Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: King Shark from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    I try to cover characters and creatures from all different genres of horror each year during 31 Days of Toy Terror so now, for your reading pleasure, I'm checking out a giant shark creature. King Shark is the build a figure from the the DC Comics Multiverse series released in early 2017. Sharks seem to freak people out so I figures this malicious, man-eating malcontent will probably give a few of you some chills and thrills on the day before Halloween. Are you getting excited? I hope so! Let's let a vicious, violent shark man named Nanaue walk us into the day before Halloween. More after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 9 1/2 inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a hinged jaw.

Accessories: Alternate Hammerhead head (included with Damian Wayne)

Figures Needed to Complete King Shark: Damian Wayne,  TV Earth-2 Flash, TV Zoom, TV Hawkman, Jim Gordon Batman, Batgirl, and the DKR Joker.

Year of Release: 2017

 The Positives:

* King Shark is a pretty large build a figure and he looks really, really wicked. While the style might be a little different than that of DC Universe Classics, I still think he'll fit in really well alongside those figures. Nanaue definitely looks intimidating and will make a great addition to your Suicide Squad or Secret Six.

  * While the articulation on King Shark isn't incredible, it does feel fairly sturdy and is capable of movement. He's essentially built like an oversized standard figure, so hopefully that helps you know what you're getting.

* The headsculpt is incredible. I love the beady eyes, the nicely detailed gills, and wicked scars, and the quite intricate paintwork on display here. This is some excellent work.

 * Yikes! King Shark has some terrifying teeth! Check out these chompers? You'll never want to go back in the water again!

 * I really like the prominent fin on King Shark's back, too. It's nicely detailed with some scars and just makes an excellent addition to the figure.

 * Like many massive mutants, King Shark still has to wear pants. He's sporting some ripped up jeans (imagine how big those jeans must be?) held on by a leather belt with a gold buckle. I love the acid-washed look of the jeans. Facotring in their rips and tears and they look pretty grody.

* Included with the Damian Wayne Robin figure (which was a Toys R Us exclusive) is an alternate head that gives King Shark the appearance of a hammerhead shark. This captures his New 52 look and is a cool inclusion. It's not a must have but it is a cool extra nonetheless.
 The Negatives:

* Oddly enough, King Shark's torso separates in the middle pretty easily. I can't think of many build a figures that have this problem as they usually stay together quite well. I can display him just fine but sometimes when posing him he just splits in half like the lawyer from Jurassic Park.

* King Shark's elbows have a severely limited range of motion. You can't even get a 90 degree bend out of these. What gives? Why spend money to tool a new body part and not give it a better range of motion?
   I've actually wanted King Shark for a long time but I didn't purchase the whole series of DC Comics Multiverse figures he came with due to the three TV based figures in the series that I didn't have much interest in. I managed to trade for him near the end of August and I'm excited to finally be able to show him off. He has some problems due to the limited articulation and the loose waist but, still, King Shark is a pretty impressive build a figure. He's still one of the best (maybe the best?) that Mattel has released since returning to the DC license with DC Comics Multiverse. A truly Great build a figure.

This is the first action figure of King Shark I've reviewed on the site. For more reviewes from DC Comics Multiverse, check out the following:
Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Batman (DC Rebirth)
Batwing (DC Rebirth)
Batwoman (DC Rebirth)
Clayface (Collect & Connect Figure)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Doctor Psycho (Collect & Connect figure)
Duke Thomas (We Are Robin)
Earth 23 Superman
The Flash: From Page to Screen
Harley Quinn (Detective Comics)
Jessica Cruz (DC Rebirth)
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster
The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) 
Rookie (Collect & Connect figure)
Spoiler (Detective Comics)
Superman (DC Rebirth)
Two-Face (All-Star Batman)
Wonder Girl (Teen Titans)

The Arrow

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Son of Batman
Wonder Woman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 
The Atom

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Aquaman (Toys R Us Exclusive) 
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Supergirl TV Series 
Martian Manhunter

Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)


  1. Man I want this guy but I also have zero interest in any of the figures the parts came with and he is painfully expensive on ebay.

    1. Man, the Gordon Batman and Batgirl of Burnside are pretty solid but the DKR Joker is amazing. One of my favorites since Multiverse hit again.

    2. The TV figures are overall pretty weak, though. I'll give you that.

  2. I think the hammerhead look is the coolest.

    1. I'm torn although I think I like the standard version best. It's a pretty cool idea to give the figure two heads, though. He's a great BAF.


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