Magical Rhyme: "By what creeps, what crawls, by what does not, let all that grows recede and rot! / Power of rot, obscuring truth, what once was old restore to youth!"
Faction: Darkling Lords
Series: Series 1
Totem: Swamp Mollusk
Magical Power: Decay
Magical Totem: Gargoyle
Magical Device: Power Staff
Hand-To-Hand Weapon: Twin Bladed Hand Axe
Primary Colour: Dark Green
Secondary Colour: Light Blue
He must have something to hide, he has a beard something my father used to say. Well with Visionaries there is nothing to hide, but an interesting trend. If you are clean shaven then you could be a Spectral Knight or Darkling Lord, but grow some facial hair and you’re definitely a Darkling Lord.
Darkstorm, leader of the Darkling Lords, has a beard that Alan Rickman in Die Hard would be proud off. In fact Darkstorm bears more than a fleeting resemblance to the hit 1988 movie villain (though obviously Visionaries was released in 1987). Darkstorm’s sculpting resembles that of his animal totem, the Giant Mollusk, with the shoulder pads sculpted like the shell of the creature. This patted is carried on around the thighs and shins, along with the rim of the gloves.
On the original prototype of Darkstorm his helmet had a gap for the face visor, something that is clear in the cartoon series but solid green on the toy (like many of the Darkling Lord figures). This is a feature which is rather annoying with the Darkling Lords figures.
Darkstorm’s weapon has a bird like shape to it, but as the handle is complete smooth it means that the Darkstorm’s and always slides to the top of the axe, which makes it look poor. This is a bad design by the Hasbro sculptors and quiet an oversight.
Darkstorm’s staff is fairly straight forward and features ram horns on the top of the staff, in a similar vein to Skeletor from Masters of the Universe. This is quite a nice touch but doesn’t really make sense, considering the animal totem of Darkstorm.
The engineering pilot (EP) figure of Darkstorm which we shows some different colour plastic on the elbow and shoulder joints as well as a lack of copyright information (which is stamped onto Darkstorm’s bottom).
There is at least two variations on the Darkstorm toy, which slight differences on the face. The EP version that we own shows another difference where the EP has matt painted hair and features rather than the glossy version of the final released toy.