Thursday, November 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Killer Croc from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Mattel previously released Killer Croc as a Collect & Connect figure in the DC Comics Multiverse line, but that figure was based on the Suicide Squad film version of the character. It also just wasn't very good. Prior to that, the last comic based Killer Croc in this scale and style was back in 2005 in the D Superheroes line. Croc was due for an update and this one is a massive version that looks incredibly fearsome. Most of the last series of DC Comics Multiverse figures is worth picking up on their own but, when you factor in this sweet Killer Croc, you really have a reason to pick everyone else up. I haven't completed a Build-a-Figure this year that I can recall, but this guy had me very excited. Let's check out Killer Croc after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 9 1/2 inches

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

Accessories: None

Figures Needed to Complete Killer Croc: Batman (Batman: Reborn), Alfred Pennyworth, Katana (DC Rebirth), KGBeast (DC Rebirth), Red Hood (DC Rebirth), and Red Robin (DC Rebirth).

 The Positives:

* Killer Croc is big. Seriously, he's a big, bulky guy and is definitely one of the larger Collect & Connect figures from Mattel. He's in the size range with others like Solomon Grundy, Chemo, and King Shark (whom he shares a waist and thighs with). The sculpt and paintwork is excellent here and he looks absolutely menacing compared with the other figures in the line.

* The portrait is fantastic, showing off some impressive sculpted detail on the various ridges covering Waylon Jones' head. The eyes are also excellent. They're very, very intense and very, very creepy!

* Croc features an opening jaw that not only gives him more display options but it also helps to add more emotion to him when you're posing him. Croc's open mouth looks great and the work on the teeth is top notch.

* Here's a shot of the detail on Croc's back. This is some truly nice work and, again, it's a shame that Mattel is putting out DC product of this caliber here at the end of their tenure with the license (at least the adult collector and boy's action parts of it; apparently they can still make items aimed at girls and the pre-school items, like Imaginext stuff).

 * Killer Croc has all new clawed hands and feet that show off his animalistic nature. He also has improved wrist and ankle articulation here, too.

 * Croc possibly sports the best articulation we've seen on one of Mattel's Collect & Connect figures. He's built quite like a DC Universe Classics figure but he also has the swivel/ hinge wrists and ankles that have been added to the line recently. He's durable, poseable, and he fits together well.
   If you pick him up on his own you might pay $60-$80 on the secondary market at this point. If you pick up the entire series, though, you'll end up with 6 pretty solid Batman-themed DC figures and a massive Killer Croc. He really is one of Mattel's best C&C figures and ends up being a Great and a 1/2 figure. He looks awesome, has great articulation, and is an excellent depiction of the character. This guy isn't a disappointment at all. While I'm sad that this might be the last "new" DC figure from Mattel that I review, looking at my many shelves of product they've released over the years I'm quite happier with Mattel's offerings than with anyone else's so far. I fear that McFarlane's DC Comics offerings won't appeal to me the same way that Mattel's have, but I'm always ready to be pleasantly surprised.

For more Killer Croc figures, check out the following reviews: The Arkham Origins Killer Croc, Mattel's Suicide Squad build a figure Croc, the Imaginext K. Croc & Swamp Skier, and the Nano Metalfigs Killer Croc DC10 and Killer Croc DC92.

For more DC Comics Multiverse figures from Mattel, check out the following:
Alfred Pennyworth (DC Rebirth)
Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Reborn)
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
Katana (DC Rebirth)
KGBeast (DC Rebirth)
King Shark (Collect & Connect Figure)
The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) 
Red Hood (DC Rebirth)
Red Robin (DC Rebirth)
Rookie (Collect & Connect figure)
Spoiler (Detective Comics)
Starfire (DC Rebirth)
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)

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