Turns out that this week is the 25th anniversary of the Super Powers action figure line, and 14 comic/toy-related blogs have banded together to celebrate as they saw fit. I didn't find out about it until this morning. D'oh! Of course, the lone Legion-related figure in the line was Tyr.
In 1986, as part of the 3rd wave of the then-popular Super Powers action figures, someone decided that a kewl-looking villain should be added to the cast. Why they went all the way to the 30th century to get Tyr is beyond me, but he gets the distinction of being the first honest-to-goodness Legion-related action figure. Toyotter has a great writeup on all the characters, including Tyr.
The Super Powers line featured "action" figures - you moved it in a certain way and they did something. Tyr's gimmick was that his arm blaster fired when you squeezed his feet. The front and back of the card tell of his "Power Action Rocket Launch" and a card you were supposed to cut out that described his powers and weaknesses. I bought mine a decade ago for $65 (original price: somewhere around $1.50), but ebay prices are all over the place today. The third wave of Super Powers figures was made in smaller quantities than the earlier waves, which explains why he's hard to find these days.
The 4th wave of Super Powers figures for 1987 never got off the ground. However, in an interview several years ago, Steve Lightle discussed being asked by the Kenner team to design at least two Legion figures: Dream Girl and Dawnstar. They never made it past the drawing stage, though Steve's suggestion for Dream Girl's insignia can be found on this page that has an excerpt from the interview (the original of which has apparently vanished into cyberspace). I can see Dawnstar's "action" power (squeeze her legs and her wings flap, just like the Hawkman figure), but I have no idea what they were going to do for Dream Girl's.
The Kenner's Super Powers page has some closeups of the loose figure and the disassembled pieces of the prototype.
The third wave of Super Powers figures had its own non-canonical tie-in comic miniseries.
Here are the other blogs participating in the Super Powers anniversary:
- The Aquaman Shrine: Scans of every mini-comic appearance by the Sea King, plus a line overview, creator credits, and various other merchandise.
- Batblog: All the Batman-related characters
- Being Carter Hall: Hawkman mini-comic appearances reviewed.
- Crimson Lightning: Extensive commentary on the Flash mini-comic.
- Dispatches from the Arrow Cave: Complete scans and commentary on the Green Arrow mini-comic.
- Doom Patrol: Red Tornado mini-comic scans and commentary.
- Firestorm Fan: The Nuclear Man in comics and figures.
- Fortress of Baileytude: the Superman family of characters
- The Idol-Head of Diabolu: The Martian Manhunte
- Justice League Detroit: Colección Super Amigos: Liga de la Justicia de Detroit Bootleg Action Figures
- Love Dat Joker: Extensive commentary on the Clown Prince of Crime's role in the set, including figure photos and complete scans of his appearances from the Batman, Green Lantern, and his eponymous mini-comics.
- ...nurgh...: Critical reviews of every mini-comic, starting with #1-8, then #9-16.
- Once Upon a Geek: Dr. Fate and Blue Devil mini-comics and toys.
- Speed Force: A look at the Flash figure itself