A loud “BOOM!” thunders overhead, signaling the opening of a Boom-tube. From the dark world of Apokolips spews forth waves of Darkseid’s shock troops – the PARADEMON!
The newest figure from DC Collectibles Justice League New 52 line hit shelves this week. Here’s the low down on this awesome figure!
The sculpt on this 7 ¾” figure is phenomenal. The face has great detail with the brows bulging slightly over red eyes and gaping mouth with jagged, uneven teeth. The armor is bright gold and silver, and also appears battle-damaged with nicks and dents sculpted into it. His flesh beneath the armor shows though on his abdomen and back with beautifully sculpted wires layered on top. You can easily tell that the wires are not part of his flesh, but the suit of armor he wears. The only drawback here is the lack of accessories! We have seen many Parademons with weapons and wings in the comics; a set of wings on this Parademon would have been a great addition.
There’s great detail in the paint application. Lines are tight with very few flaws. The small paint apps that are slightly off are so hard to spot you’d have to really be looking for it. For a production line figure, it is top notch on paint apps. The huge contrast between the gold armor with silver accent plating and green skin make the character pop visually. He is very pleasing to the eye and would be a standout figure in any collection.
The Parademon has over 13 points of articulation. Basic posing with his arms is near limitless, with shoulder pads the pivot slightly for higher arm reach. Beyond that, the figure’s articulation does have some drawbacks. His head can rotate completely around, but has only minimal up or down movement, so he seems to always be looking down or barely straight forward. The knees can bend to 90 degrees, but the feet only wiggle slightly. Due to this design, the Parademon can never stand straight up, he has to remain in a partially crouched position, which does match how they look in the comics, so this may be intentional. The hip joint only allows for back and forth movement – no side flexing. This guy has some huge clawed hands, but no articulation there. Still they are partially clenched enough that he can grasp your most loved JL member by the throat and lift them high up (He just can’t look at them while up there).
ARMY BUILDERS! If you’re familiar with Justice League, these guys don’t attack one on one. They come in droves, wave after wave, crashing out of boom-tubes. Imagine the giant Darkseid standing tall with a horde of these guys in front of him and only the Justice League to stand in their way! Not to mention this guy is good for the kids, its heavy and durable, with no small parts to come detached.
There have been many Parademons made, but this is by far the best in my opinion. Pick one up, and, like me, you’ll soon have at least three ready for battle sitting on your shelf!