SUPERMAN — QUICK CHANGE
SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (KENNER)
“Danger arises in an instant – just the amount of time Clark Kent needs to transform himself into Superman, the Man of Steel.”
Following up on the success of Batman: The Animated Series, the creative team moved onto DC’s next big offering, Superman. Superman: The Animated Series wasn’t quite the smash success its predecessor was, but it’s remained my personal favorite of the bunch. Sadly, it wasn’t quite as well treated by merchandising. It got its own line of figures from Kenner, mostly made up of variants of the main character. I’m looking at one of those today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Quick Change Superman was one of the handful of Superman variants from the first series of Superman: The Animated Series from Kenner. He’s the second of two Superman variants in this first series that could pass for a standard Superman…in one configuration, at least. The figure stands 5 inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. The mechanism that allows his “quick change” feature means he has no neck articulation, but he still has the waist movement, which puts him ahead of most figures of the same stylings. The basic figure is actually rather similar to the Capture Net Superman. The posing of his hands is swapped, and the cape is cloth, rather than plastic, but otherwise he’s the same basic set-up, with the same strengths and weaknesses as that figure. As a whole, a pretty decent offering. The paint also matches pretty closely with the Capture Net offering, but my QC Superman is from later in the run than my CN, so he’s actually got eyes this time, which certainly looks far better. Of course, mine’s also taken a bit more of a beating, so I guess it’s kind of a wash. To facilitate his quick change feature, he’s got four clip-on pieces: a head/torso combo, one for each of his legs, and a backpack piece that clips onto the torso. The overall end appearance is of Clark Kent, with a polo shirt, khakis, and a back-pack. Definitely a different look than we usually see for Clark. Maybe he’s gone hiking or something? It’s certainly better than most attempts at Bruce Wayne.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Quick Change Superman was the first figure I got from this line, not long after getting the show’s premiere episodes on VHS, so I was pretty pumped to find him. It was on a late-night trip to Toys R Us with my dad, while my Mom was out of town for a bit. I remember that I got this figure and the 1960s Batman: The Movie on VHS, and my Dad and I sat up and watched the movie while I opened the figure. He remained my standard Superman for a very long while, and even now he’s definitely a favorite of mine.