SUPER POWERS (KENNER)
“Darkseid’s powers are practically unlimited. Along with incredible strength and invulnerability is the bizarre Omega Efect, which he uses either to destroy his oponents or to teleport them to other dimensions.”
Though he’s a household name these days, Darkseid hasn’t always been quite as top tier, initially staying in Kirby’s little corner of the DC universe with the rest of the Fourth World characters, and not generally interacting with the rest of the DC universe. It wasn’t until the ’80s that he really began to become a more encompassing foe, and it was via Jack Kirby’s own involvement with the Super Powers line as it moved forward that Darkseid and the rest of the New Gods found their place amongst the mainstream heroes and villains. Darkseid would subsequently find himself worked into Super Friends in its later seasons, beginning the path that would cement him as one of DC’s heaviest hitter villains. At the beginning of all that is the figure I’m looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Darkseid was added to Kenner’s Super Powers during the line’s second year, as one of the six Fourth World foes added that year. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. Darkseid was by far the tallest figure in the line, which was appropriate to his menacing stature in the comics. His mold was totally unique to him, based partially on the house style of Jose Garcia-Lopez, and also on Jack Kirby’s own work for the line. While the Fourth World characters were mostly changed up for the line, Darkseid is one of the few characters to remain effectively the same as his classic counterpart. He’s got shorts instead of a loin cloth and he adds a cape, but neither of those things really changes up the look that much. The sculpt is a pretty impressive piece of work, successfully giving Darkseid the presence that the character should have. There’s some rather nice texturing on the exposed portions of his rocky skin as well, and the facial sculpt in particular seems to really capture Kirby’s take on the character. Darkseid’s cape is cloth, as was the standard for the line, but it’s notable in its use of a far more elaborate clasp to hold in in place, which features a sculpted pendant piece. It’s not a classic Darkseid piece, but it does add a nice little extra bit of flair to the design. Darkseid’s paint is less intensive than most, relying heavily on molded colors, but what’s there is clean and bold, and matches usual depictions of the character. Like many figures in the line, Darkseid had no accessories, but he still got an action feature, his “Power Action Raging Motion,” which swings his arms up when his legs are squeezed. Additionally, he’s got light-piping in his head, which allows for his eyes to light up, simulating his “Power Action Omega Beams,” or, as they’re often called in the comics, “Omega Beams.”
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Darkseid was a figure I wanted from a rather early point in my collecting of the line, because of how fascinated I was with the Kirby characters, and how unique he was compared to the rest of the line. He was very near the end of my Super Powers collecting as a kid, purchased at the Baltimore Comic-Con the year before I got Mantis. He was without his cape at the time, but I was able to get ahold of a replacement for him in just the last month, courtesy of All Time Toys. He’s truly one of the line’s definitive pieces, and just an all around solid figure.