New in the AFi Archives -Mattel's Upcoming JLU 2-packs
November 5, 2010

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 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  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.

Click here to see the pictures and entry for the Parademons.

Click here to see the pictures and entry for Darkseid and Kalabak.



Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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