Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The ABCs of 31 Days of Toy Terror: K is for Killer Croc from DC Superheroes by Mattel

   It's always fun to look at my collection of action figures to find older stuff to utilize for 31 Days of Toy Terror. For today's installment I was looking at one of my shelves of Batman villains and decided that K should be covered by Killer Croc. Killer Croc always makes for a fun action figure and the figure I'm looking at today is from Mattel's 2006-2007 Batman and Superman focused DC Superheroes line, the precursor to DC Universe Classics. The line was actually a follow up to Mattel's 2003 Batman line and some figures were repainted or revamped from that line to expand the offerings. Croc here is one of those figures, as he is based on the previous Killer Croc from Mattel's evergreen Batman line that was much more reptilian; almost dinosaur like, really. This guy is much more reminiscent of the Killer Croc of the 1980s and 1990s. Ready to check out the sewer dwelling Waylon Jones? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel head.

Accessories: Pipe and comic book.

Year of Release: 2006

Original Retail Price: $9-$10 dollars

* The 2006 DC Superheroes Killer Croc is on the left while the Killer Croc from the 2003-2005 Batman line is on the right. These guys use the same bodies and limbs, but the paintjobs and heads are different. The 2006 Croc also doesn't have a ripped shirt or a tail. They both have the same pipe weapon, just molded in different colors of plastic. 

The Positives:

* This is still a really nice Killer Croc figure, even though the sculpt itself is around 20 years old. There's a lot of nice detail work and some impressive paint work for a mass market retail figure from the mid 2000s. Most of the figures from this line were sculpted by the Four Horsemen and this is one of theirs, including the modifications for this new release.

* The headsculpt is downright scary! Ol' Waylon Jones is a pretty terrifying fellow and that is definitely conveyed through his piercing reptilian eyes and his sharp and jagged teeth. Yikes!

* Flip Croc around to check out the plates all over his back! He's sporting some heavy duty skin to protect himself. 

* I like how you can see Croc's scales through the rips in his pants. I'm also digging his freaky monster feet. He doesn't need a weapon to hurt you!

* When he doesn't want to use his claws Croc can bust our this mess of metal pipe. Maybe it's something from a car? It's crazy looking, for sure.  

* I don't have mine anymore (or I just don't know where it is) but Killer Croc originally came with a full size comic book, similar to what Marvel Legends had been doing. 

* What's the articulation like? Well, it's sturdy, and Croc does have swivel/hinge shoulders and swivel wrists. He's not terrible...

The Negatives:

* But, at the time of his release, many of the other figures in this series were more well articulated, similar to the articulation model used by DC Universe Classics and such. Killer Croc was based on an older articulation model for a more kid targeted line, and thus things like the lack of any real torso movement, elbows, balljointed hips, and a more articulated head were disappointing compared to what other figures in the same series had.

   Despite not having the same articulation as other figures in the line, Killer Croc still turned out to be a Great figure. That's mostly due to the strength of his sculpt, especially his portrait, and his rather nice paintjob. I really like Killer Croc and I'm always excited to pick up Killer Croc figures. I've had this one and the 2003-2005 Batman version in my collection for 15-16 years now and I really like them both. Despite looking less like a dinosaur, I think this one edges the other one out as my favorite. He's really pretty intimidating, even for a 6 1/2 inch action figure.

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


  1. Great figure. Makes me want to watch Suicide Squad again.

    1. I haven't watched The Suicide Squad, only the first one. I need to give it a watch.


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