A strange e-mail in my inbox as NYCC is getting underway. The sender, identifying himself only as “Adam Power”, passed along a link to a placeholder site that displays the classic Power Lords: The Extra-Terrestrial Warriors logo and a date that is to end the world as we know it: 12-21-12.
I never had a Power Lords figure, but the line was seared into my brain courtesy of an ad that appeared on the back cover of like, every comic book ever when I was a kid. I was always justifiably intrigued, but yet, nary a Power Lords figure entered into my childhood collection.
A few years ago, when that chance memory of a guy turning blue on the back of a comic book came up, I looked into Power Lords. It’s a toy line that fits snugly in the 80s. Adam Power is charged with protecting a powerful cosmic jewel from the galaxy-conquering alien Arkus. Toss in some comrades, henchmen, a few vehicles, and the hallmark of a good 80s line, a playset and the line was good to go. While it’s Adam Power and his strange blue backside that has kept Power Lords with me all these years, it turns out the aliens were pretty sweet too. Revell contracted their design out to the legendary Wayne Barlowe, author of Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials (affiliate link). Scroll down towards the bottom of this page at Wayne Barlow’s personal site for some amazing original Power Lords artwork.
If you’re in the mood for a stroll down mystery lane, I haven’t run across a specific fansite devoted to Power Lords, but the ever-reliable FigureRealm.com has a near complete gallery of the classic line including the basic figures, the strange half-tank Beast Machines, and the Vulcan Rock playset.
Now that’s all what’s come before. What about the return? For now we just have the PowerLordsReturn.com teaser site and the ominous date. A quick trademark search revealed that the Power Lords trademark was recently revived and approved for Ned Strongin Creative Services, which would appear to be related to the original copyright holder Strongin-Mayem International. But what toy company has obtained the license to produce new Power Lords toys? That I don’t know, but I imagine that countdown clock gives us a good idea of when we will…
…if the world doesn’t end.