Kenner’s eighties Super Powers Collection action figures featured gimmicks where moving one part of the body resulted in some sort of action. Squeeze the legs together and the figure punches! Squeeze the arms and the figure runs! They kick! They fly! They perform all sorts of active actions to excite kids and make them want the toys! Cool and all, but what’s even cooler is that we can go back and look at the various patents Kenner filed to cover their designs.
Click each of the links for the technical drawings and details behind each patent. Great stuff to review if you’ve ever had an interest in product design.
- Action figure with arm movement derived from leg movement
- Action figure with wing movement derived from leg movement
- Action figure with leg movement derived from arm movement
- Action figure in which manipulation of one leg produces a horizontal swinging of both arms
And after all of that don’t miss the Batman page at kennersuperpowers.com for a look at the figure. I do think it’s a shame I don’t have that Batman action figure in my collection.
- 1985 Super Powers Cup Holders from Burger King (battlegrip.com)
- Robin Trapped! Kenner Super Powers Collection to the Rescue! (battlegrip.com)
- Retro Review > Power Arm Terminator (Kenner, Terminator 2, 1991) (poeghostal.com)