Shields Superman from Kryptonite

About This Vintage Toy

The Supermobile is the “Man of Steel’s” vehicle that acts as a conductor for Superman’s powers, providing him the ability to channel his superhuman skills through the vehicle itself. More importantly, the shell of the Supermobile shields Superman from Kryptonite and red solar radiation that strips Superman of his superhero powers. One of Superman’s commonly known weaknesses is Kryptonite. The Supermobile may prove helpful when a Legion of Doom enemy like Lex Luthor shows up with the Lex-Soar 7 vehicle and unleash its payload of Kryptonite. The significance of this particular otherwise useless vehicle then proves its value, as Superman can retain his maximum abilities as long as he is within the Supermobile during a red solar storm or diabolical kryptonite attack.

In March of 1978, the Supermobile was first introduced in Action Comics # 481 and appropriately titled “It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Supermobile!“. Notably, a Superman comic writer Cary Bates was rumored to say that the Supermobile was initially conceived as a marketing tie-in for the Corgi Toys die-cast toy line to produce and promote additional toy lines.

Late 1970s, Corgi Toys Supermobile Variations

The Supermobile action vehicle featured an accessible cockpit for Superman with a functional transparent canopy that opened. Pressing the silver button on the back of the vehicle would activate the “Krypto-Action Ram,” which was an extension of Superman’s raming abilities. The vehicle also featured two “Villain Captivators” on each wing. The “Villain Captivators” featured a die-cut rubber ventilation-like port that could support a villain’s arm and simulate capture when in flight.

Included Accessories

Tail Fin

Original Packaging

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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 Instructions

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The 1984 Supermobile 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.