Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Mask, chest harness with cannon, and a misisle.
Year of Release: 1994
Original Retail Price: $5-$7 dollars
* On the left is Lava Planet Predator while the Cracked Tusk Predator is on the right. As I mentioned above Lava Planet Predator is a repaint of Cracked Tusk, only this time molded in translucent red plastic. They share the same accessories, too, although Lava Planet Predator's mask and cannon are molded in a metallic red plastic.
* While Lava Planet Predator planet is a reused sculpt he looks quite different from the Cracked Tusk Predator due to being molded in red, translucent plastic. Heck, he stands out from nearly every other Predator in Kenner's toyline due to this. While it's a weird variant it's also an incredible eye catching one. In my younger days I may have scoffed at such a bizarre repaint that looked so unrealistic but now I find myself loving the bright color used. Throw in the black and yellow pattern on his chest and you've got a real winner here. Lava Planet Predator just looks incredibly cool! His translucent quality is fantastic and when he catches some light he looks even better.
* While the details on the Lava Planet Predator's head might be more difficult to make out due to the translucent plastic Kenner was wise enough to give the Predator's face a black paint spray to help bring out the detail. Add in the yellow eyes and you've got a pretty intimidating figure. Maybe he's using the cloaking technology on a volcanic planet and this is what it looks like?
* While there aren't any painted details here I still really love the spiked gauntlet on the right forearm of the figure. The weapons sculpted on to some of Kenner's Predator figure are often better than the actual accessories they came packaged with.
* Lava Planet Predator is also packing this really cool ax blade on his left wrist. Check it! Doesn't this thing look wicked?
* Lava Planet Predator is sturdy and features the five points of articulation you would expect from a 1990s Kenner figure: Swivel shoulders, swivel hips, and a swivel head. He stands pretty well on his own, too, even being in a bit of a pre-posed stance.
* He also shares his mask with Cracked Tusk Predator but it's cast in metallic red now. It looks pretty sharp, too. I love the exaggerated mandibles on the mask!
* Lava Planet Predator also comes with a weapon that's kind of like the Predator's standard shoulder cannon. It attaches to his left shoulder and features the cannon mounted on a post, giving it two swivel joints so it can be aimed. Without the missile in it, it makes for a pretty cool looking weapon very reminiscent of those seen in the movie.
* Rather than looking like a bolt of energy or something, the missile looks like a harpoon of sorts. It fires pretty far and does look kind of cool. While Cracked Tusk can't hold it, other Predator figures could wield it on its ow.
If you're a fan of the Predator, I've also reviewed some other Predators including the ReAction Predator (Thermal Vision), NECA's Jungle Hunter and City Hunter Predator 2 pack and their vintage styled Berserker Predator, and Kenner's Alien versus Predator 2 pack and Cracked Tusk.
For more figures from Kenner's Aliens/ Predator line check out the following:
Alien versus Predator 2 pack
Series 1 Space Marines and the Power Loader
Series 1 Xenomorphs