Wow, was I ever surprised when this baby showed up on my door step! I have been waiting for an action figure of Kalibak in the animated style since 1996 when he showed up on Superman the Animated Series. Now he’s in my collection, and he’s awesome.
It has long been a dream of mine (since 1990) to have all of the characters from the Kenner Super Powers line in the animated style. I had great hopes for the old Hasbro Batman and Superman animated line. I even started making many of them as customs, but as that line petered out I could see my dreams dashed.
Enter Mattel’s Justice League Unlimited line, or "the little line that could." It keeps chugging along despite constant rumors of it’s cancellation ,and actual a plan to end the line (after the Grodd 6-pack). This line has be going strong for coming up on nine years and the character selection is amazing. And now I’m two more characters closer to my dream.
Now Mattel gives us these little presents. .. even as I type this I find it hard to organize my thoughts on how cool I think they are. This REALLY is a gift for the fans. These special direct market 2-packs are not easy for Mattel to get approved. These small runs of newly sculpted figures that don’t have a lot of reuse potential don’t have a have the best ROI for Mattel, but these are important characters that deserve figures and deserve to be in the line. Kalibak has been the top slot on many JLU fan’s top ten most wanted lists. They were revealed to fans this past July at Comic Con during Mattel’s DC panel and the fan reaction was great.
When we first saw the images of the figures in package on MattyCollector.com it looked as if Mattel had re-skinned and reused the DCIH 3-pack boxes for these sets, but now that I have them in-hand I can tell you that these are not the same and are in fact new, larger boxes with JLU art.
The Parademon 2-pack will go on sale this month on Nov 15th on MattyCollector.com. The 2 Parademons are identical the use the Etrigan torso and the rest are all new parts. The harnesses are a separate rubber over-piece. They have 5 points of swivel articulation.
The sale date for the Darkseid/Kalibak 2-pack has not been announced yet. Darkseid is mostly the original sculpt with some new paint, but he does have new hands and a new overpiece for his Destroyer armor as seen in the 2-part series finale of JLU.
Kaibak is 100% a new sculpt, with new tooling. His costume details are sculpted instead of just paint.He has 4 points of articulation.
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