DC Primal Age toyline and today I'm checking out another one of the series' villains: King Shark. King Shark is a pretty cool addition to the line and provides a nice counterpart to Aquaman in the line. While DC Primal Age has the usual complement of Batman foes and A-list DC villains like Bizarro and Lex Luthor (coming in series 2), King Shark is a nice lower tier villain to add some flavor to the line. A giant, savage shark man fits in perfectly with the barbarian fantasy aesthetic of the line, doesn't it? Let's check this guy out after the break...
Height: 5 1/4ths inches
Articulation: Balljointed hips, swivel waist, and swivel shoulders.
Accessories: Hook and shield.
Non-Scalper Price: $12 dollars
* King Shark is an excellent figure and features a sculpt that definitely features the detail you might expect on a toy from the 1990s or early 2000s rather than the 1980s, although he still fits in well with other 1980s 5.5 inch barbarian fantasy lines. I love the design on this guy, particularly all of the ornamentation and the various scars all over his body.
* The headsculpt is pretty cool, too. King Shark doesn't have a separate head like most other figures but instead has his head molded as part of his body. The details such as the gills, the fin on his back, and the teeth are quite well done. I love the teeth. They're pretty small but painted rather neatly for the size.
* The Primal Age figures are definitely built fairly similar to a Masters of the
Universe figure or any other similar barbarian fantasy figure from the
1980s although the hip joints are more traditional ball joints rather
than the rubber banded legs of the vintage MOTU figures. I know the
Amazon releases of the DC Primal Age figures had some extremely
widespread breakage issues with the hips but these newer releases feel very sturdy and well made.
* King Shark has a set of shark jaws on his chest serving as some light (and possibly entirely ineffective) armor and a loincloth made out of seaweed or kelp or something. Again, great detail here with a rather nice, neat paint job.
* I'm also a huge fan of these seashell bracers! How crazy cool, right? How would one even go about making something like this?
* King Shark has a really cool hook like weapon, similar to Aquaman's hook hand. It has a few nice paint applications and looks really cool being wielded by King Shark in battle.
* Last, but not least, is King Shark's shield. It's molded in a bronze colored plastic and features a great relief of a shark fin jutting up through some ocean waves. There are also various marks and dents all over. Did King Shark decide to gnaw on this at some point? Cosmetic damage aside, this is one of the coolest shields in the line. I dig it.
If you're a fan of King Shark I've also reviewed the DC Comics Multiverse King Shark build-a-figure.
For more DC Primal Age figures check out the following:
Ace the Bathound
The Joker Beast
Mister Freeze "Ice Mode"