Review > Kalibak (DC Universe Classics)

Kalibak is the son of Darkseid and Suli. Suli appears to have been a relatively normal-looking woman, so apparently Kalibak’s good looks come purely from his father’s side of the family.

A member of Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Kalibak is a bruiser who is constantly seeking his father’s approval. He hates his half-brother Orion, whom Darkseid admires despite the fact Orion has sworn to destroy him. Most appearances of Kalibak, in both comics and cartoons, involve him getting into a knock-down, drag-out battle with Orion or Superman, with lots of property damage. One of my personal favorite fights is in the Justice League episode “Hereafter, Part 2,” where Lobo piles car upon car on top of Kalibak until he cries uncle.

Kalibak is the Collect-and-Connect figure for DC Universe Classics Wave 6.

Articulation: Ball and hinge at the neck; ball joints at the shoulders; swivels at the biceps, waist, and wrists; hinges at the elbows, knees, ankles, torso, and an H-hinge on the hips allowing for a ball joint-like range of movement.

Accessories: Kalibak comes with his Beta-Club. He was originally going to have another weapon as well, which will now be included with Wave 8’s Parademon.

Quality control: The only major flaw on my figure is that the lower torso is molded in a brighter green plastic than the rest of the figure. From what I’ve seen, this may be common among all Kalibaks. There are some other minor paint issues, but nothing glaring.

Durability: Like most DCUC figures, Kalibak is pretty durable compared to other collector figures. Be sure to push his shoulder joints in all the way–they’ll lock in and won’t come off easily. Despite the top-heavy body and smallish feet, the figure stands very well on its own.

Value: To put Kalibak together, you have to get Captain Marvel, Killer Moth, Hawkman, Superman (either variant), and either Mister Miracle or Dr. Impossible. That will run you a minimum of about $60, but it means you get five 6″ figures and one deluxe-size figure, which I think is an average deal in today’s market, if not exactly a bargain.

Poe’s Raven Rating:
[raven 4]


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  1. Templar

    Hope DCUC will come out with a Collect & Connect DARKSEID – and it has to be taller than both his DCSH version & son Kalibak, don't you think???

  2. Andrew

    Yeah. Got to agree with everyone else that your other reviews, even those with the long and tangential preambles, were much more enjoyable.

  3. JPL

    The old review style was much more fun to read. This new format is dry and doesn't offer as much insight as past reviews.

  4. esbatty

    Yes, bring back your previous review style! It lacks your insight, I can sense you're holding back!

  5. Digby

    this review should serve as proof that there was nothing wrong with your old style… this one just seems empty

  6. PresidentJuggernaut

    These shorter reviews are in no way better. It almost seems pointless.

  7. Poe

    I seem to recall the question of Kalibak's costume being discussed over on the FANtastic Exclusive forums, and the Horsemen referred to a pinup of Kalibak Kirby drew that they based their sculpt on. I can't find the thread right now, though.

  8. chuck20

    there is indeed a Kirby drawing with this exact look, but i am lazy. but it is 100% kirby.

  9. Frowny McBeard

    Well, if he was in fact based on the picture Poe provided, it looks like he was based on John Byrne doing his best stab at Kirby.

  10. Nicholai

    He's a decent Collect-and-Connect, but it certainly makes me feel Darkseid needs to be redone as they look awful strange next to one another using the old DCSH figure for Darkseid.

  11. BHD

    It would be so much cooler if they'd done him Kirby-style, as this looks like a weird hybrid of Kirby's clothing designs and someone elses' interpretation of Kirby's character design.

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