanternGoodAction Figure11984$60$70$95 Figure11984$50$70$200 LuthorEvilAction Figure11984$30$45$100 Figure11984$40$55$100 Figure11984$60$80$300 Figure11984$60$82$95 Vehicle11984$90$129$310 Vehicle11984$45$110$210 7EvilAction Vehicle11984$85$125$155 of JusticeGoodPlayset11984$125$325$650 Powers Collection Carrying CaseGoodNeutral11984$135$155$210 Whole CollectionNASERIES 1 TOTAL11984$1,210$1,896$3,665 Figure21985$28$0$0 Figure21985$85$0$0 FateEvilAction Figure21985$37$0$0 Figure21985$25$0$0 ArrowEvilAction Figure21985$145$0$0 Figure21985$45$0$0 Figure21985$30$0$0 ManhunterEvilAction Figure21985$25$0$0 Figure21985$70$0$0 TornadoEvilAction Figure21985$42$0$0 Figure21985$25$0$0 KentEvilAction Figure21985$70$0$0 DestroyerEvilAction Vehicle21985$118$0$0 Probe OneEvilAction Vehicle21985$50$0$0 Boulder BomberEvilAction Vehicle21985$70$0$0 Whole CollectionNASERIES 1 TOTAL11984$864$0$0

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.