Power Action Karate Chop

About This Vintage Toy

The Robin character was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson as a crime-fighting companion to the superhero Batman. Robin first appeared in Detective Comics #38 in 1940 to better reach a younger reader demographic. The character far acceded expectations, with readers nearly doubling sales of Batman comic issues. As featured in Star Spangled Comics #65–130 (1947–1952), the character is introduced to his first solo sequential art feature.

Robin appeared regularly in many Batman-affiliated comics and rapidly grew in popularity from 1940 through the 1980s, leading up to the Kenner Super Powers Collection toy line. Like most superheroes, Robin’s secret identity as Dick Grayson provided one of the most interesting backstories in the DC franchise. Grayson was the youngest family member of the circus-employed acrobat’s team known as the Flying Graysons. Robin’s acrobatic background offered an excellent skill set to join in the fight against crime. The Batman and Robin vigilantly team are commonly referred to as the Caped Crusaders and the Dynamic Duo.

Along with the Batman character, Robin’s growing success appeared in many comic books, newspaper comic strips, animated programs, and a cult classic 1960s live-action series that became a full-length feature movie in 1966. 


The Robin action figure offered a mechanical “Power Action Karate Chop” feature that activated simulated arm coping 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 Robin action figure did not include any accessories, and the right hand of the Robin was formed in a Karate Chop sculpt, not allowing for a thumb grip or support any weapons or accessories in the “Power Action” Hand.

The Robin 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

Robin Cape Inside
Robin Cape Inside

The M.A.S.K. Thunder Hawk included 2 “Stun Bombs” that were released automatically by pull trigger button on the vehicle. The value of the accessories alone are often worth more than the figure itself, Depending on the mint condition of the action figure.

Original Packaging

Packaging Front
Packaging Back

The original product packaging was a rectangular box with corrugated inserts to secure the vehicle. An illustrated action scene, logo and action figure image appeared on the front of the box while detailed transformation notations were featured on the back. NOTE: Collectors that have the original card back offers increased value to the collectible. (MWC = Mint with card) If the card back still has a bubble in tact, that also increases the value. If the action figure is factory sealed on the original card, (MOC= Mint on card) then collectors can obtain the most value from that particular item.

Included Mini Comic

Superman Mini Comic Front
Superman Mini Comic Back

“We Really Do Care!” A bold customer service message Kenner printed on many of the product paper work included with most of Kenners products. Kenner provided included detailed hand drawn instructions on how to operate the vehicles features and where to apply the included stickers.

The 1984 Robin 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

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.