Monday, November 05, 2012
Character Collectible Spotlight: Super Friends!
When I first started saving pictures for what ended being called "Cool Stuff," I had no idea just how much Super Friends merchandise there had been... here's a look at stuff that was labeled as Super Friends, as well as stuff that was clearly designed to make you think "Super Friendds"! Batman Super Friends Glowplate -- I don't know if that really means it glowed, I can't read the print on this photo! I'm guessing this is an item that had originally been issued prior to Super Friends, given the Silver Age vibe on Batman! Of course, there was a Batman pencil sharpener in the series of Super Friends pencil sharpeners, and we'll get to those as we go along! The Super Heroes Bingo was clearly designed to look like a Super Friends item, even mimicking the logo! Magnetic Pacheesi Game -- Have you noticed how many Super Friends items didn't use the logo so far? DC had to have been at least somewhat complicit in all the licensees using "Super Heroes" on their items, but mimicking the Super Friends logo, as seen on the Prestofix and Record Player above! Super Friends air fresheners! Patches! Super Friends Bedsheets and pillowcase! Another Super Heroes item mimicking the Super Friends logo! Yes, that's Supergirl on this Super Friends birthday card... and Aquaman is nowhere to be seen! Super Heroes Checkers! Colorforms didn't even bother trying to copy the Super Friends logo style, they just used the Super Friends lineup, minus Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog! The Super Friends Coloring Book, which I've featured here as part of Children's Book Theater! This set of Super Friends cutouts has a very non-SF styled Superman right on top, but you can tell that there's more of the Toth-designed stuff behind him! More Super Friends pencil sharpeners! Some of these may be seen more than once before we're done! Super Friends Lite Brite refill! Super Friends Lunchbox! Magnetic Target Game! Some of the most obvious merchandise to attach Aquaman to, and it had to be part of the Super Friends merchandising! Party Horns! I don't know for sure if this wallpaper was marketed as Super Friends or not, but it would make sense! Super Friends Gift Wrap! Super Friends Napkins! Sneakers! Gift Tags! Centerpiece! Blanket! Coloring Book! More Pencil Sharpeners! Page 1 from Super Friends #26, by Ramona Fradon! Magnets! Paint By Numbers! Post Cards! Poster! Page 20 from Super Friends #45, by Joe Staton! Sunglasses! Party Pack! A different bedsheet! Page 2 from Super Friends #3, by Fradon! Super Friends Mr. Bubble! Another Air Freshener! Magnetic Maze Game! Party Invitations! Valentines! More Sharpeners! Sleeping Bag! More comic art by Fradon! Loot bag! Page 9 from Super Friends #32, by Kurt Schaffenberger! French Record! Flashlight! Story Book! Power Whirl! And with this outburst of other stuff, that wraps it up!