Dominate Apokolips with this Play Arts Kai Darkseid

Appearing in comics over a period spanning four decades, Darkseid is one of the most dastardly and authoritarian members of the DC Universe. Modeled after Adolf Hitler, Darkseid’s principal objective is totalitarian control of the charred rubble of Apokolips. The driving force of a militant, state-controlled society, this dude’s idea of paradise is a whole world of submissive citizens ready to follow in his jackbooted footsteps.

One of the most powerful of the New Gods, Darkseid is an essential component of any DC aficionada or aficionado’s collection. Square Enix brings us this eight-inch figure boasting Play Arts Kai craftsmanship. He’s outfitted in a costume inspired by anime aesthetic and features a re-vamped design that stays true to classic versions of Darkseid, but while giving them a special twist. Darkseid comes with variant parts, accessories and a display stand.

Come to the Darkseid. We have cookies. And fascist domination.

Come to the Darkseid. We have cookies. And fascist domination.

From Square Enix, Darkseid the cosmic villain prepares to dole out ruin

This intergalactic deity is another hot figurine from the Play Arts Kai series. The dark lord, enacting fascist rule from his throne in Apokolips, plots a takeover of the universe through the Anti-Life Equation. Using his Omega Beams to cancel out threats to his power, Darkseid is one of the ultimate harbingers of cataclysmic doom. Square Enix has crafted him as an 8-inch figure for us, with thrilling deep-green and cloudy sapphire coloring. Come February, preorder this statue and prepare to invade Themyscira.

The villainous essence of this nemesis of good stands in this stately and aggressive statue.

The villainous essence of this nemesis of good stands in this stately and aggressive statue.

Featured Figures: DC Universe Series 11 & 12

The DC Universe line seems the counterpoint to the Marvel Legends or Marvel Select collections. A collection of 6-inch figures of characters from the company’s storied history, it pleases those whose tastes run mainstream as well as the kind of die-hard fans seeking out a more obscure hero or villain. The line’s been coming fast and furious, rare for any toy company, but while we wait hopefully and optimistically for a thirteenth series, we’re pleased to say we’ve got both eleven and twelve. Here’s a run-down of what you can expect from each.

Like the Marvel Legends, the DCU collection has gone with the build-a-figure angle, packaging each individual 6-inch toy with single piece of a much larger figure. For series 11, it’s the tough-as-nails, swine-faced Green Lantern trainer Kilowog, who most recently featured in the DC event, Blackest Night. The Green Lantern drill sergeant has actually been around since 1986, but he’s a character who hasn’t exactly gotten his due and that makes it all the better that this line includes him. As for the figures themselves, though, you’ll find John Stewart’s Green Lantern, The Shark, Cyborg Superman, Steppenwolf (and variant), Katma Tui, All-Star Flash, The Question, Deadman (and variant), a short-haired Superman and grey and black Batman. A couple of those are still pre-orders, but check ’em out right here in our DCU section.

Unlike Kilowog, Darkseid needs little introduction. One of the most significant villains in the DC Universe, it is only fitting that his massive size see him as the build-a-figure for the twelfth series. The supervillain is here composed of parts sealed with Dr. Mid-Nite, Metal Men’s Iron, Copperhead, Desaad, Eclipso, Mary Batson, Spectre and Power Girl. A varied line, it’s definitely one that caters primarily to the old-school fans, but everything about the design is slick and modern. Definitely worth a look.

And finally, we’ve also got a trio of figures that super-sizes the DCU collection: Giants of Justice (see bottom). The first three in this new off-shoot of the brand are The Flash, Batman and Killer Croc.