Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas Haul 2017: Parademon from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out one more thing that was left under my Christmas tree this year: The Toys 'R Us exclusive Parademon from the DC Comics Multiverse line. Based on the Parademons appearing in Justice League this figure gives you someone for your Multiverse Justice League to fight. Pretty cool, huh? First appearing in Jack Kirby's The New Gods #1 back in 1971, these monstrous minions of Apokolips have been a mainstay in the DC Universe ever since. I love the two Parademons I have from Mattel's DC Universe Classics line but I was looking forward to the release of this one, too. Unfortunately, he's kind of a disappointment like most of the Justice League toyline. Let's take a look at the Parademon after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4 inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, swivel lower and upper wings, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Rifle

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* Overal, the headsculpt and paintwork on the Parademon isn't terrible. I do wish the sculpt showcased the sharp teeth that these guys have in the DCEU (and open mouthed headsculpt would have been very welcome) but the paintwork on the skin and the clean work on the goggles really does look pretty cool.

* The Parademon has some very large wings. There are two smaller wings and two larger wings with one of each attached to two separate poles on the figures back. The wings pivot freely and do help to add some "oomph" to the figures impressiveness.

 * The Parademon is toting a pretty cool rifle. There aren't any paint applications on it but the level of sculpted detail is impressive and the figure holds it well.
 The Negatives:

* Looking at the figure, you can definitely tell that something is up. Does the color of this figure even match the Parademons we see in the film? I'd suggest that these were based on an early design that was changed after filming but considering that the Parademons showed up in 2016's Batman v. Superman, there's no way that's the case unless Mattel has been sitting on this sculpt for nearly two years.

* The Parademon just looks overly toyish. While the comic (and perhaps even TV) based Multiverse figures seem to be improving, the Justice League line has largely been pretty disappointing. If you showed me a picture of this figure I would think he were from the kid focused 5-6 inch line.

 * The articulation on this guy is weak. The head barely even rotates left and right, the shoulders have little to no movement, and everything else just feels solid and clunky.
  Just taking this figure on it's own, it might be OK. Not as a $20 collector figure, though, and certainly not as a Parademon from Justice League. This guy is definitely another Eh and a 1/2 entry in this line. While 2017 was largely a good year for the comic based Multiverse figures and the Wonder Woman line, the Justice League line barely managed to get anything right. The Parademon should have been a guaranteed hit but Mattel even managed to turn an evil flying space monster into a boring and underwhelming toy. Bummer.

If you'e looking for more Parademons I have reviewed the Nano Metalfigs Parademon from 5-Pack A.

If you're looking for more DC Comics Multiverse figures, check out the following:

Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Batman (DC Rebirth)
Batwing (DC Rebirth)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Doctor Psycho (Collect & Connect figure)
Duke Thomas (We Are Robin)
Earth 23 Superman
The Flash: From Page to Screen
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster
The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) 
Rookie (Collect & Connect figure)
Wonder Girl (Teen Titans)

The Arrow

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Son of Batman
Wonder Woman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 
The Atom

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Aquaman (Toys R Us Exclusive) 
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Supergirl TV Series 

Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)

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