SUPER POWERS (KENNER)
“Lex Luthor The Sinister Scientist, Possesses Warsuit, a battle outfit designated by an ancient super-scientific alien civilization, and modified with Luthor’s own genius. Luthor is capable of designing incredible weaponry for use against Superman.”
What good are super heroes without some enemies to fight? Generally, kind of bored, I guess. Like, it gives them some time to catch up on their chores around the house, and such, I’d imagine. But most kids aren’t looking to have their Superman figure sweeping up and doing his laundry. No, they want action! Let’s give that Superman a rich bald guy to beat up on! Fortunately, Kenner had our backs, with resident DC rich bald guy, Lex Luthor!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lex Luthor was released in the first series of Kenner’s Super Powers line, where he was one of the four villainous characters included in the debut line-up. Luthor had been rocking the green and purple jumpsuit look for several years up to this point, but he’d just swapped out for the powered armor Warsuit seen here a year prior to the figure’s release. The figure stands 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. His sculpt is another unique piece, and made for a quite nice recreation of the armor as seen in the comics. The detail work on the technical elements of the suit is pretty well-rendered, and makes him a slightly more visually interesting figure than he might be were he sporting the old jump-suit. The upper portion of the armor is actually designed to be removed (though on my figure it’s a little too fragile for me to want to chance actually taking it off), which adds an extra level of depth, as well as an extra look for the figure, should you want a less armored version of Lex. The paint work on Luthor follows his usual green and purple, although the purple does err a bit more on the side of magenta, perhaps to help him be a bit more distinct from the Joker figure included in the same assortment. The paint work is, like most of the line, very bold and bright, which is always a plus. I also quite like the little insignia on the front of his armor. Lex’s included action feature is his “Power Action Nuclear Punch,” which, like a lot of the features for the line, translates to “when you squeeze his legs, his arms move up and down.” It’s not quite as good for him as other features in the line, but it’s unobtrusive, so it’s not much of a complaint.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After being pretty invested in the line for a few years, I fell out of collecting Super Powers for several years, right around my late teens, going into my college years. I was brought back to them when I went through a couple rough months early in my college career, and, after a particularly bad night, my dad dug my figures out of the box they’d been in out in the garage, and brought them to me, bringing up that collecting them was something that had made me rather happy. So, I jumped back into picking them up, and Luthor wound up as my first purchase after my return to collecting them, largely due to him being more on the affordable side. Ultimately, the figure itself isn’t one of my favorites or anything, but he does hold some significance at least.