Imaginext DC Super Friends: Brainiac

Pros: Surprised by the Superman: The Animated Series style of the figure; really great bendable tentacles

Cons: One one figure pack instead of the usual two

One of Superman’s major adversaries finally comes to the world of Imaginext DC Super Friends. It was a big feat when Lex Luthor, Bizarro and General Zod. Even the Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips, makes his presence known. But one popular villain still hasn’t made an appearance. That is until now as the cold-hearted Brainiac is ready to annihilate the world.

Out of all the the various designs associated with this character, I was quite surprised to see the version from Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. However, Brainiac’s sleek design works very well for the Imaginext toy line.

Brainiac emits such a cold and calculating persona. People sometimes forget that he is a highly intelligent android made up of robotic parts. This comes across quite nicely through this design. Equally important is his alien nature. The combination of the two gives him such an otherworldly aloofness that is necessary for the character.

His bluish-green skin helps in that extraterrestrial appearance along with the vacant eyes. The three circles on his forehead showcases his Kryptonian symbol. Yes, this version of Brainiac originated from Krypton giving him even closer ties to Kal-El of Krypton. In fact it was Brainiac who convinced the Council of Elders not to heed Jor-El’s warning of Krypton’s imminent destruction. Of course Brainiac was all about self-preservation and didn’t care about Krypton’s destruction so as long as he survived. His mission: collect the knowledge about that planet and then destroy it.

A fun accessory is the removable backpack attached to Brainiac. Six tentacle arms protrude from the back allowing him to tap into any computer and download information. These arms bend into different positions. In a way, he reminds me of Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man lore.

Unfortunately, Brainiac is the only figure in this set. Usually two characters are put together. However, since his bendable tentacles take up so much room in the packaging, this is the reason why he is the sole figure.

I have to say that seeing Brainiac was quite a surprise. My son and I didn’t think any new characters were going to be made for this line but we were proven wrong. While my son’s interest has waned a little bit, see Brainiac renewed his interest. I always say that it’s not a successful line until you can complete the Legion of Doom from the Challenge of the Super Friends days. That’s where the popularity of these characters still remains. So far, the roll call from the Imaginext DC Super Friends line includes Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Riddler, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Bizarro, and Scarecrow. That’s seven out of the thirteen members. I can easily see Sinestro, Captain Cold and Cheetah being made next. Giganta, Solomon Grundy and Toyman seem to be the longshots in the deal.

Brainiac is such a welcome addition to Superman’s villains. All of a sudden, the Man of Steel has some people to fight. While Superman’s villains are not as popular as Batman’s, there are still quite a few more I can see come to life in this line, such as Toyman, Metallo, Parasite, Mongul and perhaps even Doomsday.


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